*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
R: My name is Ruqayyah aka RuRu. I’m currently in NYC for school, but I’m originally from the 3–0‑5…Miami Florida and most recently, Maryland. I’m a woman of many hats. While being a full-time student, I’m also a writer for a DC based online publication called itstheINcrowd. I blog, dibble-dabble in videography, do a bit of modeling, and I’m also preparing for my first jewelry line specializing in headpieces called Nebulae.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
R: Most of my life I’ve been natural. After a bad hair experience with a texturizer in middle school I decided to stay away from chemical products. I also just kinda liked a fuller style. I was getting bored with constantly pressing my hair. It was something fun and good for me.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
R: Up until I was about 14 I wore braids all the time. But, wanting a more mature look as an adolescent middle schooler I begged my mother to let me straighten it since I never knew how to do my own hair. Eventually the hairdresser convinced me to add a texturizer–and that’s when things got bad. My hair was thinning and dry after the use of the chemical. I was afraid it was going to start breaking off, so I simply stopped doing anything to it and allowed my hair to grow back to its original state. By the middle of high school it was back to being healthy and beautiful, naturally.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
R: Hasn’t affected me too much really. My hair is just way healthier and I have learned how to style my own hair. I feel like that was my biggest problem. I didn’t know how to take care of my hair growing up. I looked for an unhealthy shortcut.
How would you describe your hair?
R: It has a mind of its own. There is no real symmetry with it. Some strands are tightly coiled, some are kind of wavy, but in the end it creates a black sea of beauty. I’ve grown to really adore it and let it do its own thing.
What is your regimen?
R: Well, I wash about 3 times a week. KeraCare Shampoo and Conditioner have done miracles for me. I try to comb my hair out in the shower and twist my strands to keep them from knotting up while I sleep. Or in the summer, just wash and go!
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
R: I trim my own hair. That is a must. It lets the hair grow stronger. As far as moisture, just washing with a great shampoo will do that. Drink water as well.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
R: Using the texturizer was the biggest mistake. I’ve also learned to moderate how many times a year I use the flat iron. Heat can be fatal if abused.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
R: Let it breathe. Other than shampoo, I do not use any gels, creams, mousse…etc. Just let my hair breathe.
Anything else you want to add?
R: To be natural is to be free. Be free to do what you want, experiment with what you got! Love what you got! Remember moderation is key, and symmetry is obsolete. Embrace you.