Meet Alexandria. She currently resides in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She's a single mother, an army soldier, sister, daughter, and friend. The creator of Thenaturalher.tumblr.com, she big shaved and kept a brush cut for sixth months and on March 28, 2011 cut for the last time!
What is your current regimen?
My routine is pretty simple.
For a curly look I rinse my hair while I am in the shower. Next, I spray my hair with the Carols Daughter’s Black Vanilla Leave in and use the palms of my hands to work it throughout my strands using a circular motion. Next, I apply a dime size amount of the Kinky Curly Leave-in and work in using the same palm method, then apply a dime size of the Kinky Curly Custard and repeat the palm motion. I wait five minutes and then spray my favorite oil mixture or the Carols Daughter leave in spray. I do not touch my hair in this step…
For my TWA on dry hair… I spray some Carols daughter’s leave in pick out my hair, slick down my edges with some Curl Control, and put a head band on.
I co wash about once a week, and shampoo and deep condition every Sunday. For my Shampoo and Conditioner, I use the Roux Porosity Control line; it really has helped me with my previous issue with retaining moisture. My porosity issue was not due to chemical processing since I big shaved, so I did not have any chemical issues, I believe it was because I kept my brush cut for six months and the clippers where not so good to my hair. My hair has done a 360 with this stuff. It says that it is for chemically treated hair, but I saw a post about it on the CN site, and gave it a try. Thank GOD for that.
I deep condition with a mixture of oils that I have handy and the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Mask. This stuff is amazing as a leave in as well.
Of course I sleep with a bonnet, and I barely ever use styling combs unless doing a fro which I’ve only done maybe four times.
The Big Shave!
Being a young single mother, I was struggling trying to grow up and heal, mentally that is, and figure out what kind of woman I wanted my daughter to strive to be. I knew one thing; she would know the answers to all the questions I wondered for myself, like what love is, who she is and what she stands for. So I started internally…. I am still a work in progress but I found a spirit within myself, not so much a religious one, but one that could be FREE… I started gravitating to my sister Michelle, her energy is so pure, holistic in a sense, and if it wasn’t for her… first and foremost, I wouldn’t be the way I am today. I practiced meditation, I became a pescaterian (fish and seafood diet no meat) I began reading Deepak Chopra, I practiced humility, and I found interest in the beauty of nature. I went NATURAL for my child; I needed her to see a true model of self love and in the process of this change, what I learned most importantly was how to love myself.
My advice for others is simple. Going natural isn’t easy, but it is worth it. Knowing yourself in your purest form, the one you were created to be is such an awakening. Take your time with it, be sure about it, but most importantly embrace it. You will find things about yourself and about others that you have missed.
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me at http://thenaturalher.tumblr.com/
On Facebook- http://www.facebook.com/TheNaturalHer
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