CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
T: I first chopped October 28th, 2009, and I loved it! It was so fun and crazy! Unfortunately, I had an unwanted chop in September when I went in for a trim, and that experience was awful. After that horrible haircut, I thought as soon as my hair grew back I’d get a relaxer. It’s growing out now, and I’m back on track.
CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
T: I was ready for them. My nieces and sisters-in-law had done it previously. It deeply confused the men in my family, but I had the full support of most of the women in my life. A lot of people were very disappointed to see me lose my longer bouncy relaxed hair. My husband says he likes my curls. I was definitely concerned about his response, but he really surprised me.
CN: What are your plans for your hair?
T: My goal has always been to grow my hair out into as big of a fro as possible. I love Rachel True and Tracie Ellis Ross’ amazing manes. Even as a kid, I had a little obsession with Chaka Khan’s wild mane. I’m going to try some protective styles this winter until I find someone in my area that I trust to shape my hair.
CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine? If so, what are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?
T: After my second chop, I had to get my hair cut very short to fix what the barber had done. I wore earrings and makeup every day to try to feel and look more feminine. Now that it’s grown out enough to wear headbands again, I don’t use any of the other products daily. I also really love to wear a flower pinned in the side.
CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
T: I’m still learning in this area. My hair is braided now, and I spray it with a jojoba oil mix. I enjoy trying different mixes that I find in the forums.
CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
T: I use IC Fantasia Gel and Eco Styler Gel. I love the shine and definition my hair has with Eco Styler Gel, but not the crunch. I wash and go a couple of times a week. Now that it’s super cold, I’m switching to twist-outs and braids. I have some aloe gel that I use to twist my hair while it’s wet, and I untwist with whatever oil I have on hand. I can wear a twistout for 4 to 5 days.
CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
T: Eco Styler Gel provides the best curl for me. There are lots of products that I want to try, but I’ve tried to keep my tendency to become a product junkie to a bare minimum.
CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
T: I don’t. I just go to sleep, and it’s great when I wake up! I use curlychica/nikkimaes technique with the coconut oil to fluff my hair back out. Then, I put on my headband, and I’m on my way!
You look great!!!!
you look great with the BC..good luck on the natural hair journey 😀
Thank you so much! The pic up top is a 3 day old twist out. Right now I wash with Nioxin shampoo. I condition with Bed Head Urban Antidotes Recovery Condtioner as well as Nioxin conditioner. I do my twists with a shea butter mix that consists of Shea butter, Olive oil, and vegetable glycerine. This weekend I actually did a mix I saw on youtube with eco styler gel, veg glycerine,coconut oil, and shea butter. I used it for the first time today. Awesome! It goes on kinda funny. I had to rub it in some, but I'm lovin the results. Trisa. 🙂
Trisa you look so pretty with your BC,and your skin looks really good do share your regime esp in the 1st picture. Congrats and welcome to wonderful world of being natural. 🙂