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CelinaStarr- Naturally Glam!

By January 27th, 202132 Comments

Meet CelinaStar…a curly that truly has the whole length retention thing under control!

CN: How long have you been natural?
CS: I have been completely natural since May of 2009. I transitioned for 3 years. My last relaxer was May 2006 and I got lots of trims and 3 mini hair cuts during this time.

CN: What is your regimen?
CS: I don’t really have much of a regimen. Lately I have been co-washing daily, because I have been exercising every day. I go no longer than 4 days without co washing.

Here is what I have been doing recently:

I now only use Aussie Moist and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioners. I used to use Pantene’s Relaxed and Natural conditioner, but stopped. The new version now has sodium chloride, which dries out the hair if left in. Every once in a while, usually during the warm summer months, I will co wash with Vo5 or Suave.

I usually finger comb in the shower. Every once in a while I will use my seamless shower comb from Sally’s. I also have a Denman brush which I rarely use. I simply take as much conditioner as needed (I’d say around 3 large hand fulls) and comb it through my hair with my fingers. I don’t rinse all of it out. I stand under the shower head while I comb. I never ever comb my hair dry and without conditioner.

Every once in I while I shampoo my hair. I simply take a little bit of shampoo, dilute it with water, and rub it on my scalp using my fingertips. I then rinse and let it fall through the rest of my hair. I never put shampoo directly on the length of my hair.

After I get out of the shower I either braid my hair into one braid or put it up using an octopus clip or flexi 8. For second day hair I make a bun, put it up, or wear a pony tail. Sometimes I do wear my hair loose, but not all day. I may take it down sometimes but usually put it back up later in the day. I’m trying to wear protective styles more.

At night or when I am just relaxing at home, I keep my hair in one braid and usually cover it with my satin night cap.

I don’t use gels, mousse, and other “stylers”, but am open to experimenting every once in a while.

CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
CS: Do not compare your hair to others. Find a regimen that works for you. Try not to let others’ negativity get to you. Some people may not like your hair in its natural state andwill be very vocal about letting you know that they want it straightened.

CN: How do you maintain length?
CS: I finger comb and never comb my hair when dry. I get my hair trimmed when needed. Trying to keep my hair up as much as possible and co-washing has helped me retain length.

CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
CS: I braid my hair into one braid at night and wear a night cap. For second day hair and beyond I take a little bit of conditioner in my hands, dilute it with a little water, and smooth it in my hair to get rid of frizz and flattened curls.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
CS: Freedom. I no longer have to worry about sweating or running from the rain or spending an entire Saturday in the salon getting my hair done. I feel more unique, like an individual not having to hide behind fake chemically processed or heat damaged hair.

My fotki:

CelinaStarr- Naturally Glam!
CelinaStarr- Naturally Glam!
CelinaStarr- Naturally Glam!
CelinaStarr- Naturally Glam!

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  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is very beautifull, i'm crazy about your curls.
    How do you get your hair to be down and free like that, is it easier with longer hair and do u use any products? 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much Celina for responding. Good luck as you continue on your healthy hair journey. God bless.


  • CelinaStarr says:

    Hi Adaeze.

    I don't comb and braid. I finger comb my hair in the shower loose and full of conditioner while standing under running water. I comb in 3 or 4 sections.

    Sometimes I may put my in one braid and I do this on wet or dry hair but I don't wear extensions, box braids, or twists. 🙁 Wish I could help.

  • Anonymous says:

    Celina, you have gorgeous hair. I stumbled across you Fotki account by accident and was completely speechless and amazed with the length you achieved in such a short period. Well done!

    I would like to know how you comb your hair while braiding it (box braids or twists using extensions) i.e if you do that at all because my guess is that your hair most likely will be dry while braiding.

    I would also appreciate it if anyone could assist in answering the question as well or give suggestions.

    Thank you.


  • CelinaStarr says:

    I'm a 3c/b mix with some 3a on top. My curls are more wavy and less curly.

  • Anonymous says:

    What is your hair type?

  • CelinaStarr says:

    Hi Karama.

    Thank you. It's a hair comb from Simplistic Designs ( I have the copper, bronze, and silver hearts comb.

  • Anonymous says:


    I was on Fotki last year, but I took down my page after 3 years:O( I should bring it back. I never had an issue with retaining length because I took very good care of my ends with naural oils. I'm not saying it is impossible for 4's to grow very long hair, but on average it takes longer compared to a females whose hair is in the 3's. The average Fotki member in three years hair is past her shoulders and close to the middle of her back in the flat ironed state(from the hundreds of fotki's I've seen with healthy growing hair). I believe her beautiful head of hair is mostly genetic and also the fact she took care of her mane.I get asked all the time if my hair is a weave because it's long, but I got all that length by protectingn my ends and patients.

