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EJ– Naturally Glam Hair Idol

By January 27th, 202110 Comments
Meet EJ… naturally glamorous and rocking her signature ‘Pull Back’ style!

EJ-- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

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!
EJ-- Naturally Glam Hair Idol
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.

EJ-- Naturally Glam Hair Idol
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.

EJ-- Naturally Glam Hair IdolEJ-- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

10 Comments

  • RRJ says:

    Love your hair, you could teach some folks a thing or two, will send them your way with questions.. I know someone who's talking about going natural, although their hair is a bit more coarse maybe you can help.

    -RRJ

  • NaturallyEJ says:

    My hair was natural in that pic, just got it pressed out. I only do that about 3 or 4 times a year.

  • Daphanie says:

    Gorgeous hair and curl pattern. Was your hair natural in the straight pic or was that when it was relaxed?

  • Aisha S says:

    Nice Article Ebby, your hair looks great.

  • Melissa says:

    OMG your hair pattern is great! I love this interview and your styles. Thanks for sharing with us Ebbie

  • Shanayra says:

    Go EBBIE!! U r really doing your thing and that's nice to see cause u from right round the way!! Continue to prosper.

  • NaturallyEJ says:

    Thanks so much for the comments guys! I am so grateful for Nikki considering me for the site.

    I never used braids. Well, I take that back, I got some when I went to Puerto Rico last summer, but it wasn't to transition, it was just because I felt like some braids. LOL. I say do whatever works for you. Before I did my big chop, I pressed my hair out every two weeks for almost two years! I wasn't ready to cut and like my hair to still look like I had a relaxer. Since I have done my BC almost 2 years ago, I will say that I have only pressed my hair about about 6 times. It works for me and I only do what I feel like at the time… Hit me up on FB Steph and we can chat 🙂

  • PeezoMTF says:

    Dope post, yall!!……Shout out to EJ!! You know we gotta get you on MTF

  • justicenga says:

    your "pull back" is too cute

  • Stephanie Glover says:

    EJ I have always been a fan of your hair and you inspired me to go natural. It is a daily struggle buyt I hang in there because I know the ending result will be worth it. I look at your hair and adore your curl pattern. I have been lye free for 18 months and I am starting to get to know my curl pattern. My only hick-up is professionally, it requires me to be highly visible, so I must almost always appear to me "done up". I struggle finding styles for my natural hair for my profession and often resort to blowing my hair out and/or sew ins. Can you talki more about stylng your natural hair? Also, is blowing your hair out bad for natural hair? Did you ever use braids as a method while transitioning?

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