CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural about 8 or 9 years. In 1998 I stopped going to the salon and started using PCJ for Kids about twice year around the top part of my crown. In 2000 I eliminated doing so as I realized it was pointless and I figured out to use a flat-iron! So it took about a year or so for the top part of my crown to grow out as by that time the length of my hair was already natural.
CN: What is your regimen?
I typically wash when I feel like I buildup which isn’t very often so maybe once every couple of months with actual shampoo. Outside of that I co-wash with Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Conditioner every 2-3 days, detangle using my paddle brush with Coconut Sublime Moisturizing Conditioner in my hair and then rinsing with cold water. To style my hair I use Curls Soufflé if I am doing a wash-n-go. If I decide to twist I use 100% Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil and seal ends with the Soufflé. I have just recently added Cassia treatments to my regimen and will be doing that on a weekly basis until my color grows out. After which I will change to Henna.
CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
To stay away from the heat and condition, condition, condition. Also, once you find a shampoo (if you prefer), a conditioner, a moisturizer and a styling product….stick to it. Don’t go trying to find a new product because you heard that it was great. Save that for after you have transitioned and have healthy hair. That way you can afford to take chances without too much of an ill effect.
CN: How do you maintain length?
I hate to say this but I have never thought about maintaining length. Due to my genetics and my pure laziness when it came to my hair it has always been long and never had a problem growing. But, I also attribute it to my mom teaching me to not inflict my hair with heat. She would make me use rollers and when she found out I had purchased a curling iron she threw it away. I did have a lapse when I went to college and a few times after. I am a pretty no fuss person and I like things pretty simple. Being as such, I have been a ponytail and bun person for most of my adult life.
CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
If I did a wash-n-go that particular day and being lazy I will put my hair in a pineapple and tie a satin scarf around my crown. If I want to rock a twist-out I will twist my hair and use coconut oil and Curls Soufflé to seal my ends. Once I have completed the twist I will tie a scarf around my crown and off to sleep I go. I sleep on a satin pillow case and sheets so my ends are usually ok.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
I absolutely love the fact that no matter where I go no one will have hair like mine. You will definitely remember me as I tend to stand out. Especially when I feel like having big hair and style it that way! I also feel that having natural hair is the most versatile as I can do both curly and straight in numerous styles.