  • Unknown says:

    Beautiful hair! Where did you get those pretty heart-shaped pins you used in your bun?

  • CelinaStarr says:

    Thank you again everyone for the kind words.

    I'm not mixed race. The shortest my hair has ever been is a little below shoulder length. I think all hair types can grow long. For me keeping a simple regimen and low manipulation helps me grow and maintain long hair.

  • ThisOwl says:

    Anonymous said…

    { I think her hair is very pretty, but the average black woman will never experience hair that is that texture or lenght within three years. I've been natural for 7 years and my hair just now passed the middle of my back. I think her hair is the bomb, but usually women with moxed heritage grow hair that long in such a short time.}

    I will have to disagree, there are women that i know personally and MANY more on fotki, youtube, KISS and other hair boards that have grown their hair to midback length, waist length and even beyond in 5years and less..just to name a few, tracyee from KISS, sera25, bronzeg, sylver2, jen2262, royalempress, dyslla all on fotki and so many more, they all have very beautiful thick/course/kinky/coily hair natural and relaxed hair, check them out!..genetics does have some factors in this but if you properly, carefully and consistently maintain your hair's health you can definitely see amazing results with your hair. The key is to retain one's length!

  • Anonymous says:

    to Anonymous . . .

    Hmm I don't know, I've personally known many black women who experience a great amount of hair growth in a relatively short amount of time. Check out Sera25 or it might be Sera252. She actually has month by month pictures of her journey through to five years. Her hair looks very coarse, though pretty.

  • Anonymous says:

    Wow!! 🙂 Simple regimen and pretty hair. Can't beat that. ~KF519

  • CelinaStarr says:

    To the anon that asked about my transition and being natural:

    Well, it's pretty much what sky said (thanks sky 🙂 )

    My last relaxer was May of 2006. After this I grew my hair out and had lots of trims. In May of this year, I finally got the last of my relaxed ends cut off, making me fully natural.

  • ThisOwl says:

    she still had relaxed ends, so she had 2 different textures of hair, her natural hair and the relaxed ends..thats called transitioning which is considered not completely natural and then from may 09 she cut all the relaxed ends off making her 100% natural. hope its clear now.

  • Miss Dior says:

    Cool Hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    silly question. how have you only been natural since may 2009 but transitioning for 3 years?

  • CelinaStarr says:

    Thank you for the kind words everyone, and happy hair growing to all of you.

    When I have the time I will try to upload old straight hair and "short hair" photos of myself with my face blocked out.

  • Liza says:

    In three years your hair is longer than mine has ever been,and I've been natural my whole life! It has to have something to do with genetics and not just hair care. This is truly record-breaking growth for such a short period of time. Was your hair always long?

  • Anonymous says:

    I think her hair is very pretty, but the average black woman will never experience hair that is that texture or lenght within three years. I've been natural for 7 years and my hair just now passed the middle of my back. I think her hair is the bomb, but usually women with moxed heritage grow hair that long in such a short time.

  • Anonymous says:

    I totally understand about having your face all over the internet. No, it's not silly at all. I've seen other people use such photos with the face obscured or totally blocked out with something. Just a suggestion. Maybe there's a way to do it without damaging the photos. Thanks for sharing your new photos.

  • Unknown says:

    Anon…I think it's just "washing" with conditioner

  • nickye says:

    Washing with conditioner instead of shampoo.

  • Onyxcabelo says:

    Beautiful hair!!

  • Namun says:

    I love, love, love, looooveeee, your hair. I also love that you don't use stylers. I don't like to use gels and I'm glad to see that I can go without it and still obtain nice hair. Thanks for the sharing your hair regime!

  • Anonymous says:

    co-washing is washing with conditioner instead of shampoo

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    THREE years??? That's GOTTA be a record… Your hair is amazing. Congrats

  • CelinaStarr says:

    CurlyNikki, thank you so much for featuring me as a Naturally Glam Hair Idol. I am honored. You have been one of my natural hair inspirations for the longest time.

    I have plenty of straight hair, "short hair", and transitioning photos but all of them include face shots. This may sound silly, but I feel uneasy about having my face all over the Internet.

    Co washing is washing with conditioner only, preferably one without cones. This page has more information about co washing:

    Thank you for your kind words everyone.

  • Inga says:

    I love your tresses! Such natural beauty!

  • Anonymous says:

    What is co-washing?

  • NewbieNaturalDiva says:

    Great lengnth! Her hair is beautiful! Her regimen is simple and very helpful.

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair. I just visited your fotki. Nice. At some point, I hope you get to add some old photos with your straight or relaxed hair. It would be interesting to see those for comparison purposes.

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