Meet Shae… a curly diva that reminds us that natural hair doesn’t always mean healthy hair.

CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since September 2008. August 2007 was my last relaxer I transitioned for a year letting my stylist cut off the relaxed ends in 2 chops.

CN: What is your current regimen?
It changes from time to time, but the products mostly stay the same.

  • Prepoo: Coconut Oil & Rosemary.
  • Wash: Once a week with Suave Conditioner (my hair doesn’t like shampoo).
  • DC: Sit under a dryer for 30 minutes to deep condition using a moisturizing conditioner mixed with Coconut Oil. I also incorporate protein treatments as needed.
  • Moisturize: Shea Butter mixed with coconut oil and rosemary although I’m looking to switch to Avocado Butter as I type (I’ve read it has more nutrients than Shea Butter)! I’m in the Castor Oil Challenge on Hairlista so my Coconut Oil combo will come to a halt until the challenge is over… :-(. Love Coconut Oil!

CN: How do you maintain length?
Good question! I’m not positive… LOL I don’t bun, but I try my best to moisturize and seal every morning. Recently, I blow dried my hair and was like “damn girl”…LOL. I also do my best not to manipulate my hair and wear styles that won’t rub my clothes.

CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
Depending on the style I will wear a satin bonnet… If I have braids then I will wear a satin scarf.

CN: What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?

There is a huge misconception that being natural means having healthy hair. Wrong…Taking care of your hair means having healthy hair. I’ve seen plenty of naturals with damaged dry looking hair. Also, there will be trial and error before you find a regimen that works best for you. Especially with everyone and their mother producing products geared towards naturals. Just because some of us may fall into the same “hair category” doesn’t mean we can use the same products. All I can say is be patient! Sometimes hair can be your worst enemy! LOL

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Versatility! I don’t have to worry about the summer month humidity or the rain…my hair is big and fluffy all the time! LOL

CN: Anything else you want to add?
Natural Nazi’s drive me CRAZY! You know who you are…OMG, they think just because they are natural everyone should be and if you’re not, you have self-esteem issues…NOT! Someone needs to put up a build board saying “Hair is YOUR own individual choice”! …put a cork in it!