-How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for a week. I BC’d on October 18, after a 1 year transition.
-What is your regimen?
Like with my transition, I have kept it very simple and I think that has contributed to my growth over the past year.I love conditioner washes, which I do every day, sometimes twice with whatever conditioner I have, my favorite is Creme of Nature Detangeling Conditioner. I shampoo with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Clarifying Shampoo when I feel the need to and I do a deep treatment with ORS Replenishing Pak once a week. I use Kheraphix Restorative Protein Creme when i feel its needed, I don’t go by and particular regimen with protein, besides my hair don’t like it all that much. My staple moisturizer is Hempseed butter, I’m in love with this butter and it is one of few moisturizers that really work well on my hair.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
One thing only? Take pictures of your hair. I have been discouraged many times and wanted to give up but when I compared pictures I saw proof that my hair was getting healthier and that it was actually growing.It is hard to recall what your hair looked like a year ago so pictures can really help you keep going and growing.
-How do you maintain length?
Well, I have only been natural for a week but I plan on keeping my hair moisturized and keep my ends healthy by protecting them when sleeping.However I was not able to keep my length and save my ends while I was premed or while transitioning. No matter how I cared for my ends they kept breaking off, mind you, I was wearing a bun exclusively for a whole year.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
The ease, I just wash and shake! I no longer have scabs and sores on my scalp after relaxers. I don’t have to plan my life around my hair and when I can be squeezed in for an appointment at the hair salon or be scared of rain. The versatility; I can wear a cute puff, a wild afro, coil outs, twists, straight, braid out, and roller sets. I hated the permed hair and it left my hair limp and lifeless. I feel natural now, and it may sound corny, but I feel like a naturally beautiful me and this is how I am supposed to look and feel about myself.