Where do you live?
S: I am reppin’ New Jersey. I am the founder of Wonder Curl Hair Products.
Why did you go natural?
S: My senior year of college back in 1998 was when I first made the decision to go natural. I read an article in Essence Mag about a woman who transitioned and it was the first time I ever heard of such a thing. It also helped me realize that I could and should stop relaxing my hair.
My transition happened in stages. The first time I big chopped I went without a relaxer for about 6 months. But, as my natural hair grew out I became apprehensive with the thickness and ran straight for a texturizer. I then discovered the ceramic flat iron and became addicted to that. My hair was even straighter than when I relaxed! I missed my natural curly hair and I was spending a lot of time with fabulous Caribbean women in DC who wore their hair natural. I went back to my stylist for another big chop. This time I had in my mind that I was not going to do anything that would alter the natural texture of my hair, which meant no chemicals or heat. I gave away my flat iron so I wouldn’t be tempted. I do blow dry sometimes, but only on the low setting.
It’s been 4 years since my last big chop and I’m in love with my hair everyday! I no longer compare my hair to others, I no longer try to make my hair look like something it isn’t and I feel more comfortable in skin.
How would you describe your hair?
S: I would describe my hair as curly with thick strands, dense and very porous. I have three textures in my hair, it’s loose in the back, coarse in the middle and curly at the crown. I’m finding more curlies who have the same thing.
What’s your regimen?
S: I cowash or rinse my hair twice weekly and use a heavy conditioner every time. On damp hair, I use my Get Slick Hair Smoothie for moisture (it has organic coconut & castor oils) and then my Get Set Hair Jelly to define my curls for days. I do wash-n-goes probably 90% of the time and mainly wear a part in the middle.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S: We all slip up and my first mistake was running back to a relaxer at the first sign of defeat. I find this typical of women who (like myself) were practically raised on relaxers. I learned to to have patience and to utilize the Internet and friends for information. My greatest discovery was coconut oil and aloe vera gel. Many years ago, when I discovered how awesome these ingredients were, I wondered why no one said anything sooner!
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S: The best thing I do for my hair is use products that benefit my hair. When I don’t use any products, my hair becomes dry and prone to tangle and I spend more time in the shower adding extra moisture to my hair. Any product, like Get Set Hair Jelly, that helps to seal in moisture is a bonus.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: You can find me on my website: www.wondercurl.com.