Do you keep a special hair regimen?
Not really...I just make sure I sleep on satin, moisturize, and trim every three to four months.

Has your new natural look affect your chance in the job market. Did you had negative responses because of your decision to go natural?
After 6 years, I've been blessed in that area. I haven't had to fight that battle. Any employer that I've had has had to resist the urge to touch my hair. LOL!

We have seen you as candidate for Americas Next Natural Model. What made you decide to join the contest?
A very good friend of mine encouraged me to do it. It was a great cause, so I said, "Why Not?"

You also launched your own blog. Can you tell us something about it? www.Manelycurls.blogspot.com is a platform where people can come and discuss things other than hair. We'll be talking about food, fashion, travel, holistic health, etc.

Name: Kadian Pow

Location: Birmingham, UK
Natural since: January 2010 (2rd and final time!)
Hair Length: Just below shoulder when stretched


Why did you decide to go natural?
My relaxed hair was healthy, but I missed my curls! I was in London en route to Paris when I saw a billboard for a clothing ad that featured a natural haired model. Her hair was huge, lovely and she looked so happy. It brought back a lot of the positive hair memories from my previous natural journey (1995-2005). When I got back home (the states at the time), I immediately started transitioning by growing out my relaxer.

How did you transition to natural hair?
I stopped relaxing my hair, but I continued to blow dry the roots so that I could wear my hair straightened, as my relaxed hair was not long enough for a ponytail. I am very impatient, so I only transitioned for about 6 months. I did the big chop on 26th January, 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

How did your environment react to your new natural look?
My work colleagues were very enthusiastic and complimentary of my new look and curls they had not seen before. The only negative comment that I got was from a friend of mine who, upon seeing my post-BC said, "what the hell did you do to your hair?!" My family also was not a fan of the short hair, but they had no problem with my natural texture. They had seen it before. My partner was a bit apprehensive, but loved the curls and is very supportive.


Was it always easy for you to stay natural?
In the past, no. I turned to a relaxer in 2005 after 10 years of being natural because I got tired of cutting my hair every time it got too long for me to deal with. I would spend 45 minutes in the shower tearing out clumps of hair, trying to detangle it. I grew frustrated because I felt I was failing at taking care of it. Relaxing to me was an easy way out. In fact, my hair routine was extremely simple the lat 2 years of having a relaxer. But ultimately, I got bored and missed the versatility of my natural texture.

Any mistakes you made during your natural hair journey?
Yes, before I discovered the online natural hair community, I was washing my hair every day and had no idea about the impact of silicones, glycerin and weather, etc. I feel so much more educated about ingredients and how they interact with the environment. And on my previous natural journey, I never covered my hair at night or slept on a satin pillow, so my hair would easily break or get split ends. Those things are a rarity for me now that I have so much information at my fingertips.

What is your hair goal for 2011?
My hair goal is to retain as much length as I can and avoid split ends. I want to get my ends trimmed, but I need to find a stylist. This is usually a traumatizing affair for me, so I'm thinking of just doing it myself.  

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Location: London, UK
Natural since: 1983 (birth)
Hair Length: Longest layer grazing BSL

 

Do you keep a special hair regimen?

 

Any mistakes you made during your natural hair journey?
Even when I decided to start taking care of my hair, I was still using too much heat for my medium thickness strands. 
My hair has honestly thrived since I cut out all direct heat. Early in my hair journey I was also over-zealous with moisturising deep conditioners in conjunction with whole-head baggying.  In one instance this led to my hair being extremely weak (strands just breaking with the gentlest of manipulation).

What was the most difficult thing to deal with wearing your natural hair?
Its very time consuming to detangle. . .which is why I kept/keep braids in my hair 90% of the time. 

How do you take care of your hair during the winter time?
I do the exact same thing--my inconsistent "whenever I feel like it" regimen in braids year round. 


