Meet Renee of NappyNFree
CB:What inspired you to go natural? How long have you been natural?
NappyNFree:I have been natural since 2007. I wore kinky twists for two years and in 2009, I came “out” with my natural hair. It was not my idea to go natural. It was my husband’s idea. I was having a hard time with relaxers. My hair was thinning and for years, I had suffered severe breakage. He told me it was time to stop relaxing my hair. At the time, that was not an option for me and I never considered giving up relaxers. It was like him telling me to cut off a finger! It was a hard decision for me to make; however, looking back, it was one of the best things I have ever done.
CB:What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?
NappyNFree:I was one of the fortunate ones. I never had any negative responses to my hair. People either 1) said nothing at all or 2) supported my decision. Although, when I first starting wearing two-strand twists, my mom called them “twigs.” J
CB:What is your current regimen? How do you maintain length?
NappyNFree:I keep my hair in yarn twists 70% of the time. When not in yarn, I shampoo once a week and use ayurvedic powders to condition my hair.
CB:Moisture? How do you protect your coils at night?
NappyNFree:My holy grail product is Care Free Curl Gold Hair and Scalp Spray. That stuff moisturizes like nobody’s business! At night, when I am not wearing yarn twists, I lightly spritz and oil my hair, twist it up, and put a bonnet on it.
CB:What products do you use in your hair?
NappyNFree:I try to keep it simple:
Shampoo – Henna Sooq’s soapnut shampoo bar
Conditioner – Ayurvedic Indian powders or Alterna conditioner
Oil – olive oil
Spritz – Care Free Curl Gold Hair and Scalp Spray or homemade aloe vera juice spritz
Butters – Soy butter
Gel – Flaxseed or Eco Styler olive oil/argan oil
CB:What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
NappyNFree:Understand that going natural is physical and mental journey. Find the beauty in your own hair and don’t compare your texture, thickness, or length to others.
CB:What's the best thing about being naturally beautiful?
NappyNFreeThe best thing has been discovering the beauty in my hair. I marvel at what “nappy hair” is and what it can do. For many years I thought nappy hair was ugly and bad. That is far from the truth!
CB:What mistakes have you made in your journey? What have you learned?
NappyNFree:My biggest mistake is not taking the time to detangle my hair properly. I have learned to be patient and to treat each strand very carefully. I had to learn this the hard way because I have breakage from poor detangling sessions!
CB:Please name three products that you cannot live without
NappyNFree:That’s easy – ayurvedic powders, care free curl gold hair and scalp spray and olive oil
CB:Where can you be located on the Web? Youtube?, Blog?, other natural hair websites?
NappyNFree:I have a YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/nappynfree. Check it out!
Thanks for sharing your story with us Renee.
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