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.