What is your name and where are you from?
G: My name is Grace Lynne, and I’m from LA.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
G: I transitioned. I had straight hair mostly throughout high school. Luckily I never permed it. I always knew straight hair wasn’t for me. The amount of maintenance I did to physically alter my hair was ridiculous. I would curl it every morning so it wouldn’t be bone straight, I never could spontaneously swim, I had to avoid the rain, and I would never really work out all for the fear of sweating out hair. I still remember when a just little bit of kinky hair started to grow, I would run to that good ole’ hot comb. At one point I felt like I was in a cage, and that if I had to avoid all these basic things just for my hair, then maybe straight hair wasn’t worth it. One day I had enough, and my freshman year in college I binge-watched natural hair videos on YouTube and decided to take my journey. It was rough that first year – being fresh out of high school and trying to accept my hair texture that I tried to alter my whole life – but gosh, it was worth it.
Going natural was the beginning of a spiritual journey to myself. Ever since I’ve gone natural there has never been a bad hair day, or a day where I felt unattractive. I believe our hair is truly magic.
How would you describe your texture?
G: My hair is very thick, dense, and coarse. I don’t know the exact type, but I do know it’s in the 4’s somewhere. My hair is really thick in the front and middle, but kind of thin in the back.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
G: I stick to Shea Moisture products, because they are affordable and work really well, plus they are always at Target. Coconut oil is my friend, and Giovanni Direct Leave-In works nice. I try to keep it simple with products; less is more. As long as there is moisture, I’m good to go.
What does wash day look like for you?
G: I honestly only wash my hair about once a month. I don’t feel the need to do it any more than that. I wash my hair with warm water, and then rinse it with cold. I use Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo, and then deep condition it with Aussie.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
G: My favorite hairstyle will always be the high bun/ponytail thing I do. It is simple, easy to do, and a cute everyday hairstyle. I call it my Cindy Lou hairstyle (the little girl from the Grinch).
How do you combat shrinkage?
G: I think the most magical think about our hair is its ability to shrink, and expand. Some days I don’t care about shrinkage, and I will wear it in a short fro. But if I care to stretch it for maintenance reasons, I will do a twist out and then stretch the twists to the other side of my head with a bobby pin. Then I’ll put on a satin wrap, go to bed, and take out the twists in the morning.
What are some of your problem areas that require extra care and attention?
G: My hair is super dry so moisture, moisture, moisture! It honestly makes a huge difference. Dryness causes more tangles, and breakage. And my ends! I didn’t realize how much care your ends need until I went to a natural hair salon, and the stylist almost lost her mind when saw how bad my ends were. Getting my ends trimmed no more than twice a year is what works for me. My stylist cut off like 2 inches, and it has forever changed my life. Detangling is so much easier, and my hair stays moisturized for much longer. I would recommend every natural to at least go to a salon once a year to get a check up.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
G: Moisture and not too much product!
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
G: Trimming my hair myself (never again), and not having a proper detangling routine
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
G: Yes, I am an artist as well. You can find me on instagram: bygracelynne, tumblr: bygracelynne, and you can check out my work if you’d like: www.bygracelynne.com.