Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I actually did the big chop two years ago, and I have been natural for 3 years now. Let's just say that when I originally decided to chop it off I was so nervous. But as it started to grow out, I started loving myself even more. I have chopped it two more times since then. It's just hair.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I have about three textures. I love the style. I love the pattern, so I just work with what I have.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
When I decided to cut it, it wasn't like it was a surprise. Since I'm always doing different things, they we're like "there she go again." They did think I was going to stick with it. They thought I would go back to the creamy crack. I'm actually surprised that I stayed with it this long, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Natural girls rock!!!
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I have thin course hair. I do remember as a child I had really thick curly hair, but my mother put a TCB relaxer on my head and my texture was forever gone.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I think the craziest thing I've ever was put relaxers on my hair. I did them like every two weeks or anytime that I wanted it straight.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
Getting my hair relaxed when I was younger. Even though, I had no control.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My current routine is co-wash about 2-3 times a week and wash once or twice a month. I use a deep masque conditioner when I wash, and then I use coconut oil or black castor oil for moisture. As for the products, anything Cantu Shea Butter line I LOVE. Nothing from that line has disappointed me yet.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite style is my current style. High on the top and cut low on the sides. So easy to maintain and so easy for me to sleep.
I am crushing on @brittanyblueroze @eclark6 @sumetrareed @timusamad @leftonzeestreet @askproy. Just to name a few.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
To be honest I don't do much of anything but lie on a silk pillow and spray my hair with a leave in conditioner
How do you maintain healthy length?
Moisture. Moisture. Moisture. And oil.
What's the best thing about being natural?
Is that you can do nothing with your hair and you can be you. There is no texture that is the same. And being natural you get to see the real beauty in hair and you really appreciate it.
Where can folks find you on the web?
I'm on Instagram @uniquelymedatsme and Facebook Erica McDowell