S: My name is Sandra (Sandeey) and I’m from Nigeria.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: I decided to stop using relaxers because a friend of mine told me to. I was complaining about my hairless edges, which refused to grow back at the time. She suggested that I leave my natural hair to grow out so that my hairline would get back to normal. I refused at first because I had memories of how it hurt when my natural hair was combed as a child. She directed me to this blog to do some research about natural hair. She said, “If you don’t like it, then all you have to do is start using relaxers again”. I agreed, and 3 years later I know I will never use relaxers again. I am obsessed with natural hair! I had my last relaxer in June 2010. However, I cut off my relaxed hair in February 2011.
How would you describe your texture?
S: Well I think I have 4a and 4b textures. I’ve seen ladies with my texture and they say they are 4a and 4b so…I have adopted that. I know I have thick, coarse strands and my hair is definitely dense.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: Work is definitely the rationale behind my styling decisions. I prefer my hair in a bun, with or without a pompadour. However, I let my hair choose what it wants to look like. Since I leave my hair to dry in twists, I always have a twist-out to work with. I either leave it be if the twist-out looks great, or bun it if it looks frizzy. Also, I try to avoid leaving my hair out when the weather is humid because my hair swells up!
What does wash day look like for you?
S: I wash my hair every weekend and sometimes in the middle of the week if I have time or if my scalp gets extra itchy or flaky. I have Seborrheic Dermatitis so I use Selsun Blue Shampoo to wash my scalp (co-washing doesn’t work out for me). This shampoo keeps the flakes away for at least a week and I love it. At first I hated it due to the way my hair felt afterwards, but I learned a new technique. I use a warm bucket of water to wash my hair. I put some almond oil or coconut oil in the water and wash off the shampoo. This keeps my hair extra soft throughout the washing process. I usually use my Nature’s Gentle Touch Herbalblend Deep Conditioning Cholesterol Treatment afterwards and wash off with cold water. Next, I detangle and twist my hair in sections after applying my Nature’s Gentle Touch Herbalblend Leave in Conditioner (I use this most of the time) and raw shea butter whipped with almond or coconut oil. That’s it! I’m still a product junkie however, so I try new products from time to time.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: My favorite hairstyle for days when time hates me is definitely a bun! I love high buns, but when my hair becomes too big to handle because of humidity, I take out a section in front and create a pompadour. I knew it was my favorite when people at my office asked me why I never did anything else!
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: I combat shrinkage by keeping my hair in twists after washing. Also, I twist and moisturize my hair in big sections before I sleep to keep it stretched. That’s about it.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: My edges! They give me problems or maybe it’s the other way round. I have been trying to figure out how to make them ‘sleep’. No amount of gel seems to work for me. I guess there is something I am doing wrong. I am still trying to solve that problem.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: Use shea butter to seal in moisture or end up with dry hair! Also, use oil in warm water to keep hair soft during the washing process, especially if you shampoo often.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Never ever comb when dry and if you are not an expert, do not attempt a wash and go because only tangles and knots would be your friends.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: Yes there is!