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.
i would love to see more pictures
you are absolutly gorgeous and i love curly hai. your straight hair pic is also very very gorgeous
Wow, her hair is beautiful….like someone else said on this post..I was told the same thing, "You just have the type of hair that is not going to grow long." I was told this by a beautician. Well, eventually I did achieve
past shoulder length hair (I also changed beauticians)my hair was relaxed at the time. Years later, after growing my hair out, I decided to transition to natural. I stopped relaxing in Aug 2008. Fast foward to today, I have again achieved past shoulder length hair..but this time it's Natural…..so ladies, don't listen to negative comments like "your hair won't grow," with your type of hair, you can't go natural." Go for it, healthy hair is GOOD hair.
WOW! I like your hair!:)
I love your hair is very pretty.
SOOOOO inspiring!! I really MUST stop putting heat in my hair! LOL i NEED this length!
Oooh…such beautiful hair!
too cute :]
Did someone say New Hair Idol!!!
There are not enough words to describe how Spectacular this Queens hair is. You and your hair are Gorgeous, a Beautiful Inspiration.
My New Hair Idol, Does she have a Fotki 😀
Beautiful hair…..it proves the KISS regime really works!
I wonder if she has a fotki would love to see more pictures and know her hair care routine.
Ditto on everyone — your hair is AMAZING!
Wowzers!! I just don't know what else to say!!
OMG!! You hair is beautiful!!!! My curl pattern is definitely not that but I can't wait to get length like that.
Absolutely beautiful hair!! Please tell me she has a Fotki! I'd love 2 c more pics of her hair!
Keisha….those are twist outs (with camera phone)! That's the best one yet. The next it rained and it just got a little bigger. Which was better to me!! Thanks again everyone. I stalk so many people's fotki's myself so it's kinda weird that others feel the same way about my hair as I do to you ladies!!
Anonymous at 1:28am. That's the problem, I wish I could just condition and leave it alone. I like putting stuff on my head too much!
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
and her regimen ist quite simple.
again- less is more.
did i mention this woman`s hair is beautiful?
i luv it!!!!!!!!!
Homegirl's hair is SICK!
Wow, lovely hair!!!
i can't wait until my hair grows back
laziness is the key. condition it and leave it alone and it will GROW!
Marvelous dahling…im also drooling…
*drooling* Absolutely beautiful!
Her twist/braid outs are a dream! I can only aspire to get that same frizz-less shape and form! I think her hair is beautiful, and hope to get back to that length as a natural soon (did my chop in March), but she had me >.< at the 'genetics' comment though.
lovely hair. i had just discovered her fotki last night.
beautiful hair…are those braid outs in the pics with the camera phone? they look fab!
Thank you ladies very much for all the compliments! It is definitely appreciated. I'm blushing right now! 🙂
I can't even decide what I want to say, her hair is just THAT gorgeous.
Beautiful hair <3
Ditto Ronne's post!
WOW! (O_O) U betta WERK!!!!!
Her hair is beyond beautiful!
I was told that my 4A/B hair couldn't grow long because it was the driest of all the natural hair types, but I found out the secret to long hair. Keep it braided or weaved up and it will grow like crazy. With three straight years of protective styles my hair is finally long and can mantain length. I gotta say it again! HER HAIR IS BOMB!
Wow. Gorgeous hair on a gorgeous woman! I've been natural all my life and my hair won't get past shoulder length. Let me borrow your genes real quick! lol
This is the exactly length of hair I want for myself. Thanks for sharing.
amazing! I can't wait for my hair to get to get longer!!!
beautiful hair! beautiful woman.
Go diva, GO!! My hair wants to be like yours when it grows up! 😉