CN: How long have you been natural?
M: About 7 years.
CN: What is your regimen?
M: Once a week I shampoo and condition. I use a few different conditioners and shampoos including Garnier Fructis, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration, Taliah Waajid, and Organix. I detangle with a comb in the shower when I shampoo.
I usually co-wash once a week as well, and detangle with my fingers. I deep condition using a mixture of oils 1-2x a month. I also like to do a baking soda conditioner every once in a while. It leaves your hair really soft.
For daily moisture I use cantu shea butter, unrefined shea butter, coconut oil, a leave-in spritz of oils (glycerin, water, vitamin e, almond oil). I love WNG’s and twist outs. I usually will wear my hair out for 2 days or so (spritzing with water to loosen the curls) and pull it into a puff on other days. I’m not a big trimmer but sometimes I get tired of length and cut a few inches off.
CN: What is the one thing you’d tell a newbie to help her on her journey?
M: Be patient! Get to know your hair and your texture and embrace your curls. Don’t expect your curls to look like mine or anyone else’s. That’s the great thing about being natural, your hair texture is all your own. So own it. Do your research on products and ingredients. Try your best to stay away from harsh chemicals.
CN: How do you maintain length?
M: While I absolutely love the WNG it is important to give your hair a rest with some protective styles. I like the bun. Maintaining moisture is a must as well. I moisturize every night with shea butter. I also try not to over manage me hair. I like to let it be. That means not manipulating it all time. People who aren’t natural sometime find it funny that I don’t comb my hair like they do every day. But my hair loves it like that.
CN: How do you protect your style at night?
M: I’ve never been good with sleeping with a scarf or bonnet but hats off to you sisters who can. Instead I opt for a satin pillowcase. I even take it with me when I travel. If I have a twist out I do a few big twists at night. For WNG I do a high puff (I use an old knee high to do this).
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
M: My hair is my own. It is unique to me. And I love the versatility. I feel beautiful!