Describe yourself in 20 words or less (she cheated, but I’ll allow;-).
My name is Jasmine AKA CurlsDivine and I would say I am a fun, adventurous person who absolutely adores the Lord. I take risks and I’m always challenging myself for the next goal in life. I looked at this natural hair thing as a goal to gain MBL ( mid-back length) hair. So, it has just turned into a new fun community where I have enabled myself to meet and establish new relationship with so many new people (Shelli).
How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I was officially natural on January 16, 2011 at 12am. I transitioned first for 10 months. My goal was 18 months of transition because of a length issue. But, after I took out my Senegalese twists … it was matt city and that was all she wrote. So, I had to BC. I only chose to go natural because I wanted to grow my hair to mid-back length (MBL). I added tracks with my own permed APL hair to make it longer and my hair stylist just made a comment that my own hair would grow that long. I began researching how I could do it and ran across a Youtuber whose hair was super long in my book (WL) and her secret was “No Perm.” I had an epiphany. From there it was my goal, and still is, to grow my hair to MBL.
Transition style (Oct 2010)
APL - Transitioning (Dec 2010)
Did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned from March 5, 2010 (10 months) then big chopped on January 16, 2011.
Day after BC (Jan. 16, 2010)
What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle? How did you overcome it or what are you doing now to try to address the problem?
The biggest challenge so far was the short hair. I had no clue how to style it. So, the only thing I could do is embrace and allow time to pass to see results, including finding the perfect products that work for my own texture.
What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
The curls. As a child/teenager/grown-up, I’ve always wanted hair like those bi-racial kid. But, once I began to see my own head of hair, I was mad I didn’t do this years ago. I also like that I can wet my hair anytime and go. It is so freeing!
What is your current regimen? Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?
Well, it has changed some but not much. Really, I try my best to keep it simple enough to memorize. So let’s see:
- Wash/Condition once a week: Trader Joes Tea Tree
- Deep Condition once a week: Aubrey’s Organics
- Maybe co-wash once a week: Trader Joes Tea Tree Conditioner
- Leave-In Conditioner: Leave in from wash Trader Joes & Kinky Curly
- Henna once a month: Mendi From the Indian Store
- Style with my favorites in order: ( Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding & Infinite Organics Oil)
What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
OH MY GOSH! So many people downed Miss Jessie’s products, but they have worked miracles for my hair. I love Curly Pudding; Aubrey’s Organics Conditioners (GPB [Glycogen Protein Balancing] & Honeysuckle Rose, I mix them!); Henna; Kinky Curly Leave-In; Infinite Organics Oils; and Trader Joes Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner.
What is your “go to” style (share a picture of it, if you have one!)? Do you wear protective and/or low manipulation styles? If so, how often and why?
For now it’s the Flat Twist Outs; If it’s a protective style just twist. My low manipulation style is the “Puff”.
Flat twist-out post 5th henna tx (July 2011)
How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)?
I think I will only trim once a year. I just recently got my hair trimmed from my long time and only stylist. She is the only person I trust and allow to cut my hair (She is not a natural hair stylist). When I BC’d, I just chopped it off myself. Surprisingly, I cut it pretty evenly.
Has going natural impacted other areas of your life (i.e. health & fitness, style, environmental consciousness, etc.?) If so, how and in what ways has it affected your lifestyle?
Yes, somewhat. I have started taking vitamins daily and I’m encouraging myself to join somebody’s gym.
Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who?
WOW! I have many, but the one person I love to pieces is ivycharlaine. I totally wish my hair was just like hers. Another would be LeobodyC5; she is the very reason I went natural. There are so many, but those two really affected me in my natural journey.
Who do you follow online (i.e. blog/website, Youtube, Fotki, etc.)?
Blogs: CurlyNikki; ManeandChic; hairscapades
YouTube: ivycharlaine; TraNaturally; Allthatsgold
Fotki: Zhara; Nik Star; HairCrush; ForeverCurlyCatrina
These are just a few, but really I stalk everybody…LOL!
Where can we find you online?
Fotki as CurlsDivine.
What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
Do it! Just step out on faith and get to know yourself in a different light.
Anything else that you’d like to add?
Thank you Shelli, you are a superstar beaming a wonderful light!