CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 6 1/2yrs.
CN: What is your current hair regimen?
I’m still playing around with it. I used to be a no pooer. Now I’m using a diluted sulfate shampoo (White Rain Regular) once a month or so to clarify, co-washing in between when my hair is loose with either Suave or Vo5 Clarifying Conditioner. I use Natures Gate Original Herbal Formula or Yes to Cucumbers for moisturizing.
Homemade Leave in Conditioning Spray:
I mix water, aloe vera juice, grapeseed oil, and Giovanni Direct Leave-in in a water bottle and moisturize my hair with it as a leave in conditioning spray.
Homemade Hairdress for Sealing Ends:
I mix aloe vera juice and castor oil together and make a hair dressing which I put on the ends to seal and define and smooth my edges as well as my shea/coconut oil/burts bees avocado hair dressing mix.
Homemade Deep Treatments:
I also use an egg/mayo treatment once a month for protein
Conditioner and oil for deep moisturizing treatments
I add honey to my DC’s for the summer.
CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
Just this year I’ve been really focused on hair health and maintaining length. I had a raging case of hand in hair syndrome and my ends were suffering from breakage because of so much manipulation! So I’ve started a low manipulation routine of just combing my hair at MOST once a week which means lots of protective styling. When I do comb, I soak and finger comb my dry hair with Suave or Vo5 conditioner before I get into the shower to detangle. I’m working on making time for more deep conditioning. WATER! Even when it’s “up”, I spray my hair with my leave in spray regularly (at least every 2 days) and seal it with oil to keep it moisturized. If I must do a wash n go, I do a comb thru once, then the next few days I’ll re-wet/condition and style with maybe a finger combing in the shower. I’ve noticed a big difference now that I’m not stressing my hair so much.
CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
I made a “loc soc” out of old tights. It’s the best! I love it!. It doesn’t scrunch my braids/twists and keeps my curls protected and defined and my edges smooth while I sleep. Plus, NO scarf lines on my forehead, LOL! In the morning I whip it off and shake and I’m ready to go!
CN:What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
Embrace your look, even if you are a little insecure at first or you’re in a weird growth/length phase or the style you tried didn’t turn out quite right… wear it with confidence! Even if you have to fake it a little bit at first. Seriously, wear it loud and proud and it’s amazing you will start to really feel it! And others will love it. Accept your hair and don’t obsess over it and try to “tame” it too much. Also, save new styles for the weekend or when you dont have to be anywhere right at the moment. Always keep a few hair pins/clips/bands at your disposal for a quick fix just in case.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The freedom, versatility and beauty of it! I love the way being natural makes me feel. Confident and unique. It expresses a certain pride in being not just a beautiful black woman, but a beautiful woman period. All us girls should feel that.
CN: Anything else?
Thanks for this blog Nikki! This is one of the best blogs ever and I learn sooo much from you and the other natural ladies here. Keep it up!