Tell me about yourself!
I am a full time graduate student, full time Office Manager, and full time natural hair enthusiast. You can call me Elle!
Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper? What was your journey like?
I transitioned. I’m too chicken to have short hair. Lol. My journey was more about breaking my habit of relying on heat to style my hair. I was stuck for a very long time at just below shoulder length, but as soon as I removed heat from the equation my hair grew like a weed. I went two years with no flat iron or blow dryer that was when I learned the most about my hair and the best way to care for it.
Had you always embraced your texture?
Honestly, I didn’t even realize I had curly hair until college. I’d always had my hair braided or flat ironed so when I finally started paying attention, I was shocked!
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them?
My family was accepting of it. I actually convinced my mom (almost 8 years ago) to go natural, and she hasn’t looked back since! Actually, my whole immediate family has natural hair !
Describe your hair (fine or coarse, thin or thick, highly porous, low, etc.)
I have very thick and dense hair. I do a decent job of making it look sleek (since I have a small head) but when I want it big it can get BIG!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to your hair?
The craziest thing I’ve ever done was flat iron it so much that my hair looked relaxed. :(
What’s your biggest hair related regret?
My biggest hair related regret is causing severe heat damage to it.
What’s your current hair routine? How often do you wash, condition, and style? Favorite products! Deets!
I wash once a week, and that consists of me washing 2 times with a shampoo of my choice, condition with Dare to Have Hair Candy Crush conditioner, deep condition with Shea Moisture Manuka Honey and Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque and style with Camille Rose Naturals Moisture Milk and Curl Maker gel.
Everything listed above are my ABSOLUTE favorite items that I grab and repurchase every time.
What’s your favorite hairstyle? Where do you get hairstyle inspiration?
My absolute FAVORITE hairstyle is a two strand twist with the finger coils at the end. I love this style because I don’t have to touch my hair for a week. And when I am tired of twists, I can take it out and have a BOMB twist out or even make a Mega Puff!
Who is your curl crush?
Naptural85 is hands down my favorite. Even though we have different curl patterns, the hairstyles she comes up with are AWESOME!
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I pineapple at night and put a satin bonnet over the curls (sounds weird I know.) I also sleep on a satin pillow case.
How do you maintain healthy length?
The easiest way for me to maintain length is to do low manipulation hair styles (usually 2 strand twists.) This allows me to keep my hands out of my hair for a week or more.
What’s the best thing about being natural?
The best thing about being natural is the versatility of my hair. And being natural has extended far beyond my hair but helped me to question everything that I put in/on my body. It’s a lifestyle!
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