I visited your site after I saw you on Tyra and I am soooooo excited. I didn't realize there was such a forum for us au naturel gurls! I have been wearing my hair natural all of my life minus the times in my teenage years I was burning it out bi-weekly getting it pressed. Back then I was not able to embrace my naturally curly, multi-racial, temperamental tresses. Now I get stopped daily (when I wear my hair out) by people wanting to know what I put in my hair or how I get my hair to "do that".
I wash my hair once a week (mixed chicks line and/or kinky curly line) I condition my hair twice a week w/ Olive Oil cream moisturizing lotion and/or avocado conditioner. I also us morrocan oil for sheen.
I do not straighten my hair other than once or twice a year for special occasions, annual trimmings, or to note growth. When wearing it up, I do not use rubber bands ever!
As a teen in HS I was not as confident about my hair because back then everyone had the permed "wrap" look like SWV. I could not get that look w/o the damaging results of pressing and even then, it would only last a day or two if I was lucky.
For the most part I wore my hair gelled up in a bun and/or pony tail because I was teased when
I wore it out (called nappy or oreo) and constantly asked what I was mixed with. My classmates had no idea my natural hair was down passed the middle of my back until graduation day when I straightened it out.
Now I love my curls, and instead of being teased for them they are celebrated and envied.
Below are a few pics of my hair (I am trying to stop dying it because I was bored w/ it being black but the coloring has made it dry).
I am a published author now and public speaker. Everywhere I go I tell inquisitors about my hair regime and now I will also tell them about your site. Awesome!