*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
M: I’m Morgan from St. Louis, Missouri.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M: I went natural for a number of reasons. I went natural because I wanted healthy growing hair. I went natural because I didn’t want to be an adult woman who didn’t know what the natural texture of her own hair felt like. I went natural because for so long I have thought naturally curly hair is beautiful and wanted to feel the same way about my own hair in its natural state. In short, I was tired of my lifeless, damaged and boring straight hair. I had gone two months without a relaxer and couldn’t go back.
It’s been a little over four years now since my last relaxer. In October of 2008, I couldn’t deal with the two textures any longer. I went to Regis Hair Salon on my lunch break and asked for the next available stylist who wouldn’t mind chopping all of my hair off. I left with less than an inch of hair happy as ever.
How would you describe your texture?
M: I have about three different textures in my hair ranging from 4a-4b. My hair is very thick, dense, and coarse…yea all that.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M: I usually wear my hair up in a bun during the week and then try something different for the weekend. Sleep is more important to me than trying to get all extra cute for the work folk. In the 4 years I’ve been natural, no hair month has been exactly the same. I usually pick a style based on the look I want to achieve and my mood. I wash with shampoo about once a month and co wash about every week and a half to two weeks depending on how I want to wear my hair.
In the beginning, I would spend my last on any hair products I could get my hands on. These days I stick to what works for me and let my hair do what it wants to. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Castor Oil, Nubian Heritage Growth and Strengthen Treatment Masque, and Lush Retread Conditioner are my staple products.
What does wash day look like for you?
M: First I rinse my hair with warm water. Then I massage Proclaim Tea Tree Shampoo into my scalp. I do not distribute any of the shampoo through my hair. After cleansing my scalp, I rinse my hair letting the shampoo run through. I then apply my Nubian Heritage Grow and Strengthen Treatment Masque and detangle and twist my hair into sections.
If I plan to wear a protective style, I will add an oil of my choice (coconut, castor or apricot oil) to my hair and let it sit. I let that sit for a few hours then rinse my hair leaving the twists in. After that I apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and twist my hair into smaller sections. Once my hair is dry I style it in an updo or wear a scarf for a few days. If I plan to wear my hair out the next day, I will braid my hair leaving the conditioner in and apply castor oil to the ends.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style??
M: High buns and pony puffs are so easy to love. I wanted a new look so I cut my bangs about three months ago. I love them!
How do you combat shrinkage?
M: Braidouts and tension blow drying helps, but no matter what technique I use I know that I will experience some shrinkage throughout the day. I also avoid products that have glycerin or other humectants.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
M: Detangling! I have a large head of thick hair so detangling is no fun for me. My hair can easily get really matted and tangled from time to time. I do my best to finger detangle throughout the week to make wash day less of a hassle. Without proper detangling prior to washing, my hair can take over an hour just to detangle. My hair requires A LOT of product during the detangling process so affordable products that are extremely moisturizing and help with detangling are a plus.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M: 1. Deep conditioners that double as leave-ins are your friend. They are perfect for minimizing tangles and great styling aids for in between washes. 2. Use products that contain natural anti humectants.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M: 1. Braid instead of twisting for more definition and stretched hair. 2. Avoid shampooing hair frequently and only apply shampoo to scalp. You need all the moisture you can get. Cleansing creams are a great choice if you feel like you need to wash more frequently. Also, don’t wait until wash day to detangle your hair! Always apply product to damp hair and detangle hair before twisting/braiding hair nightly.