K: My name is Kara Thomas. I’m originally from NJ, but recently moved to LA. I am an aspiring interior designer.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: My hair has always had a natural curl pattern, and after excessive heat damage I finally realized I ruined my natural hair one summer when I was unable to control my frizz. I was younger and did not appreciate the beauty of my natural hair. I was tired of putting constant heat on my hair, or not being able to wear my hair out so I made the decision to big chop! I was about 17 when I made this decision, so that was about 5 years ago. I wasn’t even nervous and it was honestly one of the best decisions I ever made.
How would you describe your texture?
K: I have 3c-thick, spiral curls.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
K: I detangle my hair in the shower using Pantene Curly Hair Series Conditioner and a comb and brush. Then I apply Miss Jessie’s Curly Pudding to my soaking wet hair and dry it with a cotton t‑shirt to reduce the frizz. Afterwards, I put Smooth ‘N Shine Curling Mousse all over and use Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel on my edges. I diffuse with cool air until my hair is semi dry, then I switch to warm air. Lastly, I use a pick at my roots to add volume. On deep conditioning days I use Henna ‘n’ Placenta Treatment every two weeks. I let it sit in my hair and air dry. I rinse out the product the next day. (Not what the directions say, but hey! A little extra protein never hurt anyone right?) lol I hate going to hair salons or wearing my hair straight, so my ends do not get trimmed often. I do plan on getting my ends trimmed more frequently!
What does wash day look like for you?
K: I no longer use shampoo, but I get rid of build up by rinsing my hair and scrubbing my scalp with my go-to conditioners in the shower.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K: When I do not have a lot of time in the morning I do a high bun or rock my second day curls. With second day curls I use a spray bottle and conditioner to touch up the strands that I messed up while I was asleep.
How do you combat shrinkage?
K: My hair is at a length where I no longer have to worry about shrinkage. During my growing out process, I actually did nothing about the length. I just patiently waited for it to grow out. The shrinkage did not bother me.
Tell us about your hair color?
K: I promised myself I would never color my hair again after my big chop, but about a year ago I went to Hair Cuttery to lighten my hair and apply highlights. At first the blonde was too bold and it changed my curl pattern, but after chopping my dead ends and toning the color down with henna dye, I loved my hair color. Naturally, my hair is a dark brown, black color. At that time it was light brown with gold highlights. Now, since I dyed it again it’s a really dark, almost black color when it was supposed to be brown. It’s growing on me.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
K: I would love love love advice/techniques on how to reduce shedding hair. When I detangle my hair with my hands or brush, so much hair comes out and I hate it.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
K: The standard curly fro is my favorite. I have a big forehead so I keep my bangs trimmed. Also, you can never go wrong with a classic high bun. I have gotten a lot of compliments when I loosely pull my hair back into a high ponytail with my bangs still out.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
K: I cannot stand wet hair! My fro is not as full unless I go through my entire regimen. So I always try to leave the house with my hair as dry as possible. And I have my pick on me at all times just in case my fro needs some TLC throughout the day. Another fail for me was trying a braid-out or rod curls. I prefer my natural curl pattern. It is too time consuming, and it just doesn’t hold with my texture. I admire women who have the patience for knots and braid out ever night though, and I do want to get more experimental with twists and up-dos. I get my daily inspiration from feature sites on Instagram.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K: Just Instagram: kara_melll.
Thanks guys, and if you have any further questions feel free to hit me up on there!