Meet Raquel Ford, a 25 year old curly and mother of two living in Brooklyn, NY.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?
RF: My must-have products are SheaMoisture Retention Shampoo, SheaMoisture Restorative Conditioner, Tropic Isle Jamaican Coconut Black Castor Oil, Ampro Pro Styl Olive Oil Gel, and SheaMoisture Curl and Style Milk. My favorite tools are my Denman brush and my Conair wide tooth comb.
NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?
RF: I love wash-n-gos, twists, braid extensions, and twist outs.
NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?
RF: I spray my hair with water until it is damp, apply a leave-in conditioner and some oil, and then put my hair bonnet on. Other nights, I either apply a deep conditioner or conditioner, the Tropic Isle Jamaican Coconut Black Castor Oil, and a plastic cap. Then I wrap a scarf around my head.
NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?
RF: My family thought I was joking. My boyfriend said, "No." People I associated with thought that I was crazy!
NC: Did you big chop or transition, and for how long?
RF: I transitioned for about 3.5 months. I applied a relaxer in September 2011 and I big chopped in March 2012.