Q: Hi! I’m Qiana, hailing from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada… Not sure where that is? It is a suburb outside of Toronto. I’m sure everyone knows where Toronto is now. I am a manager at a corporate retail office and my mane is a usual topic of discussion at work.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
Q: I have always been natural. My mother always made time to take care of our family’s hair and did not encourage a relaxer or any other chemical processes. I dreaded the “Sunday Wash days” as a child because it seemed like an all day event, but I am definitely thankful for the pride my mom instilled in us and the foundation she set in regard to caring for my hair.
How would you describe your texture?
Q: The hairs of the frontal and temporal areas of my head are drier and finer than the other areas. Based on the descriptions explained on your site, looks like my hair falls predominantly under the 4a category. I used to think my hair was unmanageable and had a mind of its own until I realized I had made peace with my mane by keeping it moisturized. Now I make a habit of regularly moisturizing my hair at least every other day, regardless of the style it is in.
When I used to watch YouTube videos and see this being done, I used to think, “These women have so much more time than me. Who the heck has time to be moisturizing everyday?!” The defining moment in my natural hair care journey took place after I returned from Jamaica in August 2012, wearing two strand twists. While there for two weeks, I did nothing but sunbathe, swim in the ocean, and enjoy the fact I did not have to worry about styling my hair. Yes, I washed it (to get the salt water out) and then smoothed some hair oil down the twists, but that obviously was not enough. I cried when I took those twists out because my hair seemed to almost entirely have loc’d itself and I could not comb it. I felt terrible because I had neglected my hair and it was matted and parched. With the help of my fantastic sister in law Vennis aka the hair whisperer, and tips from your site, I promised to never neglect my mane again.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
Q: During the summer, my go-to hairstyle was a twist out. For a less defined and soft look I use Carol’s Daughter Mimosa Hair Honey and Healthy Hair Butter and for more definition, Miss Jessie’s Baby ButterCreme and Quick Curls. I also rocked a wash & go style, where I raked a mixture of Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue, avocado oil and Eco Styler Gel through my hair. At night I put my hair up in a “pineapple” and wrap a silk scarf around my head. These styles last me a week and I freshen them up by spritzing with an apple cider vinegar-water solution and two strand twisting, where necessary. In the fall/ winter season I take advantage of the absence of humidity to wear my hair straight. I deep condition before flat ironing and blow dry my hair on the coolest setting, then twist and flat iron the next day. For all that work, I try to get 2 weeks out of that style. Every other night I treat the length of my hair with a mixture of castor oil and avocado oil. Then I put it up in a bun and wrap my head with a silk scarf. I just finished a straight hair stint, and before wash day I decided to try completely saturating my scalp and hair with coconut oil. Felt great and I kept it in for a day. Diet is also a big part of my hair care. I cannot exactly credit a specific part of my daily routine to my hair’s manageability, but I am positive that supplementing with Omega 3–6‑9, coconut oil, eating as clean as possible, and drinking water everyday helps me.
What does wash day look like for you?
Q: Wash day looks like I can kiss that whole day goodbye because it is dedicated solely to my mane. Usually, the night before I lightly mist my hair down with an apple cider vinegar-water solution from root to tip, and then I generously apply an oil (avocado or coconut) on the length. I wear a heating cap for about an hour and then I go to sleep. The next day I section my hair and shampoo my scalp with Dr. Bronner’s Citrus Liquid Soap and then wash the ends with the suds from the liquid soap and TRESemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner. I use a microfiber towel to pat my hair dry and then use Kinky Curly Knot Today Conditioner as a leave-in. I finger detangle then apply an oil. I tried castor oil recently and I love the thickness of the oil because it almost seems to provide a bit of hold. And last but not least, I always have music playing during this process! It definitely helps the time pass!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Q: If I decide to postpone wash day, my go-to hair style is either a tall bun or an asymmetrical flat twist style. Otherwise I will just tease out my curls and go big!
How do you combat shrinkage?
Q: I do not fight against shrinkage. It doesn’t bother me. It is pretty funny to see the reaction I get when I transition between curly and straight. People cannot believe how long my hair is.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
Q: Because the hairs in the frontal and temporal areas are drier and finer than the other areas of my hair, I don’t pull my hair tight, brush/slick it back, nor sleep without a silk scarf. I am sure that has preserved my edges.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Q: Moisture and more moisture are definitely do’s for my texture.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Q: Air drying without a moisturizing leave-in or going without moisturizing my hair at least once a week, is definitely a don’t for my texture.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Q: Instagram @missqiiqii