CN: How long have you been natural?
It was official on January 16th 2011. It wasn’t at all planned. I had just taken out the remainder of my Senegalese twists, and gotten into the shower to wash and condition. Once I began detangling my hair (out of the shower) I realized “UH OH” what the heck! My hair was matted. I did not detangle before I washed. So I cut a little back piece to see if I liked the textured. Before I knew it… I BC’d!
CN: What is your current regimen?
I’ve dibbled and dabbled with products and for now, my regimen is pretty simple (I think):
• Wash/Condition once a week: Trader Joes Tea Tree
• Deep Condition once a week: Aubrey’s Organics
• Maybe co-wash once a week: Trader Joes Tea Tree Conditioner
• Leave-In Conditioner: Leave in from wash Trader Joes & Kinky Curly
• Henna once a month: Mendi From the Indian Store
• Style with my favorites in order: ( Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding & Infinite Organics Oil, or Coconut Oil)
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I will add some oil (coconut oil) to my hair each night or damped, re-twist, add Miss. Jessie’s Curly Pudding, and a little Coconut Oil. I don’t like a lot of oily feeling to my hair.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
Just a simple bonnet or Satin Pillow Case.
CN: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
The hair you have while transitioning is not the same as when you BC. I would also say after your hair grows out some (6 months or more) it will change from your initial BC. It will evolve in some sense. The more you take care of your hair, the better results you will get with shine and texture. My hair looks and feels nothing like it did 6 months ago. I’m just looking forward to the next 6 months to come.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
To know I have no limits, I can walk into work with my hair all wild and the boss doesn’t say anything bad (he’s my dad). I get more compliments now than I ever did relaxed, my hair is thicker and healthier, and my 3 year son loves to play in it… he’s gonna be a long hair ‘Natural Man’!
CN: Anything else you want to add?
I think fear is what keeps a lot of people from fulfilling their truest potential in life. Once you don’t care about others view point about you, and allow God to label who you are, that beauty can’t help but to burst through, and your fear will turn into a humbling confidence that so many people will recognize, and it will be more than just your hair they see. That will only be the subject God will use to uplift someone else on a difficult journey in life.
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