Meet Courtney… a gorgeous natural that’s planning her 3rd Big Chop!

CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since July of 2006. I transitioned for a LONG 4 weeks before my Big Chop. My best friend is natural and she encouraged me to follow suit. It was the best decision I’ve ever made for my hair.

CN: What is your current regimen?
I try to wash and deep condition every other week. I am currently using Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercream and Curly Meringue. Otherwise I use coconut oil or Botanicals 3N1.

CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I am not really big on length but for moisture I just make sure my ends never get dry by applying coconut oil or 3N1.

CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
When I am not tired I twist it up and seal my ends but I ALWAYS sleep on a satin pillow case.

CN: What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
Stay encouraged. In our society it’s hard not to conform to the notion that straight and long is true beauty. Some of the most beautiful women are wearing what God gave them…just look around or simply look in the mirror. Don’t allow negative opinions to make you feel as if you’ve made a mistake. If it’s something you want to do, do it! God doesn’t make mistakes. He wouldn’t give you something (your hair) and expect you not to be proud of it.

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends? How do
you respond to them?
My family and friends have always been very supportive. I have so many friends that are natural. I can’t recall any negative responses to my hair which has been amazing. My hubby loves my afro puff.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Being me. I know when I go somewhere no one will look like me. There may be other naturals but we are all fabulous in different ways.

CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I plan to big chop again within the next 12 months, it will be my 3rd. Although I love my fro I’m in love with my TWA.

CN: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I love the freedom of my hair whether I’m rocking a fro, twistout, or TWA. Even when I’m having a “bad hair day” it’s a great day. I’m not a hardcore “all natural” chic I just love my hair. Be blessed!!!!!