Naturals To Know: Coilybella
1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?
I have been natural for six years. I transitioned for a year with braid extensions. Prior to going natural, I wore weaves and was never seen with my natural hair. I was inspired by my hubby to go natural. The timing was perfect as I was expecting my first child and did not want to use chemicals in my hair. Moreover, I was just tired of wearing weaves.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Delicate, fine, and natural.
3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
I have been “enslaved” to protective styles and want freedom now. I kept my hair in protective styles as it is hard to retain length with my hair. In order for my hair to retain length, I have to be very careful handling it. I can tell you that has not always been the case. I have been wearing twist outs lately as I am trying a new regimen.
I always apply a leave-in conditioner and have stopped sealing with oils as they wear my hair down. I use products that have a low pH to seal my cuticles.
I usually put my hair in about twenty twists using some kind of holding product and let the twists dry completely before I unravel them. I re-twist at night using a light moisturizer (water and aloe vera juice).
I love Shea Moisture products. The Yucca line for fine hair carries a few products that my hair loves. I use their growth milk as a leave-in conditioner and their treatment mask as a deep conditioner.
4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
Having natural hair does not mean that your hair is thick.
5 Where else can we find you online?
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
Do not compare your hair with others’. Remember it’s a journey. Love your hair for what it is. Learn what it loves and how it should be treated. Be very patient and don’t be uptight…..have fun with your hair!
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