Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Naturalist Spotlight of the month

Meet Chisom

What inspired you to go natural?

My desire to go natural started after I had my daughter in 2009. As I was doing her hair, I was amazed at how much it was growing and how beautiful and untapped it was, free from chemicals. It was then that I started having a self dialogue about becoming natural.

How long have you been natural?

I did my BC 12/18/10.

What styles did you wear before this decision?

I was wore weave styles and had my regular perm every 8 weeks or so.

What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?

The greatest responses were ones of surprise from my family and some of my coworkers. They had never seen me with my hair so short. My husband, however, has been very supportive the whole time. For the most part, everyone is now accustomed to my new look and they like it. They say natural hair really suits me.

What is your current regimen?

I co-wash about 2-3 times a week and shampoo once a week.

How do you maintain length? Moisture?

Right now I’m rockin’ my TWA so I’m not worried about length right now, but I must say I have extremely thick, coily hair. For moisture, I have my handy spray bottle with water always nearby.

How do you protect your coils at night?

I wear a satin cap.

What products do you use in your hair?

I go between 2 shampoos and conditioners-The Organix line and L’Oreal Paris’ Sulfate Free Hydrating line. Both products I LOVE!!!! I love coconut oil and use Blue Magic’s Coconut Oil Hair Conditioner. I also use Cantu Shea Butter to prevent breakage. From time to time I also use Palmer’s Organic Olive Oil and for sheen I use Luster’s Pink Oil Sheen with Shea Butter and Vitamin A.

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

For the newbie naturals, remember, your natural hair journey is your own. Don’t try to compare your hair growth with others. Be you! And most importantly, happily embrace your natural roots. If you show that you’re not proud of being natural, others will pick up on that and may say things to make you doubt why you embarked on being natural. Also, the support from the natural community has been a God send. Get plugged into some channels on YouTube and hear from others who are going through the same journey you are. That kind of support makes a world of a difference.

What's the best thing about being naturally beautiful?

Honestly, I finally feel like myself, and I see how God intended me to be and I love it.

What mistakes have you made in your journey? What have you learned?

I can’t really think of any mistakes I’ve made thus far.

Please name three products that you cannot live without

1. L’Oreal Paris Sulfate Free Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner. I love the Rosemary Juniper scent. 2. Coconut Oil3. Water, Water, Water

What advice would you give to women thinking about wearing their hair natural?

The only thing I would say is, if you are planning to be natural, don’t announce it everyone that you plan to go natural. Sometimes the tendency is for people to shoot your dreams down and that may cause you to second guess yourself. If you are considering going natural, think about it, have a dialogue with yourself, and talk to others who are already natural.

Where can you be located on the Web? Youtube?, Blog?, other natural hair websites?

You can check me out on my Youtube channel under the title name, ChisomWrites. My author and Life and Career Coach webbie is You can find me on Twitter under the name Chisom. My natural hair blog is


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