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Cecily // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 15, 2010

Where do you live? Where you reppin’?
C:
I’m from Washington, D.C. I’m currently a student at Swarthmore college outside of Philadelphia. I’m studying Political Science, but I also sing.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I did not get a relaxer until I was 13 years old, and when I did, I knew it was going to be temporary.

Cecily Relaxed
My sister is 12 years older than me and she went natural in college, when I was 7 years old. I made the decision to go natural as soon as I graduated from high school, and I did. I got my last perm in May of 2008 for my prom.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
C:
I transitioned for a whole year using extension braids and twists. I got my braids re-done every 6 to 8 weeks. Before I got my braids redone I would go get a conditioning treatment and have my ends trimmed. This worked really well for me. The new, natural hair that I grew was soft and strong.

In what ways has going natural affected you?
C:
I am now my own hairstylist. Every 3 months I get my ends trimmed professionally, but I am the one who does my hair daily and deep conditions it weekly. When I had my relaxer, I went to the hair salon every two weeks and let the stylist tell me how my hair was doing, if there were any treatments I needed, etc. Now I know my own hair and what it needs. I understand it for myself and I love that. Doing my hair everyday does get tiring, but everyday is also a new adventure, a new opportunity to get to know my hair, its capabilities, and its beauty.

The second biggest change would have to be being introduced communities like BGLH. The natural hair culture is a special one, filled with some amazing and inspiring women.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
C:
My biggest mistake is trying to make my hair do things it doesn’t want to do, and I make this mistake all the time I must admit.

A huge mistake I made 2 weeks ago actually was trying to blowdry my hair with Ms. Jessie’s Curly Meringue in it. HUGE mistake and totally my fault. I decided after I put the product in my hair that it was too cold to wear my hair wet so I decided to blowdry it. The product became gummy and stuck to my hair. I had to brush it out, breaking my ends I’m sure 🙁

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C:
Water is my hair’s best friend. Simply spritzing my hair daily with my mixture of water, jojoba oil, and olive oil makes it so much more manageable. Also, washing and conditioning often is great for my hair. I usually wash my hair 2 to 3 times a week, unlike most naturals. My hair loves this because it craves the moisture and I can’t stand product buildup.

What do you use in your hair?
C:
My favorite product line is Hair Rules. I LOVE this stuff. I use the daily cleansing cream, the quench conditioner, the curly whip, and the leave-in conditioner. The products have a light scent that I love. They leave my hair super soft and never make my hair feel dry in any way. The curly whip makes styling my hair super easy. Hair Rules is kind of expensive however and I have to order online, so when I run out I use Aussie 3 Minute Miracle to co-wash with.

When I need to clarify I use black soap. I also use coconut oil in my hair almost everyday. I love the smell 🙂

I also use some Ms. Jessie’s products. I love their Baby Buttercreme, but I am trying to begin using only all natural products so I am phasing their products out.

Last but definitely not least: WATER!

What is one of your favorite styles?
C:
My favorite style and the easiest is my wet-set which I wear all spring and summer, and in the fall and; winter if I have time to dry my hair.

I use Hair Rules Curly Whip to achieve this style and all the styling is done in the shower.

  • Co-wash or use a cleansing cream– if you have any product buildup you should also clarify first.
  • Condition – whatever conditioner you please. I use Hair Rules Quench Ultra Rich Conditioner. I comb it through with a wide-tooth comb starting at the back of my head and moving towards the front.
  • Style – While my hair is soaking wet I apply the curly whip with my fingers starting at the back. I part my hair with my fingers and coat my hair with the product. I do this all the way up to the front of my hair.
  • Finger comb – I comb the product through my hair with my fingers. I usually flip my head over and comb it that way as well. I comb it through in lots of different directions to make sure it will have volume.
  • Re-wet hair – Lightly re-wet your hair. This re-activates the curl. I simply throw some water over my hair with my hands while in the shower.
  • Dry – If it is warm outside I usually just let it air dry. Otherwise, I sit under a hood dryer for about 20 min.
  • When it’s dry I fluff it with some shine serum.

This style lasts me about 3 or 4 days. I sleep with a satin cap. In the morning I spritz my hair with some water. I then use Aloe gel to redefine some of the curls and I go! Simple!

How does your hair express who you are?
C:
It’s bouncy and lovely, kind of like me 🙂 But it is also an expression of my self-love and self-worth. I try not to make hair seem like more than it is, because it is just another way to express yourself, an accessory. But it is also an important display of my ancestry. I’m so proud to be a Black Woman! I love that my hair shows my African roots.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
I sing so I have a YouTube account with a few videos of me performing: http://www.youtube.com/user/Cecily3490

Anything else you want to add?
C:
I want women to embrace their natural beauty wholeheartedly. I have nothing against women with relaxers. I think women should be able to play around with hair and have fun. I just wish more Black women knew how beautiful their natural hair is and how beautiful they can look with it.

