Where do you live?
G: I live in New Orleans,La and I am a college student. I am currently working on my A.S in Web Design and will be moving on to my B.A in Computer Science.
Why did you go natural?
G: I initially made the decision to go natural because I was bored with relaxed hair. My curls didn’t last long and if they did, they were always smashed to my head by the next day. After I went natural in 2008 I had no clue what i was doing so after a couple of months i colored then texturized and then relaxed.
The week I relaxed in 2009 I decided I was transitioning back to natural because it was in that moment I remembered why I hated relaxed hair (on me anyway). I transitioned with a bantu knot out for about a 3 weeks. I quickly grew tired of dealing with the 2 textures so I put braids in my hair for about 3 months and then big chopped on May 2009.
To learn how to care for my hair, I had to throw out everything that I thought I knew about taking care of hair and learn an entirely new way. It may sound strange but yes, my hair humbled me. lol . And I figured that if I could get rid of my old way of thinking to take better care of my hair I could apply that to every aspect of my life! From my eating habits to my attitude, I have started to look at ways I can change things in my life.
What’s your regimen?
G: My regular regimen is pretty simple:
- Co‐wash twice a week with Suave Coconut Conditioner and V05 Strawberries & Cream and apply Aussie Moist Conditioner as a leave‐in
- Deep condition once a week with LeKair Cholesterol, coconut oil, Crisco, wheat germ oil (pre‐deep condition with Roux Porosity Control)
- Moisturize and seal twice a week with Qhemet Alma Heavy Cream
- Pre‐poo (with olive oil) and clarify every 4 weeks
- Trim whenever I feel it’s needed
- I use Jamaican Black Castor Oil for my ends and Oyin Burnt Sugar Pomade for my edges.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
G: I learned what not to do from the very first time I transitioned. I mean I did everything in the book wrong; blow drying with no protectant, combing it dry, combing it with a fine‐tooth comb, no deep conditioning, washing my hair with sulfates, and not using a leave‐in conditioner. The second time around I learned not to do any of this so it’s really been a very smooth ride for me!
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
G: Deep condition it with Crisco and close my cuticle with Roux Porosity Control! Yes, I know it sounds crazy but for the longest I could not find “the” deep conditioner for me. I started making my own and Crisco was the exact ingredient I need to take my deep conditions from just okay to wow! It is so wonderful for my ends and just my hair in general.
Roux has enabled my hair to retain so much moisture. I used to wonder why my hair never stayed moisturized but at the time I knew nothing about porosity. After some research, I found Roux and every since my hair has taken off!
Anything else you want to add?
G: Knowledge is power. Learn as much as you possibly can about products and how to care for your hair before you go run out and buy stuff. BE THOROUGH . Just because someone markets a product as “made for naturals” doesn’t mean it is. Know your ingredients, read reviews, and ask other naturals about their experience. Also, be patient with your hair and don’t manipulate it so much. Relaxers are not the “cure all”. If you don’t know how to care for your natural hair, a relaxer will just make it worse. Focus on healthy hair practices and length will come. Your hair will reward you for it later.