Hey girlies!! Are you excited for the upcoming holiday!? I am, food + family + fun is soothing to the soul and there is SOOO much to be thankful for….SO much. Hopefully these times are reminders for us to think of the things we take forgranted :o) Oh and don’t spend all your money at these ridiculous sales this Black Friday…and Saturday, Sunday and Monday for that matter lol You know how they’ve added all these other days to the mix now lol
Anywho, so guess who’s back?!!? My gorgeous girls behind the curls!! YES Its been awhile and I know you have missed them (I have!) and so the latest curly girl is someone who I randomly stumbled upon while I was browsing the web for advice on “pineappling” my hair at night (still haven’t found the 100% go-to method that works for me but I digress lol). So during my search I came across her blog called GoodLooknOutand I instantly fell in love with everything about it! The design, the content, the writing style…it’s just a GREAT blog! Very strategic and well thought out. Lots of attention to detail. Love it! One to definitely follow! ***SIDEBAR– I even slipped into groupie mode for a sec lol and emailed her right away to tell her how much I was in love haha luckily she didn’t think I was TOO crazy haha. Oh and Turns out we are both from Southern Cali (about 30 mins apart). There’s just something about us Cali girls :o)
So flash forward, I HAD to feature this beauty and learn about her hair regimen and here she is!
Introduction :: Do share a little about yourself!
Hi! I’m Marie Young and I’ve been natural going on three years now. I’m a stay-at-home mommy and blogger who loves doing just about everything the natural way!
In the beginning :: What inspired you to go embrace your natural-ness? OR If you’ve been natural since forever, what inspired you to never get a perm?
To be honest, I had my aha moment once I moved to DC and saw so many beautiful, educated, black queens (like me) walking around with all these cute natural styles. They were so beautiful! Coming from LA, living that ‘barbie world’ weave life, I was in culture shock. I just gravitated toward it, wanting to see what my natural would look like!
Mane-tain :: What is your weekly/monthly regimen like? If you have color in your hair, how do you maintain its health?
I do a wash-n-go once a week and outside of that I do a lot of twists out’s. My twist out only lasts for two days max, so I’m always re-twisting my hair at night (a routine I really can’t stand). I also deep condition with a protein treatment at least twice a month. When I detangle, I do it with a wide tooth comb, making sure I comb from the bottom to the top to prevent breakage. I trim my hair every 6-8 weeks, and being that I only like to trim my hair while it’s straight, I usually only straighten my hair 4-5 times per year. Once every quarter I start to get bored and I will throw in a protective style to calm my nerves. My go-to style is box braids and marley twists.
Your uniqueness :: How would describe your hair and how do you like to wear/style your hair daily? i.e. wash-n-go’s, twists, straight, protective styles, etc.
I would describe my hair as perfectly coiled! I didn’t realize that I even had a curl pattern until my mid twenties. I was so used to press-n-curls and weaves. Plus, my curl was so heat damaged it was crazy mess. Now, I have these cute, small, tightly coiled ringlets after my wash-n-go that I wouldn’t trade for the world. Even though I love my wash-n-go’s I also love to rock a twist out because I can maintain it longer than my natural curls.
Choosing favorites :: What are some fav products you can’t live without or would recommend? How do you use them?
I cannot live without my Jane Carter Curl Defining Cream for when I wear my wash-n-go’s. I also LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Patsy Girl Spritz Splash for daily hydration and my Mi-Me Fascin8ting Hair Elixir for shine, moisture and growth.
Drop some knowledge :: Do you have a marvelous hair practice/technique you’ve learned and wouldn’t mind sharing? OR is there something you’d like to learn more about?
I’ve learned to not believe the hype when it comes to how often you’re to trim your ends. I read one popular natural hair site (which I will not name) that recommended to trim your ends every 6-8 months if you don’t use heat in your hair. That was the worst thing I could have done for my hair. After I waited 6 months with no trims I had to cut off 2 inches of growth and that worked my nerves so badly. Keep up with your regular trims no matter what!
Shameless plug :: Do you have a hustle you’d like to share while you have the floor?
As I am editor-in-chief over at GoodLooknOut, you KNOW I have to tell you all to stop on over and get in where you fit in. I love to share the GOOD NEWS with my readers so if you have something to share, you’re all more than welcome to share! Lastly, I’m working on a new project with a group of marvelous women called Lessons From A Wildflower that I’d love for you to check out. It’s a compilation of raw and real journal entries, from your girlfriend on the other line. It’s like chicken soup for the twenty/thirty year old soul. A place where real women, discuss real life candidly – without an instagram filter.
K.I.T. :: How can we stay connected with you?
P.S. If you are interested in being featured as a Girl Behind the Curl, shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or use the contact form to get in touch with me! :o)