Where do you live?
E: I live in Henrico, VA but I’m reppin Richmond,VA (born & raised). I’m a SAHM, stay at home mommy.
Why did you go natural?
E: I started having these horrible head pains, not just headaches but even in my skull hurting. I couldn’t figure out what the heck was going on, I had just done a relaxer the month before. I woke up one morning and said ‘enough is enough’. I got online and started doing research about going natural, looking at videos on YouTube, talking to friends who were natural and getting feedback from them. Once I felt comfortable, felt like I had the strength to start, I dove in and started the journey, never looking back. The moment I stopped with the relaxers my health improved. I started feeling better.
How did you transition into natural hair?
E: I started the journey in July 2010. I didn’t really do to much. I’d looked into BC’ing but felt I wasn’t ready soooo I’ve been trimming my ends overtime, and just letting my natural growth do it’s thing, pushing the relaxer slowly but surely out. Now that’s it’s been a year since I hit that creamy crack up I’m thinking maybe I need to get that BC and do away with what’s left of the relaxer. Those scraggly ends are killing a girl 😛
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
E: I’ve gained patience with my hair. I’ve been forced to buckle down. At one time I just didn’t have the patience and started seeing my hair fall out, unhealthy and a hot mess. Being natural/transitioning into natural you’re going to have to learn take your time, understand that things don’t just happen overnight.
How would you describe your hair?
E: Moisture hungry, eating up any moisture put into it, not to mention water. Since i started my journey one thing I took note of right off the bat was to keep a spray bottle on hand with plenty water in it. My hair has always been thick, it runs in the family. At times my hair can be temperamental. Some days it does what I want and then there are days when I just stand in front the mirror thinking “Why today?!?! Can’t you please just bear with a girl?”
What is a brief description of your regimen
E: For shampoo I use Shea Moisture’s Moisture Rentention Shampoo. For conditioner TRESemme’s Natural’s Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. Deep conditioner is Proclaim’s Argan Oil Intense Hydrating Masque. Leave in is Blue Magic’s Argan Oil with Vitamin E. For moisturizing on a day to day basis Elasta QP’s Mango Butter Moisturizing Cream.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
E: Overkill with products, slathering everything I could think of on my hair all at once. BIG NO NO! It just weighed my hair down, made it hard to style. You live & learn as they say.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
E: Condition/deep conditioning. I noticed the moment I started really conditioning my hair it started looking better, feeling better. Adding my tea tree, vitamin E & raw shea butter oils into the mix really bumped things up also. I think that’s why I tend to lean more towards my conditioners than shampoo because I notice what conditioning has done. I will say I’m a co-wash girl all day, everyday:)