Remember Moniero’s gorgeous Bantu Knot-Out? Well, she’s back to share her routine and beauty secrets with the CN.com community!
CN: How long have you been natural?
M: This is actually my second time starting my journey. I started cutting my relaxed ends in April of 2007, and have been completely natural since June 2007. I started with less than an inch of hair.
CN: What is your regimen?
M: My current regimen consists of co-washing once a week. Thanks to Curly Nikki, my staple conditioner is Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. In the shower, I co-wash in sections (4 total), and rinse the conditioner completely out. I then get out of the shower and apply my deep conditioner. Currently, I am using Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose with Jessicurl Deep Treatment or Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana with Honey Suckle Rose. I then sit under a hooded dryer for 15 minutes. After, the dryer I just use a towel to seal in the heat for another 15 minutes. I make sure to deep condition weekly, because my hair dries out easily. Since, my hair is so soft after deep conditioning, this is when I detangle. My comb just glides through my hair like butter. Next, I get back in the shower and rinse the deep conditioners out. Reminder: my hair is still in 4 sections. The final step is to apply Giovanni Direct Leave-In with Jessicurl Deep Treatment to my ends, and start braiding. I usually have about 13 braids.
Also, I do a Jamila Henna treatment once a month. I use Curly Nikki’s henna mixture.
CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
M: Deep condition weekly, and don’t compare your hair or texture to others. Do what your hair likes, and don’t be afraid of trial and error.
CN: How do you maintain length?
M: My hair has grown so much in these two years. I make sure to deep condition weekly, mositurize my ends nightly (Shea butter), and trim only when needed.
CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
M: I try to re-braid my hair every night. I section my hair in four, and do four flat braids. When I wear an updo, I just wrap my hair up in a silk scarf. On lazy days, I sleep on a sating pillow case with my hair out.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
M: My hair is different. My hair allows me to separate myself from typical stereotypes. I love being natural, and I love seeing other natural women.
Thanks Curly Nikki for all that you do!
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