Tell me about yourself!
My name is Lashonda. I live in Delaware, and I just want to inspire others to love their natural hair and look at my page for motivation and inspiration.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I was a transitioner My journey was rough in the beginning because I only thought I was beautiful with my bone straight hair.
Had you always embraced your texture?
No, I did not always embrace my hair. I am mixed; Korean and African American, so I did not like the thickness or the curls. I wanted my hair to resemble my mother’s which was straight, thick & black. When I got older, I learned to embrace it a little and would wear my hair curly every now and then until one day my hair wouldn’t curl because of the heat damage and that’s when I had to do something about it.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
Originally my friends thought I was insane because I did a no heat challenge for a year because of the heat damage from the flat iron and blow drying every week. They knew my love for the flat iron and actually didn’t think I would last. Ironically this pushed me to be patient and not give up to show them I can do it and overall have healthy hair.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is very thick, highly porous, tighter curls in the back and looser in the front, my problem area is the middle which happens to be the thickest!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I have done to my hair was cut it off short it was after a break up so I called it the “waiting to exhale” moment. I cut it in the style Kelis had, but instead of the side being shaved I got the back shaved off. The most daring thing I’ve done because I have always been plain Jane with my hair.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
Biggest hair related regret would have to be when I got relaxers in middle and high school just to fit in which was the biggest mistake when I see my hair now.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash & deep condition my hair once a week usually dedicate my Sundays to that. I style once a week with protective styles. My favorite products are: Shea Moisture Jamaican Caster Oil Leave In, Shea Moisture’s 10-1 Renewal System Shampoo & Conditioner, Lotta Body’s Curl Milk & Body Wrap. Camille Rose Almond Jai Butter.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
Currently my favorite hair routines are finger coils and three strand twists they last me all week. My hair inspirations are Amber Janelle, Curls_Unbothered, Hey Curlie, JD Winter & Janae Raquel.
Who is your curl crush?
There are so many of them!! But to name a few: Amber Janelle, FroGirlNinny, & Bwatuwant are top 3.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I sleep on a satin pillow case and pineapple bun it up.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I get trims every 8 weeks.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is loving yourself just the way you are and your hair acts as your crown and you rock it with confidence. If you asked me this three years ago my answer would have not been the same. I love that I belong to a community of other natural individuals and uplifting and empowering women that make me feel like family.
Where can folks find you on the web?
My followers have actually inspired me to start a You Tube channel soon which will have the same name that is currently the nest step I am taking.