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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Natural Hair Feature: Charmaine Grafton

Introduce Yourself. 
I’m Charmaine Grafton and my hair is Frankie.  I’m the mother of two beautiful daughters from North Carolina.
What lead you on your natural hair journey? 
Besides the breakage and damage I was doing to my hair, my youngest daughter really made me say “enough is enough”.  For some reason, she had this idea in her head that you weren’t pretty unless you had long, flowing “straight” hair.  She always talked about having long hair and how pretty she “will” be once her hair grows out long and straight.  Meanwhile, I am walking around with a relaxer, so I needed to let her know that she was already blessed with beautiful hair.  Left with breakage, the best thing to do was BIG CHOP.

How did you feel when you big chopped? 
When I BC’d, I had no clue what life was about to entail.  All I knew was I had a short cut and a texture that I had never worked with before.  At that point, there was no turning back.  It was my hair texture and I had to make it work for me.  I felt that I had to rock this new do with the biggest burst of confidence.
Do you feel going natural changed your daughters’ views of natural hair? 
Yes!  She now loves her hair texture.  She sees girls her age wearing relaxers and she’s not in the least bit jealous.  I’ve taught them that you can’t knock someone else for their choice, just be confident in yours.

How has being natural changed other parts of your life? (health, fashion, mind, etc.) 
Since I’ve made this change, I’m mindful of what I feed and how I treat my body.  I try my best to eat as healthy as I can, and feed my mind spiritually as well as empowering and motivating knowledge. I don’t exercise as much as I would like to, but that is something I have on my list of things to do.  I was never the one to follow trends as far as my sense of style, but I have taken to the likes of thrift stores and vintage looks within the past year.  A few people in my circle have since called me the “Thrift Store Diva” lol.
What’s your normal hair routine? 
When I’m not in protective styles, I’m usually rocking a twist out.  I love my hair to be stretched, the downside to that is having to twist my hair every night.  Yes, EVERY night!  I wash my hair twice a week with the Tresseme Naturals line of shampoo and conditioner.  For my leave in conditioner, I use Shea Moisture's Restorative Conditioner (the Olive Green line) even though it’s not a leave in.  It helps my hair dry quickly.  As an added moisturizer, I use Elasta QP Olive Oil and Mango Butter Moisturizer or Raw Shea Butter .  For sealing, it’s either Coconut or Olive oil.  For twisting, I use Qhemet Biologics Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter to soften my hair. This has been the best butter for my hair to date.

Any tips you have for other naturalistas? 
I’ve been on my journey now a little over a year, what I have learned and gained out of it so far is PATIENCE!  I will grow a BIG fro eventually with the right TLC for my Frankie, girl!  If you can, try to find other naturalistas that have a similar hair type so that you won’t get discouraged in your natural hair journey.  Lastly, embrace your hair and know that your journey is just that…YOURS!
How can other naturals reach you? (Twitter, Instagram, Website, etc) 
YouTube: NatrlBeaute

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