*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
E: My name is Entoria Nicely. I was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia and I currently exist in the DMV area (D.C, Maryland, and Virginia).
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: I do not remember exactly what I was going through, but I was going through some kind of emotional disturbance. Usually when that happens I need to do something drastic or do something to excite me. I was joking around with my soror, saying things like, “I should go natural,” and basically asking her about her journey with locs. She encouraged me to YouTube some things. I immediately got excited. All of the people I watched at first had locs. Then I began watching people with loose natural hair. I wanted to see if I could love myself holistically. I wanted to experience that journey of getting to know myself again. One day I decided to just go with my brother and sister to get my perm cut out at the barber shop. I do not regret that decision. I believe it was one of the best things that has happened to me. On April 17th, 2013, I will be 3 years natural.
How would you describe your texture?
E: To be honest, I never understood the texture codes. All I knew, even with relaxed hair, was that my hair was thick, coarse, and very dense. I like to explain it like this. If you took a ink pen and opened it up, then took the spring from out of it, my coils are almost the size of that springy coil that is in the ink pen. It might even be bigger than my coils. LOL If I had to say, then I would say that I am a 4C borderline D. LOL
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: Right now my hair is growing from a cropped cut that I got when I did my second big chop. My hairstyles change so often I don’t have a regimen that someone could repeat. When my hair is shorter, all I do is wash it. At each length change, my regimen changes. Before I had my second big chop I was addicted to getting my hair done. I would get cornrow/two-strand flat twist up-do’s. I started going to the hair salon at 7 months natural. Whenever I get my hair cut or a shape-up, I go to the barber shop. Once I get a cut, I don’t keep going back to get lined up. I just let my hair grow. I don’t trim my ends that often, though I should. I am due for a trim.
What does wash day look like for you?
E: One thing that should be known is that I am not a product junkie. I do not use loads of products. I shampoo my hair 1–2 times a month and co-wash whenever I am about to style my hair. The longer my hair, the less I like to do to it. I make sure the products I am using are products that have a lot of moisture. My hair loves Herbal Essences Hydralicious Custom-Swirled Shampoos and Hydrating Conditioners. Also, my hair loves Shea Moisture products. I detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb while conditioner is in my hair, then twist it down or style it in a way that can last a few days. I like to be able to wake up, fluff my hair and be done.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E: When I don’t have a lot of time to style my hair I have two quick styles. My first style is a wash and go. I add some moisturizing creme or shea butter and then brush my hair in a circular motion to create curls. My second go-to style is when I twist my hair up before I get into the shower, come out, untwist, and stretch it with a little heat from the blow dryer.
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: I love to keep my hair stretched. My hair is RARELY at a fully shrunken state.
Tell us about your hair color?
E: Well, my current hair color is Dark and Lovely, Rich Auburn by Soft Sheen-Carson. My first color as a natural was Soft Amber. They discontinued that color and I was HIGHLY upset. Rich Auburn is the closest color I could find to match it.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E: One of my problem areas would have to be dryness. My hair needs a lot of oil and moisturizer to keep it from being brittle, rough and hard.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E: Do’s: Protective Styles and Moisturizers (oils, butters, cremes, and WATER!)
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: Dont’s: Don’t use too much heat if your hair is not taken care of. Meaning, if your hair is not conditioned and strong, then you should abstain from using heat. Don’t let shrinkage control your hair! Be creative and find ways to either stretch your hair or enhance your tight coils.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E: Sure can! You can find me at Youtube.com/26LevelsofKlass. I have a growing page on FB Facebook.com/LeveluponLevels and if all else fails, I am ALWAYS on Instagram @Kokoapearls.