C: My name is Christina Owens. I was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas also known as “The pound”.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: When I was relaxed, I started to research ways to grow my hair out. My relaxed hair just wasn’t growing and had begun to break off. During my research, it dawned on me that most of the women with the hair and length I desired didn’t relax their hair. After I made up in my mind that I was going to do it I transitioned for about 10 months, then in April 2011 I big chopped. I have been on this journey for 2 years and 7 months.
How would you describe your texture?
C: I always have a hard time determining my texture. I guess maybe 4a? I am still learning my hair. Y’all tell me.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: Believe it or not, I just mastered the twistout a few months ago. Before, they would turn out horrible. But since I know what I’m doing now, that’s what I stick with. My twistouts are started on wet hair. First, a cheapie conditioner is used (Suave or White Rain) to soften my hair. Next, my hair is parted in sections and I detangle with my Denman brush. Then, after each section is detangled and twisted, I rinse the conditioner out, finger comb to pull any loose hairs out, and retwist. FINALLY, my leave-in is applied (Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner or Aussie Moist Conditioner) retwist to how I want my hair to fall, and allow it to air dry (but it never really does).
What does wash day look like for you?
C: I only shampoo when needed and the shampoo is applied directly to my scalp.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: When I’m pressed for time, I’m all about that bun and puff life. High buns give me life.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I thank God for shrinkage! I believe it is one of the many qualities that make natural hair so beautiful.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: One of my trouble areas is the hair at the very top of my head. It has no curl definition…all frizz. Also, single strand knots…I’m pretty sure they are a product of the devil. For this, I use the search and destroy method, but you can never really get all those suckas.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: I MUST have a leave-in and I have to allow my twists to fully dry which is where I fail often. When I don’t, by the end of the day I have a lion’s mane…so not cute.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Finger detangling alone. Tried it but it did not work for me. Another thing is wash-n-go’s. It ends up being a hot tangled mess. No bueno.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: Yes, please follow me on Instagram @curliechrissy. Thank you for the feature and you lovely ladies and/or gentlemen for reading it!