Natural Hair Icon: Cynthia

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?
www.addicted2etsy.com

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