Seriously, I am so proud of my friends!! They are really building something of their own. Instead of waiting for someone else to finally write the stories that they want to read, the stories that made them love comics in the first place, but seem to have been lost to the void of time … they are writing and drawing them themselves. Really, I can’t wait to see what they do next :)!!
Describe yourself in 100 words or less.
I’m Candice. Wife. Mother (to a dog-child). Daughter. Sister. Friend. God-fearing. Natural! Aspiring personal stylist.
How long have you been natural and why did you choose to go natural?
My last perm was in January 2010. There was no epiphany or life-changing event that influenced my decision to go natural. I have always been of the mindset of, “it’s just hair” and have never hesitated to experiment with my hair. I do remember that prior to going natural, my mom had begun going organic with all of her food and beauty products. I guess you can say that somewhat influenced my decision.
Did you transition or big chop?
I transitioned for about 6 months and then big chopped when I had about two inches of natural hair. I was planning to transition longer, but got anxious about what my hair would look like. *LOL*
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?
One thing that I learned the hard way is that one person’s regimen may not work for somebody else. It’s nice to watch/read what other people do for ideas, but I have wasted LOTS of money thinking that the shine on someone else’s strands could be mine with the purchase of some miracle product.
What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?
The thing that I love most about my hair is its versatility. I love to hear people say, “I wish my hair could do that. Mine just lays here.” That line cracks me up every time. *LOL* I also love how distinctive my hair is. Although the number is increasing, I can still easily be the only natural in a room.
What is your current regimen? Has it changed in any major way since you first went natural?
I typically co-wash every 2-3 days with a light conditioner. This week, I’ve been using Oyin Handmade Honey Hemp. I like it because I don’t have to worry about rinsing it out completely as it can also be used as a leave-in. I use apple cider vinegar to clarify about once a month in the winter and more frequently in the summer because I do a lot of playing in the pool. I use Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner when I deep condition. No matter how many other DC’s I try, I haven’t found one that makes my hair any softer. After conditioning, I usually blast my roots just a little with a hand dryer and flat twist my hair using a shea butter mixture (shea butter, jojoba oil, coconut oil melted and then whipped together using a hand mixer). It dries completely overnight if I do my twists small enough. In the morning, I untwist and fluff and I’m out the door! I usually don’t like my twist out on the first day, but after a night of pineapple-ing its more to my liking on day 2.
The main difference between my regimen now and when I first went natural is the detangling sessions. I miss not having to detangle! *LOL*
What are your Holy Grail and staple products?
Well, I am a product junkie in the truest sense of the word, but there are a few products that I always find myself coming back to: Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (for deep conditioning), shea butter + coconut oil whip (homemade) and my castor oil (the perfect oil for my hair—not too heavy but leaves a nice sheen).
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?
My go to style is a dry twist out, which is how I wear my hair most of the time. I don’t intentionally wear low manipulation styles, but I do find myself doing a high bun quite often for the sheer convenience of it. I used to do two strand twists, but don’t find that I have that kind of time to devote to my hair these days.
How often do you cut/trim your hair? How do you cut it (salon, DIY, straight, curly, in twists)? If you go to a salon, would you recommend it?
I don’t think I have let anyone else’s hands in my hair since I cut myself a bob the day of my high school graduation. *LOL* I trim about every quarter or when my ends start to look unhealthy. I’m thinking about giving myself an actual haircut for the summer!
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?
Definitely don’t care about walking out in the rain or swimming anymore. *LOL*
Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who?
Tracee Ellis Ross! And my male hair crush is Andre 3000. Love him.
Who do you follow online (i.e. blog/website, Youtube, Fotki, etc.)?
I frequent Curly Nikki, BGLH and … Hairscapades! On YouTube I like to watch Naptural85, SimplYounique, & MyNaturalSistas.
What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey?
I always tell people that being natural, especially when you first go natural, is about trial and error. As much as you shouldn’t be afraid to try something new, you also should not be so naïve that you don’t realize when something isn’t working for your hair.
Here it is!! The Botticelli Botanicals Giveaway!! What do we have for you this time? Well, I’m glad that you asked;)! This giveaway is for one 8 oz. bottle each of the Foolproof Formula Flax Gelee (flaxseed based) and Styling Mudd (okra based). So, the lucky winner gets to try both!! Oh, and if you don’t know about the benefits of flaxseed gel, check out this post. Maybe you’re wondering, “Okra for hair?!” Well, have I got the post for you here! And, if you missed it, check out Erin’s curls and “how to” with her products here and my results with the Flax Gelee here.
So, what do you have to do for your chance to win???
- Like the Hairscapades Facebook page;
- Like the Botticelli Botanicals Facebook page.
- Write on BB’s wall, “Hairscapades sent me!” and your top five scent choices from the huge list of options here!!
Ex. Hairscapades sent me!
For more chances to win, refer a friend and have them like both pages and write “[your name] and Hairscapades sent me” on the wall with their scent choices.
They’ll get a chance to win and you’ll get an additional chance for every friend that you refer!!
The deadline for entry is Wednesday, April 4th! Good luck ladies!!
Just a quick post to say that I’ve been wearing a bun since Tuesday. I really hope to do something more creative this weekend. I love that I can throw a bun up pretty easily anymore. The hair fork is the only tool that I’ve been using and I’ve been applying the Botticelli Botanicals Flax Gelee to smooth my edges. It it working very well for that too. These pic are from Monday night though, when I was just bunning for bed and hadn’t used anything to control/smooth my edges.
Although I love the ease of a bun, I’m getting bored with it. I just haven’t had the time or energy to do anything that takes any time or thought! This is especially true now that I’m exercising again. On that note, Day 5 of PSD 1.2 is done and over. I’ve only been doing about 25-30 minutes a day due to long work days. But, the goal is 20 for 28 days straight and doing a lot more every day would definitely result in a #FAIL. So, I’m good with doing 25-30, though I had hoped to do a 40 minute kettlebell routine yesterday. Maybe Friday. Now, I just need to get my eating habits really on track since I’ve had my birthday buttercream;)! But, why did one of my co-workers buy me a bag of sweet potato chips and a huge bag of Laffy Taffy’s with plenty of banana (why don’t they make banana only bags and why does the one candy I really like have to have fat?!?)?!?! We had talked about our love of both months ago and she remembered for my birthday!! LOL!!
Well, that’s it for now.
What do you do when you get in a styling rut and are low on time and energy?