When did your natural journey begin?
While I’ve had plenty of relaxers, waves, Hawaiian Silkies and other chemical nonsense I’ve actually been natural most of my life I just wasn’t informed on how to keep it healthy. The last time I was relaxed was fall of 2007 and that little relaxing streak ended a year later in the winter of 2008.
What/Who inspired you to go the natural route?
A little background.. What led me to my last relaxer was frustration with the state of my hair. While I didn’t realize it at the time, my hair was badly damaged by all of heat I was using. I grew tired of my lifeless, brittle hair so I got a relaxer (go figure!). I regretted the decision right away, but I felt I had no other choice. In 2008 I met the Curly Chic, learned of an entire community of natural ladies on You Tube and attended a Get It Straight workshop or two became addicted to sites like Curly Nikki and it’s been love ever since. I BC’d in May of 09 I’ve never looked back.
How do you rock your natural? (curly, straight, locked )
Where’s Fro option!?!
I love bantu knots because I can get a million and one styles from them. Also, I’m not afraid of the fro and a bantu knot out makes for a nice big one after a week or so.
What is your current routine?
Well let me state that two changes in my routine has made a huge difference in the health of my hair. 1) I now use Ayurvedic powders and oils. I henna every two weeks and do an amla treatment once a week. Also, my hair loves Vatika oil. 2) I use Kimmayatube’s recipe for a great leave in. This leave in makes my hair very moisturized, shiny and healthy.
I wash my hair once a week. After I wash I do an amla treatment. Once I’m done with the amla treatment I apply the Kimmaytube recipe to my wet hair, do my bantu knots, tie my hair up and take it down the next day. Every two weeks I add the henna treatment to mix.
For upkeep I may or may not redo my bantu knots before bed during the week. Depends on how lazy I’m feeling. I also sleep with my oh so sexy bonnet.
What is the one thing you love about your hair?
Sorry, but I can’t pick just one thing. It’s free to do what it wants to do, I don’t have to pay anyone to make it look it’s best, it’s an extension of me and it’s beautiful! What’s not to love!?