February 27, 2014

Lauren Brown is Naturally Glam!



Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I went through six years of my life with relaxed hair and constantly being judged about what everyone else thought about my hair and putting myself last. Once I graduated high school in 2011, I looked in the mirror and realized that I wanted a change and I wanted to do it for me and no one else. So I took a pair of scissors and chopped away until I had such a low afro that I could barely grab it. I felt so alive, carefree, and so proud of myself, and that is when my natural journey began.

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Had you always embraced your texture?
I have always loved and embraced my curly texture. My hair is more 3c all around and a little 3b on top. My hair grows fast and loves moisture. I always have to layer on products so that my hair is properly sealed and moisturized.



How did friends and family react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you? What was your response to them?
No one was supportive of my decision to start over and chop off my hair originally except for my grandmother and my aunt. I have always had long hair so everyone was shocked and kept wanting me to buy wigs and weaves to cover my head. I really prayed to Jesus to give me strength to except and love every part of how I was created when He created me. Over time I stopped caring about the opinions of others and once I learned to embrace myself, I began to glow from the outside and shined with such confidence that people actually loved my look and kept asking what I did to achieve it. My response to them from the beginning of my natural journey to now has always been,"This is who I am, and I am so happy."

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is thick, somewhat fine, and loves lots of moisture. The porosity level is on point. It's soft all around and has a looser curly pattern in the front and a tighter pattern in the back.


What is your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style?
I try to wash my hair at least once a week. I began by using coconut oil as my pre poo to help my hair absorb more. Then I shampoo with sulfate free shampoo like Shea Moisture's thickening product. Then I condition with Bed Head's Moisture Maniac Conditioner (which I absolutely love)  I keep it on for at least ten minutes then rinse. I then use a microfiber towel to help dry and section into four parts after which I begin using my leave in which is Shea Moisture's Curl Enhancing Smoothie, then the Curl and Style Milk. Once that is in my hair I seal with Argan Oil and begin to braid each section tightly so
that once it's dry it's stretched. Once dry, unbraid, fluff and roll. I use hair polish to slick down my edges and PRESTO! There it is!

How do you maintain your hair at night?
I first pineapple my hair, then once I wake up, I put my hair in a low bun for at least five minutes to even out the length.

How do you maintain healthy length?
I try to dedicate most of my hair time to my ends. I put oil of them every morning and every night. Ends are the most important, especially when hair gets long enough to rub against clothes and different
fabrics.

What's the best thing about being curly?
The best part about being a curly girl to me is the confidence I
exude. I love how I feel and how it shows through my style and overall
personality. I also love the versatility and just knowing that no one
has my hair but me is the best feeling of all.

Where can folks find you on the web?
Instagram: @curlylaurenj
Twitter: @curlylaurenj

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