Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Natural LADY of the Week: Chandra

Our first Natural Lady of the week is the lovely Chandra. Check out her gorgeous mane, and read about what she does to maintain it.

My name is Chandra, I'm Chan on Fotki.

When and why did you go natural?

I transitioned for 9 months, and Big Chopped in September 2009.. I've always been sort of intrigued by the idea of having my natural hair, I tried twice before to go natural, and would always give in around the 3rd or 4th month. I started a healthy hair journey on my relaxed hair, and then realized if I wanted my hair to be the eptiome of health, I'd have to get rid of my relaxer. I also grew tired of getting my hair relaxed period.

Chan relaxed

What is your current regimen?

I co-wash once a week..followed by a 45 min Deep Condish. Wash once a week...followed by a 45 min Deep condish. I clarify with ACV rinses once every 2 weeks or as needed to remove build up, or to smooth my cuticles. I wear my hair protected(twists or braids, or 1/2 wigs) 5 days out of the week, and worn out for 2 days. I sleep in silk bonnets and seal my ends constantly with castor oil. I never let my hair go longer than 3 days without washing it. I mist it every day, and seal with oils constantly. I'm serious about retaining length and moisture. And I'm handling my hair very carefully right now so I won't experience any breakage.

Chan at 4.5 months post BC

What are the 3 products you can't do without?

Well I guess this should be what products, I don't like to go without, because I can always find a close second for most of my favorite products.

But my favorite 3 are: Bee Mine Curly Butter, Kinky Curly's Knot Today, Castor Oil (does this count as a product? if not then add Bee Mine Luscious Balance Moisturizer as the Third one)

What is your natural hair goal?

I have so many goals for my natural hair, but those on the forefront, is to master the overall health of my hair. I'm starting to really amp up my protective styling to maintain length inorder to reach my goal length which is slighty passed my shoulders. (Max APL.) Overall my goal is to know my hair , and to effortlessly manage my natural hair, while maintaining it's health without having to think too hard about it.

Anything you'd like to add? Inspiration for transitioners or those considering going natural?

The best advice I can give a transitioner is to keep "the reason" why you decided to go natural in the forefront of your mind. If you're just doing it because it's a trend or fad for you, you probably won't last. You have to have a strong conviction on why "you" want to go natural in order to succeed.

For those who are considering going natural, I'd ask that you do the same. Also, after you've decided that it's what you really want, please be patient this entire journey is a process, and it can be stressful.

Reach out to other naturals on places like fotki and youtube to keep you inspired, and encouraged, because you will need it.

And finally the best advice I can give is to accept your hair for what it is. Please do not stress if your hair is not exactly like some naturals that you admire, make "your" hair the best that it can be! And you will gain the admiration of others. This is the best decision that I could've ever made for my hair, I absolutely love it!

Thank you Chandra! Happy Hair Growing!

1 comment:

  1. Great story Chan. I loved and totally agree with the advice you gave.