Where do you live?
C: I’m from California and I rep the entire Bay Area. I’m a published author, publisher and public speaker.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: By default I have always been natural. I would get my hair pressed when I was younger and it would only last a day or two (unless it was drenched w/ grease) so I just started wearing the wash ‘n go.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
C: I transitioned in high school because I could not wear the straight wrapped styles are the other girls were rocking. At first in school (the ’90s) I did not appreciate my curly hair. The “in” thing was straight hair in those wrapped styles like SWV … I wore it natural because I had no other options.
At that time in my life I envied those girls with the long straight hair (or weaves) and now today they envy me. My hair is long, full, thick, and I am still wearing it curly like I did over 10 years ago when I was in school.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
C: Blowing drying and flat ironing my hair was damaging. I loved the silky look but I slowly noticed my thick hair thinning. I learned to love it in its natural state. I still straighten it every once in a while (once a year) but I don’t damage it with a flat iron every day like I used to.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C: Co-washing. Ever since I started co-washing I noticed my hair is less dry.
What do you use in your hair?
C: I love Kinky Curly products. I use the curling custard, Knot Today, and Come Clean. Somedays instead of Kinky Curly I use Eco Style Olive Oil Gel (Sally’s Beauty Supply) I get the same result but much cheaper.
How do you do your wash and go?
C: I shampoo my hair with Come Clean by Kinky Curly and saturate it with Knot Today and the curling custard. I braid it in 4 sections and put a scarf on it. When I wake in the morning I take the braids out and have a full head of fresh non-crunchy curls. I do this to avoid going out with wet hair. My hair is so thick that it takes a long time to dry and going out everyday with wet hair makes me catch colds frequently.
How does your hair express who you are?
C: I am a free-spirited non-fussy person. I am so low maintenance when it comes to my hair. I can get up and go fresh out of the shower and Iove that freedom. My hair does not bind me to spending hundreds in a salon. I can spend that money on shoes, LOL.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: Of course! My website is www.crjpublishing.com. I am currently on a book tour for my debut non-fiction ‘Black Men vs. White Men; the Black Woman’s Choice.’ You can find my book at: www.greendaypublishing.com
C: Ladies whether your hair is long or short, curly or straight, kinky, nappy, or silky your hair represents you. If it is clean, healthy, and stylish then you have “good hair” so wear it with pride and show.