CN: How long have you been natural?
Z: I have been completely Natural for almost 2 ½ years!
CN: What is your regimen?
Z: My regimen is short and sweet! I have altered it slightly over the last two years as my hair evolves but for the most part I co-wash with aubrey organics conditioners 2 xs per week and use certified virgin organic coconut oil 1x per week as a leave in and shine enhancer. I do use raw shea butter occasionally following the 2 weeks post shampoo or when I need a weather protectant. I keep my hair in a protective style during the week (Braids or twists!) and then style out on the weekends. I occasionally use aubrey organics B5 gel to braid or twist but most of the time I use just water under the shower! Every 4-6 weeks I Deep Condition, shampoo and use a homemade herbal hair rinse. And then every season I DETOX my hair on shampoo day, using my herbal hair rinse mixed with ACV!
CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Z: I would recommend to her to find a knowledgeable mentor to help assist her with her journey! The journey to nappturalism can be a challenging, emotional rollercoaster for some. If you have a mentor to lean on-ask questions too, seek guidance, support and motivation, the journey can become less stressful and much more enjoyable for a newbie!
CN: How do you maintain length?
Z: I do live a very healthy lifestyle; nutrition and exercise are a huge part of my hair care regime. I drink a homemade herbal hair growth tea almost every day which is also a great health & wellness tea…. I keep my hair in a protective style 80% of the time, and I’m always consistent with my hair care techniques…I also use inexpensive high quality natural products! Some of the other things that help me retain length; I NEVER use heat and get my hair professionally trimmed every 6mos!
CN: What led to your decision to solely use natural products and ingredients?
Z: I didn’t like the way my hair looked or felt when I first went natural. It wasn’t at all how I imagined it should look. The commercial products I was using were depressing my hair for real! I had lived an alternative holistic lifestyle for quite a few years before I decided to return my hair to its natural state, so I decided it was time for my hair products to go natural too! Since I have stuck with 100% pure natural products my hair has thrived beyond my imagination.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
Z: Oh wow I have to say that wearing your natural hair texture separates your beauty from others in a way that creates a divine natural beauty of oneself! Hair is a huge part of a woman’s image and no one else will have the same style or texture because God made each strand specially for you and that is GLAMOROUS!!!!
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