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Archive: July 2013

10 Tips on Surviving Two Under Two
I am officially a "two under two" survivor!
6 Natural Hair Tips for Busy Moms
You are just as important as everyone else. Take the time to take care of you too!

What made you decide to go natural?
The decision to go natural was pretty easy for me. I read a book from Cathy Howse, Thinning Edges. It scared the heck out of me. I stopped relaxing.

Did you Big Chop or did you Transition?
I guess you could say it was a combination of both. I transitioned by getting my roots blown at the Dominican salons here in NY (every two weeks….but I don’t recommend it). When I had new growth down to my neck, I went to a stylist and let him chop off the rest of the relaxer. I never looked back.

What were some of your fears/concerns going into going natural?
I didn’t have any real concerns or fears. I didn’t know what to expect really. I was excited though. I hadn’t seen my real hair texture since I was little (and who could remember that!). I only saw pictures. My mom told me I had this really curly hair and I couldn’t wait to see it.
 
It’s difficult to really see your true texture when transitioning too. I only fully noticed what my hair was like when I was fully natural. It doesn’t appear to be the same as it was when I was little but it’s  much longer now and I suspect that gravity has something to do with the stretch.
 
Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision to go natural.
I’m happy I went natural because  for one I LOVE my  hair texture. I can style it any way I want. If I want it straight, it’s easily stretched with Curlformers. It looks almost bone straight when I use them (not often). When I want it curled or curly, twisted or braided, I have so many options. Also, when it rains I no longer get upset when I don’t have an umbrella LOL. My hair just curls right up and it’s actually pretty fierce in the rain!
 
What are some of your favorite hair products?
I am a recovering product junkie! I still use what some people would consider a lot of products so I’ll stick with the brands. My favorite brands are Aubrey Organics, Shea Moisture, As I Am and Wonder Curl. Everything I use comes from those brands other than natural butters and oils. I also really like Curl Prep’s Sweet Buttah and Bee Mine Holding Butter for twists. I just discovered Bee Mine not too long ago.
 
 
Current hair regimen?
 
My hair regimen is pretty consistent but detailed:
 
Daily: Oiling my strands to prevent tangles. I usually do this at night so the oil has a chance to absorb into the hair.
Weekly: Pre-poo/Finger Detangle, Wash (I cowash every other week), Deep Condition (sans protein), Rinse with a slippy conditioner, and finish off with a final green tea cream rinse before sealing with leave in, oil and styling
Biweekly to Monthly: Protein treatment
Quartery: Henna
 
For complete details on my hair regimen, you can visit http://radiant-brown-beauty.com/revised-curly-hair-care-regimen. Some of the products have changed a little but not much.
 
What do you enjoy the most about being natural?
 
I enjoy playing in my hair! I love the styling options I have now. Many styles I rock require my hair to be textured, something I couldn’t do when I was relaxed.
 
What advice would you give to someone who is considering going natural or a newly natural?
 
For some, caring for natural hair is easy but that’s not the experience of most. You have to take the time to learn your hair. That may require trying different products. The one constant is that what you are used to doing to your hair will change. As the hair grows, the products you use and the techniques you use may change.  Be patient and  keep a hair journal to track your products & practices.  Let your hair teach you what it likes and doesn’t like. Never go by what someone else says. You can try what others do but don’t stick to it if your hair isn’t feeling it.
 
Make sure to follow Michelle on all of her social networks!
Youtube: http://youtube.com/user/reviyve (Michelle Howard)
Instagram: @radiantbrownbeauty
 
 
So last week I did my first Wash N Go ever since being natural!


I really wasn't sure how my hair would turn out since I had never done it before and didn't really know what to expect. The night before, I was too tired to twist up my hair, and it needed to be co-washed. I also only had an hour to get myself ready to go where I had to go and to do my hair, which was not enough time at all! I was up for a bit of a challenge that morning, but it had to get done. 

I co-washed my hair with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. I absolutely love this conditioner! It makes my hair super moisturized. I heard the packaging and formula has recently changed for this product. I hear the new formula is  a lot thicker than the old formula, so I'll be purchasing the new bottle to see how the new formula works on my hair. 


 
 
 

I used Eco Styler Gel Olive Oil for this style. 
I wasn't sure how the gel would react with any oils or leave-in conditioners on my hair, and I didn't have time to wash my hair again if anything went wrong, so I just spritzed my hair with some aloe vera juice to seal in the moisture from the water. 

