S: Hi everyone! My name is Samantha and I’m from Columbia, South Carolina.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: I’ve been natural my whole life . 🙂 I stayed natural because growing up my parents (raising five children) told me that they didn’t have the money for the upkeep that a relaxer required, so I pretty much had to stay natural. But as I got older and started making my own money it just seemed pointless to me to get one when I had already been so long without one.
How would you describe your texture?
S: I think that I fall into the 4b/c category. My actual hair strands are medium density and my hair has a cottony feel to it. I do get major shrinkage though. For the most part my hair behaves well, but it does have the tendency to tangle easily.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: I mainly wear two strand twists. After I wash my hair I use Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Heavy Cream and the Aethiopika Hydrate & Twist Butter to twist my hair. I leave the twists in for about two weeks. After the two weeks I’ll rock a twist out or I put it in a high bun.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: I usually wash my hair every two weeks. I like to use the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Shampoo or the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo if my hair has a lot of build-up. Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa and Infusium 23 Moisture Replenisher are the conditioners I switch between and Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner is my favorite deep conditioner.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: If I don’t have a lot of time to style I will throw a beanie or a scarf over my hair.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: I put my twists in a ponytail at night. It helps to stretch my hair out.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: My ends tend to get dry so I have to make sure I moisturize them and keep them trimmed like every 3 months.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: Trimming regularly helps my hair a lot, and wearing styles that don’t require me to be in my hair everyday helps out too.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Wash-n-go’s are a “no go” for me cause I get major shrinkage and my hair will tangle up too much. Also not keeping my ends trimmed. My hair responds better to styling and hair products when they are happy 🙂
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: I don’t have a blog, but you can find me on Instagram at: sdw8029 or on Facebook: Samantha Williams 🙂