Where do you live?
A: I’m a bit of a nomad, so I don’t rep anywhere. I’m currently a full time student studying computer science and studio art.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I relocated for school and I didn’t want to spend time looking for a new salon when I needed to spend time chained to a desk in the library. I was VERY attached to the person who did my texturizers since he never messed up in my history of getting texturizers by hm. Leaving him behind and finding someone who I knew would screw it up or burn my hair off or completely ignore me and make it bone straight just sounded awful.
I started my transition in August 2008. I started doing lots of little chops until December 2008/January 2009 when I big chopped completely.
Going natural has definitely made me more aware of and more interested in beauty ideals, how they’re enforced, who is the enforcer, and how the culture I/we live in treats women who deviate from that “norm.” Getting a boy cut (my brother had longer hair than me when I BCed!) made me hyper aware of how I was treated and what people expected of me as a woman with “ugly, nappy, boy hair.”
What’s your regimen?
A: Currently, I’ve been wearing flat twist outs almost exclusively. I wash my hair with shampoo (whatever I have, I’m not too picky about shampoo) and condition with either Aussie Moist or Quidad’s Moisturizing Conditioner (I dont remember what it is called but the OLD ONE, not the new one. I’ve never tried it). Then I’ll deep condition with Aussie’s Three Minute Miracle and start randomly flat twisting using Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Cream and some styler.
I’ve been playing with stylers lately because I’ve noticed I get a different wave/curl pattern depending on the product and I haven’t found one that I really liked. I usually keep the twists in for 2–3 days (usually hidden under a scarf or hat) then take them down and go!
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A: Heat protectant=good. I got my hair straightened for my first real trim in 2009 and the lady who did it didn’t use any! The heat damage was awful, it took weeks to get my hair to curl up again.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A: Keeping my hair under a bonnet/scarf when I’m just lounging around the house. I have a bad case of Hand In Fro Syndrome and this keeps my hair protected from my fingers, blankets, pillows, etc. Deep conditioning weekly is up there too, I usually forget to do this though 🙁
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: Yes there is! http://diaryofakinkycurlytransitioner.wordpress.com/