CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for about 12 years
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a long term transitioner. Back then there wasn’t a lot of info on what to do so I had to figure it out on my own. For a year I got it braided, or rod set it. Then one day I didn’t feel like setting my hair so I sat at the mirror and started cutting off my relaxed ends until it was all natural.
CN: What is your current regimen?
My regimen is pretty simple. I shampoo with Suave clarifying, then follow with Suave almond and shea and Garnier Fruictis Triple Nutrition. Then I condition with Aussie Moist, Garnier Fructis Triple nutrition, Pantene [Nature Fusion] Moisture Balance, Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Dove intense moisture. During the week I workout so I leave the conditioner in and put it into a donut or a french braid. Then by Thursday, if I have plans for the weekend, I’ll rinse the conditioner, shampoo again with the Triple Nutrition then style.
CN: How do you achieve your signature fro?
It actually takes me 2 days to achieve my fro. After the shampooing and conditioning, I detangle my hair then put it into a fro ponytail for a day. By the next day I take it down, pick it out and shape it.
CN: Any tips for achieving voluminous twist or braid sets?
I’ve been using the same thing for my twists, braids, fro. etc., since I went natural. I like to mix all of my conditioners and water in a spray bottle to moisten my hair with. If you like you may add EVOO to it too!! I guess it’s like my version of leave-in conditioner for my hair. When my fro gets dry, I also spray my hair with it and it makes it much easier to pick out. That mix also works great as a detangler for little girls!!!
CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
90% of my natural hair life is spent with conditioner in it and I think that has helped me with maintaining my hairs length and moisture. I very seldom have to use moisturizer in my hair, and when I first went natual my hair was extremely dry!!!
CN: Night time routine?
At night I usually tie it with a satin scarf and I always sleep on satin pillow case. If I wear it down, I’ll stufff it into a satin bonnet to keep my curls from going flat.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
I always tell them to just be patient and pay attention to your hair.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The versatility is what I like the best, but the fact that almost all of my family and alot of my friends have gone natural because of seeing my hair and how healhy it is, is what I love the most.
CN: Anything else you want to add?
I would just like to thank Curly Nikki for letting me tell my story and tell and tell everyone to enjoy their nautural hair. Going natural was the best decision I’ve ever made for my hair, I wouldn’t change it for the world!!!