CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for the majority of my 30 years. I have had two brief chemical experiences. I had my hair permed for about two months back in 2003. I donated my hair to Locks of Love and I thought it would be easier for the people making the wigs as well as the person who received my hair if I permed it first. I also texturized my hair once in 2005.
CN: What is your current regimen?
I would have to say I don’t have a specific regimen although I am trying to work on developing one. I typically wash my hair once a week with Head and Shoulders Intensive Treatment Shampoo. I condition and detangle with Herbal Essences conditioner. I have several of them so it just depends on what I want my hair to smell like once I’m done. If I twist my hair I use either Blended Beauty Curly Frizz Pudding or Blended Beauty Jelly Cream, both of which I get from my sister’s website (www.sistasplace.com). I’ve recently started deep conditioning my hair after each wash, with either Aubrey Organics GBP or Jessicurl’s Weekly Deep Conditioning Treatment. When I blow dry my hair I use Suave conditioner as a leave in and Silk Elements Olive Heat Protection Spray. I decided to stop trimming my hair for a few months in an effort to retain as much length as possible, but I noticed my ends were looking pretty bad so I’m going back to getting my hair trimmed every 3-4 months.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I don’t have any special recipe for retaining length, but I try to be very gentle with my hair at all times. I only comb it when it’s wet and has lots of conditioner in it. When I get a knot in my hair I remove one strand at a time until it’s completely unraveled. I’ve learned that the more gently I comb my hair (tip to root) the less tangles I get and the less frustrated I get. Some people (Teri from TightlyCurly.com) can get away with not trimming their hair at all. I am not one of those people. I’m pretty sure I suffer from trichorrhexis nodosa, so it is imperative that I keep my hair trimmed regularly to get rid of as many of the single strand knots as possible.
For maintaining moisture, I rely mainly on Blended Beauty moisturizers which I apply immediately after washing. Sometimes I seal with Blended Beauty’s Natural Hair Oil or Coconut oil but not always. I’ve found that just using the moisturizer works well for me.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
I usually wear a satin scarf at night to protect whatever hairstyle I’m currently wearing. That’s pretty much it.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Be patient with your hair. It is so easy to get wrapped up in lofty goals or look at someone else’s hair enviously. I dealt with low hair self esteem (I just made that up) for several years. It wasn’t until I accepted my hair for exactly what it was and stopped comparing myself to other people, that I was able to appreciate what I had. Natural hair is so versatile it’s just ridiculous. There’s no limit to what you can do. Of course you have to know your limits and get to know your hair. The sooner you learn to love and care for your hair, the sooner you can be happy with what God has blessed you with.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
I love the fact that I don’t have to depend on a salon or harsh chemicals to maintain my hair. I can wear a ponytail and I feel just as pretty as if I’d sat in a salon all morning.
CN: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
Embrace your personal style. There will undoubtedly come a time when you step out of the house as confident and comfortable with your hair as you could possibly be, and someone will make a comment about your hair that really bothers you. Don’t let it shake you. Your hair belongs to you and no one else.
Your hair is beautiful and I added you onto my fotki. You have some great styles and information on there!
i looove your hair. that bun is to die for.
@Beverly Credelle, Thank you so much for the kind words. I appreciate you taking the time to visit my fotki. I'm pretty sure Ampro gel isn't a natural product. I don't really stick to using only natural products to be honest. I just use whatever gets me good results. I've been using Ampro get since 1998 and I've never had any issues with it.
@curlyq145, Thank you for the comment :o) I haven't had my hair trimmed in quite a few months. The stylist I was going to passed away and I decided to stop trimming my hair soon after that. This decision was not related to his death. I just wanted to see how my hair would do without trimming. So far, so good but I will be updating my fotki if anything changes.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE your hair! I live in Silver Spring,MD. Where do you go to get your hair professionally trimmed? DId you like them and would you go back!
I just viewed every album on Catrina's Fotki site. As a natural hairstlist I must say she is very good with her hair styling. The styles are so cute. With my 7" hair I too rock some of those styles. I loved all of the albums. I can also see that Catrina takes very good care of her hair. To me that is the example. Her hair has grown to that length because she takes care of it. With proper care and regular trims the hair will be healthy cna beautiful. The only thing I frowned at was the few times Catrina mentioned Ampro gel. Maybe I am misjudging. I haven't read that products labels in years. Who knows… maybe their gel is natural now since natrual ingredients are the rave. Overall GREAT job Catrina.
Do we know that she's got her vid on youtube now?!?
Great interview & beautiful hair!
Your hair is awesome. I've been natural for a year now, and love the different styles I can wear. Natural hair is treat, if you embrace it.
love Love LOVE your hair! So I want my mom to do the braid style for me, but she cant figure out whether she should start in the middle and work her way out, or the sides and work in, or one side to one side?!? I can't braid so none of it makes much sense to me, I just love the look!
I LOVE your hair!!! Beautiful!!!
