H: Hello my name is Holly Tiara! I am a full-time college student residing in North Carolina.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
H: I have been fully natural for 1 year and six months, but I transitioned to natural for a year before BCing. I was inspired by my sister’s luscious curls to go natural. I was growing old of the same old bone straight hair. Plus those perm burns to my scalp definitely gave me a great big push!
How would you describe your texture?
H: I have a lot of textures in my hair. The portion that frames my face I consider 3c, but around the perimeter and my crown I have a mix of 4a/4b. I have a mix of fine and coarse strands in my hair, and it is extremely dense!
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
H: I usually style my hair with wash & go’s. My products vary, but my favorites are: Kinky Curly Knot Today for my leave in, coconut oil for sealing in moisture, and Shea Moisture anything lol. When my hair is not in a wash & go, I am experimenting with styles! Twist outs, braid outs, bantu knot outs; you name it and I’ve probably tried it.
What does wash day look like for you?
H: My wash day is kind of long. I detangle in sections using Suave Naturals Conditioner; twisting my hair once each section is detangled. I wash my hair while it is twisted in sections. This cuts down on my hair jumbling up on itself, creating more tangles. I co-wash my hair with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. It leaves my hair moisturized while still cleansing it. After my wash session I usually style my hair with a wash & go.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
H: My go to style is a massive puff! It’s quick, easy and also cute!
How do you combat shrinkage?
H: I think shrinkage comes with the territory…over time I have learned to embrace it.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
H: The crown of my head needs some extra love! I make sure to give it a little more leave in and also a thicker oil (castor oil) to seal in the moisture.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
H: Using leave in conditioner and detangling fully.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
H: Style my hair without a leave in and go for longer than a week without detangling.