Naturals To Know: Elle
1 How long have you been natural? Did you transition? And if so, how?
I’ve been natural for about a year (so excited!). I didn’t really transition – I started to go down that path, but I was HORRIBLE at transitioning styles like twist and braid outs, and bantu knots. My hair would never dry overnight and I would end up sticking it in a ponytail after all that work, so I got mad and cut my hair into a mohawk (cutting the back and sides) with relaxed hair still on the top.
I maintained that style for about four months with trims, then finally cut it all off to even it up. I had about an inch of hair when I did my BC.
2 Describe your hair in three words.
Unpredictable, special, and bright.
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 wash and go but I have tried a braid out and I liked it, so I’ll do that again.
Although I love playing with and rotating my products, my routine is fairly low maintenance. I do a quick cowash daily, shampoo once a week, and deep condition 1-2x a week. Also, I detangle about every 3-4 days in order to get out shed hair.
Previously, I was staying away from protein, but I just tried a PT and it ROCKED my world, so I’ll be using it monthly.
I have a ton of products but I definitely have found my favorites and holy grails. The best products for me are from Oyin (Honey Hemp, Burnt Sugar Pomade, Hair Dew), Curl Junkie (Curl Queen, Curl Rehab, Daily Fix, Repair Me!, Curls in a Bottle), and Donna Marie (Dream Curling Creme, Super Buttercreme, Cocoa Hemp Buttermilk). Oh, and Kinky Curly Curling Custard (paired with the Honey Hemp it’s awesome for me). I also love 100% aloe vera gel/juice, honey, agave nectar, hemp seed oil, and making my own flax seed gel.
4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.
The importance of WATER based moisture! The entire time I was relaxed I was constantly using oils and oil based products and I was so clueless as to why my hair was getting so dry. My hair loves water to death now; I can’t get enough of it!
5 Where else can we find you online?
My blog, Quest for the Perfect Curl (the perfect curl meaning a head full of healthy natural hair), is where I write about products, hair care, and some ramblings about the natural hair community.
Also, my YouTube channel houses my product reviews and tutorial videos
6 A final word of advice for new naturals?
Research! It is going to take some trial and error for you to find out what works for you, but research ingredients and products based on your texture (fine, medium, coarse) and porosity (low, normal, high).
If you ask someone to give you a hair routine or product list, chances are you are going to be disappointed. Curl pattern, although it’s nice to look at someone who has hair similar to you, doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. I have used plenty of products that women with a looser pattern rave about, but my texture is similar to theirs (usually looser curlies with coarse hair).
I will say one thing – being natural has definitely brought back my fondness for reading!
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