C: Carol K, I’m from the big apple!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: So many reasons. But one of the biggest reasons was because I would go to the salon every single Friday evening and I always dreaded having to sit under the hooded dryer and then having to have my hair blow-dried and scalp burned. Enough was enough…so I was like, “relaxers…y’all have got to go!” 8–1‑2010 I would say was the day that I told myself NO MORE RELAXERS. The first year, I spent transitioning. So, August 1st 2011 I cut off all of my relaxed ends. I have been natural for two years.
How would you describe your texture?
C: I don’t categorize my hair. My “natural” pattern is weird. If I had to choose a texture I would say 3B/3C ish. My strands are extremely dense.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: When I started my “natural hair journey” I tried EVERYTHING! I mean IT ALL…from eggs to baking soda. From my experience of trial and error, I know now that less is more. I don’t use shampoo at all in my hair. I learned it just doesn’t work for me. Sulfate free or not. With that said, my styling regimen is very simple. I wash my hair once a week, usually on Mondays with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. Throughout the week I spritz my hair with water and aloe vera juice DAILY. Depending on how I’m feeling I’ll seal my ends with extra virgin olive oil, or to give my strands a little extra love and I’ll use my Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie to moisturize my hair. I am also loving the Curls Whipped Cream as a great moisturizer. One of the two I’ll use about twice a week.
What does wash day look like for you?
C: Since I usually have my hair out for most of the week, the day before wash day I detangle my hair with coconut oil and avocado oil. I massage my scalp and sleep with this overnight. On the actual wash day I first use the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner and wash as if it is shampoo by massaging my scalp and ensuring that the oils are being washed away. I follow with the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner for a “deeper clean”. After that process, I deep condition with either Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner or the Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Restorative Masque. After rinsing out the DC, for a leave in my #1 is the Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner. That’s about it! Lol.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: Let’s see. Wild and crazy fro of course!
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: Personally, I don’t usually mind the shrinkage at all. However if you do, a pick never hurt anybody! Flat twists and braid outs work well too.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: That would have to be my nape area. Because I live in NYC, you’ll never catch me without a scarf around my neck in the winter. I don’t do many “protective styles”, so naturally the scarf clings on to my strands. For that, I am always paying special attention to that area by oiling it REGULARLY.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: Water! And of course less products that weigh down your already heavy hair.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Rat tooth combs. Dry combing. Frigid temperatures.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: You can find me on http://www.youtube.com/2girlz1world and CarolKayy on Instagram.