-How long have you been natural?
Well…I grew out my relaxer in 2001…still was flat ironing because I didn’t know what else to do with my hair , thus I had tons of heat damage. So I stopped flat ironing, and slowly trimmed off the damage, and then August 26, 2008 I cut off the rest of the damage so now, no more crappy ends!
-What is your regimen?
As many of you ladies know, I am a product junkie and resident product pusher, but I strictly shampoo, usually with a shampoo bar or other natural product, acv rinse, deep condition for an hour with a heating cap, then use my preferred product of the day to do double strand twists, which stay in my hair for about a week, and then I’ll do a twistout. A few times a week I have different oils for my hair and scalp. I also dust my ends myself when needed, but I get a professional trim once a year.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
STICK WITH IT! Ignore adversity! Everyone and their mother will have an opinion about your hair, be it good, bad or indifferent. Don’t pay them any mind! At the end of the day you have to live with yourself. Also, hair does not make you. Yes, EmpressRi is saying it. Hair is fun, and it can help or hinder someone’s looks, but it is not your end all and be all.
Read, read and read some more. There is always something that you will learn that may surprise you. When I first decided to go natural, I poured over every website, article…anything I could find that would help me! I also asked a bunch of questions, and thank goodness for the lovely patient ladies that helped me through the transition.
Also, please let your hair grow on it’s own. Do not worry about using 50 million products to make your hair grow from 1 inch to 100 in less than thirty seconds. It’s not realistic. Once you leave it the heck alone, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that your hair will grow when it wants to, not when you feel like making it grow.
AND FOR GOODNESS SAKE, DON’T PUT VAGISIL/HORSE STUFF/MONKEY SWEAT/ANYTHING SUPER SILLY to make your hair grow. PLEASE?!?!?!
-How do you maintain length?
Twists! It’s a staple protective style for me. The less I have to fuss with my hair, the better it looks and feels.
Moisture is also key. I love using the richest, thickest product I can find to help keep my hair moisturized. Qhemet Biologics, Karen’s Body Beautiful, and Oyin Handmade make great products that I can always count on to keep my hair at it’s optimum level of moisture.
And I may ruffle some feathers with this one, but heat is NOT our hair’s friend!!! I don’t care what anyone says. Flat irons, blow dryers, curling irons, all of that jazz, is not your friend, be your hair kinky, curly, straight, wavy, long, short, whatever! If your hair could talk, it would probably say, “Get that (insert tool) away from me!!!!”
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
Knowing that the hair on my head was chosen by God for me to have! Natural is beautiful, and nothing can compare in my opinion. No two heads of hair are exactly alike, and I think that makes us so unique.