CN: How long have you been natural?
Currently, two years and nine months. However, prior to college, I had never had a relaxer. I would wash and straighten quite frequently, but caved to peer pressure and was influenced by others to start relaxing my hair.
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
Long term. I stopped perming after two years, and never did the big chop. I utilized lots of protective styles and gradually cut off the relaxed ends.
CN: What is your current regimen?
I really love bantu knot-outs, wash & gos, and buns. My favorite style is to rock it big with the sides pinned back. Right now I’m loving and religiously using Shea Moisture products. Occasionally I’ll use Miss Jessies Curling Custard or Eco Olive Oil Gel. I also take a multi vitamin by Natures Valley that encourages healthy hair and blood circulation.
CN: Night time routine?
I moisturize if needed, add a small amount of water to my hair, bantu knot if that is the desired style for the morning, and don a satin scarf to cover my head.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
Always believe in you! Do what makes you happy, and know that the process doesn’t end when you reach the completely natural state… it is just beginning. Keep the hairstyles varied, and don’t be afraid to try new things. Everyone will not like your choice but you must have enough confidence to tell them thanks for your opinion but not be halted by their comments. Know what may look great on someone, could not be the best for you, this is something you have to realize and make the best decisions based on your facial structure and overall lifestyle.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The versatility! Whatever fashion I may choose for the day, my hair flows right along with it.