-How long have you been natural?
I have transitioned enough for five people…lol, but I made the final decision to be natural on July 31, 2006.
-What is your regimen?
In my experience, the fewer the ingredients a product has the more accepting my hair will be to it. Being that I’m protein sensitive, a product containing a lot of ingredients and/or extracts is only hassle of research for me. My hair loves shea butter based products, honey, and most oils with the exception of coconut oil. On occasion, it’s been known to turn its nose up to jojoba, too! Lol So needless to say, PS has kinda been a wet blanket on my PJ-ism.
So here’s what I do (simple routine):
~I shampoo twice a month with Karen’s Body Beautiful Herbal Shampoo or Neutrogena Triple Moisture Cream Lather Shampoo.
~Co-wash/DT three times per week with TIGI MM or another moisturizing conditioner with SLIP! For my hair, TIGI is the best product for getting the job done.
~On the days when I don’t co-wash I rewet or “damp style”. That means that I just run wet hands through my hair in the shower or dip my head underneath the showerhead for 3-5 seconds to combat the frizzies. This reactivates product from the previous day and I can usually finger comb to encourage clumping.
~Apply a leave-in conditioner. My favorites are Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment or Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Nectar. To these in the colder months or when I need additional moisture, I will add a finger tip full of Qhemet’s Olive and Honey Hydrating Balm. I normally add it to the leave-in in the palm of my hand or will sometimes mix a teaspoon to the container itself.
~Not a hardcore gel user. I prefer the use of creamy leave-ins or stylers with natural hold.
Because I use conditioners with a light oil content, I haven’t found it necessary to use additional oils for sealing or baggying on a regular basis. However, I do like to deep condition with Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment once a month for 15 min., covered with a plastic cap, using a hood dryer.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Make sure that you’re transitioning from relaxed to natural for all the right reasons. There is no such thing as “good hair” and “bad hair”, but there is YOUR hair! Be willing to accept it no matter what. There are hair care products out there to enhance and nourish, but no “magical” product or styling technique that will give you another person’s hair texture. Be prepared and do your homework. You are in for a long emotional road ahead and there will be bumps along the way that may be discouraging. Remember to have fun while getting to know the newly natural you! Good luck!!!
-How do you maintain length?
I grew out my hair once before for eleven months and I was able to retain length by maintaining my hair’s moisture level daily. During that time I didn’t even make an attempt at protective styling, so I think I’m able to retain length without doing coils, twist, braids etc.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
The best thing about being naturally glamorous is being able to wash ‘n’ go! Life as a curly girl is liberating and exciting!!!