Braids, because although I LOVE my hair, I'm not really a hair person, meaning I dislike very much the effort and time it takes to do my hair. I always have. NOT because I can't handle my hair, but because I prefer not to.
I do braids so that I only have to detangle my hair once every two months, or 6 times a year. =] This is not only good for time-saving, but my hair loves the low-maintenance of it as well. 

How do you maintain length and moisture?
Protective Styling 90% of the time, deep conditioning, and when I apply product, I apply A LOT. I am extremely generous with product. And for moisture, I seal with oils and Shea butter. Without it, my hair dries up the next day. With it, I can go 3-4 days without my hair getting dry. 

have to have a perm. For whatever reason, it just never dawned on me before; I literally was resigned to having a perm as a black woman for the rest of my life. Needless to say, I was very excited to learn that there were other prospects.

For how long did you transition?


What was the most difficult thing to deal with wearing your natural hair?

How do you take care of your hair during the winter time?


Americas Next Natural Model

Name: Ebony

Location: Georgia, USA
Natural since: 2005
Hair Length: Mid-back (maybe longer)

Why did you decide to go natural?
I love all things natural, so it was second nature to want the same for my hair. PLUS I was intrigued by this one student with natural hair. I followed her one day and asked her about it. That day I decided to let go of the relaxer...at least that was my first attempt.

How did your environment react to your new natural look?
At first everyone was surprised that I cut my hair, but overall most people were supportive.

Was it always easy for you to stay natural?
Not the first time around, which was around 1999-2000 I believe. I only stayed natural for a year then because I was sooooo unprepared. The second time around was no problem at all because I was ready for it.

Do you keep a special hair regimen?
Not really...I just make sure I sleep on satin, moisturize, and trim every three to four months.

Has your new natural look affect your chance in the job market. Did you had negative responses because of your decision to go natural?
After 6 years, I've been blessed in that area. I haven't had to fight that battle. Any employer that I've had has had to resist the urge to touch my hair. LOL!

We have seen you as candidate for Americas Next Natural Model. What made you decide to join the contest?
A very good friend of mine encouraged me to do it. It was a great cause, so I said, "Why Not?"

You also launched your own blog. Can you tell us something about it? www.Manelycurls.blogspot.com is a platform where people can come and discuss things other than hair. We'll be talking about food, fashion, travel, holistic health, etc.

The goals of all who decide to go natural is to achieve healthy, long natural hair. You have achieved that goal is there anymore goal regarding your hair you want to achieve?
The only goal I've ever really had was for it to be healthy and more versatile than a relaxer. I knew it would grow long because it always has been that way.

Thx for the interview and for keeping your natural tresses. We wish you much success for the Contest and also with your blog.
Thank you so much! ♥

The goals of all who decide to go natural is to achieve healthy, long natural hair. You have achieved that goal is there anymore goal regarding your hair you want to achieve?
The only goal I've ever really had was for it to be healthy and more versatile than a relaxer. I knew it would grow long because it always has been that way.

Thx for the interview and for keeping your natural tresses. We wish you much success for the Contest and also with your blog.
Thank you so much! ♥

Do you keep a special hair regimen?
After much experimentation over the last 9 months, I've settled on a couple of routines. For the most part, I wash my hair every 7-10 days with a sulfate-free shampoo (unless I've been using copious amounts of shea butter, then I use sulfates).  I then use a glycerin-free, silicone-free conditioner (Tressemme Naturals silicone-free conditioner). If it's winter, I do mainly protective styles such as up-dos or mini-twists and leave them in for 4 weeks at a time (I wash them in between!). In better weather, I do wash-n-gos, twist outs and now braid outs (longer hair). For warmer weather looks, I use mostly Miss Jessie's Curly Pudding and Kinky Curly Curling Custard. For colder weather, I keep it simple with whipped shea butter.

Is there a web/bloggpage where we can find you?
I make natural hair videos on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/whatgetsonmytits. I also blog about beauty, makeup, hair and food at: http://aceyourface.co.uk/ .  

