Where do you live?
K: I am currently located in Richmond, Virginia. I’m reppin the 804 (pronounced eight-Oh-Foe) babay!!! LOL! What do I do…hmmmm…I do a lot. I am a mommy, sister-girl, full time web/technical trainer, part-time college professor, hairstylist, cosmetology instructor, portfolio-building model and beauty blogger. And no, I am not Jamaican. LOL!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: I actually went natural twice. You know, I actually wanted to do it as soon as I got to college. It was something about buying the relaxer kits that didn’t sit too well with me. I tried and tried, but just couldn’t stop slapping those bad boys in! Finally, during my senior year of college I found out I was pregnant and that’s what did it. Because there really isn’t much research regarding the true effects of relaxers on our systems, I didn’t want to take the risk of having those chemicals absorbed in my system and then into my son’s system. No way! So, I did well with that. I just stopped relaxing cold turkey and let it grow out (with the help of some kinky twists towards the end).
After I had my son, I was fascinated by how long my hair was. I was always the girl with the short ‘do’ so hair was new for me. After I stopped nursing, I decided to see just how long it really was and guess what…I went to the relaxer, girl!!! Held on to that for a quick minute and then chopped it all off again. I just missed my texture. I found myself doing braid-outs on my relaxed hair because I missed the unpredictable-ness (you like how I made that word up?…lol!) of my kinky tresses. I missed the wild, fun hair. I’ve been natural ever since.
When did you transition into natural hair?
K: So, the first time was 2002 until about 2003 and that was a cold-turkey type of situation. I would just slick my hair back with gel (that was my other addiction) and that would work for me. Once my hair got too long for that I wore kinky twists for awhile, too. The second time I did a big chop and that was in 2005. Yes girl…cut nearly all of my hair off and just let it grow. I was so amazed at what my hair could do. I saw ringlets, coils, waves. I was amazed. I love my natural hair!
What’s your regimen?
K: Sundays are my ‘love me’ days. I co-wash with whatever conditioner I am using at the moment. I’ve gotten the best results with Taliah Waajid’s Herbal Enhancing Conditioner so far. I usually mix my conditioner with Sugar in the Raw or quinoa for scalp exfoliation. I used to rock twist-outs constantly, but I got a little bored with that and so now I just rock my free tresses and since it has grown so long I’ll pin it up, swoop it to the side or wear a puff. I use Carol’s Daughter Hair Milk, Taliah Waajid’s Healing Oyl or Carol’s Daughter Tui Oil on my free tresses. I usually apply one of those products after I wet my hair. I usually wet my hair in the shower daily. Every now and then I’ll flat iron it (like once or twice a year), but I get so bored that I end up letting ‘go back’ with the quickness. I like to call my hair ‘Sha-Zam’ because I can switch it up at any moment. Kinky, Curly, Wavy, Straight.…there really aren’t many limits.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K: Shampoo! I used to hate how my hair would squeak after I shampooed it. I started researching and it all made since! Now, that I only co-wash, my hair has grown ridiculously and it feels sooooo soft. I love it. I believe that’s the biggest mistake I’ve made. No Poo for me! (Thanks ‘Curly Girl’!)
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K: Co-washing hands down. My hair moves, bounces and flows so nicely. I’ll tell anybody to give it a try. It sounds pretty gross when you first hear about it, but once you are exposed to the truth…it’s the best thing ever. The other thing is letting go of the belief that my scalp has to be greased. It’s all about quality oil and massage — not grease and parting.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K: Oh, well I’m so glad you asked! There are actually two! For those women that are into makeup, accessories and…ahem..hair..you can visit http://www.essence.com/makeovermagic and play with a few new looks. You’ll see my face first, so feel free to try a few new styles on me. However, you can upload your own photo and try some styles on yourself as well. It’s really fun!
As of February 14, 2010 I launched my own website http://www.alltressedup.net. The focus of this website is all things hair and beauty. While I am obsessed with natural hair and love the natural hair love, I think it’s important to love on everyone. There always seems to be some form of division and I just don’t want our hair to be that dividing factor. I find beauty in it all.