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M.J.
M.J.
10 years ago

Your hair looks great! I also went to a lib. arts college outside of Philly (swarthmore). Hmm, maybe you’re attending my alma mater (when I was there we had quite a few naturals) 🙂

M.J.
M.J.
10 years ago

Oh my…! You do go to my alma mater 🙂 🙂 (I just checked out your youtube and saw essence of soul)…*sorry got a lil excited there*

JoslynRenee
JoslynRenee
10 years ago

Beautiful hair and great story!! I went to Bryn Mawr(womens liberal arts college) and a few of us chopped it off too! Good times…Enjoy your hair and Swat!!

Carmen
Carmen
10 years ago

Beautiful Spirit, Beautiful hair..But please tell me where you got those gold earrings from in the last picture! I love them!

revolution girl
10 years ago

looooove her style, i am trying to incorporate more of that into my jean and a t‑shirt wardrobe! also, her hair looks so much lovelier natural, it brings out her amazing features 🙂

vonnie
10 years ago

LOOOOOVE her clothing style! awesome clothes, we need to shop together 😀

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Cecily
Cecily
10 years ago

Thanks everyone!
And yes I do go to Swarthmore! We have sooo many naturals here, its beautiful!

My earrings are from some cheap jewelry store in Philly. They’re just some huge fake gold ones. I think I paid $6 lol

Cecily
Cecily
10 years ago

Hey Everyone!

If anyone is going to be in the Philadelphia area this Friday evening please consider attending this event:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=361550999910&ref=ts

It’s a play called “Peaches,” based on the song “Four Women” by Nina Simone. Performed by Progress Theatre, it uses poetic essay, music, and so much more to explore stereotypes facing Black women in America. It’s incredible!

Robin
Robin
10 years ago

Yay! Cecily! we go to school together and she is an amazingly wonderful and cheerful person! and her hair looks fantabulous in real life! lol congrats gurl!

thelady
thelady
10 years ago

beautiful hair, I might try some the hair rules products and I love your fashion sense

Esther O
10 years ago

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cecily! It’ Esther lol, OMG you look lovely, I didn’t know you went natural, you look great! I kinda spazzed out for a second like, “OMG Seton!”

Cecily
Cecily
10 years ago

Esther!!! lol!
I didn’t realize so many people I know looked at this blog haha
Go seton!

Ivy
Ivy
10 years ago

It’s confirmed! We hosted you for the Black Solidarity Conference! I was wondering if it was you. My suitemate and I loved your hair and the hair of your other friend that we hosted. Congrats girl! Good luck with the rest of the semester!

Cecily
Cecily
10 years ago

Ivy! Hi! Thanks so much. Tell Rhiana I said hi!

Franchesca
Franchesca
10 years ago

Did you go to Seton…lookin at your relaxed pic. Looks like the cafe

Cecily
Cecily
10 years ago

yes that is Seton’s cafeteria lol

Allison @ Entry Level Living

Lots of Tri-Co love in here 🙂 I went to Haverford and am currently transitioning. Your hair looks fabulous (and so do your outfits–you’ve got a killer sense of style!)

ANONYMOUS
ANONYMOUS
10 years ago

hey! I’ve been natural for a LONG time now, so I really love the way you’re rocking your hair. I have one question, though–where did you get that AMAZING blazer you’re wearing in the last picture? It looks really cute 😉

Kai
Kai
10 years ago

Cecily! I love your hair too! [= Congrats.

CessCurls
CessCurls
10 years ago

Hey Cecily,

My name is Cecily Also LOL. I live in the Jersey area.Your hair and style is really beautiful. Congrats and blessing to you.

LA
LA
10 years ago

Haha Esther! I was thinking the same thing! That’s definitely Seton’s cafeteria. Your hair is amazing Cecily!

Nabta
Nabta
10 years ago

I love this girl! Beautiful hair, style and spirit. Not to mention she sings like an angel. Go ‘head Cecily! 🙂

FashionistaInTraining
FashionistaInTraining
9 years ago

Hello Cecily,

I love your hair and your outfits. Where do you shop at? And where did you get those clothes from in those pictures? They look gorgeous on you. Please reply back, thank you!

Candis
Candis
9 years ago

YEAAAAAAAAAH DC!… finally i see someone from my area on the site!.. Love the hair, spirit, and style you have girl. Rock On =o) and stay true to yourself.

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

I like the new formatting of this interview. Great details.

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