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Najah- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

By January 27th, 202114 Comments

Najah- Naturally Glam Hair Idol
CN: How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since March 11, 2010.

CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I was a short term 4-month transitioner from November 2009 until March 2010. Why? To put it bluntly, I was too impatient! Fortunately, this is one occasion where impatience was exalting. Once I did the BC, I received this gust of confidence. For me, it was more than just hair. It was a lifestyle change that allowed me to do the things I wanted, yet neglected. I started working out at the gym and running to stay fit. I wore my hair in Lauren Hill style twists during most of my transitional stage.

CN: What is your current regimen?
I’m easy–wash ‘n go! Every now and then I’ll put a hair clip or two on the side for a half-hawk look but other than that, the kinkier the better! I have an S curl pattern with types 3c, 4a & 4b hair.
Najah- Naturally Glam Hair IdolCN: How do you maintain Length? Moisture?
In the beginning, I was somewhat of a product junkie–purchasing almost every cutely labeled product on the shelves. Now that I’ve found a hair recipe that works for me, I tend to stay away from buying various products and sticking to what I know works best for me. That said, I use Giovanni Smooth as Silk Conditioner, which also works as a great detangler. I comb/detangle my hair once per week. The other 6 days of the week I just get up and go, or wet and go for a looser curl. I also like Carrot Oil by Root Simulator and Curl Enhancing Smoothie by Shea Moisture. As far as maintaining length, when my hair is in it’s natural state, I have minimal length–major shrinkage (which I am okay with).

CN: Night time routine?
Because I adore the wash ‘n go routine, I don’t prep my hair at night. However, I do sleep on a satin pillow case to help retain moisture and lessen breakage.

Najah- Naturally Glam Hair Idol
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
I often hear stories about strong family influences who are not accepting of our God-given tresses. Some people consider it dirty and untamed. This is far from the truth. I encourage you to exude your pure essence of beauty and utilize makeup and accessories (earrings and scarves) to enhance your femininity if you’re nervous about going for the BC. At the end of the day, you have to satisfied with who you are, not what someone else wants you to be.

CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
In recent years, it has become more and more common for multi-ethnic women to retreat from relaxers. The best thing about being naturally glamorous is the ability to embrace what has ALWAYS been beautiful! As I rediscover my urban twists, I’ve discontinued the affirming of others beauty while denying my own. Our black is beautiful, and I’m loving the skin I’m in!

Najah- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

CN: Anything else you want to add?
I must admit, the BC took a lot of getting used to in the beginning. I was unhappy with my appearance during the first several weeks and even went as far as putting towels over all the mirrors in my house so I wouldn’t see what I considered my boy-ish look. Those first couple weeks weren’t easy, but fortunately it was short-lived! I’m so glad that I stuck with it as I now am in love with my curls. In addition, my hair has opened doors to many opportunities, including hair modeling for a couple different companies.

Najah- Naturally Glam Hair Idol

14 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is very pretty and your skin flawless!!! What is your skin regimen??? 🙂

  • Chloe says:

    My daughter's name is Najah and you're the first person I've seen to share her name, and she's 20! Your hair is so gorgeous, thanks for sharing your story!

  • jess says:

    beautiful hair and love the i love my hair shirt

  • Najah says:

    Thanks ladies!

    Shyrynne, BC stands for Big Chop (cutting off all the relaxed ends).

  • Shyrynne says:

    What does BC stand for?

  • KeetaRay says:

    Gorgeous lady, gorgeous hair!

  • Jo Somebody says:

    Beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    Your hair is bomb!!! Love seeing naturally glam post with STUPID THICK hair!! LOL Love the animal print!

  • Najah says:

    Thanks Anonymous! I was given that shirt during a hair modeling show I performed in.

    Shones, I wasn't really looking to become a "hair model", I was just bored one day and saw a random post on the Internet regarding a contest on hair photos. I had recently done the BC so there was no way I thought I would have won. Nevertheless, I entered my pics in the contest and to my surprise, I received a phone call from the owner of Black Hair Media stating I won and have been doing a few photo shoots for them here and there. Another local company picked me up here in my home state of Florida. It's been quite a journey!

  • Unknown says:

    Gorgeous! How does one break into hair modeling anyway? That's really cool.

  • Anonymous says:

    I love your hair!!! I also love the I Love My Hair t-shirt. Where did you get it?!?!?

  • Najah says:

    Thanks ladies! Candace, my hair was colored brown. Thanks again! 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful!!! Love the color 🙂

  • Candace4life says:

    Your hair looks really good in all of the pictures that you posted. It's so thick and I really like the brown in it, is that your natural color or a rinse? Either way your hair is gorgeous and congrats on the modeling job as well.

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