-How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since June 2008 but stopped relaxing in December 2006. I planned to transition for two years but I had an overwhelming urge to get rid of the relaxed ends ASAP! It was so liberating and I can honestly say it’s the best thing I’ve done for my hair, I love it! I was never satisfied with my relaxed hair.
-What is your regimen?
I wash my hair 1-2 times a week. As I am an ex-product junkie, I have a ton of products lying around so I rotate now and then. One thing that is a staple product for me is Cream of Nature shampoo (red label/white bottle). This product makes it so much easier to finger comb my hair because by the time it is wash day, my hair can be slightly tangled (I don’t really comb my hair between washes). During my transition, this product helped to manage the two textures. I clarify my hair once a month with Tresemme Deep Cleansing Shampoo. I like to add things to my deep conditioners, such as honey, olive oil and SAA powder. The products I use vary from Silicon Mix to Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Mask to ORS Hair Mayonnaise. I sit under a hooded dryer for 30 mins with the mixture on. I like to leave a conditioner in my hair while it is drying. My hair loves Alberto Balsam conditioners, and they smell yummy too. I’ve recently tried a Leave in conditioner from Curl Harmony which defined my curls and left my hair smelling gorgeous! To keep my hair moisturised between washes, I use S Curl moisturiser. It works wonders. I spray a bit on my hand and smooth it through my hair. No drip drip lol.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Find a good detangler! It is so easy to get frustrated with the tangles when transitioning. Cream of Nature Shampoo was a godsend for me. If it wasn’t for this product I know my journey would have been ten times harder.
-How do you maintain length?
Length is maintained by low manipulation. I rarely comb my hair between washes, unless it has been blow dried straight or I’ve done a twistout/braidout. In the past I found it quite hard to maintain length and I think excessive combing was to blame. I was forever combing my relaxed hair because it never looked right to me. By manipulating my hair less I can see my hair is flourishing.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
The best thing is being able to wake up in the morning, spritz on S Curl moisturiser, fluff and go! I used to spend so much time on my hair, and I still would not be satisfied at the end of it. It is so much easier for me now, especially as I have more time to make myself look glam! I feel so much more confident and I know I stand out from the crowd!
September: Pony puff from 5 day old wash n go