Come and stop by :o). 


Thx for the interview! Keep up your natural curls!!!

Kadian shares the secret of her great twist and braid out, have a look at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1si8rKL4aSk .

Why did you decide to go natural?

I was brought up in a Christian home where chemically treated hair was not acceptable. My mother never even allowed heat tools in our hair! I've remained natural all my life. 

 

Was it always easy for you to stay natural?

People all around me actually told me I should never put chemicals in my hair.

What is your hair goal for 2011?
My hair goal for 2011 is to keep my haircare practices at their best, and retain as much length as possible. 

Is there a web/bloggpage where we can find you?

www.naturallovesong.com
http://public.fotki.com/UKDCqueen
www.youtube.com/user/pookinapp16

Name: JazmineB

Natural Since: I don't know exactly but since I was about 12 (I just turned 20)
Hair Length: Almost Hip length Stretched

Hair Type: Mixed textures (Wavy, thin strands on the top, 4a thick strands majority and 3c in the front) 

When and why did you decide to go natural?
I have been natural most of my life. I only got one or two relaxers when I was about 11, and it was my moms decision, not mine. As a teenager and young adult I kept braids in my hair because it was low maintenance, not knowing I was "going natural" in the process. I would never decide on my own to get my hair relaxed and I honestly never even thought about it once over the last 8 years. 


I keep braids in my hair for 2 months at a time, and this is the style I wear 90% of the time. I wash them and deep condition honestly just whenever I get around to it, and I use the same methods as if my hair were loose. To get rid of frizz, I re-do the top braids whenever they get frizzy, which is usually whenever I wash them. (about once every 3-4 weeks) Whenever I wash, I do pre-poo protein treatments with Aubrey Organics GlycoProtein Balancing (GPB) Conditioner, wash with Aubrey Organics Green Tea Clarifying Shampoo (since I don't wash that often!), and deep condition with a mixture of Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, honey, olive oil, avocado oil and Shea butter. For leave-in, my top 3 current favorites are Shea Moisture's Restorative Conditioner, Shea Moisture's Yucca and Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque
, and Trader Joe's Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. I ALWAYS add after the conditioner either Jojoba oil or Avocado oil, then whipped Shea Butter as the last step. After that, I either let the braids dry in their own texture, braid the DAMP braids for a wavy look, or do a twist/bantu knot out (do this on DAMP hair only, or it will never dry!) I think I look better with some kind of curl in my hair so I usually do not let them dry straight. 

Your hair is beautiful, thick, healthy and shiny! Have you every experienced with Henna?
Thank you so much! No, its too much work, and far too messy for me. Plus, I love my hair black without a tint and I wouldn't want my texture to get loosened. I love the regimen I have now, its perfect for me. 

Any website or webblogg where we can find you?
Yes! My Fotki: 
http://public.fotki.com/jazmineb/

Thank you for the interview!
Thank you for asking me!
I love your site.
Jazmine

Name: Courtney

Natural Since: 2004
Hair Length: APL
Hair Type: 3a/4c

When and why did you decide to go natural?


I re-braid my hair every night, but I do large braids so that I can put them in quickly and head off to bead! Because my scalp gets terrible dry and itchy in a matter of days, I rinse my hair in braids on the third or fourth day after the first washing, just to refresh my scalp. I spray my scalp with water (or rose water) every night and oil my scalp with a simple oil blend I make that includes a few drops of tea tree oil for added relief. I also mist the ends of my hair with water every night and I add a little shea butter cream (currently Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie). I cover my head with a scarf or bonnet every night.

How do you maintain length and moisture?
Misting my hair, adding a little shea butter cream to my ends, and covering my hair every night is very helpful for maintaining length and moisture. I also try to keep my hair routines and products very, very simple. I think whatever you do, consistency is the key.

Any website or weblog where we can find you?
http://thinkandgrowchick.com
http://youtube.com/user/thinkandgrowchick

Thank you for the interview!