L: My name is Leanora Haselrig. I’m from Johnstown, PA and currently live in West Palm Beach, FL.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
L: I’ve been natural all my life, but I wasn’t always a fan of my curly hair. In high school the flat iron became my best friend and the summer I graduated I discovered it was actually my worst enemy. One hot summer day I washed my hair to bring my curls back to life only to be left with sad, loose, lanky curls and disappointment. I had heat damage, severe heat damage. I brought product, after product to try and achieve the curls I once had. “Curl Activator” this “Hair Curling” product, nothing worked. It took 2.5 years of tender loving hair care and a very limited amount of heat use for my curls to bounce back. I know now to use the flat iron in moderation.
How would you describe your texture?
L: My hair is full and thick, but my ends are fine. The diameter of my curls are about the same size as a pencil, so I’d say my curl pattern is 3c.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
L: I love my big hair. I always wear it out and let it fro freely. I wash n go every 4 to 5 days with the products listed below. I use L’Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner once a week and co-wash with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner.
What does wash day look like for you?
L: I section my hair into 4 parts and wash each part with the L’Oreal EverCurl Hydracharge Cleansing Conditioner. Then I detangle and condition with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner, twist and rinse each part, apply Kinky Curly Knot Today, Curls Curl Crème Brule and recently started using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie because of the humidity in South Florida. I seal with coconut oil and aloe vera gel. Oh and I FINGER detangle! The comb and I have parted ways. I lose less hair finger combing.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L: On the rare occasion that my fro doesn’t agree with being free, I’ll wear a low ponytail or a high bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
L: I don’t, I just let it be.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
L: My ends are fine so I have to be careful when detangling, and sometimes the headrest in my car makes an indent in my hair, so I have to be mindful of that when getting out of the car.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
L: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Be careful when detangling.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
L: Don’t use shampoo, if you do, limit the usage to once a month.
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