Where are you from, what do you do? I'm from Hempstead, NY. I am a NYC music teacher and a private vocal coach.
How long have you been natural? I've been natural 12 and ½ yrs.
What made you decide to go natural? One day I was getting a relaxer and my hair just started coming out in clumps. I never ever had hair problems before and this was tragic for me. I think it was due to medication that I was on, but I’m still not sure. Either way, it was the best thing.
Did you transition or big chop? Right after the “incident” I immediately went to a high end salon for a consultation and told them to chop it all off. The stylist tried to encourage me to keep it shoulder length but I said “nope” just cut it off before I change my mind.
Describe your hair texture? I’m still learning it. Even after 12 years. My hair is very strong, thick, but soft. It retains a lot of moisture so shrinkage is my biggest enemy. It coils up fast but frizzes up in certain parts. I think I have more than one texture.
What is your hair regimen and what products do you use? I’m a girl who uses what works. I try different things all the time. My hair regimen is simple. I wash once every two weeks and I deep condition. Usually, some IC Conditioner. Right now I’m using Tresemme’s Natural shampoo and conditioner. I always use a leave in. During the week I oil my scalp with either Nature’s Blessings or Indian Hemp. On a daily basis I switch off between Nubian Heritage’s SheaMoisture Leave-In Conditioner (my fave), Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk and Healthy Hair Butter. I try to be cost-effective and have learned over the years that for me the “higher end” products don’t do any more than the cheaper stuff does.
What Are The Benefits of Going Natural?
- I like that I can wear twists in messed up weather or wear it in a puff.
- I love that I’m wearing something that I can call “mine” though I am not against any weaves or wigs. It’s just not for me at this point.
- Above all, I love that folks ALWAYS tell me that I have beautiful hair. Some people have even asked me if its mine.
Crystal is a NYC music teacher and private coach who loves to learn about anything and everything, especially that thing called the voice. She believes good singing is science + passion. Crystal is thirty-something going on fabulousity! Her website is cjlvocalstudio.com and she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.