Naturals To Know: Adey
1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?
I stopped chemically straightening my hair back in 2001. I transitioned by letting my natural hair grow out and regularly cutting the straight ends of my hair over time until all the relaxed part of my hair was gone.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Thick, versatile, and resilient.
3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
I usually wear my hair in a braid out or a pulled up braid out. Before washing, I pre-poo my hair with a mix of coconut milk, conditioner and castor oil. If my scalp is dry, I also do a scalp treatment with a mix of jojoba oil and tea tree oil. I usually wash my hair with liquid castile soap but I sometimes use vegetable glycerine soap or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle shampoo. The conditioner I currently use is Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle conditioner.
I like using a mixture of jojoba, coconut, argan, and castor oils after washing my hair. To help detangle my hair, I recently started using a mix of water and apple cider vinegar, which works great for me. I like using all-natural hair and body products as much as possible. I rarely use commercial hair products but if I had to pick one, it would definitely be SheaMoisture. Part of my routine is regularly getting my hair trimmed every three to four months.
4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
I learned that diet influences the condition of hair probably more than anything else..
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6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
My advice for new naturals would be to learn to appreciate their particular hair without comparing it to others’ and to understand that every head of hair is different. What works for one person may not necessarily work for another. It’s important to have patience and to focus on the health of the hair rather than length and to enjoy the process of transitioning to natural hair at every length.
I have found that it’s not necessary to buy a lot of expensive commercial hair products to care for natural hair. I personally believe that all-natural products are the best for natural hair. But God created all of us to be unique, so we all have to find which products work best for us. That is part of the adventure of the natural hair journey.
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