My name is Rose aka SimplyCre8eve. I am from Haiti now living in Miami, Fl.

How long have you been natural? 
I did my second big chop four years ago.

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
What motivated me was the feel of the chemical burns and my hair feeling really thin after it was relaxed. When I decided to go natural the first time, I was a transitioner. The second time around I was a big chopper. Because of the multiple hair styles I decided to go to a bald cut because I never had my hair cut that low before & I wanted to try it out!

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How would you describe your hair?
Dealing with natural hair, you have many different textures. Different in the front, middle & back. So it's just as random as I am. :-)

What do you love most about your hair?
Versatility. It's having the best of both worlds. If I want to have straight hair, it's really nothing that a flat iron cannot solve, which I rarely desire or use, but the option is always there. If I want to have a big afro I can also create that look too. I love the texture of it, and I am able to style in multiple ways. I see it as a perk that I am able to do my hair in so many ways that I could never do with my relaxed hair. Especially by myself.

What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?! 
It's been pretty easy for me because it is something that I embraced. I would say that at first when I did my big chop I was a bit skeptical because I wasn't sure how a short cut would look on me however my most difficult part was learning how to detangling my hair.

What or were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
My favorite transitioning hairstyle was wearing my afro, twistouts & wearing my fro pulled back with a headband!

What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others? 
Yes they were shocked, some were supportive and some had jokes. I took it all in stride. Those who had jokes eventually learned to love it and some are even natural themselves.

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I try to keep my regimen as simple as possible & try not to follow every trend. I am actually in the process of creating my own natural products but in the mean time I wash my hair once a week using a Shampoo & Conditioner that hydrates, conditions & is Sulfate Free. I alternate between protein treatments and deep conditioning treatments to create balance and I moisturize while my hair is still damp before styling. I use a wide tooth comb to untangle my hair & let it air dry if I’m going to wear my afro, or I do a heatless blow out using the banding method which you can see on my YouTube Channel . I try to avoid using heat as much as possible and when I do use heat, I use an Ionic Hair Dryer with a comb attachment. My favorite products are Argan Oil Intensive Deep Conditioning Treatment or Humecto Conditioner by Kera Care, Paul Mitchell Foaming Hair Pomade and Natural Oils.

What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I like 4C Hair Chick. I am new on the YouTube scene because I have never gone to YouTube until recently to look for hair tips so I would have to say that 4CHairChick is my favorite.

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Be patient especially during the cleaning & detangling process. Don't be afraid to try different hairstyles. Going natural is one of the best decisions ever, your scalp with thank you later!

Where can people find you for more information?

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I arrived in New York last night and headed straight to the John Freida Salon in Meatpacking. They just launched a new line of hair products designed to give good curls and as a chronic straightener I was interested in something new. So with my luggage in tow I hailed a cab and darted downtown for the wavy locks that dreams are made of.

Stylist David Allen washed my mane with Frizz Ease Smooth Start Shampoo. It’s perfect for girls with straight hair who have frizz or fly-aways. It helps eliminate frizz from the shampoo to the chair. Next Allen brushed the new Frizz Ease mouse through my hair. I always love to comb product through wet hair to ensure it gets distributed evenly. I’m obsessed with this mouse; it doesn’t give you crispy curls circa 1993 but soft volume at the roots. Before blowing out my tresses Allen spritzed me with my favorite product from their new launch- Go Curlier. It helps lock in curls for a full forty-eight hours. We dried my hair and went through it with a curling iron. I love that Go Curlier is heat activated to help lock in the perfect waves while styling. My drab tired locks perked up into wavy bombshell perfection. Needless to say I’m obsessed.

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Hair Color Forum: Let’s Talk About Going Blond

Blonde may be a state of mind, but let's be honest—it's mostly a hair color, one that usually requires stuff like bleach, foil, and strange purple shampoo. Have you been (or are you currently) on Team Flaxen? Do you wish you were? We want to hear about it.

Add your contribution in the comments—questions, photos, advice, whatever. We're all lifting and toning together, people.

To get this party started, we went ahead and assembled tips from a few of our favorite blondes:

Kirsty Hume: "I color my hair myself, out of a box. I use a very light blond color just at the roots, and let it grow out. For maintenance, I wash my hair with Philip B Shampoo and Wen Cleansing Conditioner."

Sharmadean Reid: "I like being blonde... right now I feel like a cross between T-Boz, Nastassja Kinski from Paris, Texas, and a bit of a Japanese school girl."

Kristina O’Neill: "Reyad at Frédéric Fekkai does my color—he keeps it beach-y looking. I always say, 'Just make it look like Gisele’s.'"

Emily Weiss: "I was told not to wash my hair for several days before [the bleaching], as the natural oils would help protect my scalp. I wonder if I would have wussed out/fainted/had a full-blown panic attack had I not done that."

Kate Young: "I get single process color every six weeks. They just put bleach on the roots, and I sit there for two hours."

Angel Haze: "I just went blond. When I was getting it done at Salon Sims recently, I was like, ‘You know what? I want to bleach it grey.’ And they were like, ‘Nooo, you can’t. You’ll strip it, and it will be really ugly, and blah, blah, blah...’ So I just went for the lightest blond I could possibly get."

