A: Hey guys! My name is Aprille, but I go by lala… For the time being I reside in South Florida, and I work as a pastry chef.
How long have you been natural?
A: I made one year natural on May 15th, 2013! *diddy bops*
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
A: I have no patience so I didn’t transition. I just chopped it off into a Rihanna cut and two months later I took a pair of scissors and chopped the rest off in my bathroom! I decided to go natural because I was a victim of a bad relaxer. It broke off the ENTIRE middle of my hair. I put braids in my hair while I decided what to do and I told myself that I was going to cut it all off when I took the braids out. When I cut my hair, I felt so free and alive. I have NEVER been more in love with my hair. I am so obsessed with keeping my hair healthy and trying new things. Whereas when I was relaxed I always wanted it bone straight. As I got older I wanted a bump at the end, then more volume, and eventually…snip snip! BEST DECISION I HAVE EVER MADE!!
What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
A: I’m a product junkie, it’s really bad…lol. I use Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castile Soap or Bragg’s ACV once a month to clarify. I usually don’t get a lot of buildup, but I still use a clarifier once a month because your hair can never be TOO clean! I use Aussie Moist Conditioner or Herbal Essences Hello Hydration as my conditioners. I co wash once a week, or as needed with my As I Am Coconut Co Wash if my hair feels dry. I deep condition my hair EVERY WEEK. I make my own DC’s with my regular conditioners as a base, then I just add my oils and honey.
When I first cut my hair I was all about wash and go’s, but now I do twist outs and chiney bumps (bantu knots)…I’m Jamaican and we say chiney bumps (which makes no sense because I have yet to see a chiney person bump their hair.) lol It really has been trial and error in finding styles because shrinkage likes to be raggedy and won’t let me be great. Also, I try my hardest to finger detangle because my curls are so coily and tight so they snag easily, but I succumb to a wide tooth comb from time to time. My hair is 3C/4A, all over.
You play up your hair and outfits with the cutest accessories. What advice would you give someone who is newly natural and wants to give their TWA a boost?
A: I never thought I could pull off the short hair look so it was all new to me and I felt like a little boy at first. I love scarves!! I usually wrap my hair up or I use them as a headband. Hair accessories make a WORLD of a difference! Also, spruce up your look a little with a pop of color, or wear a statement piece (jewelry). It is all about confidence and as long as YOU look in the mirror and say “GIRL, YES”, that really is all it takes…and that is all that matters!
Did going natural affect your style choices at all?
A: Yes and no. No because my style was always kind of “out there” to begin with. I love bright colors, wild patterns, structure and peculiar pieces. Yes because it has forced me to go one step over my comfort zone with certain things. As I grow my style does, so it is constantly changing, although I think I am stuck in the 80’s, fashion wise. lol My motto is “dress to express, not to impress” and I hold true to that!
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
A: Hmmm, I have this beautiful silk Versace shirt that I thrifted, my summer dresses (which I love because they are actually long on me…I’m tall), and my Steve Madden combat boots.