HH: You mentioned that your sister makes hair products. Is that something you might consider venturing into as well, making a hair product line with her?
EC: Never even thought about it. There are genuinely like a million little girls in the family, and sometimes gels and lotions just don’t have as many benefits for the hair as it should. So she researches, and boils black seeds and makes gels that have olive oil and coconut oil and things like that. And that’s what I use on my daughters. And, she uses it on her daughters. But, who knows? We may venture into it.
HH: What’s the best advice you can share about hair?
EC: Make sure that it’s healthy. A lot of people want a low-maintenance hairdo, and there is no such thing. If you’re taking care of your hair, you’re taking care of yourself. Whether it’s long or short, or straight or thin or thick, you should always take time to make yourself better. No matter what length it is, taking care of it is always a good idea.
HH: Can you share any budget- friendly hair tips?
EC: I would just say stay consistent. You can use stuff that your grandmom and mom and aunts used, like Creme Of Nature, gels and products like that. I believe in consistently washing and cleaning your hair. The same way you put moisturizer on your hands is the same way you should moisturize and condition your hair. That doesn’t have to be costly. You don’t have to break the bank to take care of your hair.
HH: Who are your go-to hairstylists?
EC: I work with many amazing stylists in my career. Kim Kimble has done my hair many, many times. Terrell Mullin, who has been in your magazine several times. Brandon Barton. Micha Brown in L.A. And because I use celebrity stylists that are sometimes busy, I keep my magic little circle that helps me maintain my hair –whether it’s a weave, a wig or my natural hair. I’m very, very grateful for the relationship that I have with each one of them.
HH: Last year, you dropped the follow-up to your 2014 release and titled it Help 2.0 as a continuation because you felt that you weren’t finished expressing the message. Were you able to get the full message out for the second go-round, or will we be getting a Help 3.0?
EC: [Laughs.] No, I’m finished helping. [Laughs.] No, it was just Help and Help 2.0. That movement was filled with expression and it was still kind of alive and well, so I just wanted to continue it. I think adding songs like “More Love” and “I Luh God” definitely gave me just what I needed. It just summed up everything that I was trying to say with that whole movement.
HH: What should we expect next?
EC: I’m now working on new music, and I’m very excited about it. I’m really glad that people embraced me being myself. I feel that many people have felt like they’re being held hostage to what they do no matter what they do. Sometimes people are afraid to take chances on themselves. I’m really glad that I did, and that the fans embraced it, and I was able to speak my truth and encourage people all at the same time. It really was just a beautiful process that I’m very, very proud of.