Tell me about yourself!
My name is Mikasha C Wade; I’m a Military Spouse, a mother of 2 boys. I just graduated with my BS in Christian Counseling hoping that one day I can open my own Counseling business in the area of Marriage, Family and Children counseling. I’m a singer and I write poetry. I dance been dancing all my life. My biggest dream is to be on Broad Way and also let me add in I love to cook I would love to have my own cooking show. LOL I’m all over the place. I just love to make people smile and feeding people through food and counseling seems to work. LOL
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned; I was scared to do the BIG CHOP! My journey was a bumpy road in the beginning but now I’m good. When I return natural in 2009/2010 YouTube was not like it is today. Most people in the DMV who were Natural were wearing Locks, or pressing their natural hair. You did not see as many natural women as you see now. So when I returned natural I was on my own. My first year I returned natural I pressed it; then I overheard a conversation about a young lady who pressed her hair so much that her hair never returned back to its curly/natural way. So that scared me, so I stopped pressing my hair and started rocking a wash and go, still not educated on my hair I washed my hair every morning and pulled it back in a huge puff until the front of my hair broke off so bad I had a bald spot in the front because of pulling it back so much. It took 2 years to learn my hair. I had to find out what my hair like, what it did not like and so on and so forth. What products to use man it took about 2 years to find that out.
Had you always embraced your texture?
To be honest the first year I did not like my hair because that is why I pressed it out. But when my second year natural anniversary came I Loved Sassy’s texture LOL. She is like the weather unpredictable. She does what she wants and you have to roll with the punches.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
I only returned Natural because I was told I couldn’t. Don’t tell me I can’ do something I’m going to try my hardest to prove you wrong. But after stating the course my family embraces my natural hair. My husband has always wanted me to return natural so he was the first to fall in love when I finally started transitioning. My Mom and my three sisters are all natural. My dad is the only one with no HAIR LOL
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
Describing my hair is hard; its bone straight in the front and on the sides, the middle is my Nappy/thickest and most sensitive and dry area. And the back is where I have loose curls. I don’t know if my hair is High or Low Porous, never took the time to find out that bit of information
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I have done to my hair is I wanted high lights Red Highlights and in order to get those red highlights I had to BLEACH my hair. In the beginning my hair was GORG; Ok Haunty you could not tell me nothing. Then the red color faded I got my hair highlighted again but this time, Gold was the color of choice. Again I was cute until my hair began to fall out. My hair felt like Straw it was not cute. I had to cut a total of 8-10 inches of hair off.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
Not getting to know my own hair, and allowing others to dictate what I should and should not do and what products I should and should not use.
What's your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My routine is simple, I shampoo on Friday’s or Saturday’s, but before I shampoo I always Pre-Poo with Coconut oil a must for me. Then I Condition/Detangle. Depending on what my scalp needs I will usually Condition/Detangle with Tresemme Naturals Conditioner if my scalp is a little Itcy and Dry I will use an ACV Mix to detangle my hair. I then Deep Condition by sitting under my Steamer or Hair Dryer for 30 min if I’m under my dryer I use the baggy method. I will add in a Protein treatment once or twice a month in the fall and winter months. I use Aphogee two step protein treatments. Then I style, have been using the LOC method it works for me. Then I will add a Mixture of Coco-nut Oil and Castor Oil that I keep in an applicator bottle I will rub that on my scalp after I have twisted my hair. It helps me with my dry/itchy scalp in the fall/winter months.
Because I work out Monday-Saturday I shampoo my hair on Friday’s or Saturday’s and I co-wash on Wednesday.
My favorite products are a mixture of two natural hair care lines. One is Camille Rose Naturals and the second is Koils by Nature. I use the Almond Jai Twisting Butter from Camille Rose and the Coconut Water Leave in treatment. And for my wash and goes I use Curl Maker Marshmallow Agave Leave Extract by Camille Rose. Koils By Nature has a Deep Conditioner called “Moisturizing CocoAloe and that’s a Deep Conditioner that is to DIE for man oh man they call it “Creamy Crack” and man it’s like that LOL. I also use the Replenishing Lavender & Eucalyptus Cleanser from Koils By Natural and it gets my scalp clean without stripping my hair.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
The only style I know how to do is Two Strand Twist or a Wash & Go.
I love watching other natural’s, I’m not afraid to walk up to a lady and tell her she is rocking or working a style. So that is where I get my inspiration from. I’m a Natural Watcher LOL
Who is your curl crush?
I have 2 curl crushes
Leela James is my curl crush. Her hair AWESOME!! She rocks; my second curl crush is Tracee Ellis Ross.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
A Satin Bonnet is a MUST, if I’m trying to maintain a twist out, I will re twist my hair in 5-6 Big twist and roll the ends. If it’s a wash & go, I will mix Aloe Vera Juice, Water and a Leave in conditioner and spritz my hair with it and sleep in a plastic cap and my bonnet.
How do you maintain healthy length?
Because I suffer LOL from shrinkage my hair looks short, so I really don’t get caught up on length. I keep my ends trimmed. I usually get my ends trimmed every 5-8 months. My hair will show me when my ends are needed to be trimmed. When I get those fairy knots that is Sassy way of telling me it’s time to get her trimmed.
What's the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is I know longer blend in. When I relaxed my hair I looked like every other women. Now that I’m natural my hair stands out; never blends in.
Where can folks find you on the web?
Face book: Mikasha Wade (Dancer For Christ)
Instagram: Natural MiMi
Twitter: DancerForChrist @Native28