Tell me about yourself!
My name is Kyera Belton. I am 24 years old, and I live in St. Louis MO. I have been natural for 4 years, 4 months, and 10 days.
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned for a year before I cut my relaxed hair off. In the beginning this journey was hard but it helped me learn more about myself. It was a lifestyle change for me. A new beginning and my relationship with God even became stronger.
Had you always embraced your texture?
I did not always embrace my natural texture. I did not know what to do with it when I cut my relaxer off, but it was a learning experience. I was the one who said that I would never go natural, but I just woke up one morning and said that I was not going to put another relaxer in my hair.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My mom and my friends love it. I even convinced my mom to go natural. My dad on the other hand does not like my natural hair. He is always shoving pictures in my face from when I was relaxed and saying stuff like, “I miss your hair like this” or “I like your hair straight.”
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I have really dry coarse hair. I moisturize my hair daily.
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
I think the craziest thing that I have done to my hair is color it. Nothing too crazy.
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
Putting color in my hair was my biggest regret. I had to get some of my hair cut because the dye damaged my ends.
What’s your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I was my hair with Organix shampoo every other week and Wen cleansing conditioner in between my shampoo week. I deep condition every other week with Palmers protein pack. For styles, I use SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and shea butter.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My favorite hairstyle is a braid out. I get my hairstyle inspiration from YouTube. I can spend hours and hours on YouTube getting hair ideas and product reviews.
Who is your curl crush?
I love, love, love The Glam Twins on YouTube. I love their overall style.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
At night I braid my hair down and sleep with a satin bonnet.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I maintain healthy length by drinking a lot of water and exercising. I also take my vitamins.
What’s the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is that I am overall healthy. My body and hair. I love my hair. It is beautiful, and I could not even imagine going back to relaxed damaged hair.