I then applied the gel and did a combination of raking and smoothing the product through my hair. I then diffused my hair a little since I didn't want to walk around with wet hair. Here are my results:





I loved this style! I didn't think I would like it, especially since the front of my hair is the hardest part of my hair since I have little-no curl definition up there. It was even hard getting my curls to pop with the gel up there. 

My hair was very coily, curly, and springy all over, which I loved! I was diggin the short fro for those five days! The eco-styler gel really did a good job at defining my coils and curls. 

The eco-styler gel did make my hair a little hard and crunchy, but spritzing it with water every night softened it up a bit so I didn't mind. I'll be looking into ways to tweak my wash n go routine so my curls aren't hard (using less gel, using a different product, etc...). 

 How I Maintained My Wash N Go:




I was able to maintain this style for five days! Each day it looked like the style just got better and better.  Every night, I spritzed my hair with a mixture of water and aloe vera gel, and applied some coconut oil on top. I then put my hair in multi-pineapples since my hair isn't long enough yet for one huge pineapple. To learn more about what multi-pineappling is, check out this article from CurlyNikki.com. 

In the morning, I released my hair from the pineapples, applied a bit of coconut oil for some shine, and fluffed out my hair, and went on about my day. 

I love the convenience of this style! It only takes about five minutes to prep your hair for bed, and five minutes to take it down and style it in the morning. This style is definitely a time saver, especially when you don't feel like spending twenty minutes re=twisting your hair every night. I'll be trying this style again on my next wash day so I'll have more time to experiment and try different methods. 

Let me know what you ladies use for your wash n go and what your results were! 






We've heard it a gazillion times. It's all over the natural hair care boards, blogs, and YouTube. It's the most important natural hair care rule of all: MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE, MOISTURIZE!!!

The key to healthy hair growth and minimized breakage is moisture. It is vitally important that us curly girls keep our hair moisturized at all times in order to achieve optimal length retention.

Natural/curly hair tends to be drier than straight hair because the sebum, the oil that our scalp naturally produces, cannot travel all the way down the hair shaft due to the bends and curves in natural hair. Because of this, the ends of our hair suffers the most from dryness because it's not receiving the hydration it needs.  

Here are some things to keep in mind about moisturizing natural hair:

1. Moisturizing does not equal hair growth
Moisturizing your hair does not make your hair grow. There is no specific thing you can do to your hair to make it grow, like moisturizing it or cutting it. These things just simply maintain and promote the overall health of your hair. This is a common misconception among women looking to grow their hair longer. Your hair's growth rate is determined by genetic factors and is also influenced by your diet. Making sure to hydrate your body daily with water and eating fruits and vegetables can influence your hair's growth rate. At the same time, someone who has a poor diet will still have a normal growth rate. It is important to remember that having moisturized hair will not help your hair grow longer.

2. Moisture is important in retaining your hair's length
Moisture limits the amount of damage to the hair when handling it. Dry, brittle hair is more susceptible to breakage than moisturized hair is. When washing, combing, or styling dry hair, it is easy for the hair to snap, break, and pop because the hair has no flexibility. Moisturizing the hair adds flexibility elasticity to the hair, allowing it to be manipulated without breaking. This ensures that the length of the hair is retained since there is less damage to your strands, meaning, it stays around longer because there is no breakage. 

Let's look at one example: Your hair has grown about three inches over the the course of four months. However, you have about two inches of split, dry, and brittle ends due to lack of moisture. We all know that the health of your hair is more important than the length of your hair, so it's time to get rid of those dry, scraggly ends. 

Though you've gained three inches of growth, you don't see much of that since had to chop off a significant amount of that growth due to dry brittle ends. Therefore, you haven't retained much length because you had to chop off the little bit of hair you grew. This may be why some naturals feel like their hair isn't growing, because as their hair grows, they have to keep cutting it due breakage. 

3. Seal in the moisture
Sealing in moisture is important! Sealing the hair simply locks in the moisture within the hair strand with the help of an oil or butter. Sealing the hair prevents the moisture that was put into the hair from leaving the hair strand. 

