Where do you live?
K: I presently live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but I rep my hometown of Port Arthur, Texas (Land of the Trill) all day, everyday! I am the chief operating officer of a private medical practice and an aspiring real estate investor.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: For as long as I can remember I wanted my natural hair; elementary school, I believe. I’d feel my new growth from time to time and say “I don’t want a perm just yet Momma.”
I also was under the impression that my texture would be as straight as my father’s. Nevertheless, I was talked out of it numerous times until I was in high school. My friend was going natural, and I figured we could be each other’s support system. I was “grown” now, so everyone had to respect, if not accept, my decision.
I transitioned in 2004 for about 4 months with cornrows for the most part, then I chopped it all off for my 18th birthday! I was ignorant of how to care for both textures, so getting it cut was the best option.
I was never one to conform to certain ideologies; so having natural hair was and still is an outward reflection of an inner conviction. I did receive criticism from my high school peers initially, but over time they came around. I never realized that I was inspiring and influencing others to grow out their relaxers too. After I went natural, so did my mother, grandmother, and others–but I’m still working on my sister; she’s a bit stubborn lol.
What’s your regimen?
K: My regimen is quite simple. I wash my hair every two weeks, then put in cornrows, braids, and/or twists to cut down on knots. This Texas heat is NOT the business, so having my hair put away is very necessary, lol. I use Dr. Bronner’s Baby Mild liquid soap as a shampoo and Herbal Essence Hello Hydration for conditioner. I deep condition once a month with Dr. Miracle’s Deep Conditioning Treatment while sitting under the dryer for 30–45 minutes. I experimented with henna recently, and plan to use it once a month. Also, I moisturize my hair daily with a mixture of pure shea butter and essential oils. As far as my ends, let’s just say they need some love asap!
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K: My, my, too many! lol…I used to color my hair like it was a coloring book, I was scissor happy, and I used the wrong products and tools.
When I first went natural I attempted to care for my hair as if it still had a relaxer; and this lasted for about four years! It wasn’t until 2008, that I actually took some initiative and did research to see exactly what the heck I was supposed to be doing. Websites like bglhonline.com, youtube.com, fotki.com, and others really gave me insight! So for almost two years I have allowed my hair to flourish 🙂
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K: I leave it alone! I wear protective styles like braids and/or twists for 2 to 3 weeks, and my hair responds positively. In addition, I keep it moisturized…but again, I style it, and I leave it alone.
Anything else you want to add?
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