CN: How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for two years and two months. It was very scary at first and I really didn’t know what I was doing. I honestly spent the first few months winging it hoping I would figure out what I was doing. I have done ridiculous amounts of research trying to find the right products for me. Each month has brought its own challenges, but I have managed to stay positive and focused. I stopped relaxing officially in May 2007. I never looked back.
CN: What is your current routine?
I’m pretty lazy about washing my hair so I wash anywhere from once a week to once every two and a half weeks depending on the weather and my schedule. I style my hair with leave-in, gel, and natural oils whether it’s two-strand twists or a twist out. I try to trim knots as I find them but if my hair starts to become unmanageable due to being tangled, then it’s time for a trim. I dust the ends while my hair is still in two-strand twists. I deep condition once a month when I’m busy and twice a month when I have a lot of free time. Right before I deep condition I always clarify with either baking soda or apple cider vinegar and water if it is extremely dirty otherwise I just shampoo. I sleep on a satin pillow case and I do not re-twist my hair nightly when wearing twist outs. I began using henna in November of 2009, it has helped very much with my curl definition. Henna gives my hair weight so it hangs better and I’m able to use less hair products.
CN: What are your go to styles?
My staple styles are twists and twist outs. I love to change my hairstyle constantly. Each state it’s in changes my mood inversely, I change my hair to suit my moods. I love how my hair changes every day. Every night I sleep on it, it gets better and more unique. Curly hair has a mind of its own. I’ve learned to just roll with the punches when it comes to dealing with my mane. If my hair is super frizzy, dirty, or tangled then I put it in a high pony.
CN: How do you maintain length?
I maintain length by leaving my hair alone. I think those times that I am really busy and too tired to do my hair, are the best. As bad as this may sound I will leave my hair in two strand twists for up to three weeks. My hair loves low/no-manipulation. That’s when I notice the most growth. As far as moisture goes, I just play it by ear. Shea butter on my ends is very helpful as well as a good deep conditioning treatment.
CN: What’s the best thing about being naturally glamorous?!
I have come so far. I feel good knowing when I go out into the world what I’m presenting is a true representation of who I am and what I really look like. I’m not sure about other naturals but initially it was hard for me to be comfortable in my own skin wearing my hair just the way it is. It felt weird. I can definitely say that I have found myself through this hair journey. I love my hair, it is an extension of me. We grow together.
Wow, you have some seriously gorgeous hair and a gorgeous face too, very pretty (and love the tat's and piercings too!) x
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Are u kidding me, leaving your two-strands in for 3 weeks does not sound at all!..lol My bff can keep hers in longer, gotta do what ya gotta do! I def feel u on that low/no-manipulation. I'm in that boat with you also! Anywho, you are so FAB 🙂
Luka, your hair is gorgeous!!!! I am adding you on fotki & youtube.
Hey Luka! I love stopping by your page and watching your progress. Your hair continues to flourish into a healthy, voluminous mane :} Continue inspiring and being a naturally glam hair idol!
My hair is the same, which is why I have to pace my styles or choose at least one wash n' wear for the week. To avoid having to shampoo that often (even shampooing just your scalp can dry your roots) you can co-wash or water rinse every 2-3 days. 2-3 days after cleansing, I water rinse all of my hair and finish with a final rinse on my scalp that is a water/oil blend. The oils I use are anti-microbial + deodorizing. The blend contains the following: warm water, peppermint or tea tree oil, coconut or vatika oil, a fragrance oil like jasmine or white musk, a little coconut deodorant powder from Lush. The last two are per your preference, but they are fine to use in the hair and enhance the rinse. I apply all of it in an applicator bottle for direct access to my roots/convenience.
A last option is just using heavily scented pomades to refresh your hair after 2-3 days. If I really don't have time to wash and my scalp isn't too icky, I will scrunch a green tea scented shea butter throughout my hair and the fragrance lasts for 2+ days.
Lastly, make sure you're scalp has a clean start each week (i.e. occasional brown sugar scalp scrubs to remove dead skin, occasional baking soda + cleanser on the scalp) and that you're allowing your scalp to dry properly (i.e. drying in twists/bantu knots where hair is parted vs. buns where scalp is covered) hth.
Thank you for posting this! I rarely watch videos (I don't know why I have a problem with sitting still and watching them lol) but I HAD to watch this one, because her hair is gorgeous! Seeing her journey was good reinforcement to stay on the journey! And it made me want to undo my braided mohawk and play in my hair… lol.
Luka Lomi, do you do your twists on wet hair or dry hair? They look great!!!
Hey girl! You were always my inspiration when I BC almost 2 years ago. I'm always on your fotki and I enjoyed your story girl. Your hair has really taken off and is doing fabulous things
awesome makeup and hair! really pretty girl and great style 🙂 True inspiration
I agree gorgeous hair!
I have a question posed at anyone and everyone. How do you keep your hair from stinking when you only wash once per week or longer? Mine seems to stink after just 2 or 3 days – I just did my hair Monday and I already have that dirty hair smell.
Beautiful hair & person! Hair has so much shine/luster…it looks really healthy. Can't wait to see more vids!
ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL HAIR…I CAN'T WAIT TO GET THERE…enjoyed your documentary. NICE!!! I want to try henna so bad…
Your hair looks so alive, like it's moving even when it may not be. Gorgeous, gorgeous.
"Clearly my parents are from the islands? " ???
Nice hair and video.
WOWWWWWW her hair is rad i love it.
My Lord she has beautiful hair!
Mouth watering jealousness. Grr.
always loved her fotki album make up & hair flawless!!
Love her hair. It looks so soft and healthy.
Beautiful hair and awesome style.
LOVE her hair. I learned a lot from her on Fotki when I first went natural.
She has been my hair idol from jump found her on fotki back in Sept 09'..big chopped the next month.I have been a hair stalker since 🙂
absolutely GORGEOUS! i'm inspired to keep trying to learn about my hair (i grew my hair out for a 16 months and then did the big chop)
Beautiful–hair & makeup!
I check out her fotki often, her hair is beyond gorgeous!!!
So glad she has a youtube now!! I've been stalking her fotki since I was transitioning. I can't wait for her tutorial on her twist updos
OMG! love love love your hair…Everytime I see a hair idol, I am like, THAT is my inspiration lol I have about 1000 now..I enjoyed your video and I am glad to see someone else gets lazy and doesnt end up washing every week 🙂
Awwwh! I'm SO glad she made it on her! She's one of my favs on my fotki friend list!
Beautiful Lady & Beautiful Hair! Don't Feel Bad I Can Leave Twist in for a month sometimes…If I Braid My Hair I Sometimes Get Lazy And Leave Them In Longer, But If I Leave It In That Long I'll Wash It While Braided. 😀