Tell me about yourself!
I am a natural-hair wife and mother of two natural-hair teens, ages 14 and 18, who have been natural since birth.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I BC’d 5 years ago. After moving to coastal Alabama, I quickly grew tired of daily battling the frizzies with chemically straightened hair. I decided to chop it all off instead of transitioning. I am not that patient.
Had you always embraced your texture?
Yes I have; all of them! I have four different types of hair on my head. Of course sometimes we long for what we don’t have. I would love to have a more dense fro. No product will make that happen. I love my curly/wavy combination hair.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
My family and friends’ reactions were mixed. Some couldn’t believe I cut all that long, pretty hair off, while others immediately stated that natural hair was so me.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is very fine. For this reason, I always get that “you have good hair” comment. ALL hair is good hair is what I say to this statement.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I wouldn’t say I have ever done anything crazy, although some would beg to differ I’m sure. I have played with a number of colors over the years that sometimes come out right and sometimes not. I rock it either way; I've never corrected color mishaps.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My BIGGEST regret would be getting that relaxer.
What's your current hair routine?
I wash my hair and condition at least twice a week. I, like most naturals, was a product junkie. Now I use whatever is around or what I have coupons for. Currently I wash and condition with Suave Professionals Moroccan Infusion color care line. I twist while wet with Cantu Coconut Curling Cream. I MAY let my roots dry with the hooded dryer, but mostly I air dry. I two-strand twist nightly and cover with that ole faithful black bonnet!
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
I am now wearing a frohawk and I must say it is my fave cut to date. I am inspired by my need of non-complacency. I have to switch it up!
Who is your curl crush?
My hair crush for life has been “Freddie” from Different World!!! So much so my kids middle names are Cree and Summer.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I two-strand twist my hair nightly and oil it every other night. I sleep in my bonnet.
How do you maintain healthy length?
Being that I’ve bc’d five times, I don’t care much about length. I prefer shorter hair. However, at shoulder length I would make sure my ends were sealed every other night with shea butter when I twisted it.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is it’s the most “me” I’ve ever felt, just unique. It is a great thing to see more of my sistas embracing our God-given textures. We’re just like finger prints, no two are exactly the same…no duplicates!
Where can folks find you on the web?
Adriane Kuykendall Latham on Facebook and @mzadriane on Instagram