CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since January 2010, then I BC’d in August 2010, so I’m 8 months post BC.
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was initially a long term transitioner…but, I don’t know why because I BC’d down to 2 inches anyhow. Initially I was long term because I really hadn’t thought of doing a BC. I really didn’t know what I was doing, at all.
CN: What is your current regimen?
My current regimen is to co-wash using either SheaMoisture Restorative Conditioner or Avalon Organics Olive & Grapeseed Conditioner 1-2 times per week. Final rinse using Braggs ACV and cool water. Leave in some of the conditioner that I co-washed with. Seal in the moisture using my O’Natural Natty Butter. Style. I deep condition twice per month using SheaMoisture Deep Treatment Masque. I use Ayurvedic treatments monthly, like henna or the bentonite clay clarifying cleanse. And now that I have my huetiful steamer, I will incorporate that in twice monthly.
CN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
My hair thrives most when I do any Ayurvedic treatments, like scalp massages (daily), any of the treatments that I listed directly above, and using my most beloved two strand twist-out or the twist-out bushy fro. In regards to moisture, with any product (which I strive for products that are all natural), I look at the first 5 ingredients to be sure they are moisture based. I deep condition often. I use my Natty Butter quite often as my moisturizing styling agent. I love adding local raw honey to my deep conditioners, and I keep my humidifier humming and add essential oils like Eucalyptus, Lemongrass and Peppermint. I use lukewarm to slightly cool water to rinse because hot water can be extremely drying to the scalp,which can affect the hair.
CN: Night time routine?
If I am retwisting, I spritz my hair with water and peppermint oil, seal in the moisture with my Natty Butter and sleep on my satin pillowcase.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Research, research, research. Surround yourself with positive energy. Keep your eyes on the prize and don’t compare yourself to any other natural’s hair. Appreciate the style, rock it and love it the way that it looks on you. When you love your hair, you can appreciate other naturals’ hair without wanting yours to look just like their hair. And keep the word PATIENCE in your memory bank.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The best thing to me, is the fact that my hair is the last piece of the puzzle to complete my goal in striving for a natural lifestyle… and if my hair can be the open door to convince another person to strive for a healthier lifestyle (mind, body and spirit), then I feel as though I have accomplished part of my vision, because in turn, that person will inspire someone else and on and on..My passion for natural hair and healthy living inspired my 77 year old grandmother to BC and strive for a naturally healthier lifestyle. That’s the amazing part of this journey, the healthy hair is just the bonus.
CN: Anything else you want to add?
Share the information that you obtain with anyone interested in listening. Answer questions for those who are new to this, be accessible. Once my kids are napping (I homeschool 2 of them, my 5 month old is too young, lol) or late at night, I answer email questions and just try my best to make people feel as though we are here to help. I have a blog that I strive to share healthy info about all things natural: hair, skin, internal health. Check out my blog, and Youtube Channel when you get a second!