Monday, January 31, 2011

Coilybella Project 365 #84

Meet Distinguished Coilybella Funbi

What inspired you to go natural?

This isn’t my first natural hair journey but I decided to go natural again not because of damage or any other particular reason instead because I love my natural hair and really wanted to be able to wear an afro.

How long have you been natural?

I’ve been on my second natural journey now for 10 months. I transitioned for 6 months.

What styles did you wear before this decision?

I used to wear micro braids, weaves (barely), braids or just leave my hair out.


While transitioning, I wore micro braids most of the time and washed in between. I also left my hair out. My transitioning period was strange because I wasn’t sure I would actually be able to do the big chop but I just did not want relaxers anymore! I cut my hair myself and I felt great and free in a way.
What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?

The responses I got were mixed. I got an overall negative response from my family and a rather positive one from people at work and school.
 What is your current regimen?

My regimen includes washing (pre-pooing and shampooing) every week, deep conditioning, conditioning and wearing a protective style for at least a few days at a time during the week.

My favorite styles include flat twists and two strand twists.

How do you maintain length?

My main goal for my hair is not to grow my hair to a certain length rather to maintain healthy hair but I believe healthy hair and length retention goes hand in hand so right now to keep my hair healthy (in other words to retain length) I try to balance out the moisture and protein.

How do you maintain Moisture?

I try to moisturize my hair when it needs it and use a sealant straight after.

How do you protect your coils at night?

I put them in a random flat-twist style, wear my satin bonnet then I wear a scarf. Simple as that.

What products do you use in your hair?

Seriously speaking, I don’t really buy products. The only product I buy is my conditioner (Belherbal) and the rest I make myself. Whenever I do buy a product, it’s out of curiosity and not out of necessity.

What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?

I would tell a new natural : Natural hair is a journey (both physically and psychologically) and sometimes, you might feel like going back to the relaxer but hold on and you will be amazed at the progress you will make and the confidence you will build. Stay positive, informed and confident because you are beautiful just the way you are.

Check out Funbi's Blog at Datfunkyfro


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