CN: How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was done in June 2005, but I BC’d in June 2006. I was very much afraid that my short hair would not fit my face but it turned out it was one of the best hairstyles I ever rocked. It was so easy and quick to take care of my hair and I was rediscovering it all over again. I had no idea if I would have curls or not. After my BC, I truly learned to appreciate and understand my hair texture.
CN: What is your current regimen?
Currently, I wash condition and moisturize my hair once or twice a week. I use sulfate-free shampoos and any sort of conditioner that will give me great slip to detangle my hair (e.g.: Giovanni, Hello Hydration or even Aubrey Organics). Then, these past few months, I have followed with some sort of protective style- such as big or medium braids and twists done on wet hair. I find it protects my hair well and help me keep it moisturized as long as possible. I also love how my hair looks in braid-outs or twist-outs. It’s very bouncy, fluffy, defined and moisturized :).
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I seal in moisture with Virgin Coconut Oil and Jojoba oil. I always leave some conditioner in my hair and I do a lot of protective styles. Also, I try to do some deep treatments every now and then (when I’m not too lazy :p). I love hot oil treatments or deep treatments done with some heat (i.e. hot towel). I find that these few techniques have helped me tremendously in avoiding broken, dry or brittle hair. I miss wash & gos though. But I am waiting for the summer to bring them back ;).
CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
If I have my hair in protective styles, I will rub my scalp and ends with Virgin Coconut Oil or Jojoba Oil. If my hair is out, I will put it in chunky braids or twists and apply some oil (as described). Finally, I need my SATIN cap because I recently discovered that my hair will attract so much dust and cotton balls from the cotton pillows. I don’t realize it right away but when I wash & detangle my hair, I always find some cotton/dust tiny balls in shed or broken hair. I also need to find a satin pillowcase because sometimes my satin bonnet is either too small to hold all of my hair or it will come off at night :p.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Be very patient and learn to understand your hair. Also find a routine and products that work for your hair texture. Finally, do not hesitate to do research and use the resources available to you, such as hair communities, forums or websites such as curlynikki.com :). These have helped me a lot.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The freedom of not having to perm anymore, or not being afraid of humidity or water :p. And of course, the VERSATILITY of our hair, I just love all the different styles a natural girl can rock- fros, twists, pressed, updos, stretched out….it’s all good and worth it to me. Finally, the fact that I am now conscious of what my body and hair needs. This has been a great experience that has led me to become more health-conscious all around.
CN: Anything else you’d like to add?
To all the natural or transitioning girls out there: Thank you! Thank you for being such inspirations and for continuing to empower and motivate other women. You can catch me on fotki: http://members.fotki.com/Nappattitude/about/.
As for the pics…
#1: Naked hair – March 2010
#2: Bantu-knots- 2009
#3: Pressed- March 2009
#4: Tiny braids- April 2009
#5: Fluffy braidout- March 2010