Where do you live?
I live in Miami, Fl but I rep Irv­ing­ton, New Jer­sey. I am an HIV/AIDS & Sub­stance Abuse Pre­ven­tion Coun­selor

Why did you go nat­u­ral?
I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral because of the dam­age I was doing to my hair with relax­ing it and col­or­ing it con­stant­ly. I first tried going nat­u­ral in 2006 but I did not think I would be able to go through with it so I went back to relax­ing my hair. Then in 2008 I decid­ed I would go nat­u­ral and actu­al­ly fol­lowed through. I wore Kinky twists, braids and weaves while tran­si­tion­ing. Once I felt my hair grew to a length that was com­fort­able for me I cut off the per­med ends.

Going nat­u­ral has affect­ed me in the best way! My hair is def­i­nite­ly a lot health­ier. I get stopped all the time by old­er and younger wom­en (even men) about how I care for my hair or just to sim­ply tell me how beau­ti­ful they think my hair is!

How would you describe your hair?
I would have to say I have thick coarse hair (4a/4b). My hair is about 9 to 10 inch­es long, I am not so much con­cerned with grow­ing it longer but mak­ing sure it’s healthy. My hair is pret­ty man­age­able as long as I treat it right!!! That means as long as I detan­gle prop­er­ly, con­di­tion often, and keep it styled then we get along!

What’s your reg­i­men?
My reg­i­men right now is pret­ty sim­ple. I sham­poo twice a mon­th with Dr. Bron­ners Castile Soap, I co-wash every week with either Yes to Car­rots or with Alba con­di­tion­er. I do a deep treat­ment once a week with either one of my favorite con­di­tion­ers mixed with olive oil and hon­ey and I use all types of oils as sealants such as olive oil, coconut oil, cas­tor oil, car­rot oil etc. I usu­al­ly twist my hair when I wash every week and at the end of the week that style becomes a twist out before I wash again.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
The num­ber one mis­take that I’ve made is the use of heat!! I used to blow dry my hair every time I washed my hair because I hat­ed the fact that my hair would shrink so much. Ive learned how to style my hair despite the shrink­age and because of that my hair is much health­ier.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
Deep treat­ment!! My hair coop­er­ates with me when I do my deep treat­ments.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes!!! luvyournaturalhair.blogspot.com and on twit­ter @Creolelioness. I also sell vin­tage and retro acces­sories at www.celaniesvintage.com.

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Can any­body say “hair porn”?!?!?!
Just DOPE!!!!


You and your hair are absolute­ly stun­ning!!! I’m into my 7th mon­th of tran­si­tion­ing and am itch­ing to bc. How long was your tran­si­tion peri­od?


That 1st pho­to is a WIN-NER! Love it!