My name is Nadine James. I
am originally from London but currently reside in Florida.
a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? (Tell us your
natural hair journey)
when I was pregnant with my third child. I had an urge to be chemical free and
decided to go natural at that point.
becoming increasingly more annoyed with my thin, lifeless, limp hair.
90’s (I had a ‘Halle Berry’ moment!) I was too chicken to ‘big chop’ because I
felt it would overwhelm my husband
at the time. So I gradually grew my relaxer out and during this time I did
extensive research online for natural hair and read a lot on different blogs
such as Black Girl with Long Hair to name one. I also watched YouTube videos
and came across Taren Guy aka Taren916 and was blown away by her beautiful hair
and the fact that she embraced it so proudly. It was uplifting to see
other vloggers such as naptural85 and shortysgs03 spread the message of natural
hair care that impacted my choice in going natural.
finally say ‘I love my natural hair.’
always embraced your texture?
had my hair relaxed for so long. My mother relaxed my hair for the first time
when I was 9 years old out of frustration due to the fact that we lived in
Germany where products for black hair were non existent, let alone for mixed
people like myself. I also had a hair complex because I couldn’t identify with
anyone that had similar hair to me so I was more than happy to have the
“flat hair” to fit in.
family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to
the new you? What was your response to them?
natural and were encouraging. I was also excited to try different styles
and frequently hear “girl that hairstyle is dope.”
think it was harder for him to accept because he has known me for so long with
straight hair that it was a big adjustment.
your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
is pretty thin. I don’t know if relaxing my hair over the years has played a
factor but I suspect it has because looking back at pictures of my hair prior
to relaxing it looked healthy and full! Cursed relaxers!
your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and
style? Favorite products! Deets!
hate playing around in my hair and when something works I stick with it! (You
may call it laziness!).
once a week and use the same Tresemme Conditioner. Sometimes I’ll use the Knot
Today conditioner by Kinky Curly. Once a month I’ll do an apple cider rinse to
get rid of residue and product build up. After that I apply coconut oil right
out of the shower. I don’t towel dry, I wring my hair and put it up until I’m
ready to apply products. Then I’ll apply the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
through my hair, comb with wide tooth comb and air dry. I don’t diffuse because
I hate heat and find that heat dries my hair out. If the edges look frizzy,
I’ll apply a little Eco Styer Gel and that’s my routine. I don’t do that many
deep conditioning treatments (yes you’ve guessed I’m lazy), but when I do I
like to use the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque.
so if that works I’ll include that in my routine.
you maintain your hair at night?
is to place the hair into a very high ponytail to avoid frizz and maintain
you maintain healthy length?
my lower back) I am not as “hung up” on length as I am with health.
I think having healthy hair is so much more important. As a naturalista
you have to embrace shrinkage, so the correlation between health and length is
evident. Focusing on the products and having a routine that promotes
healthy hair will enable it to grow. I’ve found that cutting my hair every 3
month did not promote health or length so I cut when detangling becomes a nightmare
and curls fall limp. For me this is once every 6-9 months, depending on the hair…
it makes its own rules!
the best thing about being curly?
flexibility of hair care. Although there is a certain technique to every
routine, it is liberating to be able to just wash and go! It’s also great to
experiment with different hairstyles, colors and accessories along the way but
the most wonderful thing about being curly is to have the confidence to wear
the hair in its natural state.
can folks find you on the web?