CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 8 months. I big chopped in August 2010.
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was definitely a long-term transitioner! I transitioned for a year because I was deathly afraid of wearing a short ‘do. I had long hair all my life and with everyone telling me I had a “fat face” that wouldn’t look right with short hair, I felt as though I NEEDED to gain some length before doing my big chop.
CN: What is your current regimen?
I wash and deep condition my hair once a week. I use either Kyah Alexandria’s Natural Shampoo Bar or Shea Moisture’s Curl Control Shampoo to wash my hair. I like to deep condition with Jane Carter’s Nutrient Replenishing Conditioner, but once a month I use CURLS Ecstasy Hair Tea because it has protein in it.
If I’m not trying to do a new style, I twist my hair into medium sized twists and do a protective style for the next 4-6 days and rock a twist-out for the remaining days before I do the same thing all over again for the following week.
CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
Protective styles! I can’t stress that enough! I love twists because you can style them in so many ways AND get them wet and it won’t wreak havoc on your style. I have gained so much length by wearing my hair in protective styles 80 percent of the time and by moisturizing my hair with water and sealing it in with an oil every 3 days.
CN: Night time routine?
If I have twists in my hair, I just fall asleep on my satin pillowcase. If I‘m rocking a twist-out, I’ll re-twist my hair in 10 large twists before falling asleep on my satin pillow case. Easy breezy!
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Do your research! There is so much information about natural hair, but if you take time and sift through it to figure out what is best for you and your hair type, you’ll thank yourself in the long run. Also, listen to your hair! Sometimes we try to force ourselves to like a product just because so and so likes it, but if it doesn’t agree with your hair, don’t force it! You’ll save yourself a lot of time, money, and energy, and keep your hair happy!
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Being naturally glamorous allows myself to creatively express how I am on the inside out! When I had a relaxer, I felt l wasn’t a representation of who I truly was, but being natural gives me the confidence and flare to do so. I also love that I have the freedom to do whatever whenever I want. My hair is no longer holding me back!
CN: Anything else you want to add?
It’ so amazing to see so many women taking the steps (however many they need) to being natural. I see more and more women each day rockin’ their natural kinks and curls and each time I get ecstatic. For your readers who would like to keep up with me on my journey and share more hair tips and styles, check out my YouTube channel!
Love the hair
very stylish and love you hair texture!
lovely style and hair, keep it up!!!
Too gorgeous, shut up! lol
You are too cute!!! And I love all the pics…they perfectly show how versatile and beautiful "our" hair can be:)
Great interview,i have just discovered my protective style being box braids on my own hair.I look forward to having fun with my braids and retaining length!There is so much freedom with my braids and i can express them in different ways! Great tips.
Wow! Thanks so much for featuring me Nikki! Thanks to all for the compliments!
@Bitty Boss: I've only tried the Curl Control on the Shea Moisture line.
Hey girl! I encourage you all to check out her youtube channel, she's great and her videos are so amazing!!
As soon as I saw her I recognized her from "C.R.E.A.M.Y." (her parody of Solange's "T.O.N.Y.") It's hilarious
You're hair look so thick and healthy!
Your hair looks great. Thick, healthy, shiny and all. Great twistouts by the way 🙂
Wow that first afro is …Amazing. And she is SO CUTE!
I think she's so pretty with her baby doll face! 🙂 And I love her youtube channel.
awww, I love your channel and hair! Most of the tubers tent to 3c/4a hair, you're a role model proving there is no such thing as bad hair
she's definitely one of my favorite people on youtube, she rocks! And the funny thing is, she looks just like my friend Brittany, dipples and all. So cute!
GO BESTIE! Your hair is GORGEOUS and always FLYY! Representing naturals to the fullest with your gorgeous hair styles. Thank you for the great videos that help teach and inspire women all over the world!
Don't say that you have a fat face. Just say that you have full cheeks…which are amazingly beautiful! Your hair is cute too! Especially loving your hair in the afro shirt.
Your twists/twist outs are FIRE! Man, I would kill for thick hair. I have a similar texture but fine, thin strands so wearing twists, braids, extensions either look scalpy or tear my hair up. Gots to find more protective styles since that seems to be the key to length retention for those with my texture…
Yayy CharyJay!! Love her youtube channels…very informative and creative. Definitely a good pick for a hair idol, cause she is the business!
I'm one of your subbies, and I have to say that I love your channel! You have the cutest styles, and your hair is gorgeous. Keep it up.
Your hair is amazing! Love it!
I love your hair and makeup! You are just too cute. Do you think the Curl Control Shampoo is more moisturizing than the other shampoos by Shea Moisture?
Oh my I love your hair! How do you get it to look so shiny and defined? I'm going to check out your youtube channel. I'm transitioning and my hair always looks so dull.
Love…Love the hair! U look so cute! I'm really feeling the "thickness"!
Gorgeous! Your hair is so beautiful & thick!
You look beautiful! The photo of your hair with the pink disc in it should be a prototype for a black doll. I'm so glad you decided to celebrate yourself and your own natural beauty.
You are such a Beautiful girl!! I love the styles you have created especially that curly fro hawk, do that!!! But I agree with you I feel like I can do so much more with my hair being natural, even though I'm only two months in, than I could when I was relaxed. So wish I would have done this sooner, but I needed to prepare myself and do research!! Great post!!
Let me be the first to say you are so cute with such a burst of energy I can relate to the "fat face" issue… Love Love Love the hair!