How long have you been natural?
I did the big chop on January 23, 2008. So, less than a month! It was a big shock to the system at first because I didn't transition for very long and I've never had hair this short.
What made you decide to go natural?
I have quite a few reasons. The last time I relaxed my hair, I realized I was doing it out of habit. The process just got really old/tedious and I realized that the health of my hair was suffering. Also, I'm an actress and I sometimes model. Having natural hair gives me a versatility that I've never had before.
What's your regimen?
Right now, I co-wash whenever I shower with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner and only shampoo (Creme of Nature) when I feel like it. I let my hair air dry as I get dressed. Then I use a creamy moisturizer, either Carol's Daughter Hair Milk or ORS Olive Oil (sometimes both!) and seal with S-Curl if I want more curl definition. If not, I skip the S-Curl. I deep condition once a week under a hooded dryer. As my hair gets longer, I may have to make some changes here and there.
What are your favorite products?
Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner: It contains organic coconut milk, coconut oils, and whipped egg white proteins. It smells like butter cream icing and will make your hair feel like butter! I love this stuff. Plus it's pretty cheap, about $6 at Walgreens. ORS Olive Oil Moisturizing Lotion: ORS has been my staple moisturizer for a few years now. Nothing can replace it.
ORS Replenishing Pak and Pantene Pro-V Relaxed and Natural DC Mask: I mix a pack of the ORS into my Pantene jar and use the mix for my deep conditions. It's a great mix of
protein and moisture and my hair loves it.
Creme of Nature Detangling and Conditioning Shampoo: My hair is squeaky clean and
soft after use.
What's your top 3 tips/secrets for maintaining healthy hair?
1. Healthy hair comes from within. In addition to drinking a lot of water, I eat well. I eat TONS of fruits, veggies and fish, and I rarely eat red meat. If I want more protein, I get it from a leaner or more earthy source like lean chicken breast, soy, whey, etc. I try to stay away from processed foods.
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3. Keep your regimen simple!