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Courtney // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Apr 16, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
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.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes! There is. Check me out on www.cutiekinks.tumblr.com, Facebook: Cutiekinks, Twitter: @cutiekinks and Instagram: Cutiekinks

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. 🙂

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Stratosphere
Stratosphere
8 years ago

You are gorgeous, honey!! and I LOVE your blue and black dress!!

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  Stratosphere

Thanks so much!!!!!! 🙂

Shayna
Shayna
8 years ago

Gorgeous, LOVE her hair. I went to school with her!!!! S/o to my fav Literature teacher!

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  Shayna

LOL hey girl!!! and I’ll give her the shout out

treece
treece
8 years ago

Sooo thick. Lovely!

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  treece

Why thank you!!

Ms. D
8 years ago

Beautiful woman and beautiful hair!!

Love the pic with the green shirt(love the earrings) and the bow tied scarf!

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  Ms. D

:-)!!!!!

Marsha
Marsha
8 years ago

Love the hair, how did you get that colour?

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  Marsha

I use to Henna a lot! and Thank you!

k.lynn
8 years ago

south jamaica in the house!! you are gorgeous girlie

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  k.lynn

Yep yep, we in here!!! lol Thanks girl!

ReShonda
ReShonda
8 years ago

Beautiful sis! What kind of henna do you use? I also henna 🙂

Courtney
8 years ago
Reply to  ReShonda

I bought it from ayurnaturalbeauty.com. The one that starts with a R.

evadiva
evadiva
8 years ago

love your hair and your skin is so smooth.

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