Your hair is healthy, shiny, and you are creative with your styles–love it. I have to visit you again fotki friend.
The hair envy that I have after looking at your fotki is absolutely sinful!!! Your hair is gorgeous! 🙂
@Amelia, No. That last photo was what I like to call a fluffy twist out. I did a twist out and ran my finders through each section to add more volume. The very first picture is a wash and go.
@Anonymous, I used Ghanainan Raw Shea Butter (Yellow) that I purchased from sistasplace.com. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see a link for Samples. It's on the second page of samples. I don't remember what I used on the hair that was left out.
@Anonymous, I've never used Henna. I'm trying to keep things as simple as possible and I just added deep conditioning. And your hair can be my hair's little sister as of right now :o)
@Everyone, Thank you. Thank you. Thank you for all the wonderful comments. They are greatly appreciated. Thank you Tia and Nikki for giving me the opportunity to be featured on this glorious blog.
I love your hair!! The syles are so unique!
Your fotki is pretty amazing! Awesome!!!
O.K., O.k., O.k……I just went to your Fotki site and I'm in AMAZEMENT!!!!!! Your hair is ridiculous!!!!! You need to start a blog, a Line of Hair Products, an EVERYTHING!!!! You've got serious skills!!!! I would love to know if you use Henna? and if so, how often? Thanks for sharing. My hair wants to be like yours when it grows up 🙂 Seriously!!!
beautiful hair! thanks for the fotki link. i want to try the cornrow styles for an upcoming wedding
I LOVE your wash n go in the first pic. Your hair is DA BOMB!!!
Beautiful, just beautiful curls. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the fro hawk! 🙂
I love your hair too! go girl! I wanted to know what gel or conditioner you used to give your hair that slick shine when you did your mohawk?
Thanks for sharing your story, your hair is gorgeous!!! I love your sista's site(sistasplace.com) I order from her regularly, great customer service!!!!!!
Thanks for the tip 🙂
Wow… absolutely gorgeous!!!! I love it!!! HAIR ENVY!!! 🙂
You and your hair are gorgeous!! I have similar hair. Is your last pic a wash and go?….I'm also off to stalk fotki haha…ciao
Your hair looks so alive. I love it!
I feel like we have very similar hair. For your Blended Beauty products, which curl type to you use?
@Yvette, I define my curls while in the shower. I just put a good amount of conditioner in my hair and detangle from the ends to the root. I separate my hair into four sections with my fingers and use a wide-tooth comb. I rarely wear wash and goes, but if I do, I gently shake the excess water from my hair and blot with a towel. Then I scrunch moisturizer into my hair.
@Sakinah, I usually use either Jelly Cream or Curly Frizz Pudding for my twists. I also like the Curl Styling Butter. Honestly, I get pretty much the same results as far as moisturizers are concerned. These are just the ones I use because I've researched the ingredients and they appear to be on the up and up. You can purchase trial sizes from sistasplace.com instead of getting the 8oz containers. I try to do that before shelling out the money for the large containers.
Yay!!! Thanks for your fotki! Your hair is lovely!
Thanks for sharing your Fotki Catrina.
If I saw you in person I would probably drool; gorgeous hair you have and you're so pretty!
Off to stalk your fotiki!
@Relaxed2Natural & Kiaxxe, I am working on the whole tutorial thing as we speak. I've got my first video tutorial for the second braid picture uploading to YouTube. We'll see how that goes. Hopefully it works without too much trouble. I also have more pictures of this style posted on my Fotki so that you can see different views of this style (http://members.fotki.com/forevercurlycatrina/about/). The pictures are located in my May/April 2010 album.
@Kiaxxe, I straighten my hair and then get it professionally trimmed. I decided at one point to stop trimming my hair but after six months I realized this was a bad idea. I'm going back to getting my hair trimmed every 3 months. I would suggest that you go to a salon that caters to Black women's hair. I've gotten my hair trimmed a couple of times by women who were not accustomed to our hair and I was not pleased one bit.
Gorgeous! Love the styles!!
catrina your hair is beautiful ! you have to give us a tutorial on those 1st 2 styles .. also you && i have the same hair type and i'm really struggling w/ how 2 trim my hair , can you let curly nikki know how you trim please . it would be greatly appreciated ! :))
Peace, Love and Chocolate
They do accept relaxed hair. But anyway that mohawk is hot, id love to try that. Beautiful, healthy, shiny hair. You go girl 🙂
Your hair look great. Which blended beauty moisturizer do you use?
Gorgeous. How do you define your curls?
They don't accept relaxed hair at Locks of Love.
Catrina! You HAVE to tell us how to do those first two cornrow styles! Share the wealth! lol It's super cute….
I love these styles! Beautiful!
The braids and the bun are hot! Your hair looks so healthy and beautiful.
super cute. Your hair is amazing!
ok i feel a hair tut coming on because i must know how to do those first too hair styles!! thts hot girl!!