Where do you live?
C: Let see if you all can figure it out by these lyrics-
‘Take me to another place / Take me to another land / Make me forget all that hurts me / Let me understand your plan’
(It’s Tennessee 🙂 I am a pharmacist… right now.
Why did you go natural?
C: My hair just didn’t ‘act right’ with a relaxer. Seriously, I thought if my main style was a bun with a relaxer, why continue to get one? Plus, my hair would never stay straight- it would frizz. It was very frustrating for me as a relaxed chica.
This is my second time going natural so to make a long story short, the first time I transitioned for 1 year and 4 months. I was going to hold on to length no matter what! The second time I only transitioned for 5 months and I did the big chop. BEST.THING.EVER!
Going natural really caused me to step back an evaluate what I was doing to my body internally and externally. I know that sounds like a cliche and I know most naturals hate being defined by their hair, but I can truly say going natural helped me transition to being natural in other ways. I can’t say for sure that others correlate my natural hair to being a clean eater or not, but I know when I give into my cravings for junk food, people say ‘I didn’t think YOU ate that way!!’
How would you describe your hair?
C: Can I be honest? My hair is…interesting. I have 5 different textures of hair , the thickness in each section has its own behavior. My hair appears thick, but only with certain styles. I have to tease, shake, drop and roll with my hair to get it to look full sometimes.
What’s your regimen?
C: Thanks to indirect heat damage, i.e. sitting under the dryer to get my freshly shampooed hair dry enough for bed, I had to change my regimen. It is as follows:
I have been pre-pooing with Carol’s Daughter Khoret Amen Hair Smoothie…until it runs out. I prefer to use Olive You! Deep Condtioner by MyHoneyChild.
I wash/condition with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil products. To shampoo, I dilute a capful of the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Oil shampoo in a spray bottle. I shake the mixture then apply to soaking wet hair. I do this because although the shampoo is full of great ingredients, I don’t like the ‘squeaky clean’ feel it gives my hair. I don’t follow this technique with the conditioner, though. I apply a generous amount to freshly shampooed hair and then I section my hair and comb with a wide toothed comb.
So far, I have trimmed my hair once this year and clipped the ends just recently.
To freshen bed head, I use a herbal tea mixture of blue malva, horsetail and lavender. I make it by using a coffee maker. To keep this mixture longer, I pour 1/8 of vitamin e oil and 1/4 of Elasta QP’s H2 leave in conditioner in the herbal tea mixture and shake it well.
I started back using Elasta QP’s Breakage Control Serum due to the indirect heat damage I’ve suffered.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
C: My regimen above is how I retain both length and moisture. Since winter’s approaching, I will be keeping my hair up and ends protected mainly because the winter makes my hair hard when I wear it loose!
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C: The main mistake I’ve made with my hair includes sitting up under a hair dryer (indirect heat) to dry my washed hair so I can go to bed. When I compare my hair to the first time I went natural until now, I can truly tell that my hair was so much thicker and healthier previously than now. I am going to start back using my microfiber towels!