*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: My name is Lisa. I was born in Austin, but I love my current city of H‑Town (Houston, TX). I’m an MBA graduate, currently working in banking…and I have the best hair in my office!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I was tired of wearing my hair in a ponytail…it just didn’t do ANYTHING! I wanted my hair to have life and bounce, and I wanted two-strand twists to actually stay lol!
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
A: I had worn my hair short when I was younger, but never without a relaxer. After spending summer in the Austin heat, I really began thinking more and more about cutting my hair. Then when the time came for me to relax my hair again, July 30, 2004, I went to a beauty school and had them cut my hair…down to an inch. Best decision I ever made!
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
A: It took me 5 years to truly understand the beauty of my natural hair, after suffering heat damage and having to start over again. Once I gave up the flat iron, I really came to love and appreciate the curly kinky hair that I have, and that has allowed me to have more confidence in myself.
How would you describe your hair?
A: I have a lot of hair! The strands aren’t super thick, but it’s soft, way softer than it was when I was relaxed. My hair is a little crazy…it has a mind of its own sometimes! My overall texture is pretty tightly coiled, and I definitely have multiple textures going on, but the majority of my hair is between 3C/4A.
What is your regimen?
A: I try to wash my hair weekly or every other week, depending on how I’m wearing my hair, or if I’m being lazy lol! I love Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo and Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner, but I usually detangle using my trusty Suave Tropical Coconut Conditioner. I’m a fool for Anita Grant’s Marshmallow Rhassoul Deep Condish…seriously, this stuff is GREAT!! As a leave in, Kinky Curly Knot Today is my go-to base on freshly washed hair, and I use either Karen’s Body Beautiful Butter Love (pomegranate guava is the BOMB.com!), Earth’s Nectar Monoi Hair Milk or my Butters-N-Bars shea butter mix if I’m doing twists. My favorite brand of hair oils are Darcy’s Botanicals Coconut & Hibiscus Natural Hair Conditioning Oil and Blended Beauty’s Natural Hair Oil, but I love oils like sweet almond oil, jojoba, and Jamaican Black Castor Oil.
How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
A: I try to keep my hair in a protective style during the week, whether two strand twists, buns, or other styles that keep my hair stretched and off my neck. I deep condition and thoroughly detangle every other week, and I make sure I pay close attention to my ends. Every other night I’ll spritz my hair with water and seal with oil AND I make sure I always sleep on a satin pillowcase…I never leave home without it!
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A: Oh my goodness, where do I start! The first, and most devastating mistake I’ve made was thinking that heat was still my friend. My first time having my hair pressed after being natural for 18 months caused some crazy heat damage that never reverted…I had my second big chop a few months later. I’ve learned I can’t go more than 3–4 weeks without detangling my hair or I’ll have hell on my hands! Most importantly, I’ve learned that going natural is not always as easy as it seems, but it is SO much more fun than when I was relaxed.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A: My nighttime routine is simple, but does so much to maintain the health of my hair. Between the satin pillowcase and the spritzing trick I picked up from CharyJay, I’m able to maintain my twist outs for up to a week without having to retwist. I’m also a fan of hot oil treatments and deep conditioning, and my hair loves them too!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: You can find me on my blog and Facebook page, www.ThisHairOfMine.com and www.facebook.com/ThisHairOfMine, follow me on Twitter and YouTube, www.twitter.com/BigHairBrwnEyes and www.youtube.com/LisaMsLisa, and you can definitely see me around Houston natural hair meet-ups and events!!
Anything else you want to add?
A: I would LOVE to see a day when black women stop saying things like “my hair can’t do that” and “I can’t go natural”, because you can! Yes, everybody’s hair is different, but that’s what makes it unique and beautiful. Learn to love what you’ve got!