Saturday, February 8, 2014

February Naturalista Feature: Courtney Kelly

M I S S   C O U R T N E Y   K E L L Y
Courtney after her big chop: Jan 2014

1. Introduce yourself!

My name is Courtney Kelly and I am a recent 2013 graduate of North Carolina State University! I have a bachelors in Nutrition Science and a minor in Sports Medicine. I was born and raised in Durham, NC and currently still reside in Durham.

2. Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I had been saying since 2011 that I wanted to go natural. I never had a reason behind it so I stuck with a relaxer because it was what I was used to. I had gotten box braids the summer of 2013 for a beach trip. When it was time to take out the braids, I had no clue that I was supposed to de-tangle my hair before washing. The end result was a head full of mangled hair! I decided to go for a short hair cut because my hair was now thin. I rocked a relaxed short cut for 6 months and absolutely loved it! One time before relaxing, I noticed the texture of my new growth and I LOVED it! I finally said why not go for it! I already had a short cut, I had been saying I wanted to go natural so this was the perfect time. I wanted to see the beautiful healthy hair I was naturally given. I also wanted to see how long it could grow.

Courtney's hair cut after a matted hair disaster

3. When & how did you transition to your natural hair?
I started off with a short cut after the braids (well, really me)  damaged my hair. When deciding to go natural, I stopped getting relaxers. I also decided not to add anymore heat to my hair because I didn't want to damage my curl pattern. I put perm rods in the top of my hair with curling creme and the back started curling on its own, I had sort of a mohawk. I went about 4 weeks without heat. When it reached a length where I had enough new growth in the top for a mini Afro, I decided to chop the rest of the relaxer.

4. In what ways (if any) has returning to natural affected you?
It has given me a sense of freedom and has taught me not be afraid to try new things! I've always been used to long relaxed hair. This is the first time where I stepped completely out of my comfort zone and it felt good. I feel more in tune with who I am.
Courtney's relaxer days

5. How would you describe your hair?
Edgy, honey blonde, easy to maintain!

6. What is your regimen?
Since I'm new to this, my regimen is very basic. I wash once a week with Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Cream Shampoo. After washing, I condition with Cantu Shea Butter Moisturizing Rinse Out Conditioner. I let it sit for about 10 minutes. I rinse and add Cantu Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream. After 30 minutes I then moisturize with Cantu Shea Butter for Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream. I sleep with a satin bonnet. The next morning, I add Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil. I reapply oil within the week when needed. Once I did pre-poo with Shea butter oil and I definitely noticed a difference.

7. How do you retain length & moisture in your hair?

I don't have much length after my chop. When my hair is starting to feel dry, I add castor oil and maybe a little water to freshen my curls.

8. What mistakes have you made with your hair that you've learned from?

I haven't experienced any yet!

9. What is the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
Using black castor oil. It's nice, thick and moisturizing!

10. Is there a blog/web page/IG/Twitter where we can find you?

Twitter/IG: courtkelz

11. Anything else you want to add?
Going natural and coloring my hair is the best decision I've made!

1 comment:

  1. Your short hair and long hair both great!!I love it!Thanks for your sharing!


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