Naturallynana shows us just how fabulous natural hair can be…the versatility of curly hair at its best 🙂
CN: How long have you been natural?
21 months – since Feb 2008
CN: What is your current regimen?
I mostly wear my hair curly. My favorite style is the twist-out, but sometimes I’m pressed for time and opt for the wash-n-go or a pony puff.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
In 20 months, the top of my hair (longest part) has grown to 9.5 inches when straight and I’ve trimmed it 3 times. The back is shorter by about 2-3 inches, but I’ve also had it cut into a bob. The secret to retention seems to be consistent tender loving care and not too much heat or extreme styling. I actually believe I would have retained a lot more length in the back (where my hair is more coarse and tightly coiled) if I had not chemically altered my curls by coloring my hair.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
My hair does not like to be tied down. I usually sleep with it “out” and I lay on a satin pillow.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Be patient, enjoy every stage of the journey and build your network of supporters…you’re going to need them! Also, don’t be too anxious to color and when/if you do, make sure you get someone who knows what they are doing, and make sure you MAINTAIN the TLC that your hair needs after it’s colored.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
It’s unique and very versatile. I don’t have to worry about looking like every/anyone else because my hair and style are uniquely my own. Also, I can rock so many different looks and switch it up whenever I want. Last bonus…I no longer have to run in the rain. 🙂
CN: Anything else you want to add?
Embrace your naturaly beauty and just have fun with it! This journey is full of ups and downs, good hair days and bad ones, folks who will LOVE and covet your natural look and others who will constantly try to persuade you to go back to your old, chemically straightened look. But, do it for yourself, based on your own personal reasons and give it a real chance before you bail out. Enjoy the journey…
She's back natural again!
i went to her fotki and her hair is relaxed.
Ur hair is BEAUTIFUL!!! I have been natural for about 10 months now and am completely at a loss. I did a BC after finally getting frustrated and reminiscing on how my hair was before a relaxer. I quickly went to box braids immediately after my BC. Since then I've had half wigs, lace fronts and recently sew ins. My hair anniversary is in 2 months and I have scheduled then for me to come into my own and embrace my natural tresses. I know its sad that I have a date, but it gives me time to figure out products, styles, clip, accessories, etc… Call me lost in the city (lol)…PLEASE HELP anybody
Geesh…. Her hair is lovely.
I've been perusing (stalking) this site for a while. Her hair is beautiful! I'm 5.5 months into a transition and I plan to long transition, instead of BC. Thanks for posting these inspirational stories.
Very beautiful hair styles…especially the cornrow in back/with twists infront… I likey…..very nice!!!
Beautiful hair. Beautiful attitude. Beautiful style. Beautiful girl! My hair is straight right now and I will be co-washing as soon as I get home. I think I did this partly to satisfy others & keep the comments of "oh my god I can't believe you cut your hair" to a minimum. I'm now insipired lol
absolutely love her hair in the 4th picture!! soo beautiful!
I LOVE her hair! Nice hair styles and colour…Beautiful.
Beyond versatile. Every picture looks like a different person! Beautiful hair
Her hair is HOTT! I love it — it's beautiful!
I would always "stalk" her Fotki. LOL Great interview, just love her hair.
I almost missed this – I love your hair!
amazing, flawless hair! and I love the first picture!
Her hair is mind-blowingly gorgeous! I love the style in that very first pic at the top, and I'll be keeping that picture in my archives for when I've got some more length!
Nikki, love the interview. One thing I would like to ask is if you can still include the hairstyle descriptions. I loved the fact that I could figure out how to explain the styles in the picture to my sister to do them…or maybe I'll just bring in the picture! I love the site! Keep the party going!
gorgeous! not to mention ur sense of style!!!
I love the color! Beautiful hair!
so very pretty
Such an inspiration!