4. Moisture routines vary
There's no set rule on how often you need to moisturize your hair. No two heads are the same, so for each natural, moisturizing routines may vary. If your hair tends to suck up product, it might help to moisturize your hair every day to prevent dryness. Naturals with thinner/finer hair may be able to get away with moisturizing and sealing the every couple of days, as product may weigh down the hair and cause product buildup. Some naturals may be able to get away with moisturizing the hair once a week. It all depends on your hair and what works for your hair. 

And last, but not least...

5. WATER
Water is a natural girl's best friend! Water is the ULTIMATE moisturizer for curly girls! Water can be used as your daily moisturizer, or you can use water-based moisturizers to hydrate your curls and combat dryness and frizziness. You can spritz your hair with water throughout the day as a refresher to give your curls a little kick. Make sure to limit practices that strip your hair of its moisture, like frequent blow drying, flat ironing, chemical process, etc...
Introduce yourself: Hi! My name is LaNeshe. I'm an arts marketer, actress and blogger living in Philadelphia, originally from Connecticut. 
 

What made you decide to go natural? I took an African American History class in my last year of college and it opened my eyes. Learning about the history and significance of our hair made me think strongly about who I was. I felt like it was a shame that so many black women only ever know their hair in a relaxer. I felt liberated by the notion that I could wear my hair just as it came from my head. Once I realized there was an alternative to relaxing my hair I knew that natural hair was more "me." I got my last relaxer in May of 2008. 
 
Did you Big Chop or did you Transition? I transitioned all the way out. I never cut my hair. Eventually, all my relaxed ends broke off leaving me with my natural hair. Transition was HARD. Dealing with upkeep on two different textures of hair was HARD. But it was so worth it in the end. I was and am so comfortable now that my hair is 100% my natural texture.  
 
What were some of your fears/concerns going into going natural? A lot of people warned me that my hair would be very hard growing out, and that I'd have this dreaded "line of demarcation" between my relaxed and natural hair. That worried me, but it never happened. At first, I just had no idea on what to do with my hair, and that was frustrating. Once I found the natural hair community online it really helped me to figure out what worked for me. 
 



Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision to go natural. I really feel more myself with natural hair than I ever did with relaxed hair. For the most part I enjoy having time with hair. When I was relaxed, I didn't really take time with my hair. I LOVE the flexibility of natural hair. I'm always surprising people with different styles and ways of wearing my hair. 
 
What are some of your favorite hair products? Anything from the Shea Moisture line, Tresseme Naturals conditioner, African Black Soap shampoo, Karen's Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream and coconut oil.
 
Current hair regimen? Through lots of trial and error I have come up with a solid regimen that always works for me. Once a week I'll get in the shower and wet my hair. I'll then wash only my scalp with African black soap shampoo. I'll then put my hair into four sections and finger detangle each section with Tresseme Naturals conditioner, twisting each section after it's detangled. I do this part without the water running in the shower.  I'll leave the conditioner in while I wash my body, then rinse out with cool water. I let my hair dry in a t-shirt while I wash my face and brush my teeth. I then use the L.O.C. (liquid.oil.cream) method to moisturize my hair. In four sections again, I apply a water based moisturizer to my damp hair, usually Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner  then on top of that I use an oil, usually coconut oil, and then finish with a cream, usually Karen's Body Beautiful Super Duper Hydrating Cream. After my hair has time to dry a little more, I'll either make small twists to wear as twists for the  week, or medium twists to wear in a twist-out. If I'm going to do a braid out, I let me hair dry completely, before braiding it. I wear my hair in twists about 90% of the time in the winter and 75% of the time in the warmer months. If my hair isn't in twists it's in a twist out, braid out, or bun/up-do. Maybe 2-3 times a year I'll do a wash and go. 
 
What do you enjoy the most about being natural? I really enjoy the versatility. I feel like my natural hair is more authentic to who I am. 

What advice would you give to someone who is considering going natural or a newly natural? Take some time to research! Watch youtube videos, read blogs. Don't let transition stop you from going natural. What you'll experience with fully natural hair will be easier than dealing with two textures. Find out what works for YOUR hair, don't believe you have to follow other people rules. Enjoy YOUR hair, don't covet the hair types of others. 

