-How long have you been natural?
3.5 years

-What is your regimen?
My summer regimen was washing my hair in sections every other day with a shikakai/amla powder which I brewed into a tea, and then co-washing afterwards with V05 Tea Therapy Chamomile conditioner, watered down by half and with a tablespoon of honey. I would rinse once and then add a bit more afterwards for my leave-in. I detangled once a week with my Denman brush. Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve been wearing my hair in more “straightened” styles. I wash my hair in sections with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa shampoo once a week, condition with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa conditioner, rinse and then immediately add Sabino Moisture Block while my hair is sopping wet. Then I rollerset my hair, or use a hot air brush to dry my hair if I don’t have as much time. I go back and flat iron the roots only, so my hair is in big loose curls for a few days until the volume comes down from wrapping it at night. By then it’s usually time to wash it again.

-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
You only need two things to enjoy your journey – acceptance of your texture(s) and an open mind. For the most part I’d say, as Black women we have subscribed to certain myths and stereotypes about our hair and what things do or don’t work for it.

-How do you maintain length?
This is the first winter I’ve been using heat on my hair so often to “straighten” it. I totally avoid chemical treatments – no coloring, no relaxing, no texturizing, etc. I co-wash to keep my hair well-moisturized, and occasionally do protein treatments when I feel my hair needs it. I avoid using a lot of heat on my hair for the most part. I like to use natural products for the most part.

-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
That I stand out and get to be unique, with very little effort on my part. =)