Saturday, November 12, 2011

"My Hair My Story" Distingushed Naturalist of the month

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: Check it out!

Thanks for sharing your story with us Renee.



  1. I to was forced to go natural because to hair loss. The best decision I ever made. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Lovely story! Your hair is beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I follow NappyNfree on Youtube.. Love her videos.

    I have a question for Renee pls- how do you use ayurvedic powders to condition your hair- not sure i have seen any video of yours on that- The
    ones I have seen are on tea rinses. If you have a video link, please post it or pls do one if you dont have one!. Thanks!

  4. Lovely Questions by the way Coilybella :)

  5. @JenJenn and @Precious: Thank you!

    @aloted: Your wish is my command! :-) I have a video on how I use the ayurvedic powders as a conditioner. It is video 31 - Kalpi Tone and Rhassoul Clay conditioner:

    Also, I am currently experimenting with an idea involving several different powders. This is a video that will take a while to complete, but hopefully it will help, too.

  6. thanks for your response Renee.

    I will check out the video.

    I look forward to the new one you are working on.

    Cheers! :)


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