E: My name is Emilie Petkovic. My mum is from Cameroon and my father is from Serbia, but I was born and raised in France. I live near Paris. I am a classroom assistant in a middle school. Before that I was a professional volleyball player.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: I cut my hair short for the first time in 1999 when I was 16. I began to grow out my afro in 2002. I was fed up with my relaxed hair and I wanted something easy because of my sport. I had short hair for 3 years, but during 2007–2009 I did what we call in french a “curly”. It damaged my hair a lot, and I wanted my afro back. So, I cut my hair again. Since then I have changed my hair color and worn braids when my hair was long enough. I have learned to accept my hair the way it is.
How would you describe your texture?
E: I think that I’m 4b. My hair tangles very fast, has high density and it grows quite fast.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: I always use a very moisturizing shampoo for dry hair. I really love Klorane Shampoo with desert date, or mango. I’m always trying to choose something with shea butter, argan, avocado, mango or coconut oil. I must use an anti-dandruff shampoo sometimes like Head & Shoulders. It depends on the period. For conditioning, I use Garnier Ultra Doux with avocado oil and shea butter. I wash my hair once or twice a week maximum. Last summer I began to use coconut oil and I must say that it is very good for my hair, which is very dry. I also like monoi oil, which smells very good. I just use these products to moisturize my hair, especially my ends. Twice a month, and especially after braids or swimming in the sea, I make some masks for my hair with shea butter that my friend brings back from Africa. I really love my afro, but I also love to change my hairstyle with braids. Braids are very useful in the winter or summer. In the winter they protect my hair from being so dry. I also love to put accessories in my afro, like flowers or wax wrap.
What does wash day look like for you?
E: I wash my hair first with my Klorane shampoo. Then I put conditioner in and I detangle my hair. It takes a minimum of 45 minutes. I detangle my hair once a month maximum. Otherwise, I wash my hair as usual. Sometimes I apply a mask like the Body Shop Rainforest Moisture mask for dry hair.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E: I just wear my afro with a thin wrap and a flower.
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: Shrinkage is not a big problem for me. I keep my hair stretched sometimes, but it really depends on how I want my hair to be.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E: I try to take care of my ends the best I can.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E: I moisturize my hair daily or every two days with oil. I also always apply a coconut oil mask at night to my hair after it has been in braids. Then, I let my hair breath for a minimum of a month by just washing and moisturizing it.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: I don’t often flat iron my hair.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E: On Instagram: foxyemi