B: Hey hey, I’m Bianca Alexandra born and raised in Birmingham, England. Spent my high school and college years in Puerto Rico and I currently reside in LA.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
B: I don’t think I set out to become natural. My hair was so damaged from constant hair dying and heat that I had no other option but to lay off of the heat tools and chemicals. My hair had gotten really thin and fragile and was breaking constantly so I experimented with different haircuts. Once I noticed how healthy and thick the new hair growth looked, I decided to cut off the remaining damaged ends. I’ve been natural since March 2012.
How would you describe your texture?
B: I don’t understand the whole hair typing system so I can’t say what category my hair falls under. My strands are very fine although once my hair is completely dry I have lots of volume. My curl pattern is small, defined coils, and I have a bit of a mix when it comes to the texture because one side has looser curls while the other is a tighter curl pattern.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
B: I am pretty low maintenance when it comes to styling my hair. I stick to wash and go’s most, which I will do every 3 to 4 days using the products mentioned below in my wash routine. However if I get lazy and have no time to wash, I will wet the front of my hair, apply some coconut oil, and make a quick braided crown or top bun.
What does wash day look like for you?
B: Wash day, where do I start?! Well let’s see, I co-wash with As I Am Coconut Cowash then I divide my hair into at least six sections (yes it’s that thick!) I then use TRESemme Naturals Conditioner to finger detangle my hair. I will go by each section working my fingers through the ends of my hair towards the scalp. Once all my hair is detangled I rinse out the TRESemme Naturals and apply some Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner (I use this as a leave in) and let my hair air dry.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
B: Top knot bun, or a braided crown.
How do you combat shrinkage?
B: I embrace it.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
B: My ends! I get fairy knots like crazy. They are also very fragile so I have to baby them, making sure I detangle them properly and keep them moisturized.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
B: Coconut oil and a good moisturizing conditioner.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
B: Shampoos with sulfate and gels. They make my hair dry and frizzed up like a cotton ball.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
And to see my first YouTube video on my wash & go routine — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8‑LI48SQn2M&feature=youtu.be