Alrighty everyone..I am pleased to present our feature for this month Monchaily!
1. Name (popular name i.e.):
2. How long have you been natural?:
Since August 2007
3. How did your natural journey begin?:
4. Depending on your choice above, how was the experience from then to your journey now?:
It was difficult at first. I had just had a baby and was unable to perm my hair during pregnancy. I noticed my hair begin to curl on its own and explored the possibilities. It was my husband that suggested going natural. I was afraid I’d look horrible with hair untamed everywhere, and I was completely addicted to having my perm done. I had to get it done every 6 weeks religiously to tame my new growth, and even though that didn’t always work, I was still skeptical about going natural. I started by researching styling methods. At first, it was horrible, but it is sooo good now. I think if I was more adventurous at the time, I would’ve tried more styles earlier, but I’m glad I’m natural. I would never go back to the perm after how good my hair is now.
5. What tips do you have for newly naturals?
Don’t be afraid to step out there. going natural is a beautiful thing that allows you the chance to see the true, gorgeous person within. Try new styles: dreads, afros, twists, whatever. don’t make unrealistic expectations for your hair. You don’t have to be curly like the women in magazines. Your hair is unique and lovely the way it is…embrace your new texture. Don’t give up on your hair. Keep looking for the perfect product for your hair, even if you have to create it yourself. The reward is well worth the work.
6. What is your routine? Briefly describe and highlight any main points/practices you use to keep your hair fabulous:
I deep condition my hair 2-3 times a week using cholesterol, and Loreal nature’s therapy Hot Oil (almond and mango) it’s a small bottle, but works GREAT. I let my hair air dry, and I rub in Paul Mitchell’s Foaming Pomade (yes, it’s good for relaxed and natural hair). Then I spray my homemade conditioner of the hot oil & my favorite conditioner (mizani), and dilute it with water. a few sprays, style if I want, and I’m done.
7. What products do you use, or what would you recommend?(list shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers and stylers please):
Mizani –conditioner and shampoo
Pantene Pro V Relaxed & Natural–really conditions and works good on a budget
Cholesterol w/ Olive Oil (the green one)–some states don’t have it, so order it from Sally’s if not in Walmart
Loreal Nature’s Therapy Hot Oil Treament (almond & mango oils)–in Sally’s it’s a yellow oil in clear bottle w/ green cap
Paul Mitchell’s Foaming Pomade–any walmart salon, or professional salon, best daily conditioner
wide tooth comb, satin hair bonnet, and lots of scarves
8. What advice do you have for someone who asks “what should I do if I want my hair to grow long?”
Cut split ends, it necessary, deep condition regularly. Avoid the flat iron, hair dryer for a month or two. Use your daily conditioner every day without fail, and tie your hair up at night. If you must comb your hair, do it in the shower with your conditioner still on. It helps soften the strands and prevents breakage, then, you can rinse. Once you’ve gone natural, your hair will really take off in growth without even trying.
9. Name the main things that have kept you through your natural journey andhave kept your hair growing strong and long.
My husband’s support telling me I’m gorgeous natural, and the Lord. Those two men keep me going through my hair journey. My hair grows just by being consistent.