Tell me about yourself!
My name is Sara, and I am a graphic/web designer and natural hair enthusiast. I love all things curly. I live in Chicago, and I am mother of one 5 year old boy.
Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
No, I actually transitioned pretty fast from heat damage. I don’t know if that is a quicker transition then transitioning from relaxer or not. I did chop some of the damage off.
Had you always embraced your texture?
No, I used to be obsessed with stick straight hair. My mother had to talk me out of a relaxer numerous times. If it wasn’t for the fear of severely damaging my hair, I would have probably relaxed it. I just flat ironed the heck out of my hair.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you? What was your response to them?
It really wasn’t a surprise. I started to wear my hair curly a bit in high school, but I still wasn’t doing a healthy routine. My fiancé is very supportive. He told me that he likes my naturally curly hair more than my straight hair. In high school, I used to assume that I could skip deep conditioner on wash days, and I didn’t believe in a leave in conditioner. Ugh, what was I thinking?
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I have fine/medium, somewhat thick, low porosity hair. It takes forever for color to actually penetrate into my hair shaft. My hair type is 3b/3c. The back is the 3c part which used to give me a lot of issues. I finally figured out how to moisturize that section better. That 3c section really likes Jamaican black castor oil.
What’s your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? favorite products! Deets!
My current routine is to shampoo/clarify one a month (twice in the summer). The rest of times I co-wash. Over all my washdays are every week whether I use shampoo or conditioner to wash. It is usually always followed by deep conditioner, which I leave on for about 45 minutes to a hour. After that, I dry my hair a bit with a T-shirt to get it to stop dripping and to help with frizz. Then I do the L.O.C method which means leave-in, oil, and cream. This last wash day I used Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave in, 2Curls1Mission Jojoba, Rosemary Mint Oil as my oil, and Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Cream as my cream. I use the cream for wash & go’s and twist outs. I like that cream because it does not wear down my texture too much. To help out with frizz, I then applied a bit of Camille Rose Naturals Curlmaker Gel. My holy grails are pretty much all Camille Rose products. I haven’t used something that didn’t work for me as of yet.
What’s the best thing about being curly?
I just feel more free, wild, and edgy. Curly hair is unpredictable and un-uniform. I like getting compliments on my hair and the fact that I do not blend in. Mostly everyone has straight hair. Also, color looks more interesting on curly hair to me.