CN: How long have you been natural?
Five years. I chopped on March 30, 2004 after transitioning for 10 months.

CN: What is your regimen?
I don’t really have a set regimen. I co-wash almost nightly, and shampoo at least once a week. I’ve just added henna to my routine, and I’m starting to use hair butters again.

CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Learn to love your hair as it is instead of trying to make it look and behave like someone else’s. Looking to hair albums for advice, styles, and inspiration is all good, but I’ve seen people get sad that their hair couldn’t do what soandso’s hair did or didn’t look like whatshername’s looks and end up buying all these products for naught. And don’t become a PJ! You’ll end up broke and with a collection of hair products stashed all over your house. HA! (speaking from experience)

CN: How do you maintain length?
I honestly ask myself the same thing. I think not using heat on my hair has helped tremendously with length retention, and the fact that I’m too lazy and too unskilled to really do anything with my hair means that I’m not losing much to breakage. Co-washing and using conditioner as a leave-in has probably helped too.

CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
I will usually put my hair into 2-4 big twists or braids before going to bed. In the morning, I take them down and I still have curls.

CN: What’s your Mane Pics? (2 fav hair products)
Pantene Relaxed and Natural Breakage Defense Mask as a DC and any of the suave/v05 conditioners as leave-ins

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
The best thing about being natural is not having to worry about my hair so much. If I wake up, and it looks like I could possibly have a bad hair day, I can put my hair up in a puff or do a wash n go. After spending so many years fighting my hair, it’s nice to finally have a chance to see what it does when it’s just left alone.