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E: My name is Eureka. I am from Alabama, but currently live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: During undergrad in 2000 I couldn’t afford to get my hair professionally done, so I started getting sew and glue in weaves. Over time my hair thinned, but instead of dealing with the issue I continue on the same path for the next couple of months. The end result left the crown of my head completely bald and I didn’t want to get a perm because I knew it would make the situation worse. I transitioned for 1 year by washing, deep conditioning and pressing my hair using an old school pressing comb, the stove version. I wanted to eliminate direct heat so for 3 months I would roll my hair on perm rods to achieve the curly fro look. Finally I got tired of rolling my hair and just started incorporating twist outs and instantly fell in love with my hair.
June 2012 will mark 11 years natural, but May 2012 marked 4 years of healthy hair care practices. In the beginning my hair didn’t retain any length so I started doing research, joining hair boards, incorporating TLC and started seeing results.
How would you describe your texture?
E: I am definitely a fine haired natural.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: Once a week I pre-condition my hair by applying in sections, Mane n Tail, coconut and olive oil. I put on a plastic bag or steam my hair (without a plastic bag) for no less than 30 minutes to an hour. Then I will detangle my hair under water with shampoo. I always shampoo my hair in sections and apply shampoo directly to my scalp. After cleansing my hair I apply conditioner in sections and sit under my Huetiful Hair Steamer. Then I wash out the deep conditioner and mix up an ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. My ACV mix consists of a pint of cold H20, 4 tablespoons of ACV, honey, and 5 to 10 drops of rosemary and lemongrass. I pour the mixture on my hair as a final rinse. Tip: cold H20 serves as a cold water rinse to close the hair cuticles. Then I add leave-in, seal with an oil and 2 strand twist 6 sections. Every 6 to 8 weeks I will apply Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment.
Products of choice:
Shampoos: I switch between Dr. Bonner’s Castile and Peppermint (mixed together).
Conditioners: Mane n Tail (used as a prepoo or pre shampoo), Redken All Soft Conditioner, Vatika Hot Oil Conditioner.
Leave-in: Shea butter, Qhemet Biologics Amla & Honey Heavy Cream or Burdock Root Butter Cream and seal with Jamaican black castor oil.
Random Oils: Jojoba, coconut, Jamaican black castor (my fav), almond, amla, Vatika, and olive oil (2nd fav).
Essential oils: rosemary and lemongrass.
Miscellaneous: Aloe Vera juice, honey, apple cider vinegar or ACV (final rinse) Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment and H20.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
E: I love a bun, but to keep it funky I will place my bun high on top, to the side or create two buns. So basically any protective, low tension style that will keep my hair off of my face. On the weekend is when I go all out and experiment with different hairstyles.
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: Usually when my hair is not stretched I spray my hair daily with aloe vera juice and seal with an oil. But to combat shrinkage I will moisturize my hair with Qhemet Biologics Alma & Honey Heavy Cream then dry twist my hair into 6 sections at night. The process will yield longer stretched hair after a few days of repeating the process nightly. I moisturize my with Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Butter Cream if needed.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
E: No problem areas, but the sides of my hair are very tightly coiled then the rest so I will add extra conditioner when I deep condition, make smaller sections when I twist to ensure no tangles, and randomly check for breakage. Tightly coiled hair is more prone to breakage so I am constantly moisturizing to keep dryness at bay.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E: My fine texture needs gentle manipulation, weekly washing and conditioning (to keep my scalp healthy), steaming, moisture, protein balance, sealing in moisture with oil, low tension styling, and finger detangling.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: Tight tension styles are a big no no. No wash n go’s (too many tangles and knots when dried), washing my hair once a month is a don’t for me too and direct heat.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E: http://www.qvelvet.com/ ‑Where Conformity is Not an Option and Being Authentically “You” is Fundamental-
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