-How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in August of 2003. I transitioned for a little over a year by wearing twist-outs, braids, braid-outs and buns. I finally chopped off the remaining relaxed ends in October of 2004. It was so liberating!
In early 2008, I discovered naturallycurly.com and the cg method. This led to the rebirth of my hair. I cut it in last summer and have been following a modified cg method since then.
-What is your regimen?
Because my hair is short now, my regimen is very simple.
-I co-wash and finger comb as needed (usually 2x per week) using Suave Naturals Conditioner.
-On shampoo days, which is usually every 2-3 weeks, Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose is my shampoo of choice because it is sulfate free.
-Fridays are Deep Treatment Day. The treatment consists of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner, Honey and Coconut Oil. I then sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes followed by a Denman detangling session and a cool water rinse.
-Instead of a towel, I wrap my head with a t-shirt to absorb excess water.
– Most days, I finish with Kinky Curly Knot Today and Curling Custard. Because of the way my hair is cut, I like to slick down the back and sides, which KCCC is perfect for.
-Sometimes, I finish with Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner, Jojoba Oil and a butter/cream.
-What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Have Patience. It its a lengthy process of learning how to care for your new hair and to love your true self. I know it seems like your hair isn’t growing. Its seem that the tangles are never ending. Its seems like the styles you try just don’t work out. But it will get better, and when it does, you’re going to love all the possibilities.
-What do you do to your hair at night?
I have a funky haircut, so the sides and back are usually slicked down and the top is out. At night, I reapply KCCC to my the back and sides (only if needed) then sleep in a silk scarf. It the morning I reactivate the top coils with water.
-What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
I am proud that I represent Black beauty in its natural state. Every kink, coil and nap remind me (and everyone else) of my African heritage. Most of all, I love the versatility that comes with chemical free 4a hair. It has character and a personality that always keeps people guessing. I can wear Afro puffs, defined ringlets, braids, twists and/or a press & curl all in the same week. How cool is that?