E: My name is Ebony Nicole DesChamps and I’m from Wilmington, NC.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: When I was in high school I decided to get a relaxer because I wanted my hair to be straight and unruly like the other girls in school. After a few relaxers my hair began thinning and breaking off. That is when I stopped relaxing and went back natural. Other than that I have always been natural. Just recently I stopped straightening my hair due to heat damage. From middle school up until March of this year I was attached to flat ironing my hair and when I was wearing my hair curly I did not know the things I know now. Like how to do a proper wash and go or protective styling, or really anything about a healthy and safe hair care regimen.
I also did not grow up surrounded by women embracing their natural hair. It’s one thing to be natural and another to fully embrace your natural hair. Before it was more about presentation, and now it’s more about presentation AND the health of my hair. So I feel like I became a true natural once I learned how to take care of my hair and fully embrace it. In March of this year I said goodbye to my flat iron and began educating myself more on all of the natural hair products and ways to restore and take better care of my hair. I really wish when I was growing up I had more natural hair role models to look up to. It’s a great feeling knowing that many of the young girls now can be proud and feel confident about their natural hair.
How would you describe your texture?
E: I have dense, but fine hair and because of that I have to be patient with it. It gets dry very easily and seems like it’s always shedding. I would say I have two textures, 3c and 4a. But really I’m not sure. When I was a young girl I had really wavy hair. My mom used to love to brush black tea through my hair to bring out my waves even more.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: Olive oil, coconut oil, keratin oil, shea butter, and Jojoba Monoi Hair Milk by Eden Body Works are used in my hair almost every day. For work I do updos and I apply water and an oil to my hair. I love using the Hair Milk or Creme of Nature Lemongrass & Rosemary Leave-In Conditioner. I then apply my Olive Oil Eco-Styler Gel for flyaways. When I’m not working I do enjoy wearing my hair down in an old or fresh wash and go or a twist out. My hair prefers flat two strand twist outs. When I’m tired and don’t feel like doing much to my hair I just do a quick high bun. I may style that with a headband or scarf.
What does wash day look like for you?
E: Before I wash my hair I section it into four to six buns. I then dust my ends and cut out any split ends and fairy knots. Then spritz my hair with water and olive oil and detangle. As I do this I twist my hair up. I then use a 1 part ACV + 3 parts water mix to cleanse my hair. I love using my Creme of Nature Sunflower & Coconut Detangling Conditioning Shampoo soon after. Then I apply Organix Scalp Therapy Australian Tea Tree Conditioner or my Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Moisturizing Conditioner. When I remember to pick up some cowash I love the As I Am Coconut Cowash. For my deep conditioners I mix a concoction of things together. All of the oils I mentioned before along with monoi oil and tea tree oil. Honey is my absolute favorite because it really moisturizes my hair from the roots to the ends. I also like to use Shea Moisture’s Yucca and Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque and the Deep Treatment Masque, a cheap conditioner such as Organix Biotin & Collagen, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2 in 1, Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower, and any TRESemmé conditioner.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E: My favorite quick on the run style is my high bun. I like to mix it up between a messy and donut bun. Or add a bump in the front with the bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: Twist outs and buns help stretch my hair. Also, using the products I mentioned above for styling really helps weigh my hair down and combat shrinkage.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E: I always have to be careful with my ends. Especially with me having fine hair. And my edges as well because of frizz and that being a common breakage area. So I always touch up my edges with Eden Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Temple Balm.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E: 1. Section, section, section. It makes the styling, washing, conditioning and detangling process a lot easier to handle. Reduces breakage. 2. Moisturize regularly. My hair gets dry easily. Especially my ends. I have to “water” my hair every other day and seal my ends with an oil and cream.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: 1. Washing my hair without sectioning. This creates a shower of hair everywhere. 2. Not properly detangling my hair. My hair easily creates knots and fairy knots.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E: Instagram: Mahogany_blossom