Va$htie- artist, director and designer- is On the Couch. She’s shot videos for the Justin Biebers and Solanges of the world, but today, we’ve booked her to talk hair!

On her hair story…
I’ve never had a relaxer. I’ve pretty much been natural all my life, aside from my foray with hair color. My hair is naturally curly and I’ve kind of been lucky to just be a wash and go girl.

On her products…
I use Avalon Organics brand shampoo and conditioner. I sometimes mix almond oil into my conditioner or leave-in conditioner and that helps with shine. I don’t put too much in because I’m easily weighed down, but I usually mix in an oil. I try to do as much organic as possible. Even with my beauty care I try to get things that have low carcinogens… things good from the inside out.

I use a conditioner that isn’t technically a leave-in, mixed with the almond oil, and I just leave a little in.

On hair extensions…
I generally wear my own hair. But-

I’m involved with a company called Indique and they give me hair clipins. I’ve been using them for special events when I wanna go super long and really sleek. It’s 30 inches long.

A couple of years ago I did have a weave for a movie. The story of the girl I was playing was East Indian, and you know they traditionally have super long hair. I had the weave in for a day and it was the most painful experience. Which is so weird cause I’m not tender headed. My hair was braided but the net was painful. After we shot it, I had to take it out immediately. On top of it, I’m claustrophobic and it made me feel trapped. So I realized quickly that it wasn’t for me!

On her routine…
I probably wash once or twice a week. Once I wash, it looks great for that day, but then the next day I have to refresh it. I have a spray bottle with leave-in conditioner and water just mixed up. I spritz it and scrunch it back to its curl. If I’m not wearing it down, I’ll twist it back, sometimes I braid it.

On achieving healthy hair…
I’m serous about health from the inside out. There’s only so much you can do topically. Make sure you eat right, getting your right amount of vitamins and nutrients. I love veggies, nuts and beans. I can imagine that helps. Being good to your hair not putting it through turmoil… I personally don’t like blowdrying my hair because I’m really lazy. I air dry or towel dry and for me, that’s given me a healthy head of hair. Giving it a break and giving it time to do its own thing… doing things as naturally as possible.

On her projects…

I’m directing and shooting several music videos and I’m about to relaunch my clothing line with a new collection and website.

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