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!
@mina….beautiful hair! like you i love the wng's but am now realizing that i need to do more protective styles and how to keep my ends moisturized. how do you pull your hair up in the ponytail? do you do it wet or dry? if done wet, do you apply product first and then pull it up?
How do u moisturize with Shea Butter (I have the natural, hard stuff.) I use it lay my edges down. and I Love the Cantu shea butter.
Monique – I used to straighten my hair all the time and I would have problems with reversion back to my curly pattern. But now that I straighten far less often (i.e. I straightened 2x in the past 3 months) my hair has no problem bouncing right back. And no I dont use a heat protectant but I should!
Very nice! You go head girl! 🙂 ~KF519
Your hair is beautiful curly or straight. I love that you are not afraid to cut some inches even though I would not be able too. LOL.
Do you have any problems with reversion when you straighten? Do you use a heat protectant?
I was just about to ask what is WNG but I saw someone posted above I'm so lost on some of these blogs because I never know what these terms mean lol
WOW! Your my new hair model…Just when I am ready to say this ain't for me…I'm going back to the creamy crack I see a beautiful role model like yourself and it renews my earnest want to stay on this journey! Gorgeous hair…and thanks for the pic comment tips!
Hi Ladies. Thank you for the compliments. Yes WNG is a wash n go. To straighten my hair I typically wash, deep condition and moisturize then pull into a bun to air dry mostly over night (this also helps to lay your edges down). Next day i blow dry and apply shea butter. I then section and straighten with a Maxius Maxiglide (i love this thing for straightening). If needed I will use a flat iron or straightening comb to get the edges. Hope this helps!
Gorgeous hair!!! Love your curls. You seem to do a great job keeping it moisturized and healthy. Sometimes, simplicity is best! My hair likes it when I keep it simple, too.
Your hair is simply GORGEOUS! It looks great straight or curly.
WNG- I think means wash n go
I would love to know how she got her hair this straight! I love it.
This is my only gripe with natural hair. It's just so hard to straighten. Any tips would be appreciated!
What is WNG???
Your hair is beautiful!! Can't wait until I have some years under my belt =)
WOW, her hair is beautiful, lol, cutting off a few inches cuz she is tired of it, WHAT!!!! N E way, what is WING????