Many of you had some unanswered questions after Aricurl’s hair idol interview. Check out the follow-up below:

CN: What is your fotki link and password?
PW: twelve

CN: How did you achieve the bun?
It is a simple ponytail tucked under. I’ll take one or two twists to cover up the top of the ponytail holder. I use two non-cotton scrunchies and place it at the ends and roll under (just like a sponge or plastic roller) and secure it all around with hairpins.

CN: What products do you use to twist, and how long do they last?
It changes as I find new products. I use my own conditioner mix. Giovanni Direct mixed with Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose (not too much because it’s difficult to get the ‘white’ out), a little sweet almond, water and glycerin. I seal my ends with my whipped shea mixture. This past winter I used the shea all over.

I haven’t had an issue with my twists unraveling. When I wasn’t keeping the best care for my hair, I would cleanse and re-twist every two weeks. Now it’s every week. If you manipulate your twists a lot or don’t tie it down at night, it will look ‘hairy’.

CN: Do you henna? If so, how often?
Every few months.

CN: Whats your fav moisturizer?
I actually like my own leave-in mix. I do have several runner-ups; it depends on the purpose. I love Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa as a co-wash. I dampen my hair with water at night during the week and apply a small amount of conditioner. Currently I’m rotating:
– Jessicurl WDT. I water this down in my hand because it’s thick and has a tendency to leave a film when used out the jar.
– Sheamoisture Leave-In.
– I recently purchased Yes-to-Cucumbers. Jury is still out.

CN: Please provide more details on how you retain length
It’s primarily due to protective styling. There was a long stretch of time when I didn’t notice growth at all. My hair had gone as far as it could with the crappy way I was treating it. I’ve obtained a lot of growth when I stopped using sulfate shampoos, stayed away from silicones and started using an insane amount of conditioners for co-wash and moisture. My hair has also benefited from using products with natural ingredients. If I have to squint at the ingredient list, sound out the words and google it, I don’t need to put it in my hair.

My hair is still in recovery mode from years of neglect. I also lost a lot of hair last spring/summer with careless ‘newbie’ mistakes. It’s growing back though.