Koos has a gorgeous, full head of naturally wavy locks. Her regimen is stellar and she’d like to share some of the things she has learned along the way:

CN: How long have you been natural?
K: My whole life! But I feel like a newbie because I’ve only since November 2008 been serious about taking proper care of my hair.

CN: What is your regimen?
K: I cowash weekly with either Suave Naturals (Lavender) or VO5 Moisture Milks (Passion Fruit Smoothie). I use Elasta QP H-Two as a leave-in and then seal with EVCO. I also use Aphogee 2-min Keratin Reconstructor every week, and that’s the only protein in my routine. I deep condition weekly with AOHR, and I henna every other week. I moisturize daily with Hydratherma Naturals Moisturizing Growth Lotion (it is sooooooo good) or my homemade spritz made of 70% water and 30% vegetable glycerin with a few drops of rosemary EO. I clarify my hair every 4-6 weeks with Suave Naturals Shampoo, and before I clarify I ALWAYS preepoo.

CN: What’s the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
K: Follow the ABCs of hair care: ASSESS your strands, BUILD a strong regimen, and remain CONSISTENT.

CN: How do you maintain length?
K: My hair is the longest it’s ever been (I’m pushing for full APL in December), and I know it’s because I understand that my fine hair needs to be protected. So I henna for increased strength, and I keep my hair up and off of my shoulders during the week. I wash my hair while in plaits to prevent breakage, and I NEVER comb my hair when it’s dry. I moisturize and seal EVERY DAY, and I only use heat once every 3 months.

CN: What do you do to your hair at night to preserve your curls?
K: My hair looks better when I sleep on a satin pillowcase. Bonnets tend to smush my curls, so I haven’t worn one in a while. My Curlformer sets can last a week when I only sleep on the pillowcase. If I’m wearing a braid-out, I plait my hair up every night, or I chiney bump it for a bantu knot out. When my hair is straight, I always pin curl or cross wrap it before bed.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
K: INDIVIDUALITY! My natural hair pattern is a kinky wave, and I haven’t been able to find anyone with hair like mine (maybe I will after this post =)

Thanks for your blog Nikki!

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