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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Dalecia's Journey to Gorgeous Curls...





Nappturally Chic Jere: Hello Dalecia. Let me start off by saying that your hair is beautiful!!! So, tell me about your hair before going natural.

Dalecia Carr: Before I decided to stop getting relaxers I really didn't know much about how I should take care of my hair because I relied heavily on my hairstylist. She would press my hair with a hot comb every two weeks and I would sit in the chair and cringe at the sight of the metal comb coming toward my ear. Between touch up I didn't moisturize my hair or anything. Doing my hair myself was "for the birds", so I never really did my own hair until I went natural. My mom did what she could with my hair. Each time that I got a fresh relaxer I would leave the salon with scabs throughout my scalp. I never really felt good after getting a relaxer. The old myth that you shouldn't scratch your head before getting a relaxer, I NEVER followed. I would scratch so much, since I had suffered from dandruff. I greased my hair with Bronner Brothers all the time. The grease would stop the itching temporarily with a tingling feeling, but ended up itching again. Throughout high school I wore my hair mostly in ponytails since I was always running around. In my senior year of high school I decided to get some highlights in my hair which was a major no-no. My hair broke of tremendously in those spots and I ended up cutting my hair short. 

NCJ: When and why you decided to go natural ? Did you slowly transition or did you do the Big Chop? 

DC: I decided to transition in the summer of 2009. Throughout my transition I would wear twist and curls all the time. That was my go style. I watched Youtubers such as RusticBeauty and Kimmyatube to help me in the beginning stages of my journey. In all I transitioned for about one year. The more that I watched them the more that the styles that I wore evolved. I started doing braid outs, Bantus, and wash and gos. The transition was a great experience overall. Many people gave me weird looks and ask "Why are you wearing your hair like that?" all the time. At the college that I was going to there wasn't that many females walking around with natural hair. I was kind of the ambassador of natural hair. Since I was the only one there with natural hair, you know I had to represent. I hosted natural hair forums and mixers at my university to educate people about natural hair. I would give out prizes and have raffles to spread the word. I really took pride in making a difference at my school since at the time, natural hair was frowned upon. Now I go there to visit all my old friends and there are hundreds of girls that choose to wear their hair natural. I like to think that I had a part to play in that.


NCJ: That is amazing! I love the fact that you became a trailblazer for natural hair on your college campus! So, What are your favorite styles and products?

DC: My favorite hairstyle of choice would have to be the twist out. I wear my hair like this all the time  since its so easy for me to do. In the warmer months I tend to lean towards a wash and go. My favorite product would have to be  Curls Unleashed and the Cantu Shea butter lines. Both of them do what they are meant to do. I alternate between these products from time to time so I won't run out as fast. For co-washing I like to use the VO5 conditioners once a week if my hair is feeling dry. To deep condition I use ORS Replenishing conditioner and mix in olive oil, honey and coconut oil to intensify the treatment.

NCJ: Do you have any advice to give other new naturals or those thinking of going natural?

DC: The advice that I would give to a new natural is to do some research on it first before doing the big chop. Treat your hair like its natural before actually going natural. Read blogs and join some forums for a support group. If you have a friend who is thinking about going natural, try doing it together. It will make the experience more fun and you can help each other out.

NCJ: What was the Biggest lesson you learned about yourself and your hair through your journey?

DC: One of the biggest lessons that I learned about my journey is that you really can't compare your hair to someone else's. Everyones journey is different. Some have easier journeys than you, but that doesn't mean that you should give up. I also learned that I am more confident now than I was when I was relaxed. I'm more active and I swim more. When I walk into a room I walk in with my head held high. It's really cool that people like my hair for what it looks like. Going natural is kind of a life style makeover when you think about it. When you are more conscious of what you put in your hair, you begin to think about other things you put on or into you body. Enjoy being natural its a part of you!

NCJ: I love it! That is wonderful advice! Where can we get in contact with you?

DC: Catch up with me!  follow/subscribe on
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NCJ: Thanks so much for sharing your story with us. Thanks for being a naturalista trailblazer and inspire so many to embrace their natural hair. I am looking forward to seeing the rest of journey unfold!

Hugs and Love,

Jere'


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