C: My name is Christian Gibbs and I’m from Barbados. 246 stand up!!
Share your natural hair journey with us!
C: I did a big chop. I never had any problems with my chemically treated hair(it was never damaged, grew quickly and I loved it) but couple days before a long overdue hair appointment, I broke a comb in my new growth and I was so annoyed that I went directly to the neighbourhood barber and told him to cut it all off. He thought I was kidding because everyone knew how much attention I paid to my hair and how healthy it was. He told me if I was serious, to cut it first and eventually shaved it all off after he got over the shock that I had actually cut it lol.
I never planned on “going natural” before or after I cut my hair(I rocked a bald cut for 5 months) and always intended on perming my hair again ..until I came across a picture of Toni from mynaturalsistas and wanted hair like that. I started growing my hair back on July 22nd, 2012.
To be honest, the first couple months were hard with all of the negative comments & suggestions that I should perm my hair, plus I hadn’t found products that worked well with my hair but once I got into a routine, my hair stays behaving!
How would you describe your texture?
C: Mufasa(my hair) is 4c but 4a around my temple area. It is coarse and dense and becomes dry very easily, especially since I live in a very sunny and dry climate.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
C: I’ve found that if I don’t stick to a routine, my hair becomes unruly so I shampoo once a month, cowash weekly and deep condition twice a month. Since I’m not allowed to wear a fro at work, plus the climate dries it out superfast when my hair is open, I wear 2 strand twists in updos or just down during the weekdays and sometimes experiment on weekends with other styles. I use my homemade whipped shea butter, olive oil/Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Eco Styler gel the most.
What does wash day look like for you?
C: Wash Day is an all day event that is almost always Friday or Sunday(depending on my plans for Friday) and I use Organics Olive Oil Shampoo and Tresemme’s Naturals Conditioner/Paul Mitchell The Leave In. I deep condition with Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque/Design Essentials Deep Fortifying Treatment.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: A puff! A brush, water spritzed hair, some gel for my edges & an elastic scarf and in 3 minutes tops, I’m ready to go lol.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I don’t, I love shrinkage. Although my hair looks wayyy shorter shrunk, I love the volume and spring to my curls over the length!
Tell us about your hair color!
C: My hair colour at the moment is a mixture of a royal purple & a pinkish purple and it’s my favourite colour to date! I coloured it with the help of a friend this last time but I usually colour it myself. I used 20% developer mixed with bleach to lift my natural, jet black colour then used Adore’s Violet Gem & Purple Rage to get this colour. It hasn’t changed my hair texture at all but I find my hair gets drier quicker so I have to moisturize daily with water then olive oil or Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
C: My temple area. My edges are lighter than my remaining hair because the first time I had braids, the lady braided it so tightly, my edges were pulled out so I rub Jamaican Black Castor Oil there every night and I’m gentler on them when styling. I’m glad to report that you can’t notice they were ever gone anymore!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: Two do’s would be water is my hair’s best friend and always sleep with my scarf or my hair will be a tangled mess in the morning.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Two don’ts are to never attempt to detangle or style my hair when it’s dry or it kinks right up so I always have to start on damp hair, and never leave in braids longer than 6 weeks. Any longer and my hair has officially dreadloc’d, learned that the hard way.
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
C: You can find my on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest at krishtun. I post the most regularly on Instagram.