Q: I am Quecina Burts Nute also known as Pinkstarnute in the natural hair world. I am a mother, military wife and teacher from Houston, Texas.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
Q: I transitioned into my natural hair journey instead of a direct “big chop” because I was somewhat reluctant to cut my long (bra strap length) relaxed hair–which took me forever to grow. However, once I saw one year of amazing shoulder length growth I was prompted to do my big chop. That evidence of how healthy and strong my “new” growth looked gave me the assurance needed to take full flight to my journey. I am happy that I chose to transition before my big chop, because I was able to compare and contrast my relaxed parts to my new growth and monitor the speed of my growth before making my decision. I’ve been natural for 4 years now and achieved waist length hair in 3.5 years.
How would you describe your texture?
Q: I would describe my hair as to being between 4a-4b textures according to hair strand charts. I have a mixture of thin and thick stretchy coiled curls; collectively they create a coily big, dense and long afro.
Tell us your regimen sharing how you style your hair over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
Q: My regimen rarely changes: I co-wash my hair monthly. I am a firm believer in less manipulation and low maintenance styles with plenty of moisturizing daily. I have been co-washing my hair since January 2014. I try not to use too many products and only use products that work best for my hair texture. I typically use products by ORS, African Pride, African Royale Braid Spray, and Nature’s Way Coconut oil.
I moisturize my hair with African Royale Braid spray every morning, and every other night I will use cremes/creams (to moisturize) and then apply an oil (to lock in moisture). The cremes/creams I use are carrot, avocado, hair and hair mayonnaise. For sealing I use coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil or olive oil. I rotate the creams and oils weekly but somehow use avocado cream and coconut oil every week because those two are my favorites. There is not really a special combination as to how I rotate… I just use what I desire amongst the creams and oils mentioned. I try not to over-saturate my hair but still make sure product has been applied all over. Sometimes, I’ll re-wet hair (with braid spray or water from a spray bottle) before applying a cream and/or an oil because my hair benefits more… meaning by doing this regularly brings about and builds resilience and strength to strands–which reduces breakage. As we know, there are always exceptions to the rules depending on the condition of hair. For instance, if I do a strand test and notice my hair is very strong and full of elasticity I could do every two nights of creaming and/or oiling instead of every other night. If my hair is weak, I would cream and oil each night as opposed to every other night.
The daily styles that best suit my regimen are buns, ponytails, wigs, twists, twist-outs, and/or braids and braid-outs.
What does wash day look like for you?
Q: My regular wash day consists of:
1. An oil pre-poo with 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil (for at least 30 mins or more) – I just wet my hair while in 4 sections then apply the coconut oil all over and cover it with a plastic cap/bag.
2. Wash hair with Pantene’s Co-wash — I wash hair thoroughly one section at a time and then rinse each section after all sections have been washed.
4. Apply HSI Argan oil on damp hair.
5. Blow dry on cool air setting (it may take longer but is healthier for the hair… I part my hair in 8 to 10 sections for blow drying to get a smoother look) –while blow drying I use a Denman or wide toothed brush to assist the stretching process.
6. Apply a light cream or oil and style hair.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Q: I love putting my natural hair into a big bun. It does not matter whether it is high or low. I love the look and it is a great protective style for my hair. Wearing a bun is simple; it doesn’t require much and I can wear it for days.
How do you combat shrinkage?
Q: I’ve experienced that with my kind of 4a-4b texture… stretching my coily curls are important in order to reduce tangles and knots–which prevents length retention. Therefore, I like to combat shrinkage by “cool air” blow drying it after a wash to stretch the curls then styling it to my desired look.
What are some of your problem areas that require extra care and attention?
Q: A typical problem area for me that I care for daily would be the ends of my hair. The ends are the oldest part of the hair that requires lots of moisture. So I pay a lot of attention to that area daily… depending on the style maybe even twice a day. I generally just apply more moisturizing cream to prevent dryness.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Q: I love buns and twist-outs. These two styles are easy to achieve and don’t require much maintenance. However, my favorite protective style is wearing a front lace curly wig when I want to give my natural hair a break but still rock a natural hair look.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Q: Two hair styles that I do not care to wear my hair in are wash and gos and afros. Due to my hair texture, these styles bring about tangles and knots regardless of how many times I moisturize and/or detangle–therefore, I avoid them.
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
Q: Those that are interested in my hair journey and/or may have questions can find me on Facebook and You Tube at Pinkstarnute “The Natural Hair Advocate” and on Instagram as NaturalHair_Pinkstarnute