CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for almost 3 ½ years now. It seems much longer than that. I big chopped my freshman year in high school because my sister and I both hated getting relaxers, so my mom gave up the relaxer on our hair. Thank you Mom 🙂 Even though I’ve always had long hair, until the big chop (which I loved!), my hair has retained length speedier than when I was relaxed. Before going natural, I’ve never seen what it really looked like. All the pictures my mom kept were of my hair in a really thick bun (my mum and dads favorite hairstyle on us girls), lol. The bun was my favorite hairstyle until I went natural. Now I love wearing it wild and free!
The day I big chopped, I walked up to my mother and declared I am cutting my hair off right now. Her response was do it then, lol. I was expecting a no, but my mother has always said to us it’s not what is on your head, but more importantly it’s what is in your head. So I did it! I snipped away to a flying curly fro. I loved it soooo much. I was light headed though because my hair was always heavy and past my back. Lol. My dad said I looked adorable and like Anglea Davis. All of my family loved it, and eventually my mom went natural. I had school the next day, and I was going to reveal to the world my new self (that’s how I felt, like a new person). My peers couldn’t keep their hands out of my hair, they didn’t believe I actually did it. Some of the little boys were shocked and told me to straighten it…”eh no…not for you”, was my response. The funny thing about this is, my hair eventually grew on everyone. I attended one of
the most diverse high schools in Atlanta. The girls with naturally straight hair were so inspired by my hair that they went out and got curly perms. Bahaha. I couldn’t help but to laugh. I was voted Best Hair for the yearbook too! Most of my friends eventually went natural too!
Sorry it was long, I can write for days. My hair is somewhat like my bestfriend. It’s showed me how to be confident with who you really are. I’ve noticed such a huge difference in myself. I became an individual, and a showstopper, lol!
CN: What is your current regimen?
Hmmn. Regimen? I’m not sure if It should be called that lol. It’s extremely simple…now lol. In the past it’s been really complex and time consuming, but I’ve realized when I don’t do much, my hair looks better, and thrives.
I shampoo and condition my hair every 4-5 days. With every wash I deep condition (available
conditioner, honey and olive oil). I sit under the dryer for 25- 45 minutes. Sometimes I exceed that amount because I end up falling asleep under the dryer. Ha! While I wash the deep conditioner out I detangle in four sections with my Denman brush. I then rinse my hair with cold water, and leave some of the conditioner in. After that in four sections I use a little gel. Sometimes I skip that step depending on how big I want to wear it. No gel= extremely huge. Gel= tamed, lol.
Shampoo- Anything cheap, or that’s around (Pantene relaxed and natural line, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration…etc.
Conditioner- Paul Mitchell The Detangler, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration, or Patene Relaxed and Naturals line.
Gel- Eco Styling Gel, or IC Fantasia.
Styling tool- Denman Brush
Hair refresher- Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I leave my hair as is. Curly. Wild. And Big. I straighten my hair two to three times a year. I trim myself, curl by curl. I don’t manipulate my hair much. Winter time I leave it in two strand twist, and for that I use sheabutter sheamoisture. Other than the twist, my hair is pretty much out on a regular basis. I’ve tried looking for the perfect product, but I realize my curls are not going to look like the next persons, they are naturally frizzy, and that’s how they shall stay, and how I like it. So any conditioner is fine.
CN: How do you protect your curls at night?
At night I pull my hair up into a high ponytail. I never cover my hair because it’s just too big. In the morning, I take it out of it’s ponytail and shake shake shake. I use a dab of Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum and concentrate on my ends, and shake shake shake again. I do this everyday until wash day. Saves me time, and only takes 2-5 minutes.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Find information on natural hair, it will do you justice. Search forums, fotki, naturallycurly.com,
curlynikki….etc. Just treat your mind, before you give in and treat your hair. Natural hair is so versatile!
You have so many styling options, if you are a chameleon when it comes to hair. Natural hair is just freeing. Don’t look at other people’s natural hair, and expect for yours to be like theirs. Most likely it won’t happen that way. Be happy with the beauty of your own. That is what’s going to keep you on your journey to team natural.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Eyes. Eyes watch everywhere. I feel I go someplace, and people recognize me because of my hair. It’s truly funny. Every day is unpredictable, I’m never assured as to how my hair will look the next morning, but I make it work. It’s an adventure! Since being natural, my personal style has shot out of the roof. I’ve found what I like, and what I don’t like, through my hair talking to me. It’s become sort of like a second mind. I feel more confident, I’ve become more open, and less judging. Everyday, I found myself walking as if I’m on a runway just to feel my gigantic fro bounce. If you catch me in Atlanta ( I’m really not hard to miss – think fro and runway walk) say hey to me.
CN: Anything else you’d like to add?
I love being natural, it’s so much a part of me. And Nikki, your site is the extremely dope! And shout out to all the College curlies!
Add me on twitter! @ CheyEuphoric
The most beautiful creature i have ever seen (besides my mother and grandmother) the hair is gorg kep on keeping on.
i must also say that i love the simplicity of your regime. i've just decided to go natural and am about 3 months post relaxer. i've been bustin my brain researching how to take care of my hair during the transition phase(no bc for me..couldn't imagine losing my hair) and when it's completely natural. Now i'm starting to think that I'm over thinking the situation. I have a knack for knowing how to take care of my hair so i hope that extends to my new transitioning and natural hair. However i'm still very nervous since the transition phase is a delicate time for the hair =
She has a wonderful personality, you go girl!
hey she goes to my school! Shout out to her being beautiful, natural, and in college.
LOVE this girl's hair!! My new hair icon
beautiful hair and beautiful girl! god bless what's on your head and what's in it! 🙂
Cheyenne, your hair is huge! I love it! 🙂
GORGEOUS! You have just become my newest curl crush!
