2. How long have you been natural? Have you always embraced your curls?
-I have been natural (post big chop) since October 23, 2011. I transitioned for 8 months prior to doing my own big chop. I recently got bored with my hair about a year and half ago and did a semi-big chop, cutting my hair off into a tampered cut. I didn’t start embracing my curls until I made the decision to go to natural. I was addicted to creamy crack and had been getting relaxers ever since the age of 6.
3. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioneror a Big Chopper& why?
-I hit a point in my life where I started to recognize who I was becoming and wanted to be the realest version of myself I could be. How more real could I be embracing the hair that god blessed me with? Once I decided I was going natural, I immediately started treating my hair as if it was natural by using lots of water and conditioner. I didn’t know a lot about natural hair, so I choose to transition because it would give me time to educate myself. I transitioned for about 8 months wearing styles from sew-in’s, box braids, to wigs. I finally got to a point where the two textures where too much. I grabbed my scissors, clipped the rest of my relaxer off, and I haven’t looked back since.
4. How would you describe your hair?
-My hair is a mix of 4b/4c hair. It is very, very, very thick. The inside portion of my crown is where my 4/c hair is located, which is the thickest part of my hair! The outer side, and edges of my hair is where the 4/b is located with very tight, yet loose ringlets.
5. What do you love most about your hair?
-I love the versatility of my hair. If I want a tight defined curls, I can go to a wash-n-go. If I want loose wild hair, I can do a twist out. I can even blow my hair out and wear it in a wrap.
6. What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy, difficult, or both?!
-I know it may sound corny, but my natural hair has taught me how to love and accept the person that I am. At first the transition was difficult because of friends and family making comments such as, “who are you supposed to be mother earth now?” or “your hair won’t ever be curly like that.” Once I was able to accept the texture of my hair and who I was, I was the happiest I’ve ever been in life. MY journey was about appreciating the person I was, hair and all. But now, friends and family rely on me for tips to transition or what they can do for this style.
7. What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos’?
- My go-to style while transitioning were sew-ins. It gave me the opportunity to treat my natural hair and protect it while it grew. I also loved the convenience of wearing wigs.
8. What have your experiences been as a ‘natural’? Any memorable reactions from family or others?
-Some of my best moments have been interactions at work. I work in hospitality, so I come in contact with tons of people from all over the world on a daily basis. People absolutely love my hair. A lot of people can’t believe it’s my natural hair, and often ask to touch it. I’ve even gotten some comparison to Whitney Houston in the 80’s.
9. What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
-Right now for the summer, my favorite style would be a wash-n-go! The humidity in Florida is no joke, so I’m kind of limited in the summer. I love the entire line of As I Am, especially for wash-n-go’s. I start by washing my hair using the Coconut co-wash. Next, I use the Leave in Conditioner as a detangler and leave-in. Once I have my hair detangled, I section it into 4 large sections and apply the curling jelly section by section, smoothing the product from root to end. Once I apply the product I shake, shake, and shake. I usually clip it out of my face to stretch it and semi air dry. Usually I’ll do my make up and get dressed while I’m doing this process. Right before I leave, I use my blow dryer to diffuse each section. I diffuse for about a total of 20 minutes. After that I just let it air dry.
10. What are some of your favorite natural hairwebsites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
- YouTube actually saved my life as a newly natural. Some of my favorites are MsVaughtv, Alyssa Forever, McKenzie_Renae, and Faintly Masculine. And my all-time favorite Love Island Beauty. Her Instagram is LoveJoMichelle and her twist out tutorial was my saving grace.
11. Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
-Always be true to yourself.
“She is not you and you are not her. That’s the beautiful thing about uniqueness, beauty, and sisterhood.” – Alex Elle
12. Where can people find you for more information?
- Instagram: @Naturally_candace
-YouTube: Naturally Candace
-Facebook: Naturally Candace
13. What is your favorite protective style?
- My favorite protective style would be box braids, hands down! I love the versatility and convenience of box braids. I learned how to get really creative with styling them. They also promote hair growth which was important when trying to grow my sides out after my mini big chop. Need ideas on styling your box braids, be sure to check out my YouTube channel!
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