*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: I’m Samio and I’m from England.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: I’ve been natural all my life, but I haven’t always loved my hair. I wanted to get my hair relaxed when I was in high school but my Mother wouldn’t let me. She said I had to wait until I was older, because she knew if I made the decision then, I’d later regret it. Mothers are always right.
When I got older and started to appreciate my hair I was glad I’d kept it natural, but I did go through a process along the way before I fully appreciated it. I experimented with my hair a lot. I went through two years of completely bleaching my hair and also dyeing it some outrageous colours (including bright orange and green). After a while the bleaching really started to take its toll on my hair and in the end I had no choice but to go for the big chop. I started again, dye free. That was about two and a half years ago now and my hair is the best it’s ever been, now that I finally appreciate it enough to take care of it properly.
How would you describe your texture?
S: I think my hair is 3c. I’m not too sure as I’ve never really looked into my hair type until right now. But my curls seem to change over the years anyway. Naturally they usually fall into tight coils.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: I often do a braid out just as a time saving process, as in the mornings I find it easy to take my braids out and go through my hair with an afro comb and then I’m good to go. Other days when I haven’t done a braid out I like to use the Twisted Sista Curl Activated Cream. I find it great for running through my curls in the morning to help give them their life back. I’m always experimenting with my hair; I like to do updos, add accessories, wear headscarfs. Sometimes the way I do my hair is purely for aesthetic reasons and other times it’s because it also works as a protective style.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: A wash day for me consists of using coconut shampoo and I always use Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. Aussie conditioner is my must have product. I condition my hair with it as well as leaving some in after washing. It’s a product I’ve found works really good for my hair. After washing I usually let my hair dry naturally, so I’ll usually do this at night when I’m not likely to be going anywhere. Then when my hair is almost dry, but still holds some moisture I usually add either some coconut oil spray or some Twisted Sista Hair Serum. I then put my hair into a few braids, wrap on a head scarf and keep it like that until I’m ready to let the fro out again.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: For days when I don’t have much time, putting my hair up into a puff is always an easy one. I always add a bow because I love bows and I often make them too. Sometimes when my hair is in braids I’ll just put on a head scarf and tie it in a bow at the front. And if I’m feeling in the mood for something completely different I’ll leave my hair in braids and put a wig on.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: For me a braid out really helps me combat shrinkage, as it makes my curls a lot looser. People often notice my hair growth more when I’ve had my hair in a braid out style.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: My ends get dry quite a lot so I find myself getting trims to combat dead ends quite often. That’s a reason why I started letting my hair dry naturally, as using a hair dryer over time dries out my ends. I’ve found since letting my hair dry naturally (as much as possible), my hair has been a lot healthier at the ends. So it means I’m able to go much longer without having trims. Which results in greater hair growth results, yay!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: Do put moisture rich products in your hair. If your hair is anything like mine it will love moisture, so oily products are often very good for it. Argan oil or Moroccan oil, serums and coconut oil spray all work well at keeping our type of hair hydrated. On protective style days I like to use more than usual. Do get a hairdresser who knows you and your hair! I spent too many years going to hairdressers who didn’t have a clue what they were doing with my type of hair. Now one of my close friends (who previously trained to cut hair) trims my hair and she is used to its texture and knows how to work with it. I also have a third do, which is love your hair, because it is just as fabulous as other hair types. The more you love it, the better you will look after it and the greater it will become.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Don’t over use styling tools — straighteners, hair dryers and curling tongs will really dry out our hair texture over time so avoid using them when possible and opt for no heat styling methods instead. Sometimes I find it hard to avoid and on shoots they sometimes like to straighten my hair. Luckily it doesn’t happen often, but when it does I make sure I give my hair a rest day after it and do a treatment. Don’t use bleach — our hair hates chemicals; the bonds are a lot weaker than in looser hair types and strong chemicals will weaken and over time result in dry, unhappy curls. I understand that it’s fashionable right now, so if you have dark hair and do plan on going blonde I would suggest you opt for gradual highlights and build up the colour slowly. A mix of highlights will allow for roots better, as it won’t look as harsh when the hair grows out and it won’t need to be dyed as often. ALWAYS go to professional hairdresser who knows your hair type and can help you to keep your hair in a healthy condition. Don’t D.I.Y. with bleach.