I did not do the big chop. I stopped relaxing my hair about 3 or 4 years ago. I did it for several reasons: getting salon touch-ups were expensive, I wore color so I no longer wanted to double process my hair, and I wanted to grow out the bob I was wearing and start wearing my hair in its natural state. For the first couple of years I still straightened my hair often. I had a couple of sew ins and protective styles during that time as well. It wasn't until about 9 months ago that I decided to embrace my texture completely.
Had you always embraced your texture?
As children often do, I wanted what I didn't have. I've always had curly/ wavy hair as a child, but for some reason I wanted straight hair. My mom refused to let me relax my hair. She finally gave in when I was about 15.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
When I decided to wear my hair natural I got so many compliments. I even inspired my mom to join the team! I'm always flattered when anyone compliments my hair. Especially when I think I'm having a bad day and someone tells me they love my hair.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is very thick and curly. I'm not sure of my hair type.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I haven't really done anything crazy to my hair. I wanted to dye it pink once, but my friends talked me out of it.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
To be honest, I don't have any hair regrets. I've had long hair. I've had ear length hair. I've dyed my hair numerous colors from reds and browns to golden blonde. I think that's the fun thing about being a girl. You can have fun with your look and switch it up. I also feel like timing is everything. My hair fits where I am in life right now. Wild and free.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash and condition my hair once a week. It normally takes me the whole weekend. LOL. I'm sure my curly girls can relate. First, I put my hair in sections, normally 4-6 clips. I detangle with every step. I rinse my hair, then I wash every section. My favorite shampoo right now is SheaMoisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine Shampoo. Then I condition my hair. A few of my favorite conditioners are Tresemme Naturals, Organix Argan Oil of Morocco and Olive Oil Replenishing Conditioner. I work my choice of conditioner through each section and leave in for about 5-10 minutes while I finish my shower. I then apply a deep conditioner. At the moment I don't have a favorite deep conditioner. I may leave that on anywhere from 2 hours to overnight. Once I rinse my deep conditioner out, I apply a leave in. I love Camille Rose Naturals Moisture Milk. Next, I apply Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Detangler as my moisturizer. I seal everything with coconut oil. My last step is applying my styler. I like As I Am Curling Jelly, Miss Jessie's Soft Curls, and Camille Rose Naturals Curl Maker. I diffuse my hair as well as air dry. Just depends.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
I'm a wash and go girl. But I do follow a lot of curly girls online to get inspiration for different styles.
Who is your curl crush?
I have too many curl crushes to name, but I love Tia & Tamera and their short curls!
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I try to always tie my hair up at night. I wake up looking like a wild woman if I don't. While wearing my wash and go I use the pineapple method.
How do you maintain healthy length?
My curls are really tight. I was surprised when I straightened my hair recently and saw it was down my back. I try to keep my hair healthy and moisturized to encourage growth.
What's the best thing about being natural?
Besides wash day, being natural is very low maintenance. I love being able to do my own hair and not having to worry about keeping it straight.
Where can folks find you on the web?
You can follow me on ig @case_thegoldengirl. YouTube channel coming soon :).