Meet Corporate Napps… loc’ed up and loving it!

CN: How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was August 2005. I wore kinky/curly sew-in weaves to transition and had the relaxer cut off slowly as time went on. I started wearing my natural hair out in November 2006.

CN: What is your current regimen?
As of January 2009, I started loc’ing my hair. My regimen is wash and condition weekly or as needed. I wash with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Shampoo, followed by Dove Moisturizng Shampoo, followed by Dove Moisturizing Conditioner. I retwist my new growth every 4 to 6 weeks using Organics Root Stimulator Lock & Twist Gel mixed with honey, olive oil and castor oil.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?

I have locs, so maintaining length is a natural part of the process. I oil my locs every few days with a spritz concoction of coconut oil, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary essential oils.

CN: How do you protect your curls a night?

To maintain the neatness and keep lint away, I tie it up with a satin scarf.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Be patient. Remember caring for natural hair may seem difficult. But keep in mind that you have had straight hair, probably most of your adult life. So you have to learn what works for your hair over time, just like you did with straight hair.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?

Now that I have locs, being able to wake up and go, without having to fuss much over my hair is awesome. It’s even better when I curl them. I get up, bathe, pick out clothes, do my girly thing with the make-up, and go.

CN: Anything else you want to add?

Just know that what works for others may not work for you. You have to find the products that work for your texture. Less is always more with natural hair. And remember, your hair is uniquely yours. You may not get the same style that your hair idol had because your texture or thickness may be very different.