René Syler, anchorwoman, author, and journalist, co-hosted CBS News’ The Early Show from 2002-2006. She was the first African-American woman to host a network morning news program.
René has interviewed well known figures such as First Lady Laura Bush, Senator John McCain, Secretary of State Colin Powell… even Prince! She is now natural and loving every minute of it. Her routine is SOLID, check it out:

CN: How long have you been natural?
I had been relaxing my hair since I was 16. When I went into TV news, the blow drying and heat several times a day just took its toll. In late ’08, I was hospitalized for asthmatic bronchitis. When I got out, I went right to the hairdresser for a touch up. The next week, my hair was like tissue paper, thin and BROKEN! I transitioned for 3 1/2 months and BC’d on March ’09.

CN: What is your current regimen?
Once a week, I pre-poo with warm Olive oil, usually overnight. The next morning I cleanse with Organic Curl Maintenance Shampoo, a sulfate free shampoo. I follow that with a deep conditioner and then oil my scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. In the evening I moisturize and seal and then place a plastic bag over my head. I baggy probably 5-7 nights a week. In the morning I co wash with VO5 conditioner and use Hair Rules in the shower for curl definition. I sit under the dryer or loosely blow out my hair on the low, cool setting.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
The baggying at night has done wonders for me in retaining moisture and length. I carry in my little make up kit, a travel size moisturizer that I apply once or twice a day while I’m on the run.

CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
I sleep on a satin pillow case and use a satin scarf over the plastic bag. Whenever I rollover I make a crunching noise. My poor husband..

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
BE PATIENT! I was so impatient when I first BC’d, all I thought about was hair, hair growth, hair length, hair everything. When I finally stopped paying so much attention to it (still caring for it but not obsessing) it started to grow. Remember that old adage ” a watched pot never boils?” A watched hair follicle will take it’s sweet time!

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
I love my hair because I feel like it suits my personality. Wild and unpredictable just like my curls. They are visually interesting and I look unlike anyone else walking down the street. I have not had one bad hair day since going natural because I feel like I am more accepting of it when it decides to do it’s own thing. Oh yeah, and it’s SUPER EASY!

CN: Anything else you want to add?
This is a lifetime journey/commitment. If you are good to your hair, it will return the favor. I never knew my hair could be this long and strong. But after I stopped beating the heck out of it with heat and chemicals, it began to show me real love and shows no signs of slowing down 🙂

**Check out René’s successful book- Good-Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting

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Have any of you tried the baggying method? What were your results?