1. Why did you decide to go natural and how long have you been natural?
My husband and I along with my two kids left New Orleans because of Hurricane Katrina. I Was worried about my hair falling out from perming since I was moving from an extremely humid climate to a dry one. The last perm I had was in August 2005. I’m just at around 5 ½ years natural.
2. How did you transition?
POORLY!!! I wouldn’t adivse anyone to transition the way I did. I didn’t have a clue what the heck I was doing and my hair was not happy with me for it. I wore wigs, weaves and braids all the while still using relaxed hair products. I did that for about 3 years before I woke up, embraced my curls and learned what I needed to know to have healthy hair. I also do the BC around that time but didn’t have a clue that it was called that. I just cut the remainder of the perm along with a lot of damage.
3. What is your regimen?
I am a wash and go queen! I co-wash in the shower about 4 or 5 times a week with Aubrey Organics and Kinky Curly products. I’ve heard quite a few Naturals say KC doesn’t work well with other products but the two have been a great combination. With dripping wet hair after my shower I apply KCCC to my hair as well as sealing my ends with Coconut oil. Even in the cold winter of Denver I go outside with a wet head. I’ve never gotten sick because of it and actually my 15 year old daughter does the same.
4. What are 4 products you use regularly?
Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner (daily)
Kinky Curly Knot Today (daily after co-washing with AO)
Kinky Curly Curly Custard (daily)
5. What advice would you give to someone transitioning or a new natural?
Be patient! My hair was drier than the Sahara when I first started out and I just hung in there. I would also advise that this transition is a mental change as well as a physical one. Understand it’s more than changing a hairstyle. It’s a new way of life. All of the experience you gained over the years with relaxed hair will be of no use to you now. Be open to water and how wonderful it is for natural hair. We’ve been brainwashed into thinking water was the enemy and that couldn’t be further from the truth! Our tresses love and need water.
6. Is there anything else you want to add?
I can’t even explain how free I feel since I’ve embraced my curls and stopped allowing mainstream America tell me what’s acceptable or beautiful. I’ve learned so much about myself within the past 5 years and the only regret I have is that I didn’t do this sooner.
For more of Sabrina check out her blog