*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
K: My name is Kyra Climbingbear. I live in New York City and in New Jersey (depends on the day of the week). I am a singer/songwriter. I sing what I’d like to call Afro-Native music (which is a fusion of Soul, R&B, and Native American music).
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: I have been natural most of my life. I’d say I have participated in UNNATURAL hair activities at most 1.5–2 years (bleaching, dyeing, one perm, a straight weave or two).
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
K: I have never had to transition other than transitioning to new lengths as I usually cut my hair every 4 years. My hair will be 4 years old in January 2012. I will not be cutting it this time though.
How would you describe your hair?
K: The longer my hair gets the less curly it is. When short, it’s an actual full spiral. By the time it gets to shoulder length, it’s a poofy wave/curl. I have 2–3 textures in my hair from 3B‑4. I don’t get a lot of shrinkage. My hair is very thick and extremely soft. The back tends to be oilier and the top is dry and coarse. The front is soft and is the straightest of all my hair. It’s my least favorite part.
What is your regimen?
K: For a while I was using Karen’s Body Beautiful Hair Nectar and Hair Whipped Butter Cream. The products are a little too heavy for my hair and are better for my hair in the summer. I’m currently in LOVE with Shea Moisture Hair Hibiscus and Curl Smoothie. I usually wash my hair with Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap. After washing I take a wide tooth comb while the hair is still wet and comb from bottom toward the crown.
I condition my hair from bottom to root putting more product on the bottom than top since my scalp tends to be oilier in certain spots. I then use the Curl Smoothie on just the ends of my hair. I finish with a concoction of my own (Olive oil and Coconut oil) the size of a quarter and rub it on my ends since they tend to be dry.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K: ALWAYS READ the products before you put them in your hair! I almost permed my hair because I went into a Korean owned Black Beauty Supply and (with the advice of a Black beautician) asked for Motions moisturizer. I was given a relaxer. I didn’t read the label, which stated “Extra Moisturizing” in caps and in very, very small letters “Super Relaxer”. I almost ended my natural hair life! Lol Within 1–2 minutes I realized it was not moisturizer on my 1 year old’s hair or mine. Luckily I don’t use a lot of product so it didn’t affect my hair at all. For security measures I washed our hair for 30 minutes (no lie) Lol. I usually just trust my instincts. A lot of “professionals” don’t know what they’re talking about especially when it comes to natural hair.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K: Moisturizing and conditioning! You cannot over condition black/kinky curly hair. I don’t tend to shampoo my hair that often. I let it breathe, and should it start smelling “odd” or mildewy I wash it. I condition it daily! It’s going to do what it wants to do. It is a life of its own. I love it!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Anything else you want to add?
K: I’m not a fan of team natural. I am not a trend follower. I am team be yourself and do what makes you happy. Everyone’s hair journey is not going to be the same. I can appreciate people who are now brave enough to wear their natural hair and transition into becoming their true selves. We have been conditioned to believe certain traits are prettier than others. A lot of the “Naturals” I see have “GOOD HAIR” and I think that a lot of people expect their hair to look like that once their perm is cut out. Everyone’s fro is not going to look the same. We are just as unique as snowflakes. Love your hair…don’t try and mimic the next natural.
Which brings me to a question…If you dye or bleach your hair, then how are you “Natural”? Again, I’m not a purist nor do I care about what people do to their hair…it is THEIR hair. I try to be as natural as I can with even the food I eat. I respect what goes in my body and what I put in my hair. Treat yourself good. Your hair is a reflection of your health as well. Yeah I’ve kinda gone into a rant, but again I’m team do what makes you happy even it’s wearing a perm or a big purple fro. Why bother to label yourself as anything other than DOPE! The coolest thing about my hair is it’s even more unique than my name, which is Kyra Climbingbear! I love my hair and I am known for its bigness! Thank you so much for allowing me to write about it!