Had you always embraced your texture?
May 20, 2014
My name is Regina. I’m 19 years old I was born in Washington DC and raised in Maryland but I am a Rising Junior at Clark Atlanta University and I love it here! I am studying Mass Media Arts. This May will be my second year natural and though it was the hardest decision to make it was also the greatest decision I’ve ever made!
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a slow transitioner. I had relaxer since I was about 11. My mom always had thick hair so I guess I have good genes I always had thick hair growing up and one day my mom couldn’t take it anymore and followed the trend to give me a perm. My hair never fell out or anything like that I never had a bad experience with perm but one thing is for sure my hair never turned out like the girls on the boxes and that bothered me. I went natural because I lived and active lifestyle I was an athlete and my hair sweated out every 2 days anyways so I thought what was the point? I made the decision 4 months before my prom and never looked back.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I never really paid attention to texture until about 9 months ago. There was a period that I didn’t know what to do with my hair and I wished that I had that swirly 3b/3c texture because I thought their life was so much easier. But it turned out the grass isn’t greener. I love my texture more than ever now because it’s versatile and it is what makes me who I am. It fits me. I couldn’t imagine myself with anything else.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My mom thought I was delusional. It’s so funny she was like what are you trying to get dreads? I set out to prove her wrong and I proudly did. She tries to be like me now wearing her afro puffs and doing twist outs! Now she thinks it’s beautiful she loves my hair. Some of my Friends joined the natural movement before me and some of them have joined because of me I feel great that I can inspire the people around me to accept themselves. My dad still thinks I’m crazy. He asks me all the time “when are you going to do your hair?” “Why don’t you get a weave?” I’m like dad my hair is done.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is thick and fluffy. It loves water. When it’s wet I can see the little ringlets form it’s so fun to see. What’s not fun is the fact that my hair shrinks sooo badly lol. When I style it usually comes out the way I planned it to so I’m lucky. It gets coarse when I don’t give it moisture but whose hair doesn’t?
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I’ve never colored my hair. So, I would have to say the craziest thing I ever did was cut my own bangs. It was sooooooooo bad, but my mom wouldn’t let me and that was “in” at the time so I cut them. It was all uneven and crazy. But I rocked them!
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest regret would have to be getting a relaxer. Even though it wasn’t my decision, I keep think how long my hair would’ve been by now if my mom would’ve just be patient with me. But I guess I wouldn’t appreciate my hair now if it wasn’t for my relaxer.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash my hair every 2 weeks with either Herbal Essence Long Term Relationship or their Honey I’m Strong line. I’m not crazy about finding products with no sulfates and all that jazz. Herbal Essence is what I grew up with my mom used that on both of our hair when I was younger. I deep condition with natural oils like olive, grape seed, and avocado (If I’m not lazy) or the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. I then use Aphogee Leave-in and then I style my hair with plain ol’ Blue Magic hair grease. I usually do this every 2 weeks as well.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle at the moment is the Braid out. It’s perfect because it gets you the right amount of curl definition with stretch. I get hairstyle inspiration by my favorite YouTube gurus like BargianPrincess and Ambrosia Malbrough. I think they’re the closest to my hair type. There are not a lot of girls with thick fluffy 4B hair that’s on YouTube for inspiration I want to change that.
Who is your curl crush?
My curl crushes are Elle Varner, Erykah Badu, BargainPrincess, and Solange Knowles. If I had to pick one it would be Solange. Her energy her charisma she exudes everything I want to be.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
If I want to keep my hair in its stretched state then I’ll just section my hair and put a little grease and put it back in twists or plats. But when I feel that coarse feeling I have to give it some juice.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I try to focus on my ends because they are the oldest part of the hair. I use products that promote strong hair and try not to put too much stress on it. I haven’t used heat on my hair since I went natural and I promised myself I wouldn’t until I got to my desired length. When I get protective styles I try to make sure they are not too tight. I also take Mane Choice Vitamins.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is what you learn about yourself. You learn that you have will power. You learn how to take better care of yourself. You learn that you don’t have to hide behind what isn’t you. You learn to be accepting and love who you are. Plus I have a lot more love coming my way. Natural girls are winning!
Where can folks find you on the web?
My youtube is: www.youtube.com/DangerousCurlsAhead
My Facebook: Gina Smalls
My Instagram: DreamsRoyalty