Were you a slow transitioner or Big Chopper, and why?
I was a slow transitioner. I am/was not comfortable with having very short. I was very excited about going from relaxed to natural. It was something that I really wanted to do for years but wasn’t sure what to do, how to start or anything. I did some research on YouTube University (lol) and began thereafter. There were many times when I wasn’t sure what to do with my hair and I felt lost. During those times I contemplated getting a relaxer, but I was sure that I did not want to go back and became more determined to keep going. I kept looking for ways to style my hair and things to do in order to make and keep my hair healthy. As time went on I became more informed and became more creative on my own. I am a proud natural of 3 years!
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you? What was your response to them?
A few family members supported me and a few had mixed feelings and even suggested me going back to a relaxer. My response was that going natural was and is something that I wanted to do for me and that I would not change my decision.
What’s your current hair routine?
My hair care routine is wash and use leave-in conditioner every 2 weeks and deep condition once a month. I use the LOC method to keep my hair soft and moisturized for each day. I style my hair once a week. My favorite products are Jane Carter’s Condition and Sculpt, Pure Shea butter, EVOO, Grapeseed oil, Castor oil, and Jane Carters Curl Defining cream.
I maintain my hair at night with a satin cap or satin scarf, depending on my hairstyle. If I have a twistout, I retwist with a little Jane Carter Condition and Sculpt or shea butter and pin or re-set with rollers. For other styles I lightly moisturize with shea butter (my favorite over most moisturizers) before putting on my cap. For styles that I often have frizzing troubles with I touch them up with a little Olive oil Eco styler gel or Hair loc’ing wax after applying my shea butter.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I maintain a healthy length by using protective styles and by clipping my split ends as necessary or about every 2 months. Other things that I do to maintain length is occasionally get braided styles. I try to only do that no more than 2 times a year now. I like to twist up my hair and do pinned up styles. Sometimes I braid my own hair and pin up. I make sure to moisturize my hair to prevent drying and splitting. If I have a lazy day then I may wear my twists out with a beanie cap or scarf tied.
The best thing about being curly is the uniqueness and versatility of my hair. I just love how different I can wear my hair with my curls and have so much fun with styles.
Where can folks find you on the web?
I can be found at http://www.facebook.com/carletta.hill.9