Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
Oh gosh! Me? I’m a quirky, pop-culture geek who loves to write and adores dancing even more! I have a successful dance company in Texas, having danced in front of thousands (live) and even had our company represent as the featured dancers in the Stellar Award nominated music video, “Lead Me Jesus” on BET! My curly hubby is a playwright and together we’re writing a magical their-story, lol! I’m nearly 40, but always get mistaken for one of the kiddos that dance with me – I’ll take that as a blessing ;).
How long have you been natural and why did you chose to go natural?
I’ve been natural for 8 months of awesomeness!
Did you transition or big chop?
A little of both. I transitioned for 17 months. It was a great one too; I survived mostly on braid-outs, whew! Near the end, my new growth was so coily you could finally see a bit of difference between the relaxed/natural portions, so I bid adieu!
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?
My biggest challenge was MOISTURE. My strands did fantabulous while transitioning and were never dry; in fact my hair grew to BSL – longest it’s ever been! But as soon as I chopped … the tumbleweeds came a’callin’ :(. I had to figure out my holy grail, which turned out to be S-Curl Activating Moisturizer, to get rid of the dryness. My hair loves glycerin.
What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
I love how it just coils and coils! I love the volume, I love the ease of it. And quiet as it’s kept, I kinda dig the attention I get from it.
What is your current regimen? Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?
I’m a simple girl! I co-wash, shampoo as needed, apply my S-Curl, shea butter or styling product and either let the curls rock out or I twist/twist-out,which ends up looking like stretched coils anyway. Since I dance constantly, my go-to is a puff, which lately has turned into a pony due to growth retention (yea)! I pineapple with baby puffs at night, let them rest under a bonnet or my satin pillowcase and shake loose in the morning. That’s it. I want to get skilled at some of these gorgeous updos I see so many beautiful naturals rocking, though.
What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
S-Curl Activating Moisturizer, raw shea butter, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, Fantasia IC Gel, V05 Moisture Milk for smoothing my frizzy front!
What is your “go to” style? Do you wear protective and/or low manipulation styles? If so, how often and why?
My pony puff – it never fails me! It’s perfect for dancing AND my hair ornaments because I’m not a product junkie, however I am an ACCESSORY junkie! (Pray for me, y’all!)
How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it?
Ummmm … holding my head in curly shame: I don’t. Right now, my strands stay so moisturized and happy, they don’t seem to need it. They’ll tell me when. And I am a major DIY princess, so I learn to do it all through quality advice on You Tube!
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?
My life is very fast-paced, so it’s made things easier for me since I’m always on the go and working out through dance. But you know what? We have to watch how it impacts our health and that of our sweethearts in a negative way. Some products absolutely make my hubby gag. I found myself coughing a lot recently and I realized that it may have been what I was letting my coils consume. I love the way it made my hair look … but my lungs couldn’t take it (I’m working on a blog post about that).
Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who?
SO MANY! I should be ashamed! Naptural85, Bargain Princess, Curly Nikki, Nisus (It’s Just Hair), Nik Star and Shelli of course! There are many more, though … I love natural hair!
Who do you follow online (i.e. blog/website, YouTube, Fotki, etc.)?
All of the above as well as Simplyounique, 101LadyT, Miss Vaughn and Meechy Monroe. Oh heck: I watch -em all, ha ha!
Where can we find you online?
My blog, The Frizzness (I also contribute to Curly Nikki); YouTube (dance video, not hair), dancegrl7 (Ordered Steps Productions) and Facebook, Candice Ordered Steps Johnson.
What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
I would encourage you to stick with it the same way you would a dream that seems impossible! There are some bad days, but oh so many good as long as you remain patient, figure out what works for you and nurture your tresses. This is your crown of glory, and it won’t fail you as long as you believe in it; what doesn’t work, won’t kill you … try again!
Anything else that you’d like to add?
Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my story. The natural hair community is a beautiful place to be and I wouldn’t have it any other way!