*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
K: My name is Kamry. I live in Philadelphia. I was born here and raised and Delaware. My heart resides in both places. I’m living proof that a city/suburban girl does exist. I’m a full time mommy to a charming, energetic 4 year old boy and a 27 year old big kid, aka my husband. 🙂
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: I was always fascinated by natural hair and locs. Around the age of 12 I just knew I was going to cut all my hair off after high school and grow locs. Even though I didn’t grow my locs, I did cut all my hair off senior year of high school.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
K: I went natural in November of 2006. After about 2 months without perming my hair I finally had the courage to cut it all off.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
K: Being natural has affected my life in many ways. I believe every person is the artist of their own canvas and my natural hair completes the picture I want to portray. It has allowed me to reveal my character in a way I couldn’t achieve through various hairstyles or clothing. It has motivated me to open myself up to the world and start a YouTube channel and blog; sharing my thoughts and suggestions concerning natural hair with hopes of inspiring young women all over to find their inner beauty within this journey. I’ve met so many beautiful and intriguing individuals along this journey. Going natural has affected my life is so many incredible ways; it’s one of the best decisions I made.
How would you describe your hair?
K: THICK, THICK, THICK and bipolar (lol). My hair honestly does whatever it wants. Some days it lays, others it don’t, sometimes it’ll curl and sometimes it won’t. I’ve learned to not fight with it. I just embrace the moment and love it.
What is your regimen?
K: For the past few months I’ve being doing protective styling so my daily regimen has changed. However, I do wash and deep condition my hair weekly, usually with Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner (Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and Deep Treatment Masque). I try to moisturize daily with whatever’s in my house. Typically I use Shea Moisture Curl and Style or a mixture of Vitamin E, coconut oil, water and Kinky Curly Knot Today.
Tell us about your hair color?
K: I recently cut all the color out of my hair because I wasn’t properly taking care of it; hence a ton of breakage. My color was done by a professional hairstylist. I would say my color was close to a light brown w/ blonde highlights (hair color 27/30). I didn’t see a change in my texture from the color. I didn’t do too many protective styles when I had the color, so I relied on my trims and staying on top of deep and protein conditioning to retain length and moisture.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair, especially now that you have color?
K: Protective styles have definitely helped me to retain length and moisture. The back of my hair tends to get really dry and the top is where I usually see breakage. The only time I see a positive change is when my hair is moisturized daily and in a protective style with little to no daily manipulation.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K: The biggest mistake I’ve made has to be straightening my hair. My loose curls are very sensitive to heat and I incurred a lot of heat damage during the time period that I kept it straight. I can’t say that I’ll never straighten my hair again, but I know now to be more cautious whenever I do decide to.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K: The best thing I do for my hair is observing how it reacts to different products. I used to be a product junkie and that has changed since I’ve gotten to know my hair a little bit better over the past few years. I know what works best for me and I stick with it. I’ve learned to be selective when taking advice and accepting people’s opinions when it comes to MY hair.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K: Yes, my name on YouTube is KamryMarie and on Twitter LoveKamryMarie. I’ve recently started a blog which is KamryMarieNotes.blogspot.com. It’s new so be patient with me :).
Anything else you want to add?
K: During my journey I’ve learned that the definition of beauty varies from person to person. It was a hard lesson to learn, but I no longer allow other’s standards of beauty alter my view of beauty. The natural hair journey is more than learning about hair, it’s a trip I don’t regret and definitely won’t forget.