Hey all, everyday inspiration is back!!!! I know its been a while, infact its been looong… and I got a thousand and one excuses ( well not a thousand really, maybe one or two lool) why I wasn’t posting any fresh material.

Anyway its back and better than before, starting off this new year edition, ( YHHH), is a girl who shares the share hair journey as I ( and when I say the same, literally, two different continents, but same journey lol, we even did the BC on the same day!) so stay tuned and let me share her story with you………….

Taking your hair back to it’s natural state is healthy for your hair and it’s what God gave you. You hair does not have to look nappy and dry. – Candace

Her name is Candace Woods, born in Danville and currently lives in Lexington, KY( somewhere in the USA but am sure you guessed that lool) 31 years old and I’m a medical coder. ( wondering how I met Ms Woods? That’s what the internet is for! )

2.Where there a lot women with natural hair from your hometown/ where you were born?

I really didn’t notice women with natural hair until I decided to transition.  ( and really that’s true because you find a lot of people give the same answer. I guess its because we don’t necessarily look for the naturals within us until we actually decide to go natural for ourselves, then its like we are living in a whole new world with endless possibilities loool)

 I found transitioning easy because my sister, who lives in Atlanta, went natural in March 2011. ( ok she is the second person to have said this hmmmmmmm)

4.Now the big one- why did you choose to transition? Can you remember the date? How long has it been?

I chose to transition because my hair seemed very fine and the relaxers were overprocessing my hair which cause it to break-off in the back. Not a pretty sight! My last relaxer was May 12th and that’s when I noticed my have was breaking off. I was so frustrated!! I started looking online to how to make my hair grow and I came across Hairlista.com <http://Hairlista.com> ( y’all check it out, pretty good info) . I found tips to help make your hair grow. When I really got into it, I found out that I could transition my hair without doing the big chop!! So that’s when I began to transition. I transitioned my hair for about 7-8 months and on December 24, 2011( same as me!!!!!!)  I DID the big chop! I really do love my short do’!! ( yep its fab!)

SHE IS MY HAIR TWIN, LIKE THE TERM EVER EXISITED, BUT IF IT DOES SHE IS LOOOL, IF IT DOESNT, WELL I’M INVENTING IT NOW

5.Did you feel that making that decision was hard for you especially when most of the women around you had silky straight hair?

Absolutely not hard because I saw my sister go through the change and how beautiful she was with natural hair.

HAIR PRODUCTS and ROUTINES ( FAVORITE PART)

As I was transitioning, I had different products I was using. Now that I’m natural I use Kinky Curly products ( a lot of people swear by this product) and Argon oil. I also use BJCO ( new one, now added to my never ending products to try list) when I feel that my scalp is dry and to help it grow.

I love using oils and deep conditioners. I use coconut oil for hot oil treatments and to add shine.  ( really useful, coconut oil is the best, staple in a lot of hair regimes including mine!)

personal fav

Her hair routine has changed also( and you would find, you have to change, your relaxed hair and natural are two totally different textures you simply CAN NOT stick to your relaxed hair routine whilst you are planning on having natural hair) she washes her hair twice a week,  ALWAYS use a satin scarf at night( #WORD) . I don’t do protective styles because my hair is short. I don’t like weaves or braids.(  loool) I do like using hair accessories and fashion scarfs sometimes. ( am starting to get into that now, love beanies)

my very orange beanie lool

9.A lot of women I have spoken to say they want to go natural but find there are hardly any products for them. Can you recommend good hair products and if possible where to get them?

There are tons of products for natural hair. Whole foods and Trader Joe’s and Target carry organic hair( these are all American shops loool UK naturals try britishcurlies.com) products for natural, curly hair. I got Kinky Curly products from the Whole foods store.

10.Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?

Yes, absolutely! Taking your hair back to it’s natural state is healthy for your hair and it’s what God gave you. You hair does not have to look nappy and dry.

11.And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?

It’s a journey but you would be happy you did.

ok folks you hear it here, Ms Wood, fad naturalista to start off this year’s edition of everday inspiration! her hair journey same as mine, something i cant get over, BC? ye! the same day! keep getting in touch to want to feature in any of the hair series, and hopefully, it could be you sharing your hair story with the rest of the world!!!

so until next time folks, tae and stay blessed!!!! xxxx

Everyday Inspiration; Candace Wood
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