CN: How long have you been natural?
I transitioned for 10 months. Been 100% natural for 21 months…and counting!!
CN: What is your current regimen?
It begins with co-washing usually just to detangle whenever I change my hairstyle. This can vary from daily to every other day, maybe even longer depending on how I am wearing my hair or if I’m being lazy. Buns, ponytails and updos are done in the shower with hair loaded with conditioner, hair grease* is normally used to sleek the frizzes down ( don’t want da guys touchin’ up hard gelled down hair… it’s far from sexy) followed by the trusty head tie. Twists, braids, flat twists and cornrows are done out of the shower with hair in sections (if I’m styling the front only – 2 sections, parted from ear to ear, if I’m styling the entire head – 2-4 sections), using conditioner to moisturise. Shampoo is used on an as needed basis and Deep Conditioner is used whenever hair is shampooed (if this is a word) and followed with my co wash conditioner.
Right now I’m lovin’ HE Hello Hydration and Long Term Relationship Conditioner, Garnier Fructis Long & Strong Conditioner, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Shampoo has not been replaced since last month… Dax Pomade*
* will change once I find another solution to keepin’ the lil’ hairs smooth.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
No. 1 method for retaining/maintaining length is detangling in the shower (OH YEA)!! The best creations since french fries!! Protective styles would be next because they keep the hair detangled!! Less tangles = less splits and breakage!! My hair naturally stays wet for days when in buns, braided ponytails or updos so all I do is make sure the ends are loaded with conditioner. When wearing twists, braids, flat twists or cornrows, my hair dries quickly so I wet them and squeeze conditioner into them daily.
CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
I style my hair at night for the next day, with just a lil’ brushing or moisturizing in the morning. Can’t sleep without tying my hair. Paranoia to the point that I carry my head tie in my bag just in case.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Moisturize, avoid tangles, protect the ends, avoid breakage and splits!! Transitioners don’t wait till your hair is completely natural to take care of the curly hair. Moisturize your new growth daily or twice daily, detangle, protective styles are your friend but for a different reason than retaining length. They help with the terrible two’s.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The FAT JUICY twists like… hmmmm!!! The PLUMPING of the braids like a moistened… hmmm!!! To describe such sexiness is orgasmic!! OMG curly hair is like waves of orgasms!!
CN: Anything else you want to add?
The decision to go natural is nothing compared to the decision to stay natural!! Very often I see people go natural then texturise or go back to a relaxer. Not hating I’ve contemplated it, contemplate it at least once every week and maybe will never stop contemplating it!! Who
cares variety is the spice of life!! …so what’s the point?? Don’t feel pressured to go natural, don’t feel pressured to stay natural!!