Natural Hair Feature: Simply Claudie J
Tell me about you, a short bio
My name is Claudia, I’m 23 years old from Denver Colorado. I work as an assistant ECE teacher and I also have a YouTube channel (Simply Claudie J) that focuses on natural hair, beauty, and topic videos. I have my bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. In my free time, I manage my YouTube channel Simply Claudie J , listen to music, watch movies, HGTV, and spend time with family & friends!
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural since May 2014 ( 2 years & 9 months)
Have you ever had a relaxer? Why did you decide to go back natural?
Yes, I had my first relaxer at 5. Then didn’t get another relaxer until I was 11. I decided to go back natural because I got curious about my hair, wanted to see if I could achieve long hair. Also, I was in college in a predominately white area and didn’t trust any with my hair and got tired of the upkeep.
Did you go through the transitioning process or big chop?
I transitioned from October 2012 until May 2014. My last relaxer was August 2012.
What is your hair regimen like? How often do you wash your hair?
I wash my hair once a week with a non-sulfate shampoo. Deep condition once a week. And do protein treatments when needed.
What are some of your staple product? Which brand (Cantu, Shea Moisture, AS I AM etc.) is your fave?
Shea Moisture JBCO Shampoo
Shea Moisture JBCO Hair Masque
Alikay Naturals Sage & Honey Deep Conditioner
Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-in Conditioner
Do you use heat on your hair?
Rarely use heat. I have stopped blow drying and only use a hooded dryer to deep condition my hair. Decided to only straighten my hair once a year.
How do you feel about dying your natural hair?
I’m personally too scared to dye my natural hair b/c of damage. But I think it’s beautiful when other people do it. I’ve only dyed my hair a darker black (one shade up).
Have you ever considered going back to the creamy crack?
Do you think that your natural hair gives you an extra flair?
Yes! I love my natural hair. It gives me so much versatility.
Does it add to your personal style?
I think it did add to my personal style because it gave me more options to switch it up. I get bored with looking the same so it’s always nice to be able to do something different.
What are some of your go-to styles?
I always do twist outs but I really want to try out different styles this year. I also alternate between wigs a lot.
Do you have a length goal?
My goal for the end of 2017 would be to reach BSL. But for my natural hair overall I would like to reach waist length. After that, I don’t think I’ll really care about the length.
Anything else you would like to share with us.
Natural hair journeys are a difficult, consistent, beautiful process. Embrace all that comes with it! No matter long hair, short hair, no hair, love it all! Your journey is your own. Drink water!
Follow me on IG and Twitter: @Claudie_J