*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
C: Hi I’m Christyanna and I am from Queen City, Charlotte, NC!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I decided to go natural because I looked at my sisters’ beautiful curls and said, “I would really like to have that.” That’ s really it. No dramatic hair falling out or setting on fire, perm story here. I have been natural for the past six years, but I didn’t actually start taking care of my hair until the past 3 years.
How would you describe your texture?
C: I would like to say that my hair is mixed with 3b and 3c curls. I think my hair is on the more coarse side, but also fine at the same time. There is no doubt that my hair is dense.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: Over the course of a month I have had my hair wrapped up in a wig underneath hats and in protective twists. I have been doing this to keep my hair protected from the harsh cold air of the winter. Because I am a missionary I don’t have time to do a lot with my hair, therefore I just wet my hair and seal it with coconut water and go! Other than that I use VO5 conditioner and One n’ Only’s Argan Conditioning Curl Cream. I’m trying to train myself to not be a product junky so I keep my products to a minimum.
What does wash day look like for you?
C: I only wash my hair about once a month to 2 months. The time between then I do a lot of co-washing. Wash days are very long for me! I first detangle my hair with my fingers. Then I wash my hair with Organix Sulfate free Shampoo. After that, if I have the time, I do a hot oil treatment, throw in some conditioner and style my hair as usual with a protective style.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I don’t really have problems with shrinkage. My hair doesn’t shrink at a point that I don’t like.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: The front of my hair seems to be very fragile and more prone to breakage. Thus, I take extra time detangling and styling.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: DO use lots of conditioner! It does wonders for my hair. DO keep your hair in twists! Your hair really retains it!
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: DON’T do bantu knots! All hair is different and mine just can’t seem to handle bantu knots. It just pulls on my hair so I’d rather not do it. DON’T keep twists in for over 2 weeks because they will want to start a dreading process!