Living No Lye | @SimplyCyn

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What were your reasons for going natural? 

I wanted healthy hair. My hair had become so damaged from years of relaxing. I remember literally picking it up off the floor. At the time, it was almost a last resort and then I saw my hair, my natural hair and fell in love with it. 

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How did you transition (or did you BC)?

I transitioned, cutting off a little bit at a time. It was tedious and if I had to do it again, I would probably chop. I was much too scared of not liking short hair, which is why I didn't BC.

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What emotional struggles, if any, have you faced since going natural?

At first, there were some early concerns about wearing my hair in professional settings, as an attorney, my profession tends to be on the conservative side. Also, there were some people close to me who weren't as supportive as I would have liked in the beginning. 

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What's your go-to style?

A twist-out. It's easy for me, I've gotten really fast at getting the twists in and my fave period is when I hit the 3-4 day twist out hair.

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What’s your favorite product and why?

Shea Moisture Shampoo. Up until 2 months ago, I would have said the Raw Shea butter edition, but now I'm totally in love with the Jamaican Castor version. Conditioners are easy for me, there are several that my hair reacts nicely to. Shampoo is hard and I went through so much trial and error... and that's why I went with this shampoo as my fave. 

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What piece of advice would you share with someone who is just starting out?

I think this is the best time to be starting out, there are so many resources available, from blogs, to youtube to instagram. Ask questions, most naturals love helping each other out. Be patient with yourself and with your hair. Allow yourself to fall in love with your hair and hair texture, whatever hair type it may be.

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