1. What made you go natural? How long have you been natural? I have been natural for about 3 years. I use to have my hair relaxed from about the age of 14 till I was 24. I simply got tired of using relaxers so I stopped. I was tired of having hair that was damaged, dry, brittle and always shoulder length. I was also using hair dyes at the time so my hair would end up in odd colors because I think the hair dye would react funny to my relaxed hair. 2. Did you transition? If so, for how long? I transitioned from mid-2009 to 2010. I was not brave enough to do a big chop so I would just trim my relaxed ends as my natural curly hair grew out.
3. What is your Healthy Hair routine?
the start of 2013 I decided that I wanted to integrate more natural products
into my hair care. So I make and use about 90% natural/organic products in my
hair care routines and I am loving the results. It was all the trial and error
I did during my Natural Hair Journey that helped me determine common
ingredients that my hair liked and I use those for my hair now.
Once a week I Wash, Detangle, and Deep Condition (DC) my hair. I have
three different DIY DC’s for different purposes (moisturizing, strengthening
and protein). Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/maicurls/
Daily I use my DIY
Leave-In conditioners (Spray or Creamy) depending on how dry my hair feels and
then I seal in the moisture with my mixed sealing oil. To me the important
parts are making sure my hair is well moisturized and my ends are protected. I
try to do a lot of protective styles e.g. Twists and Buns but I do have my
moments where I love wearing my hair out!
4. Do you have a Healthy Body routine? If so, what is
My new mission of integrating a healthy hair
care routine this year also pushed me to do the same for my skin care! I make a
lot of the products I use for my skin whereby I focus on using natural/organic
ingredients. I always liked doing sports but again with this new mission I
bought a few pieces of workout equipment to exercise at home. I also started to
eat healthier. I cannot say I avoid ALL “unhealthy” dishes (I have my moments
of weakness) I LOVE food but I do try and make sure I have balanced meals, eat
enough fruits and vegetables and drink enough water.
5. What advice/tips do you have for naturals?
Stick with it! I can just speak from my experience, it is
so worth it! Give yourself the time to get to know your hair. I learnt
that I needed to be patient, gentle, not to stress or give up! I think I kept
on expecting my hair to miraculously turn into a head full of lovely bouncy
curls overnight during especially during my transition (after years of
overdoing the chemical treatments). I realized that if I wanted my hair to grow
in a healthy way I needed to nurture, protect, understand and love my hair. I
also found out it is a new ending journey! I keep on finding out new things
about my hair even 3 years later. There are so many innovative and creative
people online who are just a click away and I love learning new things with and