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Dalora is Naturally Glamorous!

By January 27th, 202128 Comments

Dalora is Naturally Glamorous!
CN: How long have you been natural?

D: About 8 years. Originally, it was just an excuse to cut my signature BSL relaxed hair. I wanted a total change during the transition from college to “the real world” and wore a cute crop a’la Halle to my college graduation. I grew it out from there.

What is your current regimen?
I have a very “zen” approach to my hair. I listen for what it needs and that’s what I do. Sometimes I just have to do what my life dictates. Typically I shampoo every 7-14 days with either Lavender Dr. Bronner’s or Fantasia IC Ice Shampoo and do a protein treatment under a heat cap (such as Aphogee 2-minute reconstructor or Henna-n-Placenta), followed by deep conditioning. I detangle gently with my fingers at each point and get all of the detangles out while deep conditining. I often sleep with it in my hair covered by a plastic cap. Then I style the next day. If I’m lazy and/or trying to stretch the routine an additional day, I will do an updo and then rinse and style the following day. My favorite deep conditioners are Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol Deep Conditioner or Mane & Tail Moisturizing Conditioner. Sometimes I do a pre-poo treatment with olive oil or a hot oil treatment with whatever oil-based product I can get my hands on. I’ve used everything from melted pure shea butter to EVOO to Queene Helene to vegetable oil.

Dalora is Naturally Glamorous!
I style in the shower by rewetting my hair (not rinsing-remember it is packed with deep conditioner), making 4-6 sections, spraying with a mixture of Infusium 23 leave-in, Queen Helene Jojoba Hot Oil Treatment, and water, and smoothing on Kinky-Curly Curling Custard. I have been using KCCC almost from the beginning of my journey. I honestly don’t think I would have stayed naturally curly without it. I probably would’ve loc’ed or stuck with a TWA (and I look forward to doing both in the future). I try other products for styling but always come back to KCCC. Midway through the week I either start over at the conditioning step, using Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration, or do an afro puff with loose tendrils crowning my face and at the nape until I wash again.

Sometimes I skip steps, including washing (but never conditioning) and sometimes the entire 14 days pass and I still haven’t gotten to the styling part, just wearing updos the entire time. I also play with small twists, twist outs, and straighten my hair for trims. I did dry twist outs for a couple of week and loved the result (very Tracee Ellis Ross) but I found it drying and hated having to retwists after serious sweat sessions in the gym. Either I seriously lack the talent or my hair just does not like sets. I suspect that it’s the former.

Also, I color with Dark & Lovely about twice per year. I usually let the roots grow out a good 6 inches (I love that with textured hair we can do that), but lately I have been keeping it fresh.

How do you maintain length? Moisture?
My routine is all about moisturizing at each step and often with water, oils, and leave-ins. I avoid heat and tension at all costs and never go to bed without covering my head or otherwise allow my hair to come into contact with rough materials. *I even took the headrest out of my car, partly so my hair could fit, but also because I hated it rubbing against my hair.*

Dalora is Naturally Glamorous!
How do you protect your curls at night?
At night I dampen my hair with the the above-mentioned mixture and put it in a messy bun on top of my head. This prevents shrinkage. The middle of my hair shrinks considerably if I pineapple or leave it lose. I then cover it with a satin scarf. In the morning I just undo it, shake my head, and go. Sometimes I put it in a loose afro puff on top of my head and cover with a bonnet and scarf (the only way to get it all in there), but if I do that then I have to do an afro puff until I condition again because the hair at the middle of my head will shrink considerably.

What is the best thing about being naturally glamorous?
Just one?! Well, when I had a relaxer my hair dictated my mood. If it was raining or I had new growth but it was too soon for a touch-up I would be such a b-word that my friends even did an intervention. I love to run and maintaining straight styles did not allow me to challenge myself the way I can now. I would never have run a half-marathon if I were still relaxed. So I’d have to say being carefree and loving myself (and others! lol) no matter what kind of hair day I am having. Now that I am natural, even when I don’t think my hair is perfect, I know it is exactly as it should be. This has taught me a lesson about life beyond hair.

If I could choose another it would be BIG HAIR.

What would you tell a new natural or transitioning diva?
Commit to doing the leg work and educating yourself. I am often stopped by people who want to know what my secret silver bullet is and they get frustrated when I say that my hair didn’t come out of a bottle. Learn YOUR hair. Be inspired by others. Fellowship with other naturals, but embrace and develop a relationship with the hair that is on your head. Remember that many factors are involved in caring for your hair, from the seasons, the contents of the water you use, and diet to the technique and tools you use to handle your hair. All of this can be overwhelming, but it’s also fun and adventurous. It’s about way more than the perfect conditioner or styling product. And it’s definitely NOT about emulating anyone else.

Anything else you would like to add?
I have bonded with others over natural hair in a way that I doubt we would have if I wore my hair straight. Over the years each of us (me, you reading this, CurlyNikki, and the like) have created a nurturing, supportive, community in which we can all celebrate our individuality and similarities. I am discouraged when the spirit of community is torn by devisiveness, which happens surprisingly often. I look forward to the day when labels, assumptions, and judgements are no longer a part of the dialogue. We are all here because we love hair. There is no bad hair and no hair is better than any other. Nor does any hair negate that of anyone else. Beautiful hair is healthy hair. Period.

