Name: Chevanne Smith (Kreamy Kurls)
From: St. Catherine, Jamaica
Natural Since: January 2014
KiK: When and why did you go natural?
Chevanne: My hair was first creamed (relaxed) in grade four and I had that until I had a bad experience in February 2010. I stretched the length of time that I was to get a relaxer and the result wasn’t very pleasant. I had all sorts of lengths and my hair was very thin.
So, I decided to try to take better care of it to restore the health and then relax again. I had no plans of going natural! Six months came around and I said, “God, if you help me go a little further; I’ll think about going natural.”
The more it grew out the healthier my hair looked and my bald spot was growing too. So, I decided to go back natural once I saw that.
Three years came by and I cut whatever stringy ends were left and I was fully natural on January 2, 2014.
KiK: How did you go from relaxed to natural hair?
Chevanne: I did a long transition. I grew my hair out for 3 years and wore braid outs, buns, braids and lots of tams. I got the nickname “Rasta Girl” for that very same reason. LOL
KiK: What is your current hair regimen?
Chevanne: I always start off pre-pooing with an oil, then apply my deep conditioner (most times Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise or a DIY) and leave it for an hour. Proceed to detangle and shampoo in sections. Once I’m out of the shower, I apply my homemade Shea Butter mix, dust/clip my ends and style.
KiK: What are your favourite hair products to use?
Chevanne: 1. Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise 2. Homemade Shea Butter mix 3. Aloe Vera gel (awesome for twist outs)
KiK: What is your favourite natural hairstyle and how do you achieve and maintain it?
Chevanne: I am #Twistoutlife. I have two methods:
- The “I don’t have the time let’s do this” method: Once I exit the shower, I put my hair into medium to large sized twists (I twist on damp hair and with shea butter) and let them dry. This lasts for at least 2-3 days and I maintain it by putting my hair into a pineapple. Shake and go for the next day. By the third day the definition is gone so I put it into a high bun.
- Definition method. I get an Aloe vera leaf from my Mom’s garden and scrape out the gel. I put my hair into about 10-11 sections and apply the aloe vera gel and then, on top of that, shea butter to my hair. Of the 10-11 sections, each section ends up having maybe 4 twists. I twist all the way down to the ends and do a chiney bump at the end. It takes about 4 days for my hair to completely dry with this method but when I unravel the twists it lasts for an entire week.
KiK: What is your biggest hair mistake?
Chevanne: Oh boy! Which one to choose? I’d say going weeks without clipping my ends because I wanted to get to waist length. Split ends are no joke.
KiK: What advice do you have for others who are newly natural or struggling to stay natural?
- Don’t be afraid to get to know your hair. See which products work, which side to let your hair fall to let you look extra cute, how tight is too tight for your scalp… etc
- Have go to styles because days will come when your hair won’t cooperate. I subscribe to the high bun life.
- Youtube will become your new bestie! You can always find encouragement from Youtubers and hair care tips too.
- Take pictures. When you’re frustrated that your hair isn’t growing you can always look back at your progress.
- Don’t get length obsessed. I know this all too well. Inhale. Exhale. It’s growing. Don’t worry.
- Patience. Yes, you’ve heard it ever so often. But, really, enjoy your journey. You’ll look up and notice how fast time goes by and how much your hair has grown.
KiK: Thanks for doing this feature and all the best going forward. Where can we keep up with you or your natural hair journey online?
Chevanne: Thank you for allowing me to participate! You can keep up with me on:
- Blog: http://kreamykurls.blogspot.com/
- Instagram: @kreamykurls
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