L: Luna from Phoenix Arizona. I lived part of my childhood in Mexico where my mother is from.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
L: I transitioned, I did relaxers for years because I wanted smooth straight “good” hair. Of course my idea of good hair was so wrong. I chose to go natural when I started discovering my African roots. I really didn’t know much about my African side due to my mother being a single mother. I started researching hair care and African styles. I finally decided to just let my hair be what it was meant to be. Natural.
How would you describe your texture?
L: My hair is spiral springy curls. Very dry, coarse and thick. My hair sucks up moisture like a sponge.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
L: I use Shea Moisture’s Curling Gel. I have now been using the Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil line, specifically the leave in conditioner as well as the grow and restore masque. I am totally obsessed with castor oil so I had to try the shea moisture line. I also use regular castor oil nightly on my scalp. and do a massage treatment nightly. I know it may be time consuming but my hair growth and thickness has been amazing since starting this routine.
What does wash day look like for you?
L: I shampoo only as needed, most times only once month. I know many will not agree with this frequency but it has completely changed the health of my hair in a good way. My hair has never been more healthier since I stopped shampooing as often. Of course I still wash with conditioner. I use baking soda on my scalp instead of shampoo if I really need it but shampoo is only my last resort if I have extreme build up which is not often.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L: I do the pineapple method at night which I can just shake out my curls and ready to go. when I really don’t want to worry about my hair I will put it in a high loose bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
L: I really don’t have a problem with shrinkage, but when I do want to make sure I have good length I will only blow dry the top of my hair with a diffuser and let the bottom air dry. I also will blow dry my curls on a cool setting while gently elongating my curls with my fingers.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
L: My ends are always more dry so I spend more of my time on the ends. I make sure I coat my ends with castor oil. My favorite weapon!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
L: Moisture and seal every day. Massage your scalp every night with an oil of your choice (trust me)!
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
L: Do not shampoo more than once every two weeks, it dries out my hair. No brushes or combs, finger comb in the shower or wide tooth comb if necessary.
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
L: instagram @lunalooks