Im Ally Dominique, my main rule I that I use for maintaining my curls are DEEP CONDITIONING! For a while I never saw the importance of deep conditioning until I saw that my growth process started retrogressing. Also, I wasn’t paying attention to how often I would moisturize, which also played a large role.
What made me go “natural”, was that one of best friends had actually convinced me to try it. She’d been natural for about a year when I initially started and it honestly was more of an experiment for myself. I’d always seen pictures of how thick and long my hair was before I started consistently getting perms so I wanted to see if it would’ve done the same after all these years. Mind you, I started getting perms at the age of 5 and recently stopped at the age of 21.
I’d transitioned for about 11 months, and on February 10 2014, I’d cut all of my perm ends of and became “all natural”.