*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
M: My name is Morgan. I’m from Baltimore, Maryland and I am a student majoring in Public Health. I’m currently completing a full time internship so no classes for me. Yayyy! When I graduate next month, December 2011, I plan to do community outreach focusing on combating health disparities.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I went natural because I was inspired by a girl who went to my high school. Her hair was so beautiful. She inspired so many other girls to go natural as well. When I went natural, I honestly thought my hair texture would be like Alicia Keys’. Boy was I wrong lol. Even though my hair texture is much thicker and much more kinky than I originally thought, I love it dearly. My hair is so versatile. Best of all, I don’t have to worry about my hair becoming frizzy when it rains.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
M: My last perm was in June of 2007. After that I cut my hair to the nape of my neck. I transitioned for a year and a half. The first six months I alternated between braids and a wrap. I would keep braids in my hair for 2–3 months then go to a stylist to get it cut and flat-ironed. I didn’t start wearing my hair in its natural state until the Summer of 2009.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
M: Going natural has taught me to focus on positivity. A lot of people will comment on my hair and how they think it looks a mess or needs to be straightened. But a lot more people compliment me with kind words on how beautiful my hair is. The latter is what I choose to focus on. Positivity permeates every aspect of my life.
How would you describe your hair?
M: My hair is kinky, curly, and very thick.
What is your regimen?
M: My regimen consists of washing and deep conditioning my hair once a week. I wash with Yes to Carrots Shampoo, deep condition with a mixture of V05 Moisture Milk Conditioner, honey, olive oil, castor oil, and coconut oil. I leave that in for 2–3 hours. While the deep conditioner is in my hair I detangle. The V05 is perfect for detangling and moisturizing! To detangle I part my hair in 8 sections, detangle each section, and two strand twist once I am done. Afterwards I cold water rinse. Once this is done I normally style it in two strand twists or another protective style.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
M: I retain length by wearing protective styles and moisturizing. I moisturize throughout the week by spritzing my hair with a mixture of Oyin Handmade’s Frank Juice and water, followed by rubbing my hair with olive oil.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
M: The biggest mistake I made with my hair is going to a hair stylist who did not know how to properly care for natural hair. I went to two hairstylists who completely damaged my hair. I had significant heat damage and subsequently cut off 4–5 inches of hair in March 2010. It was devastating at first because I had come so far. But I liked my hair at a shorter length. It taught me to embrace my hair, and that short hair is beautiful too. I’ve always had long hair and cutting it that short was such a big change for me.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
M: The best thing I do for my hair is deep condition it every week. I do this every single week. When I first began taking care of my hair myself, which was only in the Fall of 2009, I just incorporated this into my regimen and it has stuck ever since.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M: You can find me at my blog at http://vintagebell.blogspot.com/.