D: My name is Daphney. I’m from Brooklyn NY, but currently live in Orlando, FL.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
D: I have been natural for 5 years now. During that period I have cut my hair twice; once cutting off 3 inches and the second time 5 inches.
How would you describe your texture?
D: My hair type is 4a/4b. It’s mainly 4b. Like most people with that texture I experience a lot of shrinkage, but aside from that and Florida’s humidity I cannot complain. My hair is very dense as well.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
D: 8 months ago I drastically change everything about my hair regimen, and so far I’m loving it. My go to style is very simple. It only takes about 10 minutes once you get the basics down. On an old twistout or braidout simply french roll the back of your hair up to your crown or further up depending on how much hair you want to leave out in the front. Use a hair pin to hold your french roll in place. Now with the hair left up front you can have it all fall to one side for a sassy diva look. Or you can create a pompadour for a more classy, fashionable look. I usually go for one of those Janelle Monae types of pompadours.
Since January I have been trying something a little different. I have been exploring with braids and twists. I first tried havana twists using the (donedo05 method on YouTube) to install them. The hair brand I used was the Femi College Color 2 since they didn’t have 1b. I used the Jamaican Mango & Lime Shea Butter Conditioning Shine on my hair while twisting. When I finished I mixed olive and castor oil and massaged it onto my scalp. I kept the havana twists in for two weeks. I moisturized every other day by spraying water and sealing with oil. I have also installed poetic justice jumbo braids using the same regimen, and those were left in for 3 weeks.
What does wash day look like for you?
D: I honestly don’t like washing my hair, but I do so every Friday since I’ve been natural, unless I have braids installed. Two months ago I discover an entirely different method that works best for me and my texture. I realize that combs don’t get along with my hair no matter how wide the tooth is. Therefore, I decided to use my fingers. I part my hair into four big doo-doo braids and finger detangle each braid one by one. I then detangle using the Olive Oil Organic Root Stimulator Deep Conditioner, leaving it in for 45 minutes. Typically I use the Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Shine Shampoo, but I purchased the Pantene Truly Natural Hair Co-Wash Cleansing Conditioner, so that’s what I’ve used for the last month. I then use the Curls Unleashed Leave in Conditioner and apply the Take Command Curl Defining Crème while I twist my hair into about eight big twists then leave my hair to dry. I always use olive oil, castor oil, or black castor oil on my scalp. Sometimes I mix all three. All the products I use on my hair are purchased from either Walmart or Walgreens and my shea butters are from Whole Foods.
How do you combat shrinkage?
D: I no longer fight shrinkage. I used to hate it and I’m sure I still do, but I work with it instead of against it. For the first three days after washing my hair it shrinks ridiculously, so I usually pull it into a pompadour and let it be. I don’t use any forms of manipulation on my hair. I simply allow it to stretch on its on and then do my french roll until it’s wash day again.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
D: Like all natural gals with 4a/b hair, our crown is the most challenging location and it desires the most attention. I make sure to keep my hands out of my crown unless I’m massaging oil onto my scalp. I address that area with tender love and care and detangle it twice a week to prevent knots and breakage. I’m no expert, but I do know what works for my hair.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
D: The do’s for 4a/4b hair are tons of moisture and oil. Water is your absolute best friend.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
D: The don’ts for 4a/4b hair are don’t fight the shrinkage and don’t waste tons of money trying to buy products you think will have your hair looking like a 3b.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D: Instagram: creolebell