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APearl- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

By January 27th, 202110 Comments

APearl- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

CN: How long have you been natural?
100% natural, I’d say since 2007. I decided to begin going natural in 2004 after a beautician suggested I stopped perming, or get mild relaxers because of my soft hair texture. I began stretching my relaxers and getting mild relaxers every 3 to 6 months. At the time, I knew nothing about the natural hair world! I continued using the same, not good for my hair products!
By the end of 2006, I decided to stop getting mild relaxers. I had learned to maintain my “new” texture better. Throughout my transition I wore my hair straightened and cut a inch or so off every other month.

In 2008, I learned of websites about natural hair from my natural haired friends. This is when I learned about the whole “natural hair” world. I began trying different products, also known as becoming a product junkie. I began wearing my hair curly and trying out new styles! By the end of last year I decided to mainly use organic products and minimal heat on my hair. In February, I decided to stop dying and cutting it (other than trims), a hard decision because I love doing both! I wanted to see how much stronger my hair would be and grow, so far I am very pleased with the results.

CN: What is your current regimen?
I have a straight hair and curly hair regimen!

For curly hair I wash with sulfate free shampoo (or baking soda), condition with Giovanni conditioner or Trader Joes conditioner (every other week I deep condition with Pantene mask), and use a shea butter moisturizer that I make myself. Then style. If I am wearing a wash and go I skip the moisturizer and half way rinse my conditioner out, leaving a decent amount on my hair to control friz! The shea butter moisturizer consist of: Aloe Vera Gel, Shea Butter, Coconut Oil, Jojoba oil and Glycerin.

For straight hair, I wash & condition the same as above, I use Giovanni’s Frizz Be Gone, Coconut & Safflower oil on my hair while blow drying. Flat iron on low to medium setting.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
To maintain length, I limit the amount of heat I put on my hair. I only comb and detangle my hair when it’s wet with conditioner (especially when wearing it curly). I also give my hair a break, by wearing braids or sew-ins for a month or so every so often.
To maintain moisture, I do not use sulfates on my hair. I use hydrating oils and products. Again, I limit heat on my hair. Also I stopped coloring.

CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
I wrap or tie it up EVERY night! Before tying it up I check my hair, especially the ends, to see if they need to be moisturized. If they do, I use my shea butter moisturizer or safflower oil.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Be patient! Do not be afraid of trail and error with products and styles. Not every product and process will work for your hair! But you won’t know if it’ll work until you try it!

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Versatility! I love all the style options I have! My hair is another way for me to express myself!

CN: Anything else you want to add?

Going natural was the best decision I ever made. As a result I have made better decisions about what I put on/in my hair and body!

(here’s a link to my Fotki: http://public.fotki.com/ApearlC/ )
Wash and Go– March 2009

APearl- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

Straightened– November 2009

APearl- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

10 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    I'M A NEW NATURAL GIRL. I HAD GOT SO FUSTRATED WITH MY KINKY HAIR I PUT A S'CURL IN IT 2 MONTH AGO SO I COULD MANAGE IT BETTER.WAS THAT THE WRONG THING TO DO?

  • Apearl says:

    Thank you all for your lovely comments and adding me as a friend on Fotki!

    Annoymous – I combine my shea butter mix using a hand mixer. I have not had a problem using glycerin on my hair in the winter months.

    CurlyQ145 – I co-wash my hair, while the condish is in I detangle my hair. I either lightly rinse or squeeze out the extra conditioner, then style. If I have an area that does not do what I want I mist it with a mixer of bottled water, aloe vera gel, conditioner and a little oil I keep in a spray bottle. I also use that mixer to lay my edges down when I pull my hair back in wng styles.

  • KeetaRay says:

    Very nice hair!!! You've had great growth, sis!

  • curlyq145 says:

    LOL your hair! How do you achieve your wng? they are gorgeous and it seems like my hair just shrinks up!

  • NewbieNaturalDiva says:

    Great info & great hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    Very pretty.
    Hey, how do you combine your ingredients for your shea butter mix? How's the glycerin working during the colder months?

  • Unknown says:

    Just LOVELY!!

  • birthday à la mode says:

    She AIGHT! LOL, just kidding!
    WHOO HOO A! You look fab and your hair does too! Great post! 🙂

    – Steph

  • Anonymous says:

    Looking good Apearl! Loving the growth!

    Sholo

  • Anonymous says:

    Alright now Ms. Apearl, I see you!
    Looking good.

    *Kilen

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