My name is Christine Louis-Jacques, 22 year old young woman born and raised in Massachusetts and an Economics graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Class of 2010! I am a newbie to the natural world, got my BIG CHOP on August 21, 2010. I love the natural me and I’m so happy those creamy crack days are over!! LOL!

I transitioned for 7 months after deciding to stop relaxing my hair in February 2010. I transitioned for awhile because I wanted to allow my natural hair to sprout out as well as give myself time to research natural hair care. I did not feel comfortable just shaving all of my hair off and not knowing how to take care of it. Although I was shocked after my BC, I loved it and embraced my curls immediately. My boyfriend, sister and sister’s boyfriend came to witness the experience and loved it as well. I told my parents about my transformation, but since they live in GA, they still haven’t seen me in person yet. To be honest, I really did not have a main routine with my hair, my hair is weird. I would just wet it, put some gel on it and throw it in a bun and was literally good to go. Other times I would wash and condition it myself and my protective style was the two strand twists. I used CURLS clarifying shampoo, and Suave coconut conditioner and I put honey in it. To keep my hair moisturized I would use Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner. Right now being 100 % natural, my hair loves Pantene Relaxed and Natural conditioner for women of color. Its creamy and thick and my curls react to it very well!

Why did I go natural:
For awhile, I let my hair define my innermost beauty. I had to let go of the illusion that relaxed hair was more manageable than natural hair. It was the spring semester of my senior year in college and I was literally bored with my relaxed, bone straight hair. Not only was I spending so much money at the salon, but I was not even satisfied with the end results. My hair always felt dry and dead, and I was at a crossroad in my life. I was about to graduate and I was ready to make some lifelong chances. I had a few college friends who were already natural at the time and they really inspired me to embrace who I am! I was curious to see my natural texture again. I am happy that I stuck with my decision because I love my hair and curls!!

Thanks for the support!