Meet Kathleen… her advice for healthy, gorgeous hair? Be patient!

CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since August 7, 2008.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?

I was a long term transitioner. At first, I was blow drying my hair and using a curling iron to bump the ends but as my new growth emerged the shedding increased and the relaxed portion of my hair was looking very thin. So I started doing rod sets and would cut off a little bit of the relaxed hair each time I washed. By March of 2009, I was fully natural! I started trying out twists later that year in December.

CN: What is your current regimen?
After a lot of trial and error, I’ve settled into a pretty good regimen. My goal was to use the fewest number of products possible to get the best results (one of the reasons I went natural was to simplify my hair care routine). So I wash with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, condition/deep condition with Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner and olive oil and moisturize with a mixture of Oyin Whipped Pudding, Qhemet Amla Nourishing Pomade and aloe vera gel. That’s it!

CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
I’ve been keeping my two-strand twists in longer – either pinned back or worn as an updo and I moisturize every couple of days with the Whipped Pudding/Amla Pomade/aloe vera gel mixture.

CN: Night time routine?
I wear a silk bonnet to bed – it really keeps my hair from getting dry.

CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?

Be patient and really get to know your hair. Be patient when you’re styling your hair. When trying products, give them a chance to work. What works for one may not work for all.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?

Having healthy hair and not freaking out in the morning if the forecast calls for rain!!! 🙂

CN: Anything else you want to add?

Once you become comfortable with having natural hair, enjoy all the styling options you have. But the best part of it all is knowing that you’ve made a healthy choice for your body.