1. Why did you decide to go natural and how long have you been natural?
I decided to go natural for various reasons. One was the desire to find myself and not live through my hair. I also big chopped because I couldn’t stand the thought that I had to constantly press out my hair after receiving a relaxer was just killing me!!! I big chopped on June 7 2010 which would make me 9 months natural!
2. How did you transition?
I began to transition without realizing it. At first it was just a stretching mechanism but in mid March I decided to really transition. I used to use sew-ins and just plaint ponytails. I also flat ironed which was a bad thing which I learned. Thankfully, I didn't have much heat damage.
3. What is your regimen?
I try to keep a consistent regimen but I am such a flip flopper. But if I were to pinpoint exactly what I do...its simply I listen. This meaning if my hair feels dirty Ill cowash, if its dry I moisturize and so on. But now I see that my hair is starting to do that regularly as scheduled so most times I co-wash on Fridays and style on Sundays. I try to use my giovanii clarifying shampoo twice a month because it really does strip the impurities. I deep condition every other week or sometimes as needed. I find that best listening to my hair is best but sometimes training your hair is good as well.
4. What are 4 products you use regularly?
My holy grail products are as follows: prayer, water/anointing oil, restoration, and release. No just kidding (sorta). I absolutely can not i mean con not live without my Oyin Handmades Juices and Berries, then there is my Shealoe koils by nature leave in conditioner, my Oyin handmade burnt pomade, and Coconut oil! If those were the only thing I were allowed to use then I would be set for life!
5. What advice would you give to someone transitioning or a new natural?
Trust me guys, I would not suggest transitioning unless you are mental prepared. I feel as if going natural is a lifestyle and not just a trend to follow. You have to make the decision that you want healthier hair (not to say relaxed hair isn’t). The journey may be rough but it is doable trust me! Its an experience of a lifetime! To my newly natural sisters...its a learning process. You will try things that your hair may love and others that it will laugh at. Always remember that your hair are your ROOTS this meaning that your hair is yours so it may not look like the Diva next to you buy embrace it because you were created that way for a reason. Rock your hair in confidence!
6. Is there anything else you want to add?
Thank You for the opportunity to share my story and advice. Naturals rock...point blank lol
7. Where can we find you?
I love to network so I have a blog, youtube, twitter and facebook!
This is such a late post but I just wanted to share my protective style of choice I have rocked this past few weeks. YouTube was my friend on 'how to' for this one. I used the invisible root method where you are twisting from the scalp instead of the braid/twist method. It took a minute to get used to, but once you catch on its not so bad. I used 4 packs of Marley Braid Hair with 2 different colors. I sectioned my hair in medium parts and used 2 strands of the marley hair to make it thick. If done quickly and nonstop, I think it would have taken me about 4 hours, but I procrastinated and split my time. I will definitely be using this style again .
I love trying new things with my hair, so I went online and started searching for fall protective styles. I came across all of these YouTube videos on Crochet Braids. Now, I didn't know people still did these and was thinking early 90's when I saw crochet. However, to my surprise, there were some fabulous styles and great tutorials.
I honestly cannot remember the brand of hair I used, but I was in searching for the Freetress brand in the Bohemian Curl. I couldn't locate it at my local hair supply store, so I picked out the equivalent in Water Wave Curl. I got two packs of 1b and one pack of 1b/30 blend.
After a couple years of suggesting and pleading.....She finally agreed to let the relaxer go. NO LYE! lol
For various reasons, my Mom's hair was beginning to thin and break off and the harsh chemicals every 6 weeks was not helping. She finally decided to give her tresses a break and July 2012 was the last time she put a relaxer in
Wigs are a lady's best friend!
Pretty simple regimen. Keep it washed and minimal heat applied. I used henna to color her very few and far between grays (shhhh!). I used Moroccan henna from Henna Sooq....great place!
Happily Ever After
I am happy to report that her hair is getting stronger, growing, and she only has normal hair shedding. As of yesterday, she is completely natural!!
*****Keep Learning, Living, and Loving Your Natural Hair