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Gabby // Natural Hair Style Icon

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“Relaxers are not the “cure all”. If you don’t know how to care for your natural hair, a relaxer will just make it worse. Focus on healthy hair practices and length will come. Your hair will reward you for it later.”

Where do you live?
G:
I live in New Orleans,La and I am a college student. I am currently working on my A.S in Web Design and will be moving on to my B.A in Computer Science.

Why did you go natural?
G:
I initially made the decision to go natural because I was bored with relaxed hair. My curls didn’t last long and if they did, they were always smashed to my head by the next day. After I went natural in 2008 I had no clue what i was doing so after a couple of months i colored then texturized and then relaxed.

The week I relaxed in 2009 I decided I was transitioning back to natural because it was in that moment I remembered why I hated relaxed hair (on me anyway). I transitioned with a bantu knot out for about a 3 weeks. I quickly grew tired of dealing with the 2 textures so I put braids in my hair for about 3 months and then big chopped on May 2009.

To learn how to care for my hair, I had to throw out everything that I thought I knew about taking care of hair and learn an entirely new way. It may sound strange but yes, my hair humbled me. lol . And I figured that if I could get rid of my old way of thinking to take better care of my hair I could apply that to every aspect of my life! From my eating habits to my attitude, I have started to look at ways I can change things in my life.

What’s your regimen?
G:
My regular regimen is pretty simple:

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
G:
I learned what not to do from the very first time I transitioned. I mean I did everything in the book wrong; blow drying with no protectant, combing it dry, combing it with a fine-tooth comb, no deep conditioning, washing my hair with sulfates, and not using a leave-in conditioner. The second time around I learned not to do any of this so it’s really been a very smooth ride for me!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
G:
Deep condition it with Crisco and close my cuticle with Roux Porosity Control! Yes, I know it sounds crazy but for the longest I could not find “the” deep conditioner for me. I started making my own and Crisco was the exact ingredient I need to take my deep conditions from just okay to wow! It is so wonderful for my ends and just my hair in general.

Roux has enabled my hair to retain so much moisture. I used to wonder why my hair never stayed moisturized but at the time I knew nothing about porosity. After some research, I found Roux and every since my hair has taken off!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
You can find me on my natural hair blog, http://strawberricurls.tumblr.com, http://www.twitter.com/mslizzia, and http://www.fotki.com/mslizzia.

Anything else you want to add?
G:
Knowledge is power. Learn as much as you possibly can about products and how to care for your hair before you go run out and buy stuff. BE THOROUGH . Just because someone markets a product as “made for naturals” doesn’t mean it is. Know your ingredients, read reviews, and ask other naturals about their experience. Also, be patient with your hair and don’t manipulate it so much. Relaxers are not the “cure all”. If you don’t know how to care for your natural hair, a relaxer will just make it worse. Focus on healthy hair practices and length will come. Your hair will reward you for it later.

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Candice
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just wondering where to find the Roux Porosity Control. i assume the aussie can be found just about anywhere and do you literally mean Crisco as in ol school cookin Crisco?

Shukura
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its very true if you just focus on length you’ll never get there but it you focus on how healthy your hair is you will see the benefits in length later on itotally agree…im living proof of that

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Shae

its always good to see a new orleans natural goooo GABBY!!!!

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Tiffany
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Nice post, beautiful gal, beautiful hair.

Peace, Love and Chocolate
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MsLizziA
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@Candace Yes i am talking about the actual ol school Crisco and the Roux can be found at the local beauty supply store.

luvmylocs
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luvmylocs

hey gabby, are you talking about the roux porosity control conditioner (creamy) or the roux/fermodoyl liquid leave in? those leave ins are good too. i remember them from my relaxer days. how do you use the roux porosity control? as a cowash or how they say on the bottle leaving it in for 3 mins then rinsing?

@candice, they have the whole roux line at sally beauty supply.

MsLizziA
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@luvmylocs Yes I am talking about the creamy conditioner. I use it before i cowash or dc or after. It doesn’t really matter to me but some people like to do it strictly before or strictly after. I have found that it gives the same effect regardless of the order.

I leave it in for like 7–8 mins. 3 mins doesn’t really work for me, my hair is stubborn

luvmylocs
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luvmylocs

thanks for the additional detail. i bought some yesterday after reading. can’t wait to try it! by the way, you have BEAUTIFUL skin!!

issy
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issy

Hi Gabby,
Simply Beautiful ! Where can I purchase the jamaican castor oil?

MsLizziA
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@issy Thanks so much. I buy it from http://jamaicanblackcastoroil.com/
@luvmylocs thanks!

K
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K

Hi Lizzie,

Do you wash out the Roux or do you put the DC on top of the Roux after you leave it on for the 7–8 minutes?

MsLizziA
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@K

I do either or but to be quite honest, it seems to me as though i get the best results when i do roux before or after and not mix it with the DC.

Boogie
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Boogie

Hey Gabby, You’ve shared some great info. Your hair looks beautiful and I’m sure feels healthy. I now understand that you use Crisco “shortening” and NOT the vegatable oil. The LeKair Cholesterol, really seems to work great with your hair. For me, I do not think my hair favors protein based treaments (they not up my hair and are just too hard). It was a mistake for me to use Lekair, from past experience I knew I never cared for it, but sometimes, we learn the same lesson twice. In the future, I will stick to creamy, softer conditioner blends,… Read more »

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