Upon browsing the wonderful application of Instagram, we stumbled upon this naturalista that caught our eye! Charmyonne Bailey or YourCurlFriend as many know her is the true definition of goddess. Not only is beauty breathtaking but her personality shines from within. She’s all about natural hair and was gracious enough to give us the inside scoop on how she achieve her gorgeous ‘do. Let’s be honest, managing natural hair can be tough, especially if you’re in the first steps of transitioning but what if we told you, you could have fun while doing it? Follow along and get the details from YourCurlFriend, yourself!
Can you tell our readers about yourself?
My name is Charmyonne Bailey. I am a creative from southeast D.C. My alma mater is Norfolk State University and I have a love for music. I work in the mortgage industry and a freelance writer on the side.
Have you always been natural? If not, what inspired you to?
I have not always been natural. I started my natural hair journey in 2011. I applied my last relaxer in January of that year. A month later, my grandfather passed away. During my time of bereavement, I let a lot of things, including my hair, fall by the wayside. As months passed, my hair texture started to change and I got lazy. I didn’t want to relax my hair since so much of my roots were curly. I had an obsession with DIY YouTube videos and decided to look up black hair. My obsession with my hair and all things natural grew and is still growing today. I cut off all of my relaxed hair and became fully natural November 2012.
Sheen Magazine is the Ultimate Beauty Guide, what would you say are your go-to hair products?
My go-to hair products are Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Deep Conditioner, Crème of Nature’s Argan Oil Leave-in Conditioner spray, Cantu’s Shea Butter for Natural Hair Cleansing Cream Shampoo, olive oil and wildflower honey.
Do you have any tips to managing natural hair?
I have seven tips to managing natural hair.
- Shampoo or co-wash your hair every four days. I shampoo since I have very bad product build-up. Most people think that not washing their hair makes it grow but water is the best way to make your hair grow.
- Drink lots of water and exercise. Water on our hair is great but drinking it is better. I drink one gallon of water every day. Drinking water flushes out toxins, boosts your immune system, improves skin complexion, keeps you hydrated and promotes hair growth. Water makes almost 1/4 of the weight of a hair strand. Drink water.
- Keep your hair moisturized at all times. You create your own bottle refresher to spray on your hair at night before you go to sleep. I include leave-in conditioner, a little bit of my homemade oil mixtures and some water.
- Use a protein treatment every six to eight. Since you plan on keeping your hair moisturized, you can over moisturize and weaken your hair. Protein treatments will strengthen it.
- Healthier eating. Eat less processed foods. Eat more natural food including greens and lots of protein-filled foods.
- Low manipulation. Protection styles can help with not touching your hair.
- Have fun! Try different hair products, learn some new styles, add a colorful weave or start from the beginning with a big chop.
Black hair can be a drag at times, very time consuming and seem like a chore rather the oh so cheerful delight you see in hair commercials but once you get the hang of it, it will become interesting. Remember, it’s your hair. Do what you want.
What advice would you give to those who may not be as confident to rock their natural hair?
Confidence comes with time. My mindset when I had a relaxer was that my hair was my life. We all love our hair but it’s all in your mind. You wear your hair. Your hair doesn’t wear you. There are loads of styles you can wear at every length. Once you figure out what products and styles work from your hair, your confidence will go through the roof. YouTube, Pinterest and Google will fill your head with ideas and desires. Make time to explore your hair and pay attention. Pay attention to what your hair likes, dislikes and the techniques you use. Question and research everything. All of this will build your confidence because you will be more informed and in tune with yourself.
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