Marisol Correa

NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?

MC: My nighttime routine depends on the type of style that I'm wearing. I always make sure to sleep with a bonnet, satin cap/scarf, or a satin pillowcase. When I do a wash-and-go I follow my wash-and-go routine.

NC: What about your hair stylists?

MC: I don't have a stylist...I do my hair on my own! Now that I'm natural, I am very particular about who touches my hair. I was the same way when my hair was relaxed, but now it has gotten worse!

NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?

MC: There were plenty of haters...even family members ridiculed me! But it wasn't about what made them happy; it was about what would make ME happy. I didn't want to hide behind the "Creamy Crack" and live a "LYE." I wanted to rock what God gave me and be proud as a Naturalista. Take me as I am!

NC: Did you big chop or transition, and for how long?

MC: I was a short-term transitioner; I transitioned for about six months. I chose to transition because I didn't know what my natural hair texture was! I wanted to get reacquainted with my curls and do plenty of research before choosing to continue transitioning or do a big chop. I did my first big chop in June 2011. During the transitioning process, I had used heat on my hair to blend the two textures. I didn't know much about heat damage at the time, so when I did my BC I had major heat damage!

I did my second big chop in July 2011 and cut my natural hair, which was about six inches long at the time, down to a half inch!

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