Tell me about yourself!
Hi. My name Is Delmaine Donson. I am a 24 year old photographer and image editor from Cape Town, South Africa, and I love all things natural.
Were you a transitioner or a big chopper?
I was a transitioner. I transitioned with box braids for about one year and 3 months before cutting off all my relaxed ends.
Have you always embraced your texture?
Oh definitely not!!! I hated my hair. It never grew past shoulder length. I didn’t really know what my natural texture was until like a year ago when I went completely natural. I got my first relaxer at 4 years old so relaxed hair was all I knew.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
After doing so much research on natural hair I was so sure that I wanted to go natural that I didn’t really care about what anyone else had to say about it, but I didn’t get any negative reactions from anyone. Everyone loves my hair☺
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I have really coarse, thick low porous hair (too much to handle sometimes).
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
This is going to sound crazy but there was this one time I ran out of gel so I use golden syrup to lay down my edges. Don’t judge me. Ha ha.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
Uhhmm relaxing and flat ironing the hell outta it!!!!
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My hair is in box braids right now. What I do right now with the braids in is every night before bed I spritz my hair with a water and conditioner mix and I oil it with tea tree oil every second night then bun it up, put my satin bonnet on then head to bed.
When my hair is out of braids I water only wash and deep condition my hair once a week. Then I usually do a braid out and style in the morning once it’s all dry.
I looooooove Aunt Jackie’s curls and coils products!!! Especially Aunt Jackie’s Curl la la Defining Curl Custard.... Yummy! My hair absolutely loves this product. It’s so moisturizing and makes my hair feel and look so soft and smooth and shiny. I also use Shea butter and a lot of different kinds of oils like organic coconut oil and tea tree oil.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My hair is usually in a bun or pineapple when it’s not in braids because its still in that awkward phase, not long but not short and the shrinkage on my type 4 hair is crazy! For protective styling I LOVE box braids!!! I love how easy it is to style. I love that its low maintenance. I love how it protects my ends from breaking off and I mostly love seeing how much my hair has grown once I take it out. I will definitely wear my hair out more when it’s longer. I get my hairstyle inspiration from Pinterest and YouTube
Who is your curl crush?
Can I name like 3? ☺ Addisa Goldman, ItsMyRayeRaye, and Tasha Green. I have a million more but I’m just going to name those 3 ladies.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I always make sure my hair is in a satin bonnet when I sleep.
How do you maintain healthy length?
A lot of moisture. Just making sure my hair never feels too dry. Keeping my ends protected by doing a lot of protective styling. I also drink a lot of water and workout as much as I can.
What's the best thing about being natural?
Literally everything! I love the versatility. I feel like I look so much better with my hair natural. I’ve never felt prettier and more comfortable. Just knowing that my hair is healthy and growing is a really good feeling. To me this whole process of going natural was just a time of self-discovery. Just learning to love me in my most natural state has truly been liberating.
Where can folks find you on the web?
Facebook: Delmaine Donson Instagram: @delmainedonson