Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
When I first went natural, I big chopped in July of 2011.
Had you always embraced your texture?
Hmm… at first when I started out my curls were loose, but as i gained length they turned into kinks. I embrace my kinky hair because I love the fullness.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
During the time I was staying with my grandmother, she didn’t mind. She’s actually natural herself. It was a huge step with telling my friends because they were use to my straight relaxed hair. As time went on they grew use to it.
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
My hair is coarse on the crown, but more loose curls on my edges. I deal with low porous hair. It’s very hard to keep moisturized, but I get it done.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I think the craziest thing I’ve done to my hair was putting globs of gel in it for a wash & go look when my hair is course! A hot mess!
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest hair related regret is doing puffs on my hair all the time. I just need to let my hair out more.
What’s your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
My current wash routine is once a month. During the week, I water my hair and seal it with oil. During my wash, day I use Mane & Tail and Talia’s hair oil. My favorite hair product line is Shea Moisture. After my wash, I usually twist my hair and wrap up with my silk scarf.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle is puffs & a twist out.
Who is your curl crush?
I would have to say Nikki Mae.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I maintain my hair by putting it all in a pineapple and wrapping my hair with my scarf. I even layer my pillow with a silk scarf just in case.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I maintain healthy length by keeping up with my routine, using my fingers as my tools, and keeping other people from touching my hair with un-cleaned hands.
What’s the best thing about being natural?
I can feel free and alive. It’s quicker to just puff my hair and go. I even love when it’s out. Being natural has taught me a lot about taking care of myself. Since I’ve been natural, I eat and drink healthier than I use to. I even go to the gym more without worrying about sweating out a relaxer!