Soo Joo Park: "My hair doesn’t really make me feel very different, but I know that I get perceived as a different person. People think I’m more more eccentric, open, or adventurous—but it’s really just the hair."

Elin Kling: "Mirjam Bayoumi on the Upper East Side does all of the Swedes. She does the Princess of Sweden’s hair. She said that 95% of her clients are blond Swedish girls. [Laughs] It’s not super fancy, she just knows how to do blondes."

Olivia Kim: "Obviously I’m not a blonde, but I’ve been wanting to go blond since I was 18… And then last year I said, ‘I’m just going to do it.’ I asked Jimmy Paul and he said, 'You have to go to Maya at Bumble & Bumble, she’s an amazing Japanese colorist and she used to do her hair white.'"

Sarah Rutson: "Another thing that I've found through getting older is that blonder hair is less harsh for me. My hair is naturally black, but I dyed it seven years ago to give me a softer look."

Amanda Lepore: "My hair has been bleach blond since I was fourteen. I get it done every four or five weeks by Harlequin at Dramatics on 5th avenue. I use a lot of Shu Uemura Conditioner and Essence Absolue to keep it hydrated. Bleaching gives you high-maintenance hair."

Nathalie Love: "I heard, for the color, that apple cider vinegar helps. You just pour it on your head and then smell bad for a few days."

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Heat stretching for me is just about convenience and preference. I heat stretch because it is easier for me to manage my hair and I enjoy it. I've used heat for over 2 1/2 years, which is over half of my journey. I've had great success and feel it has helped me to retain length. Keeping the hair stretched minimizes knots and tangles, and makes wash day a breeze.

You have to be careful anytime you are using heat on your hair. Always do your research, learn your hair, and keep it to a minimal. Heat is not required to stretch your hair. There are many great no heat methods to stretch including; twist outs, braid outs, roller sets, etc.

How I heat stretch: 

1.) Cleanse My Hair - I only add heat to clean hair.
*Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Shampoo

2.) Protein Treatment - Heat is known to break down the protein in hair, I like to add a little protection before using any kind of heat.
I've tried a couple of different products-
*Aphogee 2 step
*ORS Hair Mayonnaise (mild treatment)

3.) Deep conditioning/hot oil treatment - Heat can and will dry the hair out. I do a good deep conditioning/hot oil treatment. I mix my conditioner with my oil and sit under a hair dryer for about 30 minutes.
*Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner
*Extra Virgin Olive Oil

4.) Air Dry - I put my hair into one low ponytail. I braid the hair and then tie down my edges with a satin scarf. I let my hair dry overnight.

5.) Flat Iron - I have started using the flat iron instead of the blow dryer. My hair tends to hold more moisture when I skip the blow dryer and go straight to the flat iron. When I flat iron my hair the goal is not bone straight hair. The less heat the better. My flat iron goes up to 375 degrees. The temperature is labeled in numbers 1-20. I flat iron on heat setting 10. In the end I have hair that looks like a blow out. I use extra virgin olive oil or Cantu Shea Butter Leave In as a heat protectant. I use heat twice a month or every two weeks on wash day.
*Andis Ceramic Flat Iron

Do you employ heat stretching? 

Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why? 
I have been relaxed since the age of 5. Back in 2009 my stylist at the time left Georgia to live up north, prior to that I had two bad experiences with relaxers so I did not trust anyone using chemicals in my hair except her. As the months went by waiting on her return just  to come relax my hair, I began to see noticeable waves at my roots. There I began to research natural hair and became more interested in natural hair care. I transitioned for 10 months then decided to get the rest of my relaxed ends cut off and start my natural hair journey.

Had you always embraced your texture?
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I did not fully embrace my texture until recently, Summer 2013 (I know it wasn’t that long ago lol), but it wasn’t until I learned my hair and what worked for me that I fell in love with my hair and texture and began to embrace it.

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you?  What was your response to them? 
I didn’t really have any negative responses to going natural. My family encouraged my transition from relaxed to natural, which helped me to continue on my journey without criticism. Also my sister is now currently transitioning to natural :)

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is very coarse, thick, and highly porous. Although it can be a little too coarse and thick at times for certain styles, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? 
My current hair routine is pretty simple to ME. I cowash twice a week with my now favorite conditioner, Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner, finger detangle while the conditioner is in my hair, and rinse it out. I then apply my favorite leave-in conditioner, Kinky Curly Knot Today, in four sections, and apply Castor Oil to seal in all moisture. I split each section into smaller sections and twist using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for my favorite style, twist outs. I also deep condition once a week for 30 minutes with a plastic cap on under a hooded dryer with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque mixed with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and follow up with the leave-in conditioner, sealing oil, and styler mentioned above.

How do you maintain your hair at night?
At night I lightly mist my hair with water then pull my hair up to the very top of my head with a loose scrunchie (Pineapple Method) and sleep with a satin bonnet and I also sleep on a satin pillowcase. In the morning, I lightly mist my hair again with water, scrunch Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie on my ends, shake and go.

How do you maintain healthy length?
To maintain a healthy length I make sure my hair is always moisturized and never dry. Also protective styling really helps me with maintaining healthy length.

What's the best thing about being curly?
To me the best thing about being curly is the versatility natural hair offers. I can wear my hair out and curly, in various types of updos and styles, and get my hair bone straight if I wanted to.

Where can folks find you on the web?
You can find me on