Naturals To Know: Alma Ruddock
1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?
I’ve been natural now for just under 5 years. My last relaxer was in July of 2008. I transitioned for 18 months before doing the BC. Mostly I wore braids during my transition and flat ironed occasionally.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Kinky, curly, shrinky. (Is that even a word?)
3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
I generally wear my hair either in a stretched braid out or flat ironed and more recently in a controlled shrinkage style using a braid and curl. I have always preferred to wear my hair down but I do occasionally wear buns and ponytails, especially when length retention is high on my list of priorities.
When I was growing my hair out, I was protective styling about 40-50% of the time, usually with weaves, extension braids or jut mini braids with my own hair.
This year however, I have decided to extend my wash day to every two weeks. This is to reduce my detangling sessions and retain length as I don’t intend to do much protective styling this year. I want to enjoy my hair now that I have reached my initial goal length.
It took me a whole year to reign in my product jukie-sm but there are a few products that I go back to time and time again:
Elvive Full Restore 5 Masque, KeraPRO conditioner, TRESemme Naturals conditioner, Curls Unleashed sulfate-free shampoo, Redken Antisnap leave-in, Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment, Curls Unleashed leave-in conditioner, henna, and copious amounts of coconut oil.
4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
My hair absolutely needs protein to retain length. I thought that I would rarely use protein once I went natural but I was totally wrong.
5 Where else can we find you online?
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
You are now in possession of the most versatile hair on earth! So don’t get yourself stuck in a styling rut. There is no hair so thick or so different that it can’t be molded into all those gorgeous styles you see on blogs and YouTube. It all comes down to technique which takes time and patience to get right. Hang in there.
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