CN: How long have you been natural?
My last relaxer was in March 2005, but my healthy hair journey didn’t start until July of 2009. I celebrate my Natural-versary on July 25th which is when I rocked my first ever twist-out.
CN: Were you a long term or short term transitioner, and why?
I’m guessing long term because I didn’t know about the Big Chop. I never had to care for my own hair. When I got it relaxed we went to a stylist and in between I had braids. I have worn braids a good portion on my life. So the beginning of my journey is very fuzzy.
CN: What is your current regimen?
Once a week I deep condition, cleanse, condition, detangle, set, moisturize and seal, in that order. I moisturize during the week whenever my hair feel like it needs it.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
Protective styles have proven to be the best way for me to retain length. I love my two strand twists but I plan to explore more ways to protect my tresses. Moisture is easy for me to retain. In fact I have to be careful to not over do it. I attribute this to the Hawaiian Silky 14-in-1 moisturizer I use. My hair LOVES LOVES LOVES it. Also sealing with oil is essential for me as well. I’m a coconut oil fan ‘til I die!
CN: Night time routine?
At night to preserve my twists, I use a satin scarf. To maintain my twist-outs I just put a satin bonnet on… no retwisting necessary. I recently did a post on the life of my twist outs. You can see it here!
CN: What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
RESEARCH! It’s so important to get several viewpoints and run your own experiments. Everyone is different and you don’t want to alienate a group of products based on the word of others. Also, listen to your hair. Pay attention to how it’s responding, and to what. Write it down if need be, it’ll save you time, and money I’m sure. And lastly don’t be afraid of stylists! We are not all money hungry, scissor happy crooks. Find someone who is going to love your hair like you do and be specific about what your expectations are.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The confidence it has brought me. Never in a million years did I think I would ever feel this way about myself just because I stopped relaxing my hair. I’d have to say that’s the best part!
CN: Anything else you want to add?
Natural hair is a lifestyle. We have our own language, social networks, and fashion! And I’m sure this is only the beginning of even better things to come. We have to come together, help each other, and support each other. We are all on this journey, and I’d hate to see someone quit because they weren’t feeling supported. I am always open to answering questions, or giving suggestions! I’m on Twitter @MiiSSkECiia, I have a blog @MiiSSkECiia the blog, and a Facebook Fan Page. I’m always connected somewhere. Thanks so much to CurlyNikki for providing this platform! I can’t even express my gratitude for you and others who work hard to help others. You’re truly a blessing (=