Make sure to follow LaNeshe on all of her social networks 
 
Instagram: @nesheaholic
Blog: 
http://www.nesheaholic.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nesheaholic
Tumblr: http://ofwoman.tumblr.com/

Thank you LaNeshe for sharing your story! You inspire women to wear, love, and embrace their natural hair.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Introduce yourself: Hi, my name is Neosha. Many people know me as my online name, NeoshaGEE. I am a 22 year old multi-passionate entrepreneur, blogger, and graphic designer. I LOVE nail polish, shaking a tailfeather in the comfort of my lonesome, makeup, all things style, and I'm in love with the transformer, Optimus Prime. He's my imaginary mechanical husband. lol. I have been natural for two years (March 2011). 



What made you decide to go natural? 
Believe it or not it was just my random moment of spur that led me to go natural. My hair went through a phase where it would grow and NEVER grow past my shoulders. When it did, it must have been through strife because my ends were something terrible. Very weak and damaged from being over-processed. For as long as I can remember, I've been getting relaxers so the health and having knowledge of what relaxers do to hair never occurred to me. It wasn't until in 2010 when I discovered the natural hair community on Youtube. Beautiful women with hair worth envying over. I wanted in but didn't know I would end up initiating myself into the community the way that I did, lol. 





Did you Big Chop or did you Transition? 
I transitioned for 7 months. From September 2010 to March 2011. I allowed my hair to grow out just a little bit and one random morning a few weeks before my 20th birthday, I just had the urge to wake up and grab a pair of scissors. I locked myself in the bathroom, had a little small talk with myself and began to cut. At that moment, nothing else mattered to me. I wasn't thinking about what others would say or how I would look. I just knew I wanted that dreadful hair out of my life. In a matter of 20 minutes, I had a TWA. Talk about a sista was feeling empowered and relieved of a burden! I felt like a young Foxy Brown. 


What were some of your fears/concerns going into going natural? 
I didn't have any fears or concerns prior to cutting my hair. It wasn't until I came back down from my mental high of my new cut was when I realized that I have to walk out the bathroom like nothing ever happened. When I walked out, I had no plans of telling anyone anything. When my mom saw me, she just looked at me and said, "I don't why you cut it but it looks good." FEAR MODE DEACTIVATED! lol. I was feeling good after that. My siblings were in shock, my college cosmo buddies were in even bigger shock... it was just a shock fest lol. They were so use to me being the girl who kept her hair nice and fresh with the braids, fresh relaxers, blue hair, I had it all. The hair was always laid. After the initial shock wore off, what could they say? Nothing because I was good and happy about my decision. No one could tell me any different.

Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision to go natural. 
For one, I noticed that when I went natural it sort of sparked a mini-movement around me. Close associates of mines and so forth started to cut their hair as well. I began to see so many more women get back to their roots and truly shine with what they were born with. I began to have people write me Facebook and come to me when they had questions about taking care of their hair. Mind you, when I cut my hair I was in cosmetology school. They don't teach you nothing about caring for natural hair so everything I learned, I learned through TONS of research and TONS of trial and error. I can give you my advice and tell you what has worked for me but just because something works for my hair, doesn't mean it will for anyone else. So being someone of influence in the natural hair community has been one of my greatest reasons for remaining happy and over-joyed with my decision. Two years later, I'm even more proud of myself for getting this far. 

What are some of your favorite hair products? 
Ohhhh, how I love hair products. In the beginning of my journey, I was a bonafide product junkie. I was the girl who like many, I'm sure, would sit and watch Youtube and compare my hair with others. Most of the time, the women I watched didn't have the same hair texture I had but I'd still go out and purchase products JUST to see if it would work. My staple product use to be the infamous Eco Styling gel. I used that for a few months until I got tired of struggling with the "crunchy hair" feeling. So I stopped using gel. I then discovered Oyin Handmade, Terressentials, and Shea Moisture products! LOVE them. 


My faves are Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (which I have another fave alternative for -Africa's Pride Bouncy Curls Pudding & their Leave-In Conditioner)--- Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp Conditioner, Organic Root Stimulator Hair Repair Vital Oils,  Soft'n'Free Milk Protein & Olive Oil Growth Oil, and Suave's Almond Shea Butter Conditioner. I live by these products! 



