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!
Your hair is beautiful, that is what I am trying to accomplish. I am a newbee to this and trying to obtain all of the information for my journey. I am a 53 year old beautiful black woman and mother and grandmother and this is something I have always wanted to experience for a long time. I will continue to read and work with my hair I am about 8 months perm free, and have removed all of the perm from my ends and now I don't know what to do.
Hair is beautiful….love it.
Wow!!! Thank you Ladies!!! Your comments and compliments are so inspiring..thank you..
@ Anon May 7, 2011 3:11 AM..I will be doing a tutorial on this soon..stay tuned..thank you
I love your hair you look amazing
Does anyone know how to achieve the hairstyle in the second picture posted (looks like a side afro). I looked on her blog and Youtube page, but don't see a tutorial. She is gorgeous!!
Thanks, yall 🙂
Love the hair and those peacock earring! To die for!
Nice to see the story that goes along with the FB pics! Beautiful and creative!
love her hair. She always has cute styles.
Her hair is fabulous! Love it:)
MET HER AT THE NATURAL HAIR SHOW, THIS PAST WEEKEND AND SHE HAS A LOVELY SPIRIT AND NICE HEAD OF HAIR..LOL
Your hair is so exciting!!
I just had a hair jealousy moment… her hair is fierce!
Love Love Love her hair! I think my texture is similar. Can't wait to get to that length! I am 2 months and a few inches behind!!
Beautiful hair and a fabulous attitude to match! I will be visiting your blog!
gorgeous! Her hair and spirit is so inspirational!
Thank You for being so inspiring.
Goergous hair, and gorgeous face!
She's so pretty! And I love her hair.
She has the most cutes face ever…..And her hair is always fab…..love her youtube channel…
Lovely!!! We BC'ed the same month and have very similar hair. I'm enjoying it at this length, though, I admit, I am impatient for it to get back to ponytail length. Thanks for your reminder to have patience and to take good care. I don't think I'm deep conditioning as much as I was before and it's starting to show.
Love love love ur styles.
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Wow! Impressive and inspirational, Thanks
gorgeous hair! I seem to have inspired an older relative of mine to wear her hair more natural too..she's 81 today! It's nice to see people embrace it, whether 18 or 81! 🙂
Your hair is beautiful! Thanks for sharing :0)
great glam idol, i liked her regimen 🙂 need to focus on some of her methods, good looking healthy head of hair she's got there!
I love her hair !