CN: How long have you been natural?
I started growing out my perm in 1994. I was instantly inspired by watching Lonnice Brittenum Bonner promote her first book on Oprah. She was on camera for about five minutes, but I was hooked instantly. I never realized that my hair in its natural state was ‘curly’. I transitioned again in 1997 after a texturizer gone wrong.
CN: What is your regimen?
I co-wash weekly and clarify maybe once per month. I stay far away from cones and try to avoid parabens. I’ve gotten into mixing my own butters and conditioners. I mostly wear twists in various styles due to my exercise regimen. I would love to wear my hair out more, but it would take too much time to do and maintain.
CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
Water is moisture, not oil.
CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
I use a satin cover on my pillow. If I need to flatten my hair/edges, I use an old stocking. I also dampen my ends and seal in moisture.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
Inspiring others to walk away from their relaxer and realize healthy natural hair is ‘good hair’.
CN: Anything else to add?
The mistake I made for years was assuming I didn’t have to work at keeping my hair healthy, since I was natural.