A: Hey there! My name is Angela. I am 1/2 black and 1/2 Korean. I currently reside in Southern California.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I’ve been natural most of my life, but there was definitely a time when I felt having straight hair was more beautiful and “acceptable”. My mom didn’t know how to manage my hair. I can still remember those days of sitting on the floor while my mom roughly and painfully combed my hair while dry and then throwing it in a braided ponytail. It was so much for my mom to handle that she threatened to cut it all off because she was so frustrated. Instead, at the age of 9 years old my mom took me to the salon and I got a perm. I loved having straight hair and the compliments that I got so much that I had two more perms and basically flat ironed my hair for the most part of my high school years and early college years. It wasn’t until 2006 when I decided not to straighten my hair. However, I didn’t properly care for my hair because I was dying my hair once or twice a year and had been since I was 14 years old. I never did the “big chop” however starting April 2011, I decided to stop dyeing my hair and started cutting off the dead ends. I cut approximately 1–2 inches every month or two. I did this until about the 6th month and that’s when my hair started curling like never before.
How would you describe your texture?
A: I would say that my hair is a mixture of 3b and 3c. My hair is dense, extremely thick and can get very dry if enough product isn’t applied. My hair also loves thick products and lots of it.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: I’m a wash & go type. I have tried twistouts and braidouts, but my hair doesn’t like either one of those styles, so I stick with what it likes and that’s the wash & go. Because I have bangs I will twist them back and bobby pin them under my hair. If my hair is parted on the side, then I’ll twist back one side while wearing the other side out. There are days when I’ll wear a low bun with the front of my hair twisted back. Before twisting my hair back I apply Eco Styler Argan Oil (or Olive Oil) Gel to the front so that it looks nice. Also, because I love big hair I will spend the day after wash day finding chunks in my hair and separating each chunk to create volume.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: I wash my hair every 7 or 14 days. I first deep condition my hair using either a mixture of Cholesterol Plus, store bought honey, and Spectrum unrefined coconut oil. Or I’ll deep condition using store bought mayonnaise. I deep condition for at least 45 minutes. Afterwards, I wash my hair using Selsun Blue Moisturizing Shampoo (massaging the scalp only) or I will cowash using Tresemme Naturals Moisture Rich Conditioner. I also detangle using the Tresemme Naturals Moisture Rich Conditioner. After detangling my hair I wash the conditioner out and section my hair in two (divided in the middle). I will either apply Aussie Moist Moisturizing Conditioner with a little bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or I’ll use Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner with a little bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I’ll pin up one side while working on the other side. Working on small sections at a time I will apply either Eco Styler Argan Oil (or Olive Oil) Gel or Now Solutions Castor Oil to seal in the moisture. Then I let my hair air dry.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: My absolute favorite go-to hairstyle is the wash & go. It’s become the easiest thing since I don’t need to reapply water or products for days. Plus, I love letting my hair out and letting it do its own thing.
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I don’t combat shrinkage. However, there was a time when I hated the shrinkage because people thought my hair was the actual length that it appeared. So I was constantly thinking, “no one knows my true length”. Lol. But now, I don’t mind the shrinkage. Plus, it stretches out due to using the pineapple method at night. But my hair is healthy, it’s strong and its length is deceiving and I love it 😉
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A: The back of my hair!!! Grrrr. There was a time when it was the most damaged because of how dry it would get. And as a result, I’d have to trim this area quite often. Now, I apply extra product to the back to keep it moisturized, especially since I work out a lot. Another problem area is my scalp, so I either have to shampoo on that wash day or massage my scalp using Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: My do’s are using thick conditioners, using the pineapple method, and wearing a satin cap at bedtime.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A: As crazy as it may sound, one of my don’ts is applying water and product to the body of my hair after wash day. Believe it or not, it actually dries my hair out and I hate it! My other don’t is using a hair tie to tie up my hair (pulling my hair through a hair tie) because of the possibility of it snagging my ends. Instead, I cut old headbands and use them to tie my hair up without having to pull my hair through.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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