Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Christiana Greene and I’m from Pasadena, MD.
What do you do? Is there aresistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I own an online vintage clothing boutique, I’m a fashion blogger, and a stylist. My hair is completely compatible with my field of work…thank goodness!
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been wearing my hair natural for almost 5 years.
Describe your hair.
My hair is messy. Hahaha. It’s more wavy than curly, and a lot of times it’s frizzy unless I really take the time to just scrunch with gel and cream while it’s wet every other day. I guess you can say it’s “free” since it has a mind of its own.
What is your hair regimen?
I try and wash it only once a week, but I definitely condition it in the shower about 2-3 times a week. When it’s wet, I apply a cream, gel, and sometimes a spray and then I get the scrunching. After I do that for about 5-10 minutes, I’ll let it air dry for a bit and tie it up with a satin scarf. It’s such a process now that I think of it.
What is your best hair advice?
Wear your hair the way you want whether it’s straight, curly, kinky…whatever. Don’t be afraid to wear it natural. Find a product(s) that works with your hair. Don’t be afraid to test tons of products until you find the right one. I tend to lean towards natural hair products. Also, try out different styles.
Who is your hair idol?
I love Tracee Ellis Ross. I think she has really great hair. I want mine to someday look like hers hahaha…or my own rendition of hers.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
I once went on a job interview and forgot to hide my piercing, so when I went on the second interview and actually remembered to hide it, they requested that I show my piercing. This was a corporate job too, so I was kind of surprised at the fact that they were so interested in my piercing…and I got the job!
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
My personal fashion style is kind of granny-ish. I mix a lot of vintage pieces into my everyday wardrobe. I’m into penny loafers and knitted scarves and sweaters. I also love wool anything for the winter and for summer, I’m drawn to light knits and cotton. If I ever go out to a lounge or club (which is kind of rare), I have to remind myself to “sex it up” a tad. My boyfriend likes to call it “sexy
granny”–if that makes any sense…not to be weird or anything. This summer, I plan to channel the 70s all the way–big wavy hair, flowy tops and dresses, bell-bottoms…etc.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion for fear of being judged by others?
Well definitely think about your environment–you don’t want to wear a mini-skirt/daisy dukes to a funeral, you know? Be bold and learn to not care so much what others think. If you feel great in something, then you should wear it. Wear something according to your mood or wear something to alter your mood–whatever you desire. Be free with it–just uninhibited.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
I’d say people who judge people for their unique personal style are close-minded (more than likely) and just generally have too much time on their hands to even care.
If you could name one person from the past or present whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
My grandmothers closets when they were in their 20s & 30s, my mom’s closet in the 80s, and my aunt’s closet from the 70s and 80s. I’d also love to raid Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen’s closets because they know the true definition of “granny chic” and also Solange’s closet–seems like I’d find some golden pieces in her closet.
Do you have a blog/website?
Yes, find me on Twitter at @Cmgreene @BUM_CAKE & @PrettyinPenury …way too many, I know.
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
My demeanor. I try to live life every day as cool as a cucumber by all means necessary. Not afraid to be natural, unique, just free.
*Stay tuned next week for UBB interview with the other half of Pretty in Penury, Kia Chenelle