B: I currently live in Orlando, Florida. I’m from North Chicago, Illinois but have also lived in Waukegan, Zion and Evanston so I represent all those places! I rep the 847 all day! I still have my Illinois license plate on my car.
I’m a freelance journalist, independent public relations practitioner, Internet marketer, Search Engine Optimization specialist, social media marketer, wife, entrepreneur and creative being! I am currently employed by Westgate Resorts as their Social Media Specialist. My husband and I have a company called ItJustMakesScents™ and we make homemade gel candles, burning oils, body oils, all-natural & vegan friendly lip balm and an all-natural, vegan friendly candles that melt into edible massage oil — it’s called the Scentual Touch Candle™! I also started a PR firm called PRodigy Public Relations and am the publicist for a rising Hip-Hop artist in Orlando named Purple Kloud. Oh yeah, I’m also president of the Orlando Natural Hair Group!
When did you go natural?
B: I tried to go natural 2 times before this and it was hard because I had no support or resources. Shortly after my husband and I started dating I told him I wanted to go natural, and he immediately supported me. As a matter of fact, he was the only one who supported me. He supported me so much that he cut his hair with me when I did my big chop!! At the time, he was rocking 2‑strand twists so his hair was pretty long. It was the 2nd best day of my life (the first being our wedding day). I am truly grateful for my husband.
How did you transition into natural hair?
B: I transitioned for almost a year. While I was transitioning I researched natural hair salons and found Soul Salon Spa on the south side of Chicago. I went in, told them I wanted to go natural and made an appointment to do my big chop. They were very accommodating. They videotaped me getting my hair cut and the owner’s son (who was about 5 at the time) swept up all my relaxed hair as it fell to the floor. I think he really enjoyed it! I cut my hair first (my back was to the mirror the whole time) and then my husband cut his. We’ve been on this beautiful journey together ever since 2007.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
B: I’m a better person. It has made me so free. I used to be judgmental, closed minded, withdrawn and had no idea how to embrace my self or express myself. I have also become more health conscious. Because I now read the ingredients in my hair products more carefully, I do the same for food. I don’t eat a lot of the junk I used to eat.
How would you describe your hair?
B: It’s beautiful. It’s thick, long, and naturally curly. It’s a combination of 4a and 4b. It’s like cotton candy!
What’s your regimen?
B: I don’t really have a hair regimen! (smile) I pretty much let my hair do what it wants to do. I feel like I have been telling my hair what to do most of my life. I wanted it to be straight so I relaxed it, when I wanted it to lay right, I wrapped it at night. When I wanted to slick it down, I used gel. Now I feel like my hair has the right to do what it wants. It deserves it. The less I do to my hair, the better.
Ladies, don’t feel like you HAVE to have a regimen. After just 3 years of being natural, I straightened my hair and it was past the middle of my back! Sometimes I wash my hair every week, sometimes I wash it every 2 weeks. Sometimes I co-wash several times a week. It just depends on my hair’s needs at the moment. It is ridiculously humid in Orlando so for moisture, I use organic coconut oil, my own whipped shea butters and/or olive oil. I also use a rosemary leave-in conditioner by Creme of Nature. When I want to add a little definition to my curls, I use a lavender and rosemary creme for natural hair by JASON. I have only used this creme about 3 or 4 times, but I really like it. It’s just a bit on the heavy side though. I always sleep with a satin scarf or pillowcase and I drink a lot of spring water! Most of the time I’m rocking at twist-out. I don’t do many styles at all. It has worked out well for me.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
B: I used to try and tackle my whole head at once during the detangling process. I have learned to do this in sections and take my time. I used to lose so much hair. I’ve learned that (some) cheap products don’t work well on natural hair. I’ve also learned that what works for one person might not work for me.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
B: Let it be free. There are days when I co-wash and go. The energy that my hair exudes is beautiful and magnetic. I get so many compliments, but not only that, it just feels good to let my hair do what it wants to do.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B: I don’t have a blog, but I love micro-blogging! Follow me on Twitter @BiancaGQ. I follow back! You can also contact me at the following websites: http://miccheckpro.com, Orlando Naturals.
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. I love BGLH. Naturals, feel free to contact me anytime!