CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural (relaxer free) for about 3 years. I did my BC on May 24, 2008. Before that, I transitioned for several months. I had my last relaxer January of 2007, but I kept getting my hair pressed and everyone thought I still had it relaxed. I met my fiance in August of 2008 (3 months after my BC) and he absolutely loved my short hair, I kept cutting it short for him until May of 2009. I finally wanted to let my hair grow out and see what came of it and I am loving it thus far!
CN: What is your current regimen?
I used to shampoo with Pantene Relaxed and Natural shampoo and would leave the Pantene Relaxed and Natural conditioner in as a leave in. However, for the past 3 months, I’ve been co-washing twice a week with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration or Totally Twisted and I am loving the co-washing effects thus far. I leave a little in as a leave in (yes, just regular conditioner). It may not work for everyone, but works well for me. I seal it with Shine hair polish or olive oil and have been putting it up in a pull back style for the past couple of months.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
With the help of my roommate, I have done a few twist outs to maintain the length and to keep from having to wash my hair daily. I have read that the less you do to your hair, the more it helps with growth. I developed a habit of wanting to wash my hair every day in the beginning, but I am trying to do less with my hair… I use shea butter to moisturize (cantu or organics, something inexpensive from the beauty supply store). Also, my pull back style has helped me to manipulate my hair less. I put a satin bonnet on it at night, and in the morning it is easy to refresh the pull back without having to wash my hair all over again.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
For the most part, I throw on a satin bonnet and call it a day. Whatever state my hair is in when I wake up determines what I do with it from there. The bonnet has been great though, I plan to start twisting my hair at night, but haven’t gotten there yet.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
I would say stay encouraged and look for as much information as you can. Also, try different things and styles out because we all have an in between stage or a point when we wonder–why did I do this? But in time, you will learn what works for your hair. Also, keep it moisturized!!!
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
I love my curl pattern and being able to wash and go. The fact that my fiance loves my natural hair is an added bonus. I can’t wait until it grows and I am really able to be more flexible with it.