Charla here! I am currently a HR Specialist residing in Richmond, VA. Originally born and raised in Greensboro, NC
When did you go natural and how did you do it?
I originally decided to go natural in May of 2011. I already had a very short haircut, close cut in the back. I had had my haircut for about 3 years and I just wanted to try something different. I decided to grow my hair out and I just said I would grow it out without using any chemicals.
So I transitioned for 6 months and it was very easy because my hair was already styled in a short cut. By Thanksgiving 2011 I cut off all of the relaxed ends. While I was transitioning and after I would wear my hair in braids, twist, and tracks for the most part. I did this to avoid heat and messing with it all of the time.
Tell us about your hair
I have honestly never been into “defining my hair grade or type” So I will do my best to describe it. My hair is jet black and very curly. And the shrinkage is real! lol It does what it wants and I am completely okay with that. Currently my hair hits the top of my back when it is straightened.
How do you take care of your hair?
I guess you would define me as a less is more kind of girl. All of the natural hair products that I have I got from my sister VeCoya who is a product junkie lol. Honestly I do not have a routine for my hair. However I am a stifler of avoiding heat! I am just very very cognisant of protecting my ends and keeping my hair moisturized. I like Taliah Waajid and Jane Carter products as well as African Pride Olive Oil.
I wash my hair about once a week often times doing a cowash.
How do you wear your hair?
I wear my hair all types of ways twist outs, 2 two strand twist, braid outs, bantu knots, high bun (which is normally how I wear it to work)
I also wear tracks sometimes.
I wear my hair in ways that I feel are presentable in any environment.
What inspired you to go natural?
Honestly, throughout my childhood, I did not have a relaxer and my hair was in a very healthy state. I received my first relaxer right before middle school. From that point forward my hair went through what felt like, a never ending cycle of breaking off and growing back. I never seemed to be able to achieve the length that I once had in my younger years.
I finally decided to just chop all my hair off at the beginning of my sophomore year in college. I kept my hair in a short cut for three years and I loved it! I cut it because I was tired of worrying about achieving length and I simply wanted to reinvent myself. Through having a short hair cut I was able to see that my hair did in fact grow and at a good rate!
During my finally semester in school I decided to grow my hair out without using any chemicals. My hair was slightly shorter than the first picture that is posted of my short haircut phase. After having my haircut for so long, I just wanted something different. I got my last relaxer in April of 2011. I decided to transition. When I first began transitioning I did a lot of protective styles like finger waves, senegalese twist, box braids and tracks to avoid putting heat on my hair. I received no reactions whatsoever.
What is your hair to you?
My hair to me is just hair. I take care of my hair the best way I possible can just by simply keeping it moisturized and avoiding heat. I am not obsessed with my hair and “I don’t sit around and watch it grow” as I like to say lol. I feel like I have already wasted too much time doing that for too many years. Having no chemicals in my hair/being natural is just the best option for me personally and my hair is the healthiest it had been in a long time. I am extremely happy with the results thus far and I am excited to see whats to come!
Do you write a blog or have a twitter or instagram or any other social media you’d like people to connect with you on?
I can be contacted very easily. Me and my sister have a blog called The Greene Vademecum which you assess by going to greenevdc.com. The definition of vademecum is ‘A handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.’ We are sisters blogging about aspects and areas of life that inspire us. That includes positive vibes, cool spots, fab hair, cute trinkets, music & more! We hope that our blog can serve as an outlet and that our positive words and experiences produce thoughtful and positive actions. Please join us on our blogging adventure 🙂
Thank you, Charla!
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Till next time,