NaturallyCurly: Please introduce yourself!LaShon James-Major: My name is LaShon and I am a curly girl from Long Beach, CA.
NC: How and when did you start embracing your curls?LJM: After seeing what the perm chemical did to the soda can in the movie "Good Hair," I decided that I was no longer going to perm my hair. I figured that if the chemical could eat metal, it probably wasn't good for my hair.
NC: What is your current routine?
LJM: My current regimen is to wash, detangle and deep condition my hair on a weekly basis. I suffer from dry scalp, so I also do weekly hot oil treatments and, because I have fine hair, I do frequent protein treatments.
NC: So from start to finish, on a curly day, what's your process?
NC: What are your must-have products and tools?LJM: My must-have products are coconut oil and shea butter. My must-have tools are my tangle teezer and my terrycloth towel that I use to dry my hair.
NC: What are your favorite hairstyles to wear with your curls?
LJM: I love wash-and-gos and buns.
NC: What do you do at nighttime for your hair?
LJM: My nighttime routine depends on how I feel and on how I've styled my hair that day. Whatever I do involves either a satin bonnet or pillowcase.
NC: What about your hair stylists?
LJM: I see a stylist for trims and natural hairstyles that I can't do myself.
NC: What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?
LJM: I didn't really have any reactions to my decision. My husband just noticed that I was playing with my hair more than usual, but he's pretty laid back, so he didn't care either way.
NC: Did you big chop or transition and for how long? Did you ever have curly girl insecurities?LJM: I transitioned for two years before I cut off the remaining two inches about a year ago.
NC: What is the best thing about being curly?
LJM: The best thing about being curly is the freedom! I previously had to rely on a stylist to feel like I looked good, but now I'm in charge!
NC: How do you think having curly hair impacts your everyday life?LJM: I feel super confident now because I appreciate my hair for how it grows out of my head. I'm not hiding behind wigs, weaves, or a perm.
NC: What would you tell others to encourage them to embrace their curls?LJM: Do it, but start slow. Do your research and be patient...don't expect to master everything about curly life in one day.
NC: Tell us about your current and upcoming projects!
LJM: I'm working on improving my blog, For the Love of Curls, which celebrates the right to be curly! I'm also working on a line of satin bonnets and scrunchies.