C: I live in Washington DC. I’m a free spirit, that’s currently in the process of opening an online store, I also style hair on the side for friends and family.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: Relaxed hair bores me. I grew tired of wrapping it every night, split ends, being afraid of the rain, etc. I wanted to try something new.
I got my last touch-up Aug 07, I never got them that frequently maybe 2–3 a year. I decided to go natural sometime in 2008, my decision wasn’t set in stone. I told myself if I didn’t like how my hair looked I could just go back to relaxing. I grew out my natural hair and constantly trimmed away at the relaxed ends until my natural hair got to a length I was comfortable with. Finally after 18 months of transitioning my natural hair was hitting my collarbone and I did my “not so big chop” lol.
In what ways has going natural affected you?
C: Honestly it hasn’t affected me at all. I enjoy being natural but I’m the same girl whether I wear my hair straight, wavy, curly, kinky, or bald. It has, however, helped me learn how to properly care for my hair.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C: I’ve learned to stop being lazy and braid or twist my hair up at night, which helps to decrease the amount of single stranded knots I get.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C: Protective styling has helped my hair out tremendously! It protects my ends from drying out and getting knotted, its easier to moisturize, and I don’t have to worry about styling my hair for a week. Of course all these things lead to length retention, which we all love!
What do you use in your hair?
C: Currently, I’m experimenting with just about every product on the market! However, there are a few products that I keep in rotation. Cantu Shea Butter Leave In, Raw Whipped Shea Butter, Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, V05 Moisture Milks Conditioner, Suave Tropical Conditioner, and my new favorite Pantene ProV 5 Minute Strengthening Mask.
How does your hair express who you are?
C: My hair is a reflection of myself. Raw, in your face, very diverse, unclassified, and at times a bit crazy!
“You were born an original. Don’t die a copy.” ‑John Mason