Meet Daydra… a big chopper who is now confident even without the hair flowers and bows!

CN: When you first chopped, what were your thoughts and feelings? How do you feel now?
The very moment after I chopped, I liked it. I felt okay about it. THEN I went to sleep and I woke up with a shrunken thing on my head and I was like, what did I do!? Haha. But after about a day I liked it again. And now I feel confident and beautiful with my twa. I love it! I think that it sets me apart and I feel very unique.

CN: How did you cope with the responses from your family and friends?
Oh my! Haha my lil bro (15yo) laughed every time he looked at me. He made fun of me and said that I looked like an African child that should be begging for rice. yea. I just tuned him out or laughed right along with him to show that it didn’t bother me. Everybody else liked or loved it. They said it suited me, so that made me feel awesome. My best friend even said that I looked better with my twa.

CN: What plans do you have for your hair?
I plan on growing out this baby! I want a huge hair! I just wanna enjoy this journey and enjoy the versatility of my hair as it gets longer and bigger. 😀

CN: Do you find it necessary to ‘doll up’ your look to feel more feminine?
Truthfully, at first I did. I would always have a flower in my hair or a feather or a bow, or a clip. I felt like I had to go the extra mile to look feminine. I also started wearing earrings after years without them. But now I feel feminine without all the flowers in my hair. After a while they felt like I was wearing a uniform kind of, because people would ask me where my flower is when I didn’t wear one. Now I am totally comfortable just rocking my curls without any headpieces.

CN: If so, what are your favorite accessories, or go to ways to glam up your look?
Earrings! I bought a whole bunch of ‘em and now I wanna pierce my ears a second time so I can wear more than one pair at a time LOL. I still love my flowers and bows too. I also love scarves.

CN: How do you keep it moisturized?
At night, I spritz with water, then I spritz with a mixture of water and glycerin. That really helped my hair to feel softer, because at first it was super dry! Then I add a leave in cream or a conditioner and I apply my oils. Some nights I baggy.

CN: What products and techniques do you use to style? How often do you style?
Well I don’t do much with my hair right now (I only have 3 inches). I usually rock a wash n go, but last week I did my first (modified) twist out. Yippe! I cowashed with V05, and applied Nature’s Gate Hemp Conditioner. Before I washed out my deep conditioner, I finger combed and smoothed my hair to get my curls defined. Then I twisted it with the conditioner still in. I dc’d over night and when I woke up, I washed out the conditioner and undid the twists. My hair came out more elongated and not shrunken like it usually is. I wash my hair twice a week, but I may cowash sporadically if my hair feels yucky.

CN: How do you get your waves or curls popping?
My hair is already very defined and curly! It spirals just like those springs in the push point pens. I love it. Lol. To get my curls to pop, I just apply my conditioner and finger comb and smooth my hair. Any conditioner works for me, but I mostly use vo5 or Natures Gate. (I stick to the cheaper conditioners for that because I am heavy handed and I can use a lot of conditioner when doing this).

CN: How do you preserve your curls at night?
After applying my nightly spritz and things, I cover with a satin bonnet and go to bed. When I wake up, I spritz lightly again, apply my coconut oil and massage my scalp to revive my curls.