Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
Welp! Let’s see, I’m a twenty-seven year old Haitian woman of God. At least, that’s what I want my tombstone to read *lol*.
What prompted your decision to go natural?
I decided last December to just stop using relaxers since I was wearing wigs and weaves anyway. It wasn’t a goal of mine to be natural or anything, I just didn’t think it made sense to keep relaxing it. I rocked my half wigs on the regular, but didn’t know what to do with my actual hair (I’m NOT a girly girl when it comes to hair. I don’t even have pictures). But I was getting annoyed with having to deal with two different textures. So May 15, 2011, I had my sister put in a relaxer. What a hot mess!!! My hair broke so bad that clumps of hair came out while I was washing it out. One would think that I would freak out. But I really didn’t care, because I declared that it would be my last time ever getting a perm. So, back to my half wigs I went. I focused on keeping my hair clean and moisturized. I planned on transitioning for at least 6 months, then doing the big chop and getting braids.
How long did you transition before you big chopped?
I transitioned for approximately 4 months. Then I started getting the itch to snip!!!!
When and how did you big chop?
I big chopped on September 24, 2011. One of my sorors referred me to Anointed Hands in South Plainfield, NJ. My hair and praise partner, Monet, came with me!
How did you feel immediately before and immediately after your big chop?Before I big chopped, I was a little nervous (I woke up at 4 that morning *lol*). It helped that the owner’s assistant who washed my hair big chopped a few weeks ago. Right after I big chopped, I felt too cool for words *lol*. I received a pep talk from the owner who did it. And she pretty much told me what I would endure as a natural, especially when I encountered negative people. I am forever grateful to her for that, it has really carried me through.
How do you feel now?
I’m happy and that’s a pretty big deal for me. This journey is not just physical, a majority of it is spiritual. I don’t know how else to describe it. I’m just happy and loving it!!!!!!
What is your current regimen? Go to products?
I keep saying that I don’t have a regimen and am trying to figure one out. But currently, I co-wash my hair almost daily, mainly with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration mixed with olive oil. I shampoo my hair once every two weeks with either a shampoo bar that I got as a sample from Pooka or the Shea Moisture Retention Shampoo. Same with the deep conditioner, but I use their Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque. I use the LOC method (Leave-in, Oil, Cream) when it comes to moisturizing my hair. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave -in, Pooka Pure & Simple Nectar Oil and Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. That’s pretty much it, when I’m not experimenting with samples that I pick up. Oh!!! And I LOVE Eco Styler (the Argan Oil one). I did sample two products that I am in LOVE with: Roots of Nature Mango Oil & Cupuacu Butter (butter whip coil cream) and Taliah Waajid Curly Curl Cream :). I have to pick them up soon!
Do you have a hair crush? If so, who and why?
I would have to say Solange; she is just too fierce for me *lol*. She rocks her hair with such confidence that I expect her to say, “Say something!”
Who is your favorite natural blogger, YouTuber and/or Fotkier and why?
Okay, fave blogger is a tie between you (lol) for my technical questions and research and Rece from A Hair Story, because I absolutely LOVE her hair. Did I mention that I saw her at the Curly Nikki Meetup?!!! #str8geek! I couldn’t even hold a convo *smh*.
What are your challenges?
I don’t have many hair styles to do at this stage and my head is getting cold! *Eyes half wig.* Also, its hard to keep my hair from getting dry during the day, especially when I do where my wigs. My hair feels like it gets too matted.
What are you short-term goals? What about long-term?
Seriously, my short-term goal is to be able to rock a head band before the end of this year *lol*. That and just to get to know my hair better, since it’s totally different that I imagined. My long-term goal is to become more involved in my hair in the future. I keep hearing about twist-outs and what not, BUT I’m so not the girl who likes to do hair. I’m a work in progress!!!! Eventually, in like 5 years or so, I would like to get locs.
Anything else that you would like to add?
I, Gina B., am a certified Lurker and will work on breaking out of that habit. Smooches & God Bless!!!