-How long have you been natural?
I did the BC in October 2002, cutting my hair down to ¼”. I wore my hair in the “Halle Berry style”, and I got tired of relaxing, noticing my hair was so thin. Also, I have two daughters who are natural, and I kept telling them not to relax their hair, while I was relaxing mine every 8 weeks. So I had to set the example and let them see that mommy didn’t have to relax either. It’s the best decision I’ve made about my hair in my life.
-What is your regimen?
I have a simple regime. I co-wash with Suave conditioners, avoid products that have silicones and too much proteins in them, I’ve noticed they make my hair hard. My staple products for moisture is Long Aid Curl Activator gel, and I make a gel of Fruit Of The Earth Aloe Vera Gel (4oz) with vegetable glycerin (1oz), a little jojoba oil and a few drops of essential oil. For a leave-in I will use Biotera leave-in, I like the consistency, it’s clear liquid and it tames frizz and provide sunscreen for the hair. My hairstyles consist of the puff, flat twist-outs, and finger curls. I use a Denman brush and a wide tooth comb for detangling in the shower.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
I would tell a newbie to be patient, especially in the beginning because your hair will grow. Also, simple is better. Do not weigh your hair down with too much product, and “one size does not fit all”, what works for one curly will not work for you. In some instances it will take you a while to get the products to use for your hair down, and to develop a routine.
-How do you maintain length?
I recently cut my hair a few months ago due to damage from a few dye jobs, but I never had a problem retaining length. I make sure I moisturize my ends, I do not use direct heat except once a year, and I wear protective hair styles so that I don’t have to comb or brush my hair frequently.
-How do you preserve your curls at night?
At night I will sleep on a satin pillow case, and with certain hair styles I will tie a satin scarf on my head.