-How long have you been natural?
I celebrated my six month anniversary on October 29, 2008. I transitioned for about 6 months.
-What is your regimen?
I make sure to deep condition with either , Aubrey Organics Honey SuckleRose or White Camellia, or a caramel treatment at least once a week. I cowash with Suave Tropical Coconut conditioner and occasionallyuse diluted castile soap if I feel the need beforehand. I detangle about once a week with the Denman brush or a widetoothed comb while my hair is soaked with conditioner and under the showerstream. If I wear wash n gosa few days in a row, I just fingercomb everyday while my hair is wet. I use no cones unless they are water soluble. I rarely use shampoo. I occasionally like to do oil rinses with either olive oil or grapeseed oil.
For wash n gos, I cowash with Suave, use a leave in such as AbbaNourishing or Knot Today followed by Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I then plop with a microfiber towel or tshirt for about 5 minutes.
For twists, I use a small amount of leave in followed by either OyinWhipped Pudding, shealoe, Hairveda Whipped Cream, or Qhemet Heavy Cream.
For fingercoils, I use a liberal amount of leave in and Fantasia IC gel with sparkalites. When wearing a protective style, I spritz daily with myhomemade aloe vera/glycerin spritz or Oyin Frank juice to keep it moisturized.
If my scalp becomes itchy or dry, I use jojoba oil mixed with a few dropsof lavender or peppermint essential oils.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Don’t expect your hair to do things that it doesn’t want to do. Your hair is unique, just as you are. Learn to embrace it as it is. The most frustrating thing is to spend tons of money and time on trying to make your hair into something it’s not meant to be.
-How do you maintain length?
I wear protective styles and keep my ends moisturized. I also either wear a silk/satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillowcase.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
Having confidence in something that I used to be ashamed of. Being unique among a sea of relaxed, unhealthy heads. Having my hair be able to show it’s full glory for the first time in my adult life.