Hello guys! My name is Priscilla and I am from New York City. I’m in my late 20’s and I am also a college student majoring in child education. I love children and I can’t wait to teach! My goal is to also teach internationally for the less fortunate countries that are in need. In my spare time you can catch me blogging about natural hair and all that jazz.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 1 year and 8 months now =D
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
Growing up in the Dominican culture, women are not usually taught to embrace their natural hair. Typically if your hair is not straight and silky it is most likely considered to be “bad hair”. And I guess it didn’t help that my mom was also a hairdresser and she always had my hair blow-dried even as a kid. So I never really knew what my hair texture really was. Aside from that I experimented with relaxers, every hair color, you name it and I had it, lol, and all types of weaves. It was so fried, it was just a hot mess. So with a combination of breakage, heat damage and excessively dying my hair throughout the years, my hair eventually started to fall out. It was beyond over processed. My last relaxer was in 2011, I transitioned for about 5 months and then I big chopped.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
I’ve had such a positive experience so far, everyone has been really supportive and my friends and family actually like my hair this way than before. I think it has been an easy journey for myself because I enjoy it, the only time it was frustrating was when I was yearning for longer hair. But I no longer feel that way, I just healthy hair and learned to be patient with it. The most memorable part of my journey I would have to say is being afraid of rockn’ my fro in a corporate america setting. I was always thinking that people at work would look at me funny or not understand my hair, because no one at work had my type of hair. But surprisingly when I let loose and finally did, my colleagues actually admired it 🙂
What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
I wore clip in extensions while I was transitioning because I was not quite so comfortable with the length of my hair yet. So I wore curly weaves that blended out with my texture for about 5 months of transitioning. But some of the hairstyles I did while transitioning, were braid outs, twistouts and flexi rod sets.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Everyone was really supportive and excited. I had a few friends who preferred my straight hair, but ironically they are also going natural now too. 🙂
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
My hair regimen right now consists of co-washing weekly with Shea Moisture Conditioner and I just started using this Hair Rules Product called “Daily Cleansing Cream” which is a moisturizing no suds shampoo. It feels just like conditioner! Then I use Kinky Curly’s “Knot Today” as a base, finger rake with a leave in either Luv Naturals or Koils by Nature. I use these at the moment, but I do admit, am a product junkie and tend to switch/try out different products. Afterwards I seal with an oil, either Jamaican Black Castor Oil, or African Shea Butter. And that’s what my WNG’s typically consist of. Afterwards I will usually preserve it with a pineapple, or do a twist out and consistently keep my hair moisturized until its time for wash day again. Also since my hair is color treated I deep condition frequently, using my Heutiful Hair Steamer and use Curl Junkie’s repair me once a month as a reconstructive treatment.
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s, or blogs?
I love Taren Guy’s channel and Naptural85 and Andreas Choice, they are all very inspiring!
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
We never end up regretting the things that we actually do. We end up regretting what we don’t. We regret the chances we didn’t take. We regret the things that we didn’t say. We regret the opportunities we let pass. Remember to do what makes you happy =D Oh and dont be afraid to shine!
Where can people find you for more information?
I have a natural hair blog on : www.Shinestruck.com