Current hair regimen? 
My current regimen has actually changed since I recently dyed my hair. I'll be sharing it in more detail on my blog in the coming days. My hair was dark and I made the leap to go blonde so you can imagine the stripping of moisture that it did to my hair. I've never dyed my hair light in any way. I currently have box braids as a protective style because this GA heat and blonde hair dryness was not the business. So I'll be rocking braids for the next couple of months but before doing those I had to add 5 times more moisturizing to my regimen. I will pretty much be deep conditioning my hair once every two weeks, pre pooing once every other week,  applying daily moisture and oils, and keeping my monthly ACV rinse ritual going. When my hair is out, the signature style for me is a classy twist-out. Great for stretching my hair and I just love seeing my hair bounce now that it has weight to it to hold it down and not up lol. 


What do you enjoy the most about being natural? 
My hair, duhhh!! lol. I love how creative I can be with it. I can literally go from curly to wavy to blowout to straight to huge afro in a matter of a week. I have so many alter egos now that I'm a natural girl its almost like competing with Sasha Fierce. It's that great! I also love the comments that I get from other people. Men and women. I have gotten so many compliments from white guys it's just so flattering. Like, who would've known? lol. I wore a fro one night out and this white guy says, "your afro is SICK in a beautiful way! You look like a true Egyptian goddess. Do you need a bodyguard?" LOL. So having natural hair has definitely had its perks from free food to random strangers wanting to take pictures with me. It's also cool for getting into Natural Hair events and people know who you are. 

What advice would you give to someone who is considering going natural or a newly natural? 
I would say if you are considering on going natural, go for it! I know people have their doubts but if you feel it's something that will empower you, something that will help you become a more confident person, or however... DO IT! There is nothing more beautiful to me than a woman who embraces her natural self. Whether she's rocking a weave or not. If you want to gain more inspiration, I collaborated with a few other great women who have gone natural and agreed to share their stories with me here on Youtube. Going natural is a very STRONG movement. It symbolizes beauty, culture, freedom, empowerment, strength, confidence, sexiness, and all! You need no one's approval but your own! DO YOU BOO BOO! *in my yassss girl voice

Make sure to follow the lovely NeoshaGee on all of her social networks!


Thank you NeoshaGee for sharing your story! Such an inspiration not only for us natural ladies or those considering going natural, but for us young entrepreneurs! 
My fro is back!!

I've missed my hair so much!! While the Senegalese twists were extremely convenient, it was time for them to go! My hair had gotten really frizzy!Also, the hair in the back of my head has always grown faster than the front, and it was becoming a tangled mess back there with my new growth.

Good thing I took my hair out when I did. I wanted to push for keeping the twists in for another month, but I couldn't take it and I was concerned about my hair underneath the twists. Besides, my hair was super dirty and needed some TLC.

Friday night I started the daunting task of taking the twists down. It took me about four hours to do, mainly because I had so much detangling to do. In my water bottle, I mixed some water, Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado, sweet almond oil, and castor oil in a spray bottle and used that to detangle each section of hair. In the past when taking down my box braids, I would detangle my hair while it was dry. That's a big NO NO! I would lose so much hair!

This go round, I didn't lose a lot of hair. A lot of it was shed hair (my hair was in Senegalese twists for six weeks), and some of it was breakage, unfortunately. It was so hard separating the synthetic hair from my own hair. For some twists, it felt like the synthetic hair had knotted into my own hair, so I tried to be as gentle as possible when taking them down.

Pre Poo
After what I had gone through taking down my Senegalese twists, I was debating whether or not I should do a hot oil treatment. I was so tired, but I felt like I would be doing my hair a disservice if I didn't. My hair was so dry, and it was screaming for it!

I mixed together some castor oil, coconut oil, evoo, sweet almond oil, peppermint oil, and  vitamin e oil. I let it sit in a cup of hot water for a few minutes then applied it to dry hair. I wrapped a towel around my head to let the heat from my body heat up the oil  (I was too tired to pull out my Soft Bonnet Hair Dryer and let the oil sit for about twenty minutes.

Washing
I washed my hair with Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo. It's not an all natural product, but I don't mind. It gets rid of product build up on my hair without leaving my hair feeling stripped, so I use it as a clarifying shampoo. The Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner is also pretty good too.


