Where do you live?
J: I’m from Charlotte, North Carolina—but have spent most of the last three years in Chapel Hill at UNC (Go Heels!) I’m a sociology major planning to pursue a career directing. I love my family, the arts, snuggling, thrifting, eating delicious items, and blogging.…almost in that order. 😉
I love your blog ‘College Curlies’! What’s the story behind that?
J: Thank you! I started College Curlies in Decemeber of last year, because I noticed that a lot of hair forums/blogs/videos were targeted towards people with 1) a substantial amount of time 2) a substantial amount of funds. As a College student, I have neither the schedule nor the resources to make a production out of hair care, and I wanted to document my experience with natural hair in order to help other people trying to stay “fabulous and frugal.” J
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
J: I made the decision to go natural because when I had a relaxer, I felt like I was a walking contradiction. I was the loud and proud ‘strong black woman,’ but then I looked in the mirror and didn’t see myself. Going to the salon and paying $60+ dollars just so I could look like someone else seemed wrong.
I transitioned for 9 months. I got my last relaxer in October of my first year in college (2007) and did my Big Chop in June of 2008, right before my sophomore year. During my transition I got my hair flat ironed every two to three weeks. I knew nothing of protective styling or transitional styles, so needless to say my hair was a fried mess when I finally cut off the relaxed ends.
What’s your regimen?
J: I co-wash two to three times a week, and try to deep condition once a week when my schedule allows. I co-wash with Herbal Essence’s Hello Hydration and style with coconut oil, olive oil, and shea butter. I deep condition with Pantene Pro‑V Deep Conditioning Mask [or a hot oil treatment that I mix myself] once a week after a pre-poo/shampoo/detangling session. I style with two-strand twists once every three to four days and wear twist-outs and styled wash-n-go’s in between.
J: Ha. So many. I went a year without getting my hair trimmed after my BC, and my hair was not feeling it. I got my hair straightened at a beauty school to get it trimmed and the stylist went buckwild with the scissors. It was truly a tragedy. I learned to take better care of my hair and to not be afraid to stick to a strict “DIY” method.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
J: Deep Conditioning…hands down. My hair gets really dry if not constantly moisturized, and DCing once a week has really helped me maintain soft, manageable, healthy hair.
Anything else you want to add?
J: Hair is just hair. I know this sounds strange coming from someone who has a hair blog, but at the end of the day…I know that it’s just hair. Whatever the type/length/shape/texture…feel confident that you are wearing yourself out the door every day, and nothing else matters. You look exactly how you are supposed to, and nothing is more beautiful than that.