*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: My name is Ari. I’m from Detroit and I live in the Chi.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: This is actually my second go at being natural. I’m pretty sure I’m sticking with it. I went natural because I got sick of relaxing my hair and I couldn’t afford it. When I was considering going natural again, one of the dudes I was crushing on at the time saw a picture of my hair when I was natural in high school and he had a fit. I thought, “Oh snap, I must be hot.” That helped concrete my decision. Man that makes me sound shallow, lol. When I chopped it off, it felt like a weight had lifted off my shoulders and you couldn’t tell me nothing about my hair. I’ve been natural now for 4 ish years, almost 5 I think.
How would you describe your texture?
A: I think my hair is a mix between 4a and 4b. I have thick strands but medium to thin hair…I think. And it shrinks to about 50% of its natural length. My hair is between my shoulders when it’s straight and shrinks to my ears.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: Throughout the month my styling is all over the place. I wash it once a week, or once every two weeks. I wear it out a lot, but pin ups are my favorite too. I love my faux Bette Davis Bangs :). I have also been getting into mini twists and braids lately! I use coconut oil and shea butter mostly and R&B from Lush Cosmetics. I also make my own flax seed gel.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: I wash my hair in six braids to make detangling and product distribution much more effective. I wash with Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo. It’s super moisturizing and my hair feels so soft after washing. Then I condition using Nature’s Gate Jojoba or Aloe Vera Conditioner and detangle. I then put the braids into whatever stretch technique I want to do, or a protective style using shea butter and coconut oil to seal, and/or flax seed gel. I re-twist when I feel like I need to and add some moisture with shea butter and water.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: An extremely high messy bun or neat ones sometimes too I guess. I like big messy buns the best though.
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I stretch my hair with twists or braids. If it shrinks after that, I just go with it.
Tell us about your hair color?
A: I had it professionally dyed a long time ago. It’s probably been a year. I don’t really know what they used, but it didn’t affect my texture at all. I also don’t re-bleach often but when I do I make sure to deep condition the day before.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A: My ends definitely need some extra love. I’m always moisturizing them.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: DAMP styling, not wet or dry. DAMP. This cuts down on breakage for my hair type. Also, creamy products and buttery sealants.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A: Bad combing Techniques. My coils are too tight to even attempt that nonsense. And not washing after two weeks. I learned that the hard way.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: http://thriftstoremaven.tumblr.com/ and http://www.youtube.com/user/rockyfiend90?feature=watch