Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I have always been a naturalista. I grew up with my mother braiding my hair until I graduated from junior high school. Then I transitioned to getting my hair washed, blow dried, and flat ironed by my mother’s hair stylist. I continued to do that for the next 4-5years until college. In college, I finally started blow drying and flat ironing my own hair and also taking breaks to wear it naturally curly once I got into personal training. I’ve grown to love wearing my hair curly and using natural shampoos and leave in conditioners. Since college, my hair made a huge jump in growth, length, and thickness. I love experimenting with curly hair styles and colored tips.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I’ve embraced my texture more and more as I’ve gotten older. I appreciate my hair type and the uniqueness that completes me as an individual.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My friends and family react more to how much it has been growing. I think the choice to never put relaxers or perms in it has benefited it greatly.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is thin, springy/curly (3c type), and down to my waist when straight. However, it can tangle very fast.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I’ve ever done was bleach it to get honey blonde highlights
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest regret is not being able to handle my hair care on my own sooner.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash my hair every week when it’s curly and use leave in conditioners. I also use tea tree oil shampoos and keratin shampoo without sulfates and parabens. My favorite product is store bought olive oil for detangling and moisturizing.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
I can’t even name one style, but I love and have perfected the messy pineapple bun. So, I can call that my signature.
Who is your curl crush?
Mel B/Scary Spice and Tia Mowry.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I switch it up; sometimes, I use a scarf and sometimes I sleep with it in a ponytail.
How do you maintain healthy length?
The key is trimming every few months to get rid of split ends, along with constant moisturizing.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing is that I, along with other people, appreciate it in its raw state. Nowadays everyone wears clips ins, weaves, etc. It’s dope to be unique and never worry about trying to fit in or spend hundreds on new hair every other month.
Where can folks find you on the web?
You can follow me on instagram.com/liftedlotus and for hair care tips or personal training inquiries you can email me at email@example.com