Meet the lovely Kimba Azore
CB:What inspired you to go natural? How long have you been natural?
KA: I was always a natural at heart. Growing up…even in the height of my addiction to relaxers, I would love to look at naturals—especially those who had fros and locs. There was a point in my life where I said I wanted to look like that… I wanted to have natural hair. In 2003, I transitioned for a year and fell to the pressure of relaxing my hair again 9 months later. In 2009, I finally stopped being scared of what I thought people wanted of me and started transitioning into natural hair in late December2009/Early January 2010. I had my hair in a relaxer at the time and my hair was thinning out and very damaged. It got to the point where I could only wear certain styles because my hair was loosing length and thickness. I’ve been natural for a little over 2 years now.
KA: The People that I was close to were not surprised. They already knew that my natural transition was coming sooner or later. People who I didn’t know reacted differently. Some people were encouraging; some people just give me looks and do not say much. I learned to ignore that behavior and be confident no matter what anyone thinks.
CB: What is your current regimen? How do you maintain length? Moisture? How do you protect your coils at night?
KA: My current regimen consists of simplicity. I wash and deep condition every weekend—usually on Saturdays. Every other weekend, I include a protein treatment in my conditioning regimen. I usually install a protective style on Sunday night and wear protective styles during the week. I moisturize my hair every 2 days—or depending on the situation…sometimes more or less—and ensure that I remove any shed hairs from my protective styles when I moisturize. I sleep with a satin cap that ties to my head to maintain my protective style and to retain moisture in my style.
CB: What products do you use in your hair?
KA: I am a product junkie, so I own a little bit of everything from Shea Moisture to Curls. Right now, for everyday use, I use products from the Isabis Naturals line and Jane Carter Solution.
CB: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?
KA: If going natural is something that you don’t like or are not comfortable with…then, it is just hair….it will grow back. Being natural forces you to have self love and confidence. Your hair is something that isn’t perceived as beautiful in general society and you display its beauty while feeling beautiful inside. Going natural opens doors for many other changes in your life also and you will become a stronger, better person once you start to wear your natural locs.
CB: What's the best thing about being naturally beautiful? I’m being true to myself.
KA: When I look in the mirror—without makeup and earrings and my natural hair—I know that I am naturally beautiful. The best perception of beauty is the one that you feel for yourself. Once you got that down, you can do anything and feel good while doing it.
CB:What mistakes have you made in your journey? What have you learned?
KA: My hair is thin and fine. This is how I found coilybella.com. The biggest mistake I made was treating my hair the same way some one with a thicker texture would treat it. I had to learn that I have to treat my hair in a different way to retain length and health. I wear more protective styles than usual because my hair is fine textured and thin. I do not wear my hair out too often and not manipulate it as much so I can retain length. When I learned that, my hair retained a lot of length in a short period of time. It just took me a little while to realize what I needed to do to achieve what I wanted in a healthy way.
CB: Please name three products that you cannot live without.
KA: Naturals Avocado & Honey Whipped Hair Pudding, Nourish and Shine by Jane Carter Solution and Avalon Organics Lavender Nourishing Conditioner
CB: Where can you be located on the Web? Youtube?, Blog?, other natural hair websites?
KA: My blog is located at www.fleurdecurl.com