Then
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Now

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Straightening hair for a trim…

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CN Says- Looky! My favorite accessory!

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28 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    What is your hair texture ??

  • Dalora says:

    Ok Y'all. Head rest is back on. But let's refer back to what I wrote-I took the head rest off so that my head can FIT. I am VERY short and, even at its lowest setting, the most extended point of the headrest touches the most extended part of my head. Suggestions?

    @Barbara Naturally, the high afro puff shot with the scarf is my hair natural hair color-no dye. I use Dark & Lovely Permanent Hair color and use either golden bronze or honey blonde depending on how I'm feeling.

    Thanks again, ladies and gents, for the compliments and concerns.

    @Tree-I LOVE your hair.

  • Nicole says:

    0_0 ummm, you took the headrest out? Not safe, if you hit something the force could snap your neck; that's really the reason for the head rest in cars. Do what I do put a satin cap over that bad boy and you're good to go! Beauitful hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair Dalora! You are my hair twin…Yay!!! Although I use my own homemade products, I am forever in LOVE with KCCC. Good luck to you girl and many blessings.

    http://www.youtube.com/user/KinkycurlyTree03

  • Barbara Naturally Speaking says:

    Dalora your hair is absolutely gorgeous! The color looks amazing on you. Just curious what was your natural color before? What color/brand of dark and lovely do you use? By the way, KCCC is the product that I use under every natural style. It works wonders on my curls!

    Barbara of www.barbaranaturallyspeaking.blogspot.com

  • Dalora says:

    Peer pressure at its best-You have convinced me to put the head rest back on. I really didn't think that much of it, but safety first. Going "overboard" for my hair probably STARTED when I was "fried and dyed". I never let anything except a satin scarf touch it even then. And you are right-the madness need not continue. Thanks for the perspective ladies and gents.

  • Loveof2 says:

    Hi, your hair is beautiful. I been natural about 2 and a half years now, and did the BC in may of 2010. The problem I have is when I did the BC I place my hair in weaves and braids, now my hair is so dry and dull looking. What should I do to get healthy gorgeous hair?

  • natural beauty 01 says:

    beautiful curls there, and i love the pic of you getting your hai straighten, such great length

  • Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous hair! 🙂 ~KF519

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  • GGmadeit says:

    I love the color…beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    Pretty hair on a pretty girl 🙂

  • Anonymous says:

    I really hate to see pics of open toilets. Close the toilet next time. 🙁

  • Carla says:

    I know other have already said this, but please put the headrest back. For your neck, spine and your life. You can always put a satin pillow case over it.

    Beautiful hair!

  • keisha says:

    Beautiful hair!

  • Annabel says:

    Such beautiful, healthy hair! I love the positive message you promote!

  • DMB says:

    Beautiful hair!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with all those who are showing concern. Sometimes folks take things a little too far when it comes to natural hair. Before being natural, we fried, dyed and laid it to the side with little to no care and now that we're natural we sometimes go a little overboard, your hair will be fine! The way folks drive nowadays, your body maybe not so and I do think it's against federal/state law to remove the headrest because it's a required safety feature.

  • Jessie x says:

    I don't think taking off the headrest is a good idea-if you're in a high impact crash, it could be off with your head D: I agree with Anonymous 9:14, have you ever tried covering your headrest in satin? It's better to have a flat bun than no head in the event of an accident.

  • Anonymous says:

    Yeah- removing the headrest for the sake of your hair isn't the safest thing to do. What about covering the rest in satin? Maybe someone could design some cute headrest covers.

  • Anonymous says:

    Please put your headrest back! You dont want all that gorgeous hair on a broken neck!!

  • Sophia L says:

    Removing the headrest!! I am always craning my neck like a wierdo when I don't want my hair to rub up against headrests! I'm pretty sure that's not safe if you have a fender bender though, so I think I'd rather drape something smooth over it, but I feel her pain… big hair has spatial needs.

  • Anonymous says:

    Removing the headrest is a bit extreme and sort of dangerous. I love my hair but it is really not that serious.

  • SaBrina says:

    Wow your hair looks really good, and I love the hair color that you have on it as well. The natural hair really does suit your facial features.

  • Tiffany says:

    I love my KCCC. Whenever I am unsure about a new product I always fall back on it. Beautiful hair.

    Peace, Love and Chocolate,
    Tiffany

  • CURLYNIKKI says:

    I haven't removed my headrest but i never rest my head on it… i keep a tense neck (which leads to a headache) when I'm in the car, lol. The things we do for our hair! I hate the look of 'flat back'.

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful hair and beautiful sista. But Omg! Head rest out of the car…NOT SAFE!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    ahh cool! i also lurve KCCC. i find myself crawling back to after trying another styler. beautiful hair!

    does she have a blog or youtube?

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