-How long have you been natural?
5 yrs as of Nov. 2008
-What is your regimen?
I dont have too much of a regimen anymore, but there are a few things that are absolute musts for me: once a week, shampoo with a sulfate free natural shampoo (currently using kiss my face miss treated shampoo but I am a big fan of giovanni tea tree shampoo as well). condition/co wash with elucence moisture balancing conditioner and use elucence mb conditioner mixed with a bit of oil as a leave in. The rest all depends on how my hair is feeling that day. Sometimes I add veggie glycerine to my leave in during humid weather for more moisture. If I decide to use gel, I use either fantasia ic gel w/ spakelites, ouidad climate control, or aubrey organics mandarin moisturizing jelly. my favorite deep treatments are jessicurl wdt or what i call “everything but the kitchen sink” which is elucence mb, veggie glycerine, olive oil, honey, and jessicurl wdt. Protein treatments have added strength to my hair and reduced the amount of split ends and breakage I would normally have. Elucence extended moisture repair treatment is my favorite thus far. I’m pretty low maintenance when it comes to my hair, so currently I try to wet it as infrequently as possible. I’m also styling challenged, so I love wearing wash n gos, ponytails, buns, french braids, or a headband. I get trims as needed.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
It’s your journey. That being said, you have a right to your feelings about your hair. Experiement with different products, regimens, and routines until you find what works for you. But just as your journey is unlike anyone else’s, so is your hair. Don’t waste time coveting someone elses, because no two heads are the same. Enjoy your hair and try to make it the best that it can be.
-How do you maintain length?
By maintaing my hair’s overall health. I have fine hair that will break and split at the drop of a dime if it’s not cared for properly. Keeping my hair moisturized, doing protein treatments for added strength, and getting trims as soon as my ends start looking raggedy is a must!
-What advice would you give to naturals that decide to color their hair?
Go for it! I started coloring my hair when i was in 7th or 8th grade and havent stopped yet! Whether you use kool-aid, buy a box from the store, go to a professional, or use henna (all of which I’ve done) you have to listen to your hair. If it’s crying out for moisture or added strength, then by all means do it! Ultimately, going to a professional colorist is the best idea.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
The best thing is that it’s naturally my texture! I dont have to worry about my hair getting wet, if my wig is on straight, if I can afford getting another weave, trying to keep my hair pressed without damaging it, etc etc. plus even when I think im having a bad hair day, no one else can tell. I can go to bed with peace of mind because i dont have to stress about what im going to do with my hair the next day.