L: My name is Lexi Marcel Jackson. I’m 19, from Los Angeles, California, and I am African American and Mexican.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
L: I have been natural all my life. When I was younger I really wanted a relaxer but my mom would never allow me to get one.
How would you describe your texture?
L: Overall, I would say that my hair texture/curl pattern is 3b. In the center of my head, I do not have a defined curl pattern, which is more 3c, and my hair is extremely thick and coarse. Up until recently, I would have described my hair as unmanageable. I have since found products that work well, and make my hair a lot easier to manage!
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
L: My styling regimen is always changing, but I do have a few staples that I could not live without! I style my hair with product after a fresh wash. After washing, I apply Virgin Coconut Oil to the bottom half of my hair. Then I use leave in conditioners, Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream and Kinky Curly Knot Today. Since Kinky Curly is a bit pricey and I have so much hair, I put some in a spray bottle to dilute it with water, and it still gets the job done! After that, I style with Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. If I need a lot of hold I will add Herbal Essences Set Me Up Mousse. What does wash day look like for you?
L: I wash my hair about 2 times a week if I am wearing it curly. My scalp is very sensitive, and over time it gets build up from the products I use. Generally I apply Apple Cider Vinegar to my roots 15 minutes before washing my hair to cleanse and condition my scalp. If I have a lot of build up I will go ahead and use Shea Moisture’s Curl & Shine Shampoo instead. Next I use any drugstore conditioner, but at the moment Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeep Conditioner is my favorite. I then detangle and leave the conditioner in my hair for about 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water to reduce frizz.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L: If I am in a rush and do not have a lot of time, I spray my hair with my Kinky Curly Knot Today /water mixture, and braid my hair allowing my frizzy curls to fall out around my face. My go to used to be a big bun at the top of my head, but since my hair is so thick and heavy, my roots began to break off around the crown of my head.
How do you combat shrinkage? L: Shrinkage is not an issue for me. My focus is on defining my curls, which scrunching my hair and defusing with a blow dryer helps me to achieve.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
L: Since my hair is so thick, I tend to get huge knots in the back of my head. The hair in the back rubs against my clothes and neck, which can create a huge problem. Another problem area I have is in the middle of my head, where I have no defined curl pattern, just frizzy waves. To combat both of these issues I just apply more leave in conditioners when styling, and more conditioner to those areas when washing.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
L: 1. Moisture! My hair can dry out very quickly. I use deep conditioning hair treatments from time to time to prevent breakage. 2) Wide tooth comb! I cannot detangle with anything else!
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
L: 1. Damaging hair routines! Such as flat ironing, dyeing, blow drying etc… 2. Combing from the root to tips. I always detangle from the bottom of my hair, working my way to the roots of my hair.
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