Amani Is Naturally Glam!

Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? (tell us your natural hair journey)
I chose to slow transition through my hair journey. I was not mentally strong enough to do a big chop so I was thankful that there was another way to grow my hair. I started my natural journey seriously around the end of 2011. By then I grew out my relaxer completely and decided to wear weaves for about half a year. When I came out of my weaves I had this new kinky coily texture I was not familiar with and not to mention a bunch of straight ends. I took to YouTube to get some support and help on what to do. My first natural hairstyle I tried was a Bantu Knot Out and I loved it, I wasn’t used to that look but it camouflaged my straight ends. Slowly I learned about products, and hair tools and how to take care of transitioning hair. I decided to cut off my own straight ends once I grew my hair out a bit and I learned my go to style, the twist out! Over a year later to now, I have fully transitioned hair, significant growth and healthy texture!

Had you always embraced your texture?
At the beginning of my transition my hair was in an awkward state and I was uncomfortable with the obvious straight ends so. Once I trimmed them off and saw my true texture I honestly fell in love!

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you?  What was your response to them? 
I have an old school family that is not used to the Natural look being an actual way of life. They are used to perms, greasing scalps with Vaseline (lawd help ‘em) and using heat tools to keep hair “manageable”. With that said, it took my family a while to truly accept it because it is not societies definition of acceptable or professional, whatever! I would always reassure them that this is MY hair, it is in amazing condition & this is ME now! However, once they realized that this was a permanent lifestyle change, they got used to it and now everyone LOVES my hair and how it’s growing.  Everyone is extremely supportive now and always wants to touch it.

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is every bit of COARSE, THICK, KINKY, COILY, and has LOW POROUSITY!

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? favorite products! Deets!
My current hair routine is as simple as possible. I try to wash my hair every week to two weeks depending on it’s condition. I do shampoo my hair about twice a month and I co-wash in between. I deep condition almost every time I wash my hair. After I wash my hair and it’s clean, I usually use the LOC method and either two-strand twist or flat twist it!
My favorite products at the moment are Organic Coconut Oil, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter, Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel, Aussie Moist Conditioner, Crème of Nature Intensive Conditioner Treatment and Africa’s Pride Hair Mayonnaise!

How do you maintain your hair at night?
At night, I either twist up my hair in flat twists or two strand twists with water and butter and light oil if needed. Then I tie up my hair with a satin scarf. Or, if my hair is in a puff or bun I will spray a light mist of water then put on a scarf then go to bed.

How do you maintain healthy length?
I don’t do anything fancy I can tell you that. All I do is make sure my hair is constant moisturized and my styles are low manipulation such as twist outs, flat twists, buns and puffs.

What's the best thing about being curly?
Oh my goodness there are sooo many great things about being curly, but if I had to pick one, it would be the versatility! One day I can have a big curly twist-out, then the next day an Afro, then the next a slicked up top knot bun all in the same week!

Where can folks find you on the web?
You can find me on YouTube:
Twitter: @theeonlymani
Instagram: @mannniii

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