*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
How would you describe your texture?
N: My hair is pretty thick and course, but very soft. I have multiple textures all over my head. My coils are tight and kinky especially on the sides of my head and in the back, more than likely 4b/c texture. The front and top of my head is more loose and probably 3c/4a in texture. It takes forever to dry too which is a pain and it’s also very frizzy so it doesn’t always behave too well either.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N: Braid outs and twist outs are the main styles I wear during the month. My hair is always out which is something I really need to change and it’s finally long enough for the braids to stay in so braid outs have been my new best friend lately. This style also stretches my hair out better than a twist out would, which is great since I get a lot shrinkage. Once I’m tired of my hair being out or my hairstyle becomes too frizzy I just wear a good ole puff. Lately I’ve been using Giovanni Direct Leave-in, Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in and coconut oil to style my braid/twist outs. I used to be a product junkie back in my early natural days and I think I need a change in my products, so I’ll be headed back there shortly I’m sure.
What does wash day look like for you?
N: Wash day happens every Sunday no matter what. I have to wash in the shower and it does take me a while to do so. Actually the whole day is considered wash day lol. I used to wash in sections, but my scalp wouldn’t feel as squeaky clean doing it that way. And even though my hair is thick washing it all out at once feels a lot better and I feel like my fingertips get to every part on my scalp. The shampoo I use is Giovanni Deep Moisture Shampoo. I like it because it doesn’t dry my hair out, but I might need to get something else because I do get a lot of product build up on my scalp. After I shampoo I apply Herbal Essences Hello Hydration all over my head and then divide it into 4 sections. I then detangle each section with a wide tooth comb and then braid it. I let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse the conditioner out with cool water.
I then towel dry my hair by squeezing it to get all the water out. Then I apply Giovanni Direct Leave-in to my hair and rebraid it. I let it air dry at least 75%, undo the braids, work some product through and braid again in smaller sections to help stretch it out even further. It’s usually bedtime by this point so once I’ve finished my hair I put on my satin bonnet and call it a night.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
N: Can never go wrong with the good ole puff, especially with a pompadour in the front!! Once my hair is longer I’ll probably stop styling it a lot more and wear high buns and such, but for now the puff is what I do.
How do you combat shrinkage?
N: Shrinkage is probably my worst enemy when it comes to this hair of mine. I try to let it air dry in braids or a high messy bun for as long as possible before I style it because if I do while it’s wet the shrinkage is crazy. I used to blow dry my hair a lot to stretch it, but I think I’ve experienced some heat damage which I will eventually have to cut off (womp womp), so I’m gonna try to do a no heat challenge for a year. So far so good 🙂
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
N: My hair may look healthy, but my ends really are the worst it seems. They truly need some TLC. I’ve learned to seal my ends and trim/dust them as well and I’ve been doing so for a while now but I still seem to get plenty of knots and tangles and single stranded knots too. My hair does shed a lot too. I’m gonna eventually big chop again and just start over since I know what to do now with my hair and I know what it likes and doesn’t like.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N: WATER!!! It’s a must, but I do need to start putting more on the inside of my body as well. My hair also loves creams and oils, not too much butters anymore.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N: I can never ever do a wash & go!! I don’t know if I’m doing something wrong or if my hair is just too thick and kinky, but it ain’t happening lol. My hair shrinks so much it almost makes me angry. Then it tangles really really bad so I just stay far away from wash & gos. Also shea butter and olive oil. I used to be a fan of it, but since my hair is growing longer it just doesn’t like it. Weighs my hair down and builds up on my scalp fast, which is no bueno.