1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?
I have been natural for 5 years. I did a big chop in 2007 to rid my hair of relaxer. For three years I wore dreadlocks, and then I was able to pick out my dreadlocks and transition to free flowing natural hair.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Kinky, full, and versatile.
3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?
Currently I am wearing my hair in a lot of protective styles like two-strand twists, finger coils, and if I feel like breaking away from protective styling I do Wash n Go’s using Kinky-Curly Custard.
My hair routine is very low on manipulation. I twist or braid my hair, wear this style for 1 1/2 or 2 weeks, co-wash my hair (if it has product buildup then I shampoo), and then start the process all over again. I try to fit in deep conditioning sessions twice a month, and now that I have seen the benefits of protein treatments I will be doing them once a month as well.
4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
My hair really doesn’t like a lot of fuss which is why I stick to protective styling. The mid section of my hair requires extra protection. I have a kinky texture throughout my hair, but I definitely find the middle part of my hair to be extra kinky, which means it is easy for it to get matted and acquire breakage.
To deal with this I give this section extra moisture and I never sleep without a protective style of some sort. Whether that means pineappling (if I am lazy) or twisting my hair, I never ever go to bed without doing this or I will pay for it with breakage and matted hair.
Try to stay away from constant manipulation. It puts too much stress on your hair. When you leave your hair alone it flourishes. Our hair is very delicate. The more you stress it by using combs, brushes, and heat styling tools like blow dryers, the weaker it becomes. Balance protein and moisture along with protective styling and you will really see a difference in your hair.