When I first moved to Decatur, I remember doing an article on how lonely I was and the lack of prospective Decatur friends in the area. God heard my prayers and introduced me to our only Decatur reader at the time, Crystal Nicole. Since then, we have two more Decatur readers (HEY SHAY AND ANGELA!), but I am still grateful for my first true Decatur friend and Shatterproof Glass Doll, Crystal Nicole. When we met the first time, I was taken by her fabulous spirit and infectious laugh. She has a strong, no nonsense vibe about her, but is able to laugh at silly people (including myself) and has about as much patience as she does curls (TONS). Behind those eyes is an incredible story of strength and perseverance. Read on to learn more about this fabulous, fierce, and funny SURVIVOR!
Where do you reside and what do you do? I reside in Decatur,IL and I work in information technology (IT) as a web applications developer for a state government agency.
What was your family’s reaction to you going natural? They didn’t really care. LOL
What is one hair product that you cannot do without? My Tresseme Naturals conditioner for co-washing.
Do you have any hair wisdom you’d like to share with other natural beauties? Do what YOU want! Wear your hair natural, pressed, relaxed, or however you choose. Just make sure it’s your choice and not someone else’s.
5. What is your original hair regimen? Ummmm…I don’t really have one! I make an effort to deep condition once a week. Other than that I just pay attention to what my hair feels like. If It’s feeling dry I will co-wash and moisturize. If I’ve been wearing a lot of wash and go’s I’ll try to give my hair a rest by wearing twists, braids, or a curly puff.
What made you decide to go natural? I initially went natural for a few reasons. The first being that I had a sore spot in the crown of my head that wouldn’t go away. There was no visible sore; just discomfort. Also, when I turned 30 (like many), my hair (along with my skin and nails) began to change and needed extra care. I was also bored with looking like everyone else and frequently threatened to cut my hair. So, for all of these reasons I had my last relaxer in April 2009. I decided to transition. It was cool. That sore spot went away and almost exactly a year later, I made good on that threat to cut my hair. Unfortunately, it wasn’t by choice. I was diagnosed with breast cancerFebruary 28, 2010and chemo forced me to remove all my hair April 2010. To my surprise, I liked having no hair! My hair had always been long and thick so this was a new experience. I liked it so much that post-chemo I kept my hair cut short for at least 6months before allowing it to grow back. I’m now cancer-free after a lot of chemo and radiation therapy. I still take medication everyday to prevent the most aggressive cancer cells from coming back, but God is good and I’m thriving. So is my hair!
Who do you look up to for hair inspiration if anyone? I love looking at blogs and youtube for style inspiration, but my ultimate hair inspiration is ME! My hair… is my hair and is unique to me…it’s all I can be.
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