NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!
Doug Ratner: My name is Doug Ratner. I’m the lead singer/guitarist for my band Doug Ratner & The Watchmen; we’re a country fried rock 'n' roll band from Springfield, MA. We’ve had some major independent success and I’m trying to revitalize rock 'n' roll for the 21st century because it’s lying dormant right now! I’m also a huge animal lover...I have two german shepherds named Oggy and Trudy.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?
DR: In late 2009, I started growing my hair out for good after my sister helped me put it in a pony for the first time. I'm a rock 'n' roller, so my image is directly related to who I am as an artist. My long, curly hair is a reflection of who I am as an artist…wild, untamed and passionate!
NC: From start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?
DR: I let genetics do most of the work (I'm Jewish) along with a healthy diet of organic meat and fish, vegetables, berries, and lots of avocados and coconut oil! I only wash my hair about 2-3 times a week, usually with Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap. I also try to get 20 minutes of direct sunlight whenever possible and when I do wash my hair, I like to let it dry in the sun. I don’t use any artificial products on my skin or hair because I try to limit my body's exposure to unwanted toxins/chemicals. Our skin is the largest organ in the body, and ensuring healthy skin is part of having healthy hair! What you put into your body directly impacts how you look and feel! And of course, adequate hydration is a must.