Your hair is full of life! Both of our stories got posted on the same day! :D…Im newly natural, but excited for the many days and years to come with my hair. My name is Christine Louis-Jacques, I just followed you on twitter. Mine is @Louis_BomBshell. Stay beautiful!
Big and beautiful hair! Love it! 🙂 ~KF519
her hair is sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo pretty! =)
i would love to see a few tutorials from you. Nice pics. You are very brave to big chop in high school. I tried to transition twice in high school and went back to the creamy crack. I didn't stay committed until my freshmen year at Spelman. Thumbs up to you.
Awesome!!!! Could you give us some more info on how you achieved each style? Especially the one in the blue shirt 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂
you have amazing hair! and are GORGEOUS!!!
OMG, I have a new hair crush! BEAUTIFUL
It seems now to me that the people with the most beautiful hair have the simplest regimens. I have to remember that. Does she have a fotki? Does she have a problem with SSKs? And does she attribute the serum, a cone, I believe, to decreasing them? I hope she sees this.
I LOVE her hair!!!
Wow talk about drop dead gorgeous hair!!
Your hair is gorgeous!! And you def have the personality to match!
Beautiful!! The length and thickness is insane! Love it!
I meant second to last style*
I love her hair! It reminds me of my hair due to the length and thickness! I also got my last relaxer 3.5 years ago. I would love to know how she did the last style, looks like a twist out.
ur hair is beautiful.
You and your hair are gorgeous! I enjoyed reading your article. Hope you the best in school!
What beautiful hair! You know Nikki little
Gia is going to have a head full of hair
like this with all the hair you have too.
Beautiful sister! Loving your vibe and freedom. Your hair is absolutely gorgeous!
Awesome. Your hair rocks!
Wow!!! Completely breathtaking!!!!!
her hair is sooo loooong and gorgeous!! omg. one of my natural hair goals lol
Very cute Naturally Glam post! Cheyenne, your hair looks really great. If I see you in Atlanta, expect a hey girrrrrl! 🙂
You and your hair are gorgeous! I'm hoping to grow my hair out like that too! You def my inspiration now lol
Ladies you think her hair is gorgeous check out Aevin at www.strawberricurls.com
I think Moptopmaven and Cheyenne have an hair twin.
her hair is absolutely gorgeous!!!
absoulutely gorgeous hair…. I may have to work on a mini version of this hair this weekend, with lots of manipulation of course… flexi rods and setting lotion, gel, conditioner, mix here I come…. I love this article and hair…
I'm usually a lurker when it comes to hair community sites, but I feel connected to this particular story. It's so awesome that she BC'ed when she was a freshman in hs. I thought I was the only young, youngin going natural(lol). I've been transitioning since the winter of 8th grade. And now I'm really excited until i bc, or mc. whichever way i go! 😀
Beautiful hair and supercool personality. You should write, if you don't already! I smiled reading.
gorgeous girl, gorgeous hair, & gorgeous personality. my new hair crush:) my fave profile yet!
she's so fly
Your hair are just so beautifull, and you also. 🙂
It seems like your hair have been growing amazing fast, and it do look very healhty.
I love the way you style your hair.
She's so pretty. Beautiful hair as well.
Awe! Thank you guys for all the awesome comments. I was on my way to take a test when I saw this, and I was so nervous. I have to admit, you wonderful people made my day, and helped me calm down lol 🙂
And Nikki, thank you again for having me on here.
Beautiful hair. I love it. And such a simple regime.
4 letters: D.O.P.E !!!!
IM SPEECHLESS!!! AFREAKINGMAZING!!!!
Now that is one FABULOUS head of hair! Love it!
WOW…I didnt think I could have anymore hair idols besides Nikki and MoptopMaven…but gurl..im puttin you on the list…ii LOVE your hair!!!!!!!
oh mah gah! I LOVE your hair! It's so big and squeezable…*drool* I love the carefree(ness) of you and your style!
I love, love , love her volume. This is where my hair envy kicks into overdrive. I want voluminous hair too!!!! LOL
sigh… i can't wait til my hair grows out that length. mine is juuust growing out of that in-between phase right now. lovely, lovely hair.
With each picture I gasped bigger.
I ♥ ♥ ♥ her hair!!! Personality is on a thousand trillion & it warms my heart to know that as a young lady, she's so confident. GON' CHEYENNE! Walk your walk gurl!!
Im telling you this is the length I want. Moptopmaven and Curly Nikkis hair is my dream lol..I wonder how long it will take. Im starting to think my porosity issues are holding me back. I guess a sew in could work.
Your hair is GORGEOUS! Loving the bohemian look in the last pic 😀
Gorgeous hair and I love how simple her regimen is!
Wow look at all of that pretty hair and so thick, I would love to be able to lay on that..lol I'm sure some of your relatives or friends lay on it sometimes.lol..lol… It's like the photos were done in stages and the hair has gotten bigger and bigger in each one drooling here lol j/k. Job well done on being a natural,and looking good at the same time.
I'm surprised that you haven't done any modeling, like that other natural chic I saw somewhere. I think her name is moptopmaven or something. Thank goodness that I wasn't drinking anything when I clicked onto CN and saw you on here I must definitely would have choked on it being in awe of your hair. Good job Curlynikki in getting an interview with Cheyennne.
U are such a cutie pa-tutie!! I admire your courage to cut all your hair off in high school. Now for all this hair on your head….Great growth and curls in 3 1/2 yrs. I LOVE IT!!
You are cute as a button, and your hair is gorgeous! Your hair and personality really came across in this article.
Absolutely gorgeous!! And a refreshing personality!! lol