How long have you been natural?
I’ve never had a relaxer.I wore a press-n-curl for years and started wearing my hair in it’s curly state in 2004.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret /mistake you made?
Bandwagons. When I first discovered all the natural hair care websites and blogs I would try everything the groups raved about. Usually those treatments and products made my hair worse and created more obstacles for me to overcome. I learned the hard way that what works for some may not work for me and just because someone appears to have the same hair type as I do does not mean that their regimen and products will work for me.
What is the craziest hairstyle or treatment you have done to your hair?
Using baking soda. It made my scalp feel like dry skin that is close to cracking and bleeding and made my hair feel brittle. It was the worse feeling ever. Any hair treatment that includes baking soda is not for me. That experience is what stopped me from jumping on bandwagons.
What is your current relationship with your hair?
I love my hair and I think I have gotten to the length that is enough for me especially since I have never really be obsessed with length. I had my husband cut off about 4-6inches all over a few months ago because it was taking me entirely to long to wash and style. It’s already growing back with a vengeance. I have grown to understand my hair and listen to it so I can give it what it needs.
What is the trick or technique are you most thankful for finding out about?
Weekly deep conditioning and protective styling are the best things I have discovered. I grew up thinking I only needed to DC monthly. My hair stay the same length for years. Now that I am DCing weekly and styling in protective styles I am seeing the growth and retaining length. Also, learning ingredients has helped keep me from purchasing products that my hair will not like. Most of the products that my hair loves have the same first five ingredients.
What specific products can you not live without?
Shea butter! I use it all year long and for everything. When I go on vacations it is the one thing that I make sure not to leave home without.
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
It’s not for the lazy. If you hate doing your hair or just can’t style hair you may want to reconsider why you are doing it. Be prepared to do your research, make your own decisions, and learn thru trial and error. Have lots of patience.
Where can we find out more info about you and your hair?
BLOG: Her Best Hair