April R.- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

Meet April R... she graced her with her presence last weekend, and she's back to share her routine!

CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 1.5 years.

CN: What is your current regimen?
My current regimen is pretty simple because I don't do much to my hair. I wash my hair probably every 2 or 3 weeks. I noticed that the longer I go without washing my hair the faster it grows, lol. I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and Lafier Honey and Almonds Conditioner to co-wash my hair twice a week in the shower. Once a month I will deep condition my hair with Shea moisture and raw Shea butter together and sit under the dryer for about 30 minutes. After I'm done in the shower I will use QP Elasta Gel with Olive Oil if I'm going to do a wash n go or sometimes for more curl definition, I use a little of Carol's daughter Hair Milk all over my hair then the QP Elasta Gel with Olive oil. For twist-outs I do the same Co-wash routine and the same gel but I also add raw Shea butter because it defines my curls more.


CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
To maintain my sl/bsl hair I usually don't touch my hair much after I style it. I will usually keep my hair in big twists and pinned up or towards the back in some easy style. I use Water (my best friend of course), Carols daughter Hair Balm for sheen when my hair is in big twists and pinned up. I love the hair balm because it does not have any water added.

CN: Night time routine?
At night I usually don't do much. I just sleep on a satin pillow. For some reason I can not sleep in scarves or anything on my head at night. When I wake up it's usually lost somewhere under the covers, lol. So If I do have a protective style, I usually fix it first thing in the morning and put a scarf on while I'm getting ready so by the time I leave out, my hair is set. To retain moisture I use raw Shea butter or Carols Daughter's Hair Balm, or Darcy's Botanical Hair Madagascar Vanilla Hair Butter.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
I would tell a new natural to not expect your hair to look like someone else hair. Give your hair time to grow because even though it may not seem like it is, it actually is growing. Just be yourself have fun with your hair and work what god gave you.



CN: What's the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The best thing about being naturally glamorous is that I can change my hairstyle in so many ways. Natural hair is so versatile. Even when I wake up and my hair is having a bad day I just wet twist pin and voila perfect hair. Every week I have a different 'do and get tons of compliments from people all the time. It makes me feel good when I can walk out and just be me and still beautiful.

CN: Anything else you want to add?
I just wanted to say that your site is one of my favorites. It is such a hairspiration. I used to be natural 10 years ago but my hair started growing out like crazy and I did not know what to do with it or what products to use, so unfortunately I took the easy way out and I permed it. I wish this site was around about 10 years ago because my hair would be super long and healthy. Your site has really helped me throughout my hair journey. I also have a blog called sweetenchantments.net which includes topics on natural hair and other great stuff coming soon.


16 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

She feels like the less she washes her hair, the faster it grows. I dunno about that...

NKarmstrong23 said...

Beautiful, keep up the progress! :)

Anonymous said...

BEAUTIFUL!

Anonymous said...

Not that it matters, but what is your hair (type) combination ? Your hair fits you and is very nice... thank you, because I feel like my hair growth is on a break only on the right side, but the left side is running a marathon.

sonoteddesigns said...

Great post.

@anonymous re: washing hair -- I think she was referring to not using shampoo. She still co-washes twice a week, which is another form of cleansing.

Quite honestly, if you aren't stripping your hair of essential oils, you hair will grow faster. That's why a lot of naturals no-poo or poo very infrequently.

Smooches,
Veronica
www.sonoteddesigns.com

Unknown said...

Thank you ladies, My hair type is mixed 4a 4b and 3c @sonoteddesigns your are so right about that. As a child and I have three sisters my mom would say she hardly washed our natural hair because it was too much hair and work involved and our hair grew waist length.I had more hair at 3 then some grown folks lol. sweetenchantments.net

[flahy] [blak] [chik] said...

Awww..that's my little sister! Great post!
Like she said, when we were kids, our mother hardly washed it, but cleansed our scalps more than anything. She had 3 girls, with waist length hair, she didn't really have the time, unless she was getting us all "dolled" up for Sunday church.

Levone said...

Great post! Your hair is beautiful.

The Melanista said...

Beautiful! We have similar regimen. Your hair looks fab! Great article!

Anonymous said...

@April: thank you for this article. You are so right about finding your personal niche and doing what works for you. I have found that, by using what works for me, makes me happy. My hair is about .5" right now, but I am so embracing my natural state. I love Carol's Daughter Hair Elixir. Have yet to use the Hair Balm, but have heard positive comments on it. Just curious - do you mix anything with the raw shea butter? Your hair is beautiful, btw. Happy posting!

Unknown said...

@anonymous thank you! :) I forgot to mention that I mix my shea butter with Get Slick Hair Smoothie. The link is below. I never tried her hair elixir. I may give it a try. http://www.wondercurl.com/products.html

Nappy Naturally said...

Beautiful hair and great smile, too. Happy Growing!naturalhue.webs.com

Anonymous said...

There may be something to the "waiting to wash". I was my hair every 4-6 days, I can't seem to go much longer than that. But it's soooo weird because when I was in Jr. High, I'd wash my hair like once a month and my hair was below bra strap length. Now my hair is only to my neck :-/
So I may try to go back to my old routine LOL

Anonymous said...

I meant to say "I wash my hair every 4-6 days"

Anonymous said...

ok i have 1 thing to say about you and your hair YOU ARE VERRRRYYYY GEORGEOUS MISSY work your thing.

Anonymous said...

The less you wash your hair the more it grows... It kind of actually is true. I used to wash my hair about once a month, and my hair is now below my breast [ but this is when I blow it out and flat iron]. Lots of people where i'im from would tell you that it actually does grow longer that way. [beats me]

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