*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
Where do you live?
C: I was born in Maywood, Illinois right outside of Chicago…some of the best cooking you ever had…lol.
What do you do?
C: I am a soul singer, songwriter and background singer for Aniba Hotep and The Sol Collective. I opened for Kindred and The Family Soul on the 22nd of July. I am also a certified natural hair stylist and am currently taking classes to be a certified MUA.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I made the decision to go natural about 7 years ago. This was a very easy decision for me. I always wanted to be different from everybody else. I came to the realization that the best way to be different is to be myself, because there isn’t another me. Aside from just being fed up with the side effects of my hair being chemically treated I was ready to embrace me, kinks and all. I was growing more in tune with my higher self and my ancestors. I was also embarking on a healthier lifestyle that consisted of being chemical free and the relaxer was the first thing to go…
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
C: I transitioned for a while, but one day I looked in the mirror and just cut it off. I thought to myself “If the relaxed hair is dead why am I holding on to it”?
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
C: Going natural has affected me tremendously. It affects the way I view myself and gives me more insight on how others view women with natural hair. I am proud when I rock any natural creation I come up with. It’s humbling when I get compliments from men and women of all nationalities, but mainly Nubians. We have been taught to hate ourselves and especially our hair and by doing so we have lost a sense of our identity, so I wanted to be that representation of black natural beauty that the media doesn’t display.
How would you describe your hair?
C: Hmmm how would I describe my hair? Well it has a lot of personality, but I believe it’s moody just like me (Gemini). When I first cut it we were inseparable, but as it grew I believe it had its own idea of what it wanted to do. My hair is thick, thirsty and beautiful and it has a natural sheen to it. Probably because it has never been treated with color.
What is your regimen?
C: The first couple of years of being natural I believe I washed my hair every week. I moisturized and I wore two strand twists a lot. My main product was shea butter. It’s a great moisturizer and it helps to mend split ends. Then I tried Jamaican Mango & Lime Twist Gel. I later tested Carol’s Daughter…didn’t work for my hair. During the time of my certification I experimented with Jane Carter, but it made my hair hard. You have to use the whole line of products. I loved the Hair Nourishing Serum she has. It’s really good when you’ve just stopped using relaxers, but at the same time I discovered Taliah Waajid…love, love, love her whole line of products. They smell great and they are all geared towards keeping your hair moisturized, so now I use that as well as Shea Moisture products; which can be found at target. They are awesome, smell good and they do exactly what the labels say. Overall, I basically change products when my hair changes.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C: I’ll admit sometimes I don’t pay my scalp enough attention. I forget it needs love…but I’m getting better scalp.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C: The most effective thing you can do for your hair is keep it moisturized and never compare it to anyone else’s natural hair. Always comb when wet. Oh and drink plenty of water…also something that I’m getting better at.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: You can find me on twitter @Nile_Disiac you can also look me up on Facebook under Caress Sahura and Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Caress-Sahura/248005021899190. The band website where I proudly sing backup is www.anibahotep.com. My official artist website is coming soon!
Anything else you want to add?
C: In conclusion I would like to say follow your dreams and love the creation that is Be-you-tiful Naturally. Peace 🙂