CN: How long have you been natural?
I will have been natural for four years as of March 2010.
CN: What is your current regimen?
I’m currently keeping it as simple as possible. I have dandruff, so I’m using J/A/S/O/N dandruff shampoo per the directions (it’s more of a creme that you massage into your scalp than what most think of as a shampoo) and supplementing otherwise with co-washes as needed with whatever conditioner I have on hand.
I’m focusing a lot on retaining moisture during the winter months and am using protective styles. I deep condition every two weeks (currently using Blended Beauty Herbal Reconditioner, but otherwise just add honey and olive oil to whatever conditioner I have on hand) and moisturize with a whipped shea concoction I made with unrefined shea butter, some organic coconut oil and a few drops of almond essential oil. It makes using the shea butter much easier and I use it head to toe. My skin and hair love it.
To refresh my hair in the mornings I spritz with a mixture of H2O, Blended Beauty Natural Hair Oil (that I’ve had for a few years), and Infusium 23 Frizzologic. Also, I like to spray my scalp with Jamaican Mango & Lime Medicated Anti-Itch Gro Spray.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
To maintain length, I only manipulate my hair when wet and detangle when soaked in conditioner. I keep my hair constantly moisturized with shea butter, especially when it’s in protective styles. I use my homemade spritz daily and apply oil as needed to my ends. The only time I use heat is indirectly during deep conditioning.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
I sleep in a satin bonnet every night.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed by all of the information (and misinformation) out there about natural hair, so just do what makes YOU comfortable and your hair feel fabulous. It definitely doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Also, you’ll see product reviews and regimes by many many people; remember that everyone’s hair is unique and that what works for them may not work for you. Most importantly, enjoy the journey and discovery!
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
There are so many things! I have more versatility with my natural hair than during my 15 years as a permie. I feel more alive, confident and proud and am looking forward to sharing my future childrens’ (should I be blessed to have some) hair journeys and the knowledge I have amassed during my own adventure.
Hi, great pic are you planing on updateing soon?
you look different in every photo which is amazing
@Anon – Sorry for the delayed response. I've been MIA online lately. Anyhoo, for WNGs I usually just scrunch in as much shea butter as my hair will tolrate and fluff it out and sometimes add a little coconut oil. After all this time I finally realized that's all I need and my hair and skin are happier for it.
Your hair is gorgeous!!! When you do WNGs, what products do you use?
@Nellie D – Well, I actually do like a somewhat watery spritz, but it does the trick. Sometimes I thicken it up with a little conditioner (any thick conditioner) though.
@aubin – Thank you! I do cut and trim myself. I'm so territorial about my hair; I'd rather mess it up myself than have someone else do it. 😉
@brittn44 – Thank you so much!!
Wow–gorgeous hair, great style, & a beautiful woman!
I love the fro girl!!! How do you keep it shaped? Do you cut/trim it yourself or do you go to a salon?
Hey LeChatRouge! Your hair is gorgeous. Can you tell me how your homemade spritz is made? I think mine is too watery.
Thanks to everyone for the kind comments!
@Anon (1/19/10@1:07pm) – Thanks for the advice on the dandruff. I've always had a scalp condition since I was a permie and it has actually improved since using shea butter. I am very careful to only put product on my hair and not my scalp. I usually only have problems when I'm not wetting my hair or massaging my scalp.
@Anon (1/20/10@5:14pm) – I pick up my accessories in random places, really. All of my flowers I get from Michael's craft store, earrings and necklaces I generally get from CostPlus/World Market. The red necklace and rose are custom made and purchased from private designers. I need to just start making stuff myself and stop spending money!
I love your accessories! Where do you get them??
Your fro is FIERCE! LOVE IT!
I love your pictures! Very inspirational indeed! I can't wait until my hair gets this long.
You and your hair are gorgeous.
Your hair is gorgeous! I am SO loving the different styles, and your fro is amazing!
Love the style and the hair!! Gorgeous!!!
You and your hair are stunning! Love the versatility and the smokey eyes!
Hello LeChatRouge. I read that you suffer from an itchy scalp and dandruff, and so do I. There is a post about dandruff on a blog called The Natural Haven [http://thenaturalhaven.blogspot.com/2009/06/dandruff-and-creepy-crawlies.html], which states that oils like coconut and olive (triglycerides) may be connected to itchy scalp and the production of dandruff in some individuals.
When I read this I tested it out: I make sure I rinse out any conditioner with coconut oil or olive oil or their by-products and I can now hold off on the dandruff shampoo for two weeks, and my scalp barely itches. Because of the improvement I haven't oiled my scalp or sealed my hair with oil in months but I might try jojoba oil. I agree, everyone is different with individual needs, but I tried it and it worked so best of luck!
That first picture is AMAZING!!!
Just visited her Fotki. OMG loveeee her hair.
What do you to your hair when you wear it in a 'fro?? It looks sooo soft!!!!
Her hair is GORGEOUS!
Simply gorgeous – I am so inspired!
OMG!! She is the reason why I went natural almost 3 years ago!! Lovely hair <3
I peeped the fotki and all i can say is woooowwwww!!!
Her hair is beautiful and she has such great style!