What is your Name / Where are you from?
K: Hey everyone, I’m Kapri! 🙂 I’m originally from Maryland, but I currently reside in Huntsville, Alabama.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
K: I was inspired to return natural by a good friend of mine, and went on to do some research before making my decision. I fell in love with all the unique textures and diversity that hair offers in its healthy natural state and knew at that moment it was what I wanted. I chose to transition back to my natural by clipping off my damaged ends with several mini chops, rather than doing the big chop. From the day I decided to return natural, I started treating my hair as if I were fully natural already, just to get into the habit of things. During my transition braid-outs were my best friend! They blended my multiple textures perfectly and lasted for a full week when I needed them to. This November will actually be my one year mark as fully natural 🙂
How would you describe your texture (is it predominantly 3a, 3b or 3c / 4a, 4b, or 4c, and how does it behave, are your strands fine or coarse, is your hair thin or dense, etc.)?
K: I’m no expert with hair types, but I would have to say my texture is predominantly 4a, with a little 3c here and there. Like most natural manes, mine definitely has a mind of its own at times but I’ve learned from experience how to tame this mane depending on what look I’m going for. I consider my strands closer to coarse and overall my hair is very thick.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
K: My styling regimen tends to vary, but on a good month it’s pretty simple. During the week I’ll usually wear a braid-out for about 3 days, styled with Cantu’s Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream and CURLS Cashmere Curl Jelly. Day 4 is when I re-moisturize with Cantu Leave In and a little Coconut oil/Olive Oil and wear a bun or or two, to allow the moisture to soak in. Days 5–6 are “fro days’ when my hair is the biggest (and the driest if not properly moisturized on day 4). These are also my favorite days, because its when I get really creative, I’ll style my fro or my huge puff those days. Then Day 7 is wash day.
What does wash day look like for you?
K: Okay, wash day! Once a week I co-wash using Pantene Truly Natural Co-Wash. I love this co wash and my hair loves it even more. It provides great slip for detangling, even with transitioning hair. It smells amazing and leaves my hair super soft. After my co-wash I apply my conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter Leave In and apply my sealant oils, coconut oil/olive oil. Followed by any styling products.
I only shampoo once a month so I’m not huge on shampoos, as long as its sulfate free and cleansing its perfect for me. I also pre-poo with a coconut oil/olive oil mixture and for a protein treatment once a month, I use Mayonnaise, any brand works for me.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K: Any type of bun or my huge puff, depending on my mane’s mood of course. Both are quick and protective.
How do you combat shrinkage?
K: I don’t have to worry about shrinkage often because I usually stay away from wash and go styles, but when I do them I try to embrace the shrinkage rather than combating it.
Tell us about your hair color!
K: Currently I have a browish-burgundy color on my ends. I did it myself using SoftSheen-Carson hair color. I have always colored my own hair with no problem so I wasn’t too worried about damage, but I wont be using another permanent color for a while.
I added some blue/green color to my puff a little while back using a temporary hair cream but hated how dry it made my hair feel. I think I’ll try out hair-shadowing next.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
K: The nape of my hair. Its just extra sensitive for some reason. So any time I apply color or use heat, I really have to take it easy back there and be sure to keep it moisturized.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
K: Detangling thoroughly and patiently, and being creative with styling. Being creative is the fun part.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
K: Sleeping without a scarf, and doing constant wash and goes. Detangling will be a full day’s job if I sleep without that scarf. Wash and go’s for my texture can cause it it get very tangled and matted together if I do them constantly.
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
K: I’m on Instgram ; http://instagram.com/prii_babii 🙂