When you have natural hair you will undoubtedly get numerous, repetitive questions about your hair. Upon answering, some seem obvious, others very cliché, but no question is a bad question and even when they seem irrelevant, they will probably help inquiring minds. Here are some of the most common questions people ask me about my hair and my responses.
What are you mixed with?
Regardless of the amount of white or Native American I have in my family I am African-American. Most of us our mixed to some degree, some more than others.
How do you get your hair like that?
This is my natural hair. I use various conditioners and different styling products at any given time. Aussie moist is my favorite at the moment.
What products do you use?
I use Aussie Moist Conditioner that is my most consistent staple. I also like As I Am and SheaMoisture products.
Can you tell me everything you do?
Because I'm usually in a store line, the quick answer is I wash and deep condition once per week. I also co-wash in between when needed and I also clarify with apple cider vinegar at least twice per month. For styling, I mainly stick with wash and go’s but I also love twists, twist outs, and flexi-rod sets. I take a minimalist approach to hair care and that is how I retain length.
What conditioner do you use?
Aussie Moist Conditioner and Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner. I also like the Tresemme Nourishing Moisture Conditioner (silicone free).
How did you get said curls?
My answer is usually a) wash and go, b) flexi rod set, or c) twist out. Then, I briefly explain how I achieve those particular manipulated curl patterns.
How long is your hair when you straighten it?
How often do you straighten it?
I straighten once per year but I have gone as long as two years.
How do you deep condition?
With ½ cup of conditioner mixed with about one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of olive oil. I sit condition under a hooded dryer for 15-20 min because my hair is low porosity.
Where did you get your weave/tracks? It looks so real!
This is my natural hair, I'm sorry.
Your hair always looks so cute, how did you do this type today?
This is the same hairdo I wore yesterday; it is just in a ponytail (or whatever style it is in). I refresh my hair every Sunday and usually one other time during the week I do not re-style everyday.
How do you straighten your hair when you do without damaging it?
I am not paranoid about damaging my hair because I do not heat style very often. When straightening I deep condition, air-dry, stretch, blow-dry, and then flat iron with a heat protectant and Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum.
So there you have it, the most common questions people ask me about my hair and my response. All good questions I am more than happy to answer if it will help someone else out in their hair journey.