Hey! My name is Temi. I’m from Silver Spring, MD and I work in DC.
What is your current hair regimen?
Hmm, let’s see…I wash my hair once a week, usually on the weekends if I’m attempting to style it. I try to deep condition every other week. I also co-wash mid-week when I’m wearing a wash and go. I usually finger detangle for wash and go’s and use a comb to detangle for twist outs.
When you travel how do you care for your hair?
I recently went to Maui for a week and had no idea what I was going to do with my hair! It ended up being pretty easy, I wore a wash and go/ puff for the entire trip. I ended up having to wash salt water out of my hair quite often but it didn’t seem to have a negative effect. I just made sure to finger detangle with lots of conditioner and seal in the moisture after every wash and it worked pretty well. My curls were poppin! Detangling when I returned from the trip was a different story though…
How would you describe your hair type?
Confused, lol. The back of my hair near the nape of my neck and around my ears is a semi-loose coil pattern. A majority of it is tighter coils and curls mixed in with relentless frizz. The crown of my hair (a small patch of it on top) is a loose wave/ curl pattern.
What type of products work best for your curls?
I’ve pretty much used the same products since I originally BC’ed up till now. I use some combination of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Deep Treatment, Trader Joe’s Shampoo and conditioner, Aussie Moist conditioner for co-washing and my new favorite styler from the Ade Vegan Hair Essentials line: Rosehip Strand Essence.
When did you decide to go natural or have you been a curly girl all your life?
It took PLENTY of convincing from my sister and cousins for me to finally go natural but I am so happy that I finally did it. I decided about two years ago to stop getting relaxers and I BC about a year ago.
Did you big chop or transition? (If you transitioned, for how long?)
I transitioned for a year. My last Relaxer was March 2011 and I cut off the relaxed ends in March 2012.
Did you ever struggle with curly girl insecurities? If so, what helped you adjust to your naturally curly hair over the years?
I definitely did when I first chopped my hair off. It was the shortest that I had ever worn it before and I was pretty nervous about walking into work the next day. I got over it quickly though and bought lots of cute clothes, big earrings and even started wearing a little bit of makeup (which I never do) to boost my confidence!
How did your friends and family react to you going natural?
All of the reactions were extremely positive which definitely helped with the insecurity issue.
What makes you love your kinks, curls and coils?
It’s so big! I love that my hair isn’t perfectly coiled and curled. The frizz that I mentioned earlier is probably responsible for 50% of my fro’s size so I’ve definitely learned to love and embrace it!
Where can we find you on the web?
Is there anything else you want to share?
Check out my sister’s hair line: Ade Vegan Hair Essentials. She’s got a great line of all natural hair products that I love using for my wash and go’s and twist-outs. The Rose hip Strand Essence really makes my curls pop without weighing my hair down. Check It out at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/AdeVeganHair