CN: How long have you been natural?
My last perm was 7 years ago this month, and I did my big chop 7 years ago this November. I’ve been a healthy hair natural for a year and 3 months meaning no heat styling and using only all natural hair products.
CN: What is your current regimen?
Currently I wash my hair once a week using Karen’s Body Beautiful Ultimate Conditioning Shampoo. I then deep condition with Karen’s Body Beautiful Luscious Locks deep conditioner. I may co-wash in between washes using Karen’s Body Beautiful Ultimate Hair Conditioner.
While my hair is still wet, I use Shea Moisture’s Curl smoothie, mixed with Vatika oil or coconut oil and braid my hair in 12 big box braids. Then throughout the week, I spritz Organic Root Stimulator’s Nature’s Shine oil on my hair and put Shea Moisture’s hair smoothie on my ends when I feel they are getting dry. I also only detangle once every 2 weeks ( I saw that my fine strands would break off with constant detangling) and I don’t trim all of my hair I just trim those pesky fairy knots.
CN: How do you maintain length? Moisture?
I maintain length and moisture by not heat styling my hair, I also do alot of protective styling weather it be up dos or wigs. I recently found that wigs are a great alternative because I can wash my hair braid it and the next day if I am rushing, it will literally take me seconds to do my hair : ) Unfortunatley wigs can get hot so that’s why I love updos too, not only are they elegant and/or funky, but they are great for a hot day! I also take multivitamins, walk a lot and try to eat fruits like melons, bananas, tomatoes and dark greens which are all said to stimulate growth.
CN: How do you protect your curls a night?
I put my hair in 4 big lose braids or a pineapple, and put a satin bonnet on. But now my hair is getting too long for a bonnet because I’m constantly having to stuff my braids in the bonnet… so, I’m thinking of buying a satin pillow.
CN: What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
Be Patient! Natural hair can be frustrating especially since you’re used to taking care of straight hair, however once you get the hang of it, everything becomes a routine and your hair will become easy peasy ( no pun intended lol). Also, do your research and find out what works for your hair and what doesn’t… not everything works for everybody, some people can do wash and goes and experience hair growth while others experience tangling and breakage. Listen to your hair!
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
The best thing about being naturally glamorous is freedom to be myself. It’s always better to be yourself and stand out than to be something you’re not and blend in. Glamour begins on the inside and shines so bright it shows on the outside.
CN: Anything else you want to add?
Thank you CurlyNikki for this opportunity. I’ve been hooked ever since google led me to you : ) ! To everyone who is thinking of going natural, Nike said it best “Just do it”. Don’t live a life of should of, would of, could of…live a life of purpose and no regrets! Check my blog www.belladolcelife.blogspot.com out. Its about life , love, inspiration and everything in between.