Nay of My Curly Mane must have gotten it right from birth, as she’s been natural all her life. With the help of her Jamaican mom forbidding the creamy crack, her hair story, however, is just fascinating. Learn more about her hair journey.
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Nay. I was born in Jamaica and raised in New Jersey. Yes, I’m a Jersey girl, though not from the shore.
Tell us about your blogging and your hair journey.
I thought about blogging for a few years before finally deciding to take the plunge and start My Curly Mane. I kept getting questions about my hair and recommended products, so I developed a creative, kooky hub to discuss natural hair, life’s journey, and spirituality. I’d like to sincerely thank anyone who frequents my blog.
What is the #1 message you want to convey to your fans.
I want to make sure that all my readers learn to embrace and care for their own texture. That’s one of the reasons why I named my blog My Curly Mane. It shows visitors what does and doesn’t work for my mane with the caveat that your mane may behave differently, and only you can tell by really caring for and studying your hair. My blog is a blueprint, but your own hair is the true guide. ☺
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural all my life. My mother never allowed me to get a relaxer, although I really, truly begged for it! Up until a few years ago, I lacked a lot of information about caring for my hair. I made the mistake of damaging it through constant bleaching and hair dyes. I also started straightening my hair to hide the damage from coloring and assimilate into the working world. Unfortunately, this eventually led to heat damage. Inspired by the curlies I spotted or met in person, online, and in the media, I decided to cut off my damaged hair and re-discover my tresses.
I got really comfortable with scissors … to the extent of carrying around my own mini pair in my purse! I cut off any ends that wouldn’t curl in its natural state, anything that was damaged both by heat and hair color. It became addictive, and I ended up cutting away several inches. My hair went from shoulder length to around ear/neck length in its natural state.
What do your peers and family think?
Initially, my peers gently hinted that they preferred my hair straightened. My family was okay with it, but I definitely got remarks about the loss of length. I was known to have long hair. Little did everyone else know that it was constantly breaking. The transformation from wearing my hair straight to natural got the most attention at work. Some coworkers scratched their heads. Others loved it (thank you!). Now that it’s healthy, I receive much more positive comments.
What are your favorite products for washing, moisturizing, and conditioning?
I have to admit that my lineup does change slightly, particularly at the hands of product junkism! As of right now, it includes clarifying and moisturizing shampoos like Creme of Nature Ultra Moisturizing Shampoo and Creme of Nature Argan Oil Moisture & Shine Shampoo. I always condition my hair with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration. It’s a must! I seal in moisture with my own oil mix that has Dabur Vatika Oil as its basis mixed with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Almond Oil, and a dash or two of any other oil that suits my fancy. I oil my hair every day regardless of what state it’s in. I think this has been one of the biggest factors in its health and length retention.
What is your favorite hairstyle for hair growth?
My hair grows more when it’s styled through wash and go’s and braid outs. These are my staples.
What advice do you give to people transitioning?
I didn’t transition but understand those who have, since I had a similar experience progressing from limp, damaged hair to healthy, natural hair. For ladies who are transitioning, please, please be patient. You may go through frustrating periods in which you hate or want to give up on your hair. Please don’t. Understand that your natural hair will behave completely differently than it did in its straightened state. You also need to give it time to flourish as you learn how to care for it. Your hair will constantly change but gets better the healthier it is. Don’t get angry if your natural state isn’t the texture that you expected. All natural hair is beautiful! One more thing, don’t listen to naysayers and other negative Nancy’s!
Where can we get in contact with you?
You can visit me at http://mycurlymane.com. Come on over; the water is fine! Laugh, comment, and enjoy! You can also follow me on Twitter @mycurlymane, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram (all through My Curly Mane).
Where shall we see you in the near future with your brand and blog?
Still blogging! I’m a writer/novelist at heart, so this is very natural for me … no pun intended! Okay, a little. I want to keep writing and expressing myself creatively both through My Curly Mane and wherever God takes me. I also want to grow and expand My Curly Mane, possibly venturing into products. As long as I’m able to help others and do creative, unique work, that’s the direction that my brand will take. Keep following! Let’s grow together.