Naturals To Know: Ness
1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?
I’ve been natural for 2 years (and counting!) but have been locked for about 20 months. I guess technically I did transition since I had gone a long while without a perm and was only wearing weaves or braids, but on the other hand I wasn’t planning on going all natural when I did it. So I suppose the answer is no lol, but I’m glad that I unintentionally let my natural tresses grow out until the day came when I got the big chop.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Clean, healthy, beautiful.
3 What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
I’m a freeformer, so all I do to my hair is rinse whenever I’m in the shower, wash once a week (more than that in the hotter months), oil my scalp after a wash, and deep condition every month or two. I spritz my hair daily with water and essential oils to give it moisture.
I make my own products. I use Dr. Bronner’s castille soap as the base for my homemade shampoo, olive oil for both my hair and my body, apple cider vinegar (for clarifying after a wash), fresh herbs to infuse with my acv rinse, and all sorts of essential oils like rosemary, lavender, tea tree oil, sweet orange, etc. Who said that freeforming doesn’t require some maintenance and TLC for your hair? Hehehe.
I learned the importance of making sure my hair is ALWAYS moisturized. That will mean spritzing my hair every day, perhaps even a rinse as well. Oil may not be so much of a necessity, but it does help for when I want my hair to feel more nourished and less dry.
5 Where else can we find you online?
Check out my blog, “My Locking Journey is Nessisary,” where i talk about my locking journey and other things related to loc hair care and loc issues.
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
The key to embracing your natural hair is to not stress over every little thing about it, embrace what you got, and just leave it alone and let it be. Find a regime that works for you and don’t model your hair after other naturals (it will just drive you nuts and make you frustrated!). Especially when it comes to locking, don’t fret over it so much. In the long run, locks, and natural hair also, will do what it do.
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