*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
C: Hey! My name is Courtney. I live in Queens, NY!! Born and Raised Reppin South Jamaica Queens!! I work with children. I’m also an aspiring actress (aren’t most NY’ers lol). I’ve been in a theatre production and I caught the acting bug…I love it!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I decided to go natural because honestly I could not think of a reason as to why I was still relaxing my hair. My hair just kept getting shorter and shorter throughout the years and was breaking off. Then I got a scalp burn from a relaxer and that did the trick. Been relaxer free ever since.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
C: I would say I transitioned for about 4 months and then I couldn’t take it…my hair was so annoying with the two textures and boy talk about thick, so I just cut it off. That was 3 years ago this past January and I’m so happy I made the decision to be natural.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
C: I would say going natural has affected my self-esteem for the better. I love my hair. I love to get compliments on my hair lol. I’m a bubbly person and I feel that my natural hair suits me better. It also has changed my style a bit. I’m more aware of what I put on my body and in my body. Learning so much about the good things to put in my hair made me realize I need to think the same way with my whole body. All in All going natural has helped me be healthy.
How would you describe your hair?
C: My hair is Thick! I would say it’s 4a in the very front and 4b everywhere else. My hair has a mind of its own; I just live under it. Sometimes she wants to experience breakage, sometimes she wants to be perfect…she never wants to fully detangle and thinks she ought to unravel sometimes in my sleep. But I’ve learned what she likes and try not to deviate from it.
What is your regimen?
C: I think my regimen is pretty simple. Once a week I wash and deep condition my hair. I’m a bit of a DIY’er so I don’t have set products I wash and deep condition with. I cleanse my hair with a bentonite clay mix or a rhassoul clay mix, then deep condition my hair with whatever concoction I come up, whether it’s ayurvedic or just plain banana, yogurt, honey, oils, etc. But when I don’t feel like mixing, I use Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque mixed with honey and an oil.
To style my hair I moisturize with Oyin Handmade Hair Dew (used as a leave-in), then my Ayurvedic hair butter mix and seal it all in with Tropic Isle Living JBCO Hair Food. To keep my hair moisturized throughout the week I use Darcy Botanicals Curl Styling Cream (I love this stuff) and either re-twist or re-braid for the nigh. Then of course put on my satin bonnet.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
C: I retain both by spritzing my ends with water every night then putting on Hair Dew or Curl Styling Cream. Then I seal it in with a little Hair Food. I also try not to manipulate my hair too much. I try to protective style to give my hair a break every once and a while.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C: Detangling too rough…I so didn’t have the patience at first and was damn near hearing that horrid pop sound like all the time.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C: Patience! Taking my time and pampering my hair has shown great improvement. Also sticking with staple products/mixes.
Anything else you want to add?
C: Rock you hair however you want to rock it. It’s YOUR hair! Just remember to take care of it in the process. 🙂