P: My Name is Priscilla and I am from the city that never sleeps! New York City
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
P: Growing up in the Dominican culture, we as women are not taught to embrace our natural hair. If your hair is not straight and silky it is most likely considered to be “bad hair” and that wetting your hair too much would cause damage, which was why I always had my hair blow-dried. Also being that my mother was a beautician she always had my hair blow-dried even as a kid. It is now that I am just meeting my real natural texture. The fact that I grew up in a Hair Salon environment I was fascinated even as a child at how chemical relaxers instantly made your hair straight and I wanted one so bad. I convinced my mom to relax my hair and I was hooked on the creamy crack for about 10 years.
With a combination of breakage, heat damage and excessively dying my hair throughout the years, my hair eventually started to fall off. It was beyond over processed. I wore weaves/extensions and it made my hair even worse. I honestly thought I would never get my hair back until I started doing research and became obsessed with natural hair, (this site being one of the most influential to my journey as well). All in all it was extremely liberating for me to go natural and just be me. Now it’s the healthiest it has ever been and it’s a big part of me. I just made my year mark in February, so I’ve been natural about 1 year and 3 months now.
How would you describe your texture?
P: My hair is a mix of 3c, and at the crown it is more of a 4a texture. The middle of my hair is coarser and the back of my hair (the kitchen) as they say is finer. In the front it is more of a loose curl pattern.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
P: I really like doing twist outs and experimenting with different styling techniques. On a day to day basis I usually wear my hair up. I also do a lot of braid outs, or a roller set (air dried) for versatility. When I do wash and gos I do not add much product, I just finger rake a butter, or a leave-in (LUV Naturals/Camille Rose Naturals) and squeeze the excess with a tee shirt. But my favorite of them all is the fro of course.
What does wash day look like for you?
P: I finger detangle using Spectrum Unrefined Coconut Oil, co-wash weekly using As I Am Coconut CoWash, Aubrey Organics Conditioner, or Shea Moisture Conditioner (I like to switch it up over time), then I use either LUV Naturals Leave-in, Camille Rose Naturals Butter, or Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Coil Moisturizing Soufflé. To seal I use a bit of castor oil or coconut oil. Sometimes I like to create a concoction like (kimmaytube) and just mix a butter with oils as a leave-in. when I have 2nd or 3rd day hair I really like Belle Butters Shea and Matcha Green Tea Butter. It is incredibly moisturizing for my hair. I also deep condition once a week using the Huetiful Hair Steamer.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
P: The infamous fro, or I’ll just sport a bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
P: I have learned to just embrace it, but when I do want extra length I will do a braid out or just stretch my hair out with other methods like hair banding or pulling your hair into a ponytail, which will stretch it out as well.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
P: Since I have two hair textures, the crown of my hair requires more moisture than the rest of my hair. It also tangles faster. Also those fairy knots are a pain!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
P: Moisturizing daily and sleeping on a satin pillow.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
P: Not moisturizing or using heat. I am currently undergoing a no heat regime since I went natural.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
P: Instagram: Shinestruck