Please, introduce yourself!
Hey sistahs, my name is Dominique. From 9 to 5 I am a Court Liaison for a Residential facility and from 5 to (whenever I catch some Z’s) I write for my online publication, najamagazine.com I have been a natural for a little over eight years. Like many naturals, I was tired of the limp look and lack of versatility that I had with permed hair. There was no big chop during my experience I simply transitioned with braids, pony tails and sew-in weaves.
What is your current hair care regimen?
I actually don’t have a consistent regimen. It changes with the seasons or whatever my hair tells me to do. In the Winter I use more Shea butter products because my hair is very porous. I deep condition at least once a week or bi-weekly and my hair is usually in some protective style. In the summer my hair is never out unless I’m giving it a break in between braids and in that instance I love twist outs. It is pointless to straighten my hair. I don’t use Shea in the summer because it’s too heavy; I stick with olive oil instead. I do tend to wash my hair more often in the summer because I swim a lot and I sweat a lot. I use any brand shampoo as well as apple cider vinegar rinses. I’m not big on brands but I love Yes to Carrots and Yes to Cucumbers conditioners. They are super creamy! I just started using multi vitamins because I became vegetarian and I noticed my hair was shedding more often probably because it was adjusting to the new diet.
What is your hair type and what works best for your texture?
Sheesh, I’ve never been good at typing my hair. I guess whatever two notches us from the most coarse type is. It’s funny actually because my hair was very coarse and hard to manage and detangle as a child. About a third year into not eating beef the texture began to change. The curl pattern was loose and my hair was actually less brittle. I wash my hair in sections in the shower instead of standing over the sink. (I need that all over feeling!) I coat my ends with olive oil since shampoos tend to strip my hair and I concentrate more on my scalp. Once I’m done one section I move on the next…on, on to the next one! Minimal to no manipulation, low to no heat, plenty of olive oil and a good attitude usually keeps my hair intact.
What reaction did you get when you first decided to go natural?
I did not get much of a reaction when I went natural. I get more of a reaction when people see my hair out and find out that it’s actually mine! My mother loves my hair, my family always comments on how much I have and how thick it is. I dated a white guy for a while and he loved it! I get mostly positive feedback from everyone and if there is someone out there that doesn’t like my hair I sure don’t know about it lol.
Did you BC or transition, if so when or for how long?
I transitioned for about two years and simply clipped an inch when it grew an inch. It was frustrating at first because it looked like my hair didn’t grow but I know I had to be patient and get rid of my wretched ends if I wanted my hair to look like something.
What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
There is something about going natural that prompts a lifestyle change and improves self-esteem. I love the versatility that I am allowed, I love that my hair can actually communicate with me telling me what it likes and what it doesn’t like. I enjoy that connection.
Where can we find you on the web?
Hmm let’s see, first there is Twitter @mslondon247 then there is najamagazine.com as well as Facebook at dlondon.
Anything EXTRA you want us to know?
If you are a new natural or someone who is not natural but you are strongly considering, you are doing more than changing what’s on your head you will begin to change what is in your heart as it relates to your entire lifestyle…GOOD LUCK DIVAS! xoxo
My name is Alexandra Smith, I am 22 year old single mother of one, full time Media Journalism student and business owner.I share my curly girl experience and other kinky haired goodness on my site “The Good Hair Blog.” My overall goal of blogging for the natural hair community is to bring us together,men included by spreading knowledge, inspiration and love about our diverse heads of hair.