Where do you live?
A: I live in Columbia, MD but I was born in upstate NY and raised in Northern, NJ. I work for an IT telecommunication company.
Why did you go natural?
A: This is my 3rd time going natural. I decided to go natural again because there are a lot more products and information on caring for natural hair these days and I was tired of perming my hair. I transitioned about 2 years ago wearing mostly hair weaves. I decided in May this year to start wearing my own hair out. The picture of me with the purple shirt is the first time I wore my own hair out and I loved it.
I think being natural has taught me to be more patient. I noticed that I am more confident with my hair. I actually enjoy doing my hair now. I love standing out from most women. I seem to get more compliments now than when I had a relaxer.
How would you describe your hair?
A: Currently my hair is just below bra strap length. It is very coarse and thick and likes to shrink a lot. It definitely requires a lot of patience.
What’s your regimen?
A: My current regimen is pretty simple because I don’t touch my hair too much. I wash my hair probably every 3–4 weeks. I noticed that the longer I go without washing my hair the faster it grows. I use Herbal Essence Hello Hydration and Lafier Honey and Almonds Conditioner to co-wash my hair when I feel it’s “dirty” enough. Once a month I wash and deep condition with a conditioner of my choice. I use Darcy’s Botanicals Madagascar Vanilla Cream for a moisturizer then add Elasta QP Gel with Olive Oil or Fantasia Thick N Shine Gel for wash n go or twist outs. I prefer to use Fantasia more often because it holds my thick hair better than most gels. Sometimes I use Carol’s daughter Hair Milk all over my hair instead of my Darcy’s Botanical Vanilla cream. There are several different hair products that I occasionally switch between. My other favorite moisturizer is Carol’s Daughter Hair Balm.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A: I learned to section my hair off in the shower before I wash it. I also figured out that I can not use the Denman brush on my hair. I noticed that it pulls my hair out. Keeping my hands out of my hair and low manipulation hair do’s works for me.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A: Water water water! My hair is so much easier to manage if I just add water. I also think that a good moisturizer and low manipulation hair styles do wonders on my hair.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: I have a blog called sweetenchantments.net.
Anything else you want to add?
A: The best thing about being natural is that I can change my hairstyle in so many ways. Natural hair is so versatile. Even when I wake up and my hair is having a bad day I just wet, twist, pin and voila perfect hair. I always get compliments from people. It makes me feel good when I can walk out and just be me and still beautiful.
I used to be natural 10 years ago but my hair started growing out like crazy and I did not know what to do with it or what products to use, so unfortunately I took the easy way out and I permed it. I wish this site was around about 10 years ago because if so the thought of perming my hair would have never came to mind. Sites like this have really helped me throughout my hair journey.