Deep Conditioning


I decided to make my own deep conditioner concoction since I ran out of my deep conditioner. I decided to create a moisturizing protein treatment. I mixed a little Tresseme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner with Aloe Vera and Avocado, one egg, two tablespoons of mayo, sweet almond oil, castor oil, vitamin e oil, and coconut oil together. It was a little clumpy because my coconut oil was solidified, so I ran it through my blender to get it to a smooth consistency.


The mixture felt pretty good going on my hair. I had pretty good slip and was able to finger detangle my hair. I left the deep conditioner in my hair for about thirty minutes and followed up with Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner for a little added moisture.


Styling
Texture shot of my wet hair.
I used the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner as my leave in. The great thing about this product is it doubles up as a rinse out conditioner and a leave in conditioner. I also decided to buy a new product, the Dark and Lovely AU Natural 10-in-1 Styles Gelee.


Flat twist out results
When taking the twists down, my hair didn't have much curl definition or hold, so I wore a puff for that day. I didn't like the results of this product the first time I used it. My hair had no curl definition or hold. As soon as i took my flat twists down, my hair frizzed up. I'm going to try using this product a few different ways to see how it works best. (Review coming soon!)

It feels so good to have my hair back! 






Name: Diana Sambula
Natural Since: 2011
Last Relaxer: September 2011

Introduce yourself: 
My name is Diana and I'm a senior majoring in Community Health at SUNY Potsdam! While my family is from Honduras,  I was born in Manhattan, NY and raised in the Bronx, NY. I have been natural for about two years.
What made you decide to go natural?
Well, I've always wanted to go natural. I was never into weaves and adding hair that wasn't my own. If I ever did, it was on rare occasions or when I thought I should give my hair a break. I LOVE feeling my hair.
Did you Big Chop or did you Transition?
I definitely Big Chopped!. I think that look is beautiful, whether a woman is trying to go natural or just trying a new hairstyle. It's a challenge!
What were some of your fears/concerns going into going natural?
I wasn't fearful by the time I big chopped, but prior to my decision to embrace my roots (lol), I was afraid that I wasn't going to be loved the same. I was in a 'toxic' relationship. I dated someone who did not know anything about black women or our hair and who did not understand how important going natural was for me. I always said I wanted to do a big chop but I was quickly discouraged when he would say that he wouldn't walk down the street with me unless I had a hat (which he declared, he would purchase for me). However, I was lucky that I got out of that relationship and I outgrew that fear. I've always been about self love and appreciation and, may I add, I found a 'brotha' who loves a natural sista (giggles).
Name some reasons why you are happy about your decision to go natural.
I am extremely happy that I decided to go natural because I was forced to embrace my features. There wasn't much to work with when I big chopped but I would smile more often when I looked in the mirror. I loved my smile, my eyebrows, my nose. I loved it all! I also became more confident in myself and I even started thinking seriously about following my dreams and not living in fear. I even started doing spoken word.

What are some of your favorite hair products?
I LOVE ME SOME TALIAH WAAJID !! Her product line is just awesome!! I love her Great Detangler and Hydrating Shampoo and just about everything else. The shampoo does not make my hair feel dry at all. It smells super yummy and I think that's the only product line I'll remain loyal to for awhile. I've tried Shea Moisture products, but don't really like them. I tried Cantu but my hair feels like it has too much heaviness. I also started using Jamaican Castor Oil and at first I thought the smell was unpleasant, but I've embraced it.
Current hair regimen?
I've used Organic Root Stimulator Curls Unleashed No Sulfate Shampoo and No Boundaries Leave In ConditionerI was just testing out this product, but I don't like it as much as Taliah Waajid products. t makes my hair feel like a Brillo pad! I only use it when I run out of my other products. Sometimes I use the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream. I use Olive Oil when untwisting my twists, and JBCO to avoid dry scalp and for hair growth. 
What do you enjoy the most about being natural?
What I enjoy the most about being natural, is noticing how much I've grown as a woman. I am more interested in politics for some reason and I am more confident.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering going natural or a newly natural?
I would say, don't give up so easily. Don't kill yourself over being natural but don't give up so easily. It's easy to look at videos and pictures of women with longer, natural hair, but it is important to understand that it is not a competition. This is YOUR journey so embrace it and make the best out of it!
Thank you Diana for sharing your story! You are truly an inspiration for women who are thinking about going natural and those who are considering Big Chopping. Your story truly inspires women to embrace who they are and their natural hair and to love who they are naturally. 

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