Meet Tratay… a gorgeous natural enjoying her TWA!

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?

When I first big chooped I got scared and got kinky twists 5 days later. I became afraid of what evryone else would say. I only kept them in for 4 weeks, and when I took them down, my hair grew to a more comfortable length and now (1 month 1/2 later) I’M IN LOVE!!! I have a serious problem of always touching my hair. =)
CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
My mom thought it was super cute (she just bc’d) my dad really didn’t say much = / and my boyfriend was very supportive, he always says how I look nice with short hair and he likes the “new” me! I also recieved compliments from family and friends, which really helped me to embrace my curls!

CN: What are your plans for your hair?
I just plan to let my hair do what it wants. Now that I am at a comfortable TWA length, I am not rushing growth. I just want to keep beautiful healthy hair!
CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Not really. With relaxed hair, I was a super girly girl (earrings, flowers, clips etc.). So I still rock the same style just new hair. = )
CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
At night, I spray my hair with conditioner water and oil mix. I also sleep in a satin bonnet.
CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
Right now I’m rockin the wash n go. I co-wash (every other day) with Herbal Essence Totally Twisted or HE Hello Hydration, apply Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in, and seal with jojoba oil. I do a weekly DC with honey, unrefined shea butter, EVOO, and one of the conditoners. I am really looking forward to trying twists, and bantu knots!!!

CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
On co-wash days they are popping automatically from the routine listed above. Other days my spray bottle brings them back to life and I’m good to go!