*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: My name is Sasha and I am 21 years old. I am from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, but I am currently residing in Columbus, Ohio.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: It is a very long story. I have actually been natural for 5 years, but when I decided to go natural I just wanted to stop getting relaxers. I didn’t know much about my natural hair so I continued to flat iron it as if it were relaxed…every 2 weeks. This resulted in very bad heat damage, so my hair wouldn’t curl up. After I did a ton of research I realized that I couldn’t repair the severe heat damage unless I transitioned out of it or cut it all off. I decided to do the big chop 17 months ago and this is where I am now. I felt as if I really didn’t need a relaxer. I only got them about twice a year and I realized that my hair looked the same flat ironed with a relaxer as when I didn’t have one. It looked more full and healthy without the relaxer.
How would you describe your texture?
S: I would describe my hair as 3b in the front and 3c in the back. My hair is VERY thick and frizzy, so I learned that I have to style and detangle when it’s wet to get the best results. My hair is fine, but I have thick strands.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: During the course of a month I wear my hair in a bun a lot because it is easy for me to maintain when going to work, etc. I wear a wash and go during the weekends and puffs as well. I don’t really do twist outs or braid outs because my hair isn’t as long as I want it to be, but I’m sure when my hair gets to the length I want I will do them. For my wash and go’s I keep it pretty simple. I use Let’s Jam Custard and Fantasia IC Gel. Sometimes I try different products, but those are my staple products as of now. For my buns I use Eco Styler Gel.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: I usually wash my hair on the weekends. I use Aussie Moist shampoo and conditioner. I only use shampoo when my hair feels like it has a lot of build up. Aussie moist is a wonderful conditioner and it defines and makes my hair easy to detangle. When my hair is damp I separate it into about 6 sections and apply my product of choice. I apply my product generously because my hair is so thick then brush it with the Denman Brush, which detangles and defines my curls. After I am done I shake my hair back and forth and up and down to give it volume and diffuse for about 5 minutes so my hair is not soaking wet. The wash and go will last for about 3–4 days using this method. I deep condition my hair with Aussie 3 Minute Miracle once a week.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: The high bun is for sure my go to hairstyle. It’s classy and chic for work, but can also be funky and edgy for going out.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: My hair has the most shrinkage on my first day wash and go. I embrace it. At night I put my hair in a high puff to stretch it and in the morning my hair looks a little longer and I rock it that way.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: The front/top of my hair is definitely my problem area because my curls are much looser than the back and very frizzy. When it’s wet it almost just looks like a wave in some areas. To help with this I use the Denman brush which helps define it and make my curls pop.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: Moisturize often and only style while damp or wet.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Never detangle while dry and don’t shampoo too much because it causes my hair to feel dry.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: Yes! Find me in multiple places:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MsBosh08/featured & 2curlsinapod