Meet Dominique… a gorgeous natural, totally addicted to her short ‘do!

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
I finally did my BC on August 6, 2010. I was fed up with trying to maintain two different textures: my relaxed ends and my natural new growth. The BC feels absolutely amazing and freeing. It’s super easy to maintain and I don’t spend over an hour in the shower when I need to detangle…whew!

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
My husband was SUPER supportive. My two boys (4 and 1 years old), and a little curlie girl on the way (due Nov) love me regardless. And the rest of my family love my hair either way and enjoy my new look. My friends love it, and I have many supporters who facebook me for tips.

CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I do plan to grow my hair back out, but since I’ve BC’d, I have become addicted to the short ‘do!

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
I do love dolling up my look. It’s just fun and prevents boredom. My absolute favorite accessories are florals..I love big flowers. I am getting into scarves as well and hats as well.

CN: How do you keep your hair moisturized?
I have actually found that keeping my moisturizing routine simple does the trick. I keep a spray bottle with EVOO, jojoba oil,tea tree oil, and peppermint oil. I mist my hair and then seal with shea butter. Sometimes I will use my Shea Moisture Conditioner. I deep condition with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, which I add olive oil and raw honey to.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
I wash with Shea Moisture Shea Butter Shampoo when I feel I have product buildup. I conditioner wash when I feel my hair needs it, so there’s no certain amount of times alotted per week or month. Sometimes I will mist my hair and twist to give it more curl definition. I also love the Afroveda Totally Twisted Almond Butter for moisture. I throw a goodie headband with a flower and go, go, go.

CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
What works excellent for me is misting with my EVOO/tea tree oil/peppermint oil concoction, then twisting with shea butter or castor oil. Sometimes, I’ll add a little ECO Styler Gel on top. I lay my edges down with water and shea butter or castor oil.

CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
I either wear a satin bonnet or satin scarf at night and go to sleep.