Where do you live?
D: I live in Kenosha, WI but I rep the Chi! I own Anoynted Vessel, a natural skin and hair care company.
Why did you go natural?
D: I transitioned to natural hair in December 2006 when a relaxer broke the front of my hair off to about an inch. I wore braids and sew ins for about 9 months before I cut off the remaining relaxer. Going natural has affected me so positively! I always tell people that going natural is more of a mental transition more than a physical one. My family did not approve of me going natural and I had to cry a lot of tears at first. After all, I had a foreign head of hair on my head that I had never seen or felt before. I had to learn my hair all over again. Now, the journey is awesome! I had big, bold, beautiful hair that only the Hand of God could create and it has never been healthier! Also, it was the reason I started Anoynted Vessel, so it was all worth it!
How would you describe your hair?
D: My hair is a mixture of 4b/4c, high porosity, extremely curly type, high density with a fine texture. I got a hair consultation by a professional stylist. It is VERY IMPORTANT to know the type of hair you have so that you can care for it the right way. Also, it drinks water like a sponge and is prone to shrinkage.
What’s your regimen?
D: I keep my regimen simple. I shampoo with Burt’s Bee’s Pomegranate Shampoo once a week, condition with Cantu’s Leave In Shea Butter Conditioner and I oil my scalp about twice a week with extra virgin coconut oil. That’s it!
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
D: First, just because the salon is Black, doesn’t mean they know how to do natural hair! I was skeptical about getting my hair straightened but I wanted to see the length. I went to a Black salon. This woman set the blow dryer to HELL, and blow dried my hair. Then, she put a pressing comb in my hair, followed by a flat iron. (I know what you are thinking, Why didnt I high tail it outta there?) Needless to say, some of my curls stayed straight like a relaxer and I had to cut them out. I’m just thankful that I didn’t have to start over. Lesson: Know your hair and only go to natural salons! One day of straight hair isn’t worth the tradeoff of having to start your journey over! If the heat is too hot for your skin, it is too hot for your hair!
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
D: Keep it moisturized and conditioned. My hair behaves well when it isn’t thristy!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Anything else you want to add?
D: My slogan for Anoynted Vessel is, Natural Beauty as God Intended! Reign over your mane and wear it proud!