Were you a slow transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
I transitioned for five months, was completely over the two different textures, and unexpectedly big chopped after an incident involving a weave take down, not combing out my shed hair and washing with a shampoo with sulfates. That was the most interesting experience EVER.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I did not always embrace my hair texture. In fact, when I big chopped, I ran and got Senegalese Twists installed in my hair. I wasn’t ready, mainly because I had no clue about how to maintain my hair, even after all of the research I did. I wasn’t until I figured out a successful regimen that I began to embrace my hair.
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?
Some didn’t believe I was serious about going natural because I had a relaxer for so long. My natural friends were excited when I big chopped, while others had jokes, but I expected that from them. Aside from the jokes, I had a great support system that helped me get through those bad hair days (you know how folks say your hair looks cute when you strongly disagree!).
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I have really thick, tightly coiled hair with a looser curl pattern at the top. Detangling is a hot mess.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? favorite products! Deets!
I wash and deep condition my hair once a week, depending on if I have a protective style in or not. Styling happens during this time as well, and I mostly stick with styles that involve flat twists and two strand twists, and then I’ll rock a twist out. My hair loves thick stylers and butters. Shea Radiance has this BOMB Moisture Rich Hair Butter I use to seal while styling. I also LOVE the Eden Bodyworks Jojoba Monoi Deep Conditioner, which makes my hair feel like butter that’s slowly melting on the counter. These are my staples.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
At night, I’ll throw on a satin bonnet or cap and proceed to have sweet dreams.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I do protective styling a lot. The more I keep my hands out of my hair, the better. I also make sure I incorporate a protein treatment in my hair every six weeks to strengthen my strands. Too much moisturizing can end up damaging your hair.
What's the best thing about being curly?
The best thing about being curly is the versatility in styling. When I was relaxed, I only wore a wrap. Now, I wear updos, twist outs, bantu knot outs, and I’ll straighten my hair when I’m in the mood. I have also become more confident in styling my own hair. I save a lot of coins this way!
Where can folks find you on the web?
You can find me on my blog www.kinkyhairaffair.com. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Search for Kinky Hair Affair or click the links on my blog!