-How long have you been natural? I have been natural since September 2004. Start of my senior year in high school I cut off all my hair, not with the intention of going on a natural journey, just trying to get my Halle Berry swag on ya know?LOL…But it turned out to be the best thing EVER. Once I saw my hair in all of its natural glory, I never thought about relaxing again. It was a beautfiul thing ya’ll.
-What is your regimen? Regimen? What’s that?? As if mine is not ever-evolving. But to be honest my hair and I have really, truly, deeply began to understand each other–2008 has been a very good year. I’d like to think that I have a pretty simple routine. MOISTURE. MOISTURE and MORE MOISTURE. Seriously moisture is THE bane of my hair’s existence…as it is for all of us curlies!! I wash once a week. I deep condition 1-2 times per week, though that will probably increase since we are entering these harsh winter months. This summer I bunned…from May through August…I wore wash n’ go’s on Saturdays and Sundays. Now my hair is actually currently in a partial sew-in…sometimes I just need a break, dont judge 🙂 But normally I wear wash n’ go’s and second-day hair puffs/buns. I had success with protective styling and encourage you all to try it sometime just to give your hair a break or to achieve a goal.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
STAY ON THE HAIR BOARDS and BLOGS! Find a hair board or blog that you love, and TRUST ME it will love you back. The vast amounts of information out there is unbelievable, and the support system from women who are going, or have been, through what you are going through is phenomenal. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice, most people are willing to help. Just be encouraged…understand every one’s journey is different and stick to what feels right–make sure your goals are YOUR goals. Consider everything and then choose what’s best for you.
-How do you maintain length?
Moisture. Wait…did I mention that already? Moisture is the FIRST step, if your hair is not moisturized it will not thrive. The second step to maintaining length is figuring out what works for YOU. Find a regimen, and products and try to stick with them for a couple months and see if you notice any change. In the beginning, I was trying everything, every style, every product, every everything…this was taxing on my hair because it never got a rest. I personally find that braids/sew-ins are when I maintain the most length because my hair is not being handled as much, however I have achieved length goals and maintained length outside of those styles.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
For me being naturally glamorous, is knowing that THIS is me…it’s all me. I am comfortable in my own skin, I have peace of mind regardless of what I appear on the outside, but there is just something so satisfying, for me, about being natural…it’s hard to describe in words. I just love the fact that even in all my complexity….I’ve got these kinky-curly locs that are exactly the way they were intended to be.