Naturals To Know: Vashti

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1 How long have you been a natural? Did you transition? If so, how?

I big chopped in August 2009. I had stopped relaxing my hair three months prior, but at that time I didn’t know it was called transitioning 🙂 Once I big chopped, I cut off most of my new growth and started fresh with about 1/4 inch of hair.


2 Describe your hair in three words.

Cottony, springy