How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about 5 years. I did a big chop my junior year of college, then proceeded to color it a brownish blonde.
What made you decide to go natural?
I had a roommate junior year and she had beautiful natural hair. I would always stare at it in amazement and would watch her as she twisted her hair. My hair was relaxed at that time and I remember trying to twist it and it did not stay in. I was tired of relaxer and constantly braiding my hair. So I said what the heck !! Off with my hair!!
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
I didn’t have any resources to turn to and was not aware of the natural community online until late. So I grew really frustrated with my hair. I would usually just wear it in a fro but dryness was killing my strands. So…I slapped on some texturizer hoping it will tame my coarse hair ( hanging my head in shame) HUGE MISTAKE. I hated it and luckily I didn’t do a great job so I was constantly cutting off the texturized ends.
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
The craziest treatment would have been killing my hair with protein treatments. At that time i didn’t realize that my hair was crying out for moisture, so when i did my research and I read that protein stops breakage. I figured lets do three treatments back to back. Boy was I wrong!! Learned from my mistake and realized that my hair is a bit protein sensitive and yearns more for moisture.
What is your current relationship with your hair?
I am in love with my hair. Since I have been taking really good care of it, “she” has been good to me and other people notice it. I get compliments on my hair constantly and I actually inspire others which is a wonderful bonus.
What is the trick or technique are you most thankful for finding out about?
I have come up with a technique that allows me to retain lots of moisture and also keeps my styles fresh. Through trial and error I learned my hair needs to be properly detangled. If not shed hair will clump on each other and tangle onto other hairs. Less is more for me. My hair is in twists throughout the week and on weekends I let it loose, but its usually in an updo. Protective styles have been key for me retaining length.
What specific products can you not live without?
I have become a mixologist lately and I have started mixing a lot of natural products together. For example I discovered that my hair loves shea butter, aloe vera gel and oils. I use aloe gel + rosewater to make a spritz for my twists and I make whipped sheer butter with oils such as olive, sweet almond, coconut and jojoba oil to name a few.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
HANG IN THERE!! I have had my fair share of being fed up and frustrated. Fortunately there a lot of blogs such as confessionsofablogvixen.com and youtube channels devoted to natural hair. Don’t get overwhelmed with the info listen to what your hair needs and try things out little by little. Enjoy every journey your hair goes through. I have also learned that taking care of my natural hare has taught me a lot about patience.
Where can we find out more info about you and your hair?