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Nelda- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

By January 27th, 202116 Comments
This gorgeous curly has BC’ed 3 times! Check out her tips for new naturals:


Nelda- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

CN:How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for almost six years!!! I know its crazy b/c when you look at the length of my hair it obviously does not seem so, that is because I have BC’ed (big chopped) THREE TIMES! (haha) I laugh every time I think about it. The first time I BC’ed was Dec 04′ and the last time was Jan 07′. The first time I BC’ed I was quite embarrassed by natural hair and did not feel very attractive so I just relaxed again. When I did relax I did not feel like I was being true to myself so I BC’ed again. The second time I BC’ed I had this false idea that natural hair was “resilient and tough”, it could withstand anything, so I dyed my hair three or four times and finally I texlaxed. The texlax of course ruined what little healthy hair I had and BC’ed again. I wore my hair in a very short caesar like curly cut for a couple of months just to prove to myself that I was beautiful with or without hair and finally began growing it out in Jan 07′.
There, you have my WHOLE hair history, haha!

CN: What is your current regimen?
Well believe it or not, I do not think I have a solid regimen. I try to listen to what my hair needs at that moment.
The closest to a regimen I can give is that I first detangle with a Concair professional brush, then I wash (shampoo mixed w/ conditioner) in about 8-12 big twists every two weeks or when necessary, and finally deep condition. I usually braid my hair in about 15 braids just to stretch it and from there decide what style I will do.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
Simply said, I keep my hair in protective styles 85% of the time. I know most naturals hate hearing this because twists and braids do not seem as sexy or glamorous but this is the best way to maintain length and moisture. I like what kimmaytube said in response to a question several youtubers asked “How can I have “cute styles” all the time AND grow my hair longer?” Kimmay responded with this ” I do not need my hair to be glamorous all the time because I do not see my hair as being the only thing that I have going for me, so my hair does not have to be glamorous. I can be glamorous in the way of my dressing. There are so many ways to be glamorous and feminine.”

CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
I cover my hair with bonnet.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
It is more than just a trend. Make sure you are doing this for the right reasons because if not, it’s just a waste of your time and believe me, money. Be in it for the long haul. I always tell new naturals that if they can get through their first year natural, they will be ok. The first year in my opinion is the roughest year to go through as a new natural. You are trying to accept your texture, looking for products that will work with your hair, dealing with short hair and limited styling options as well as unsupportive family and friends. Please look for support because you are going to need it. Join a forum, look for youtubbers and bloggers with you hair texture and soak in as much knowledge and encouragement you can get.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Natural hair is so versatile, I love it! Also there is no other racial group with hair quite like ours. This is truly a gift that should be nurtured, appreciated, and held in high esteem.

CN: Anything else you want to add?
– Make patience your best friend b/c you will definitely need it on this journey.
– Do not compare your hair with anyone else’s
– HAVE FUN!

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Nelda- Naturally Glam Hair Idol
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16 Comments

  • NewGoddess says:

    OMG! I love your hair. I am a newbie to the natural way. I bc'd about nine months ago and it's been the most freeing thing I could have ever done for myself. At times I love the way it looks (esp. when I'm dolled up) and then there are days, more recently, when I just wonder what am I going to do with this. Right now, I'm trying to keep it moisturized with a creamy leave-in conditioner mixed with a tblspn of EVOO every two days. It's about 1 1/2 in length now. Looking forward to more healthy growth.

  • Anonymous says:

    love your hair! i don't do much protective styles and my hair still grows. i told kimmytube that and she send me a very nasty email, oh well.

    btw there are other ethinic groups with kinky hair. not as many as people of african decent but there a several.

  • Anonymous says:

    Glad you did not give up on wearing your hair all Natural! I totally understand when you mentioned you b/c'd three times. I b/c'd twice, finally I think understand what it take to maintain my natural hair. It definitely take patience, love and acceptance.

    You look great! Keep it up!

  • Dionne says:

    OMG…she is stunning!!! Gosh I wish they would use more natural women in the media…This is the beauty our daughter's need to look up to!

  • Anonymous says:

    Lookin' good. The fro is seriously flyy!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you ladies for all the amazing and encouraging comments!!!!
    Ohhh I officially started growing my hair our in Jan 08. I just noticed that I put Jan 07 :O

  • SChanel says:

    Nelda encouraged me to go natural when I saw her fro in the bank last summer. I'm gagging that she's on CN right now. If you guys like her hair online, you MUST see it in living color.

  • CessCurls says:

    You are absolutley beautiful sister.

  • CurlyLee says:

    *GASP* I think she lives near me. I'm 90% positive that I saw her in my Whole Foods and I drooled over her hair then complimented her! I'm pretty positive, I'm good with faces…I think….

  • Unknown says:

    I love your hair!!!!

  • K75 says:

    Go'head, lady, lovin' the HAIR!!!!You make us PROUD!!!

  • Sunbaby says:

    You and your hair are beautiful! Thanks for sharing some good advice, too. 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    Fabuloso! That fro is so gorgeous, and reminds me of what singer Donnie said — we should all be proud of our clouds. And the versatility of it all just grabs me. You almost look like a different person in all those pics.

  • Anonymous says:

    beautiful!

  • God's Natural Hair says:

    THANK YOU!!! Yes, I am struggling. I did the BC on 12/25/09 and it is hard. REALLY HARD! I try to kep my head up but other than my husband i don't have a real support system. I tell myself everyday that if I can make it a year it will be much better.

  • aubin says:

    Your hair is gorgeous and I LOVE THAT FRO!!!

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