Tell us about yourself!
My name is Dominique-Alexis and I am a seventeen year old aspiring hair stylist and part-time blogger. For thirteen years I did competitive gymnastics but recently retired and became a gymnastics coach. I enjoy acting in musical theatre and I’ve modeled in the past. I dream of attending Paul Mitchell in the fall and becoming a salon owner one day. Also, I play piano, cello, flute, and sing in a choir. I’m the fifth child out of ten and I have an adorable beagle puppy named Dude!
Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I was a slow transitionor! I got my first and last relaxer a few weeks after my thirteenth birthday. It burned a lot and damaged my hair so my mom immediately started transitioning me back to being natural. The process lasted about eighteen months before we’d grown all the damaged and relaxed hair out! I don’t really remember that much about the process but do know that it was a while before I really started loving my natural hair.
Had you always embraced your texture?
No, sadly, I hated my hair as a child because (in my tender young mind) styling it took too long! My mom often styled my hair in two big ol’ pony puffs, which peers loved to make fun of me by calling me names like “cotton ball”.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? How did they react to the new you? What was your response to them?
A lot of them think it’s great but others aren’t quite as supportive. However, none of them can deny how healthy and thick my hair is now!
Describe your hair.
I have lots and lots of soft hair. As far as hair types go, I’d say I’m a 4A. I get a lot of shrinkage and my hair tends to break easily if I’m not careful. I’ve learned to combat breakage and shrinkage by keeping my hair stretched using a technique called banding.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? favorite products! Deets!
I wash my hair every three weeks with a sulfate-free shampoo. Right now I LOVE using Queen Helene Royal Curl Stay Clean Shampoo & Moisture Rich Conditioner for cleansing and conditioning. Right after I’ve washed and conditioned, I load my hair up with Suave condish and detangle my hair in four sections using ONLY my fingers.
After that, I rinse my hair out, lightly towel dry, and then apply a leave in conditioner. My two favorites are EDEN Bodyworks Peppermint Tea Tree Hair Milk and Senica Senk Conditioner & Hair Lotion. I stretch my hair that night, then style according the following morning.
I always style my hair the night before in braids or twists for curls when I wake up or I’ll wear my hair up in a ponytail or bun.
I use Eco Styler gel for smooth buns and ponies. I also use this gel for “hold” when I do my braid and twist outs.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I always moisturize and seal my hair at night and then I braid, band, or twist my hair before I go to bed, depending on how I want to wear it the next day. I sleep on a silk pillow case and try to remember to wrap my hair with a scarf before hitting the hay.
How do you maintain healthy length?
Believe it or not, I do not protective style; however, I haven’t used a comb on my hair in over a year. I never use combs to detangle or style my hair. Although I wear my hair loose over three hundred days out of the year, I’m able to retain length by only removing the shed hair and never causing breakage.
What's the best thing about being curly?
Having big hair! I love my hair, I love its texture, and I love the volume I have. I wouldn’t change a single thing about my hair.
Where can folks find you on the web?
& Instagram @naturalhaircareinfo