CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for two years and 4months! Honestly, I was an unintentional long-term transitioner. Senior year of high school I kept missing my relaxer touch-up appointments and decided to cut off 8 inches of my hair (it was ridiculously long, and a lot of my girlfriends were like “WTF?! Why would you do that??” but I was itching for some change). The summer before college was so stressful because my hair kept breaking off, so I just kept my hair in braids for the most part.
CN: What is your current regimen?
Co-wash with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration twice a week. If I wear a protective style for a while and my hair feels super product-y I will shampoo with suave naturals coconut (if I shampoo I *always* pre-poo with EVOO). I detangle with KC knot-today and use a little cantu shea butter leave-in and my unrefined shea butter and coconut oil mixture. If I want extra hold for my wash n go’s, I’ll use some ECO styler gel. I deep condition with Curl Junkie Gardenia coconut intense fix once a week as well.
As far as styles I will wear wash n gos, put my hair in flexi rods for some really defined curls or wear bantu knot outs.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I try to leave my hair alone. The only times I will straighten my hair is to get it trimmed. Using shea butter and coconut oil to seal my ends and to keep in moisture has definitely helped. I’m Somali/Ethiopian so for the most part, our hair tends to grow pretty fast but I like shoulder-length curly hair so I try to keep it like that.
CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
I rock wash n gos for the most part, so I put some coconut oil on my ends and sleep on a satin pillow. Sometimes I’ll put in 6-8 braids and wrap my hair with scarf.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Stay positive!! Be good to your hair. Eat well, take vitamins with biotin.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Every day is like a new adventure! I never know what my hair will be like the next morning and the fact that no one else has the same hair. It’s crazy because the days I wake up feeling so crusty and hating my hair are the days I’ll get compliments on it from the most random people.
CN: Anything else you’d like to add?
Love your curlies!!!
Wash n Go