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How long have you been natural?
I officially Bc’d in January of 2010 so I’m going on 15 months now. Time flies!
What made you decide to go natural?
I had been researching how to take care of my hair and I stumbled upon some videos on YouTube which was like a gateway into the world of healthy hair care. In one year my hair did an about face and I retained every inch I had grown that year. In my early HHJ days, I did Sylver2’s stretch and went for 6 months before relaxing. Immediately after I regretted it because I missed playing in all my new growth. In the months that followed I didn’t even know that what I was doing was called transitioning. The plan was to go another 6 months but one late night binge on YouTube BC’s gave me a boost of courage and I did it myself the next day to my husbands horror. He has since recovered, lol. I probably should have prepped him a little better than that.
While natural, what is the one biggest regret/mistake you made?
Well, since I haven’t been natural for very long, the only mistake that I can say I still tend to make is to put too much faith in the strength of my hair. I’m far too rough. Early in my journey I was very self-conscious about my short natural hair, I wore wigs and treated them shamefully. Now with my hair out I have to tell myself to “slow down” whilst detangling and separating.
What is the craziest hair style or treatment you have done to your hair?
Ever, ever? Ok, please don’t judge me! Amazingly at the tender age of 16, I was not a licensed beautician. In fact, not only was I not licensed, I barely read the instructions on a bottle of shampoo. Dyes included. I was in love with the hair magazines and in one was a editorial of Faith and her delisciously honey blonde highlighted locks. I figured I could do that. I mean look, they have the little pictures at the bottom and basically spell it out for you in that 3 sentence paragraph at the bottom of the picture. So I went to the BSS and got myself packets of Uncolor, went into my kitchen and tore off a few sheets of Aluminum foil….. and began. I pasted the white mixture onto my previously relaxed and dyed strands “folding” the aluminum foil sheets on my hair randomly and was only marginally alarmed when I touched a folded peice of foil and felt the warmth of chemical heat. I think I had 4 different colors in my head that summer. Wouldn’t you know it, they made a weave for mistakes like that. It matched perfectly!
What is your current relationship with your hair?
It was a shotgun wedding so were still getting to know one another. Although between you and me, she’s kinda of high maintenance…..
What is the trick or technique you are most thankful for finding out about?
Cheapie conditioners! I would blow through my good stuff waaay too quickly in the beginning. I rave about Vo5 and Suave and folks look at me like I’m crazy. You can’t beat $0.79 with a hammer!
What specific products can you not live without?
My denman, Murrays Loc-Lock Gel, and my shower caps. My denman, (which I prefer modified), opened new doors for me. It was the first brush that showed me that my hair could be groomed without being whipped into submission. Murray’s Loc-Lock Gel because I love twistouts and this product makes my hair shiny and holds my twists for Days. Plus it smells like yummy, coconutty, tropic goodness. Shower caps because until I get a steamer, I’m sleeping with my dc’s on!
What advice would you give to someone considering going natural?
Google healthy hair. Watch the incredible women of YouTube. Read the knowledgeable blogs of others that have gone on before you. Educate, educate, educate yourself and re-think what is normal. Is it normal to be a lifelong, happy paying customer to a doctrine that profits off of the belief that your hair is an ugly mistake that must be corrected? Look at your daughter and tell her that her thick, kinky hair is beautiful when you straighten yours every single day. Try it! If you hate it, it’s really only hair. You can always relax again.
Where can we find out more info about you and your hair?
Well, I’ll definitely be on LHCF and I update my fotki er’ now and again.
Check you later, gators!