January 29, 2015

Kamille Is Naturally Glam!

Tell me about yourself!
Hola! Well, my name is Kamille and I am from southern Indiana. I love to do my own thing and play by my own rules. I like to joke and laugh and make people laugh; it’s good for the soul (and hair). I absolutely LOVE to travel and meet people.  I also love to help and volunteer where there is a need.  I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Marketing and started my master's degree in Sports Media and Branding. But I am taking a hiatus because trying to pay out of pocket is no joke! I am only four classes short though. So, I am debating if I even want to go back. We’ll see when I get to that crossroad. I currently work at a sporting goods store and live with my parents to save money.  I love sports, especially basketball. I would like to eventually work for a pro team in their community relations department or something along those lines.


Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was more of a transitioner. Growing up, I never knew how to properly take care of my hair and neither did my parents.  All anyone really knew how to do was either straighten it, or bog it down with super heavy products ending up in one big greasy mess.  I was a tom boy so my hair was always in the way. Most of the time I just threw it up in a pony tail or a bun and went on my way. I didn't even try to detangle any of it, which by the way, was its’ own disaster (another story for another time). Eventually, as I got into high school, I discovered gel and that it came in various levels of stiffness.  I would wash my hair every morning and wear my hair soaking wet to school with level 10 L.A. Looks gel.  My hair didn’t move. A lot of times I wore my hair straight once I learned how to straighten my own hair. That took a real toll on my hair.  My ends were so split and you could see the damage from far. Not to mention, I would get a relaxer every now and then to “calm the poof down.” This went on for a while until, finally, my hair had enough and started breaking like crazy.  I would say I lost a good five inches.  It wasn’t until I worked at Sally Beauty Supply that I started seeing a few curly products. Then the education began.  I would sit for hours looking up products and ways to get my hair back on track. Little by little, I did things to help my hair. To make a long story a little shorter, my hair started to grow, and I eventually was able to cut off what was over processed. I began to really love my hair and what I was naturally blessed with.  Now, I rarely straighten my hair, but on occasion, I get out the ol’ flat iron and dust it off.  I am still on this hair journey because I believe it is a never ending one, but I am loving every minute of it.

Had you always embraced your texture?
No, heck no. As a kid, I HATED my hair. I wanted it to be straight because I thought it was easier to take care of.

How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? 
My hair is naturally curly; the un-natural was me constantly using the flat iron to straighten it.  My family was glad that I finally knew how to take care of my hair, and they really love how it looks now.  My friends reacted the same way as my family.

Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is fine, but REALLY thick and has low porosity.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair? 
I would say the craziest thing I've ever done to my hair was when I did a hideous color block of bleach blonde underneath my hair. OMG. It was bad! Hindsight is always 20/20. Thought I was trending though!

What’s your biggest hair related regret?
No regrets, just lessons learned. No more color blocks.

What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I am a wash n go kind of gal. I wash my hair once a week, and condition twice a week. I usually just dry my hair with a diffuser and then go about my day.  I also use Silk Elements heat protection spray.  I am currently using the Cantu products. My favorite is the moisturizing curl activator cream.  I like the way that it doesn’t weigh my hair down or make it greasy. I am also using African Pride Dream Kids Instant Moisturizing Detangler.  I use that in the mornings after I take my hair down (I usually pineapple at night). When I deep condition, I use coconut oil and shea butter and use a conditioning cap. I leave that on for a while then rinse.

What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle is wild. I like for my hair to be big.  Watching Taren Guy’s videos is a big inspiration.

Who is your curl crush?
Her name is BummbleBee7 on Instagram, but I believe her name is Bianca Alexa.

How do you maintain your hair at night?
I usually pineapple or I use a hair wrap.

How do you maintain healthy length?
Well, I just recently cut my hair to experience the shorter life. But for the longest, I had really long hair.  Conditioning, for me, was/is the key; also, staying away from too much heat.

What's the best thing about being natural?
Honestly, it’s much easier than trying to straighten all the time.  Plus, to me, it’s freeing.  I know that my hair is healthy.

Where can folks find you on the web?
Facebook: Kamille B
Insta: kam_bam06

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