Tell us about yourself:
Cynthia born in Maryland but raised in Douala, Cameroon until my teens when I moved to NYC.
How long have you been natural? And why?
Been natural about 3 years now, could be more, really haven’t kept track. My hair was breaking and damaged and I didn’t care for the way it looked relaxed so I slowly began a transition.
How would you describe your hair?
I don’t particularly subscribe to hair typing; so don’t want to be inaccurate. I can say however that it is coarser and kinky, very tight curls that only show up when wet. It’s also quite dense in some areas and thinner in others.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I’ve pretty much stopped experimenting and settled in to using Shea moisture products for shampoo and conditioner, also use Aussie moist 3 minute, I like Organix Coconut milk mousse in the place of gel for my twists.
Have you always liked your natural hair? If not, how did you come to embrace it?
I didn’t think about natural hair as an option for years- wasn’t that I didn’t like it, I just didn’t see it as a viable option especially for someone with coarser hair like mine- call it brainwashed or what you may, it’s just the way things were. I’m very happy now and can’t imagine going back even when I have a bad hair day- those still happen.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
I’m still very lazy about wash days- detangling isn’t always fun.
What are your staple hair styles?
Twists, twist outs, buns, Afro puffs, big big hair.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Everyone’s been great. I initially feared my mum wouldn’t get it but she loves it, the bigger the better she says.
What is your hair goal?
None actually. I don’t have length aspirations or anything. Just take care of it, make sure it’s presentable always. Maybe a cut in the future.
Anything else you would like the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Don’t stress your hair failures or woes… It’s a journey, enjoy every step, every length, every style.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?