Curly4Christy is Lovin’ Natural
Your Hair Is: Natural
Hair Length: Shoulder Length (SL)
Hair Texture: Kinky
Hair Width: Coarse
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since April 2013 when I big chopped. However, my last relaxer was in January 2013.
Did you transition before you big chopped?
I decided to transition for 3 months before I gave in to the big chop. I say “give in” because it was hard to resist touching my new growth/curls. When I big chopped, I was scared and felt different, but I embraced it after a few weeks. It was difficult for me to realize what I had chosen to do to my hair, but if it wasn’t for my husband cheering me on, I’m not sure if I would have made it this far. I had support from my family, but they also thought I was going through a phase. Now they know how seriously I take my health and my hair and some have even followed me on this journey.
What made you go natural?
My natural hair journey all started when my husband convinced me that I should not have to put chemicals in my hair to feel beautiful. My natural beauty is just enough and so is his love!
What is your favorite hair products?
I love the As I AM Coconut Cowash and the Jamaican Black Castor Coconut Oil!
What is your Daily Hair Regimen?
I always re-twist my hair every night to keep my twist-outs stretched so that they last throughout the week. I spray water when I twist to maintain moisture, but I do not reapply product because I don’t feel it’s necessary packing up on all that product in my hair.
What is Your Wash Day Regimen?
I have a video of this on YouTube, but I will quickly summarize my routine: I co-wash my hair once a week using As I Am Coconut Cowash and then I apply Jamaican Black Castor Coconut Oil to my scalp and hair. For my cream, I use any leave in conditioner that I can get my hands on. I twist my hair afterwards and wake up the next day to unravel a beautiful twist-out! I love following the “LOC” method (liquid, oil, cream) because this helps me to maintain moisture in my hair.
What do you love about your hair?
I love my curls. They are unique and they are mine. Versatility has become a big thing for me when it comes to my hair. I can now choose to wear it in any state: protective styles, big Afro, curly, etc…
What is your favorite hair style?
I actually love protective styles. I do a lot of mini-twist styles or tucking my ends to keep them protected. I love the “architectural” look I get when doing my hair this way, but on my lazy days, my favorite styles are twist-outs!
What are some of the things that you have removed from your regimen?
I’ve actually removed the products that have chemicals and ingredients that look strange or I can’t pronounce. I’ve recently found a love for Nourish & Shine because of their natural ingredients, but they are too pricey for me to buy all the time.
Give any piece of advice that you wish someone had given you about hair.
Don’t take your hair too seriously! Enjoy every moment. When I started going natural, I felt so pressured to get the perfect TWA look, or the perfect Bantu Knot out, or even the perfect twist-out. I let YouTube influence me too much because I felt like I had to keep up. Don’t let that happen to you, enjoy each stage of your hair journey because the only way to get it back is to chop off all your hair and start over! My only regret in the beginning was caring too much about how my hair looked instead of having fun with it.
What is your hair goal and how do plan to achieve it?
My hair goal is to healthily grow my hair a little passed armpit length. When I was a girl, I always wanted my hair to be that long! My mom had relaxed my hair when I was 11, so you can imagine the struggle of trying to maintain the desirable length while my hair was treated with chemicals. Now that my hair is natural, I have the opportunity to reach my hair length goal by doing low manipulation styles.
Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your hair journey?
It’s important to remember that we are beautiful and we don’t need chemicals and processes to look like our neighbor. We don’t need to look like anyone, actually we need to be ourselves and embrace our natural beauty. Being natural is one of the best things that has ever happened to me because it allowed me to embrace who I truly am and to love myself more than I ever have. It’s not just about hair, it’s about acceptance.