*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
G: My name is Gabi Gregg. I’m 25 years old and I’m from Detroit, but currently reside in Harlem. I’m a full time fashion consultant and personal style blogger at gabifresh.com, helping shatter the idea that you have to be a certain size to be stylish.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
G: I grew up with my natural curls, but when I went to boarding school in 9th grade it was too much to handle on my own. I had a relaxer from ages 14–22 when I ended up losing a lot of hair from stress. It was getting thin and breaking off a lot, so I decided to chop it off and start over with a faux hawk. It was super cute short, but the in-between lengths were hard for me so I ended up wearing lots of wigs and weaves until just recently when I got comfortable with the length again.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
G: I love it. It’s so much healthier than it’s been in years! Going natural has really helped me appreciate my God given beauty, and now when I look at some of my old pictures with cheap wigs I cringe.
How would you describe your hair?
G: My hair is still pretty fine and thin, but luckily with a lot of teasing and tousling during the drying process I can get it to look nice and big. I personally love a bit of frizz and rock n roll, so I purposely avoid the ‘perfect uniform curls.’
What is your regimen?
G: I actually use Herbal Essences Color Me Happy Conditioner (I swear I live by this, it’s great for dry hair) and their Totally Twisted Mousse, which is great for getting hold without the crunchiness.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
G: I think the biggest mistake I’ve made with my hair is thinking that other people’s “curly hair rules” work for everyone. It’s important to try out different products and methods to find out what’s best for you. Like I said, I have to play with my hair a lot while it’s drying or else it falls flat, where as many curly hair experts say you shouldn’t touch your hair at all as it dries to maintain the curl pattern. I’ve been to curly salons and always prefer my own method to theirs.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
G: The best thing I do for my hair is just making sure not to over wash and keeping it trimmed consistently to prevent breakage.