Where do you live?
M: I am from a small place called Athens, TN but I am currently living in Chattanooga, TN. I am a college student studying Sociology! One day I hope to be a family & marriage counselor.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I wanted my hair to grow as long as it could without harsh chemicals. However, growth is really not my biggest concern, I would much rather my hair be healthy instead of being long.
I transitioned in August ’08. I am three years natural, woot woot! I had no idea about the big chop so I just wore sew-ins for a straight year. My hair GREW so long. I was impressed and I never thought about getting a relaxer again.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
M: Back in ’08, I would have never worn my hair out big and puffy but I really like it. I think it is absolutely gorgeous! I would usually just have a friend straighten it for me every two weeks. Earlier this year, I started searching natural hair online and discovered BGLH & CurlyNikki’s website and I saw all of the pictures of beautiful naturals rocking their hair! I was amazed at how nice our hair textures really are. I decided to rock my hair in a big afro or wash and goes! I’ve learned to accept my hair and rock it with confidence. Some days it may be a big frizz ball or not cooperating with me but I accept it and move on. I feel so free wearing my natural hair. There are so many hairstyles to wear. I have to admit, I have a big problem with playing with my hair!
How would you describe your hair?
M: I was told my hair texture was 4a. I would say it’s a happy medium. It isn’t too thick or too thin. Although, I would LOVE super thick hair (I think) LOL. The crown is thicker and a little frizzier than the rest of my hair. I love the curls! My hair does whatever it wants to so I don’t put up too much of a fight. I can usually wet it and be on my way when I don’t feel like doing much to it.
What is a brief description of your regimen?
M: Even though I have been natural for three years, I did not know much about products that would work best for my hair. I started experimenting with different hair products. I am now a product junkie. Somebody help! HAHA. I’m trying to get into a nice routine that is beneficial, such as co-washing every two weeks (I use Darcy’s Botanicals cleansing conditioner) and I deep condition with castor oil and a deep conditioning cream from Bear Fruit Hair. I use Naturalista Cosmetics Juicy Leave in & Phd detangling spray or I will use JustNatural’s leave in conditioner. I have been experimenting with SheaMoisture’s products as well. They had a buy one, get 50% off sale at Walgreens and I went ham! I’m planning on trying their products when I take my sew-in out. The only products I’ve used from their line was the curl enhancing smoothie which I like and the shine and mist spray. The spray doesn’t make my hair shine though 🙁
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M: Not moisturizing my hair enough because I was afraid it would have a greasy, icky feel, straightening it so often, not deep conditioning, and always wearing it in pony tails. My hair would always break off from having it in a pony tail so much. I abused my hair so much because I didn’t know how to care for it properly.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M: Keeping it moisturized for sure. I try to keep it moisturized as much as I can, especially my ends. I like to keep my hair covered up at night so my pillow will not suck the moisture from my strands. I try to show my hair TLC!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: I can be found on Facebook.
Anything else you want to add?
M: Don’t be afraid to be who you are!