*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: My name is April Hobbs, and I am originally from Augusta, Georgia.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: At the age of 16 in 2005, I decided to get a perm (Mizani). I wanted a perm because I thought my hair could get straighter, thus making it longer. I also believed that it would reduce the amount of time needed to wash and style my hair (not really). AND I wanted to be able to go swimming without my hair frizzing up. At the time, I had highlights in my hair, so my hair did not do well with the perm. It dried my hair out and broke my ends off. I was very disappointed. I gave my hair some time to get used to the perm (approximately 1 year), but it never did. My hair lost its volume and length. So by January 2007 I began growing my perm out! I did not do the “big-chop” because I just wasn’t used to short hair. So, I just let my hair grow and let the permed ends break off on their own. I didn’t even trim my ends during my transition! I would just press my roots and flat iron the rest of my hair. I have been fully natural now for about 2 years. I will never go back to chemicals again…there is so much more I can do with my natural hair.
How would you describe your texture?
A: My hair is very very THICK!!! My hair is dense, and each individual strand is thick. I’m not sure of my actual hair type, but when it is wet with no products, my hair has a very loose wave to it.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: Since May 2012, I have been on a no-heat challenge. My hair stayed in two strand twists throughout the summer. In the fall, I began doing twist-outs on my hair. I don’t wear my twist-outs for more than a week before I put my hair up in a bun, until my next wash day. When styling my hair, I use Cantu Shea Butter, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and WATER! That’s it! I stick with what I know. I also oil my scalp with a mix of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Peppermint Oil, Wonder 8 Oil, and Coconut Oil.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: I wash my hair every two weeks. However, if I can hold out for four weeks, I do!
I begin by separating my hair into about 8 sections. I then shampoo each section individually. The shampoos I use are Mane n’ Tail Shampoo, Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo, and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. All of these shampoos contain sulfates. My hair and scalp need sulfate based shampoos in order to become clean. I do feel as if it strips the hair a little, but this is why I follow up my shampoos with a deep conditioning, which I will explain later.
After shampooing a section, I then apply a generous amount of a cheapie conditioner to my hair. The one I use is called, Lekair Cholesterol Plus Strengthening and Conditioning Cream. I then fully detangle this section under running water. Once it has been detangled, I apply Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner to this section, then I twist this section up and pin it out of the way. I do this to every section until all of my hair is washed, detangled, and has been coated with my deep conditioner. I usually deep condition overnight (especially when I plan on blow drying and/or flat ironing my hair). I place a plastic bag over my head and then place my bonnet on top and go to sleep! The next day, I thoroughly rinse the deep conditioner out of each section. I also quickly run the comb through each section to catch any missed tangles/knots. After this, I style it as I please!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: My favorite go to hairstyle is a bun! I use an old stocking leg to put my hair in a ponytail. I then wrap my hair around it to make the perfect bun using large bobby pins. I apply Eco Styler Gel (Olive Oil) to my edges to complete the style.
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I don’t! I love shrinkage! It gives me versatility. When I do my twist-outs, they end up stretching themselves out over the course of a few days. This results from me twisting my hair up in large twists before I go to bed, in effort to preserve the style.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A: Single strand knots. I have a HUGE problem with them. Sometimes I will spend over 30 minutes searching and cutting out single strand knots in my hair. I have been trying to combat this by washing my hair in sections and keeping my hands out of my hair!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: Moisture, and minimum heat!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: I have a page on www.hairlista.com. You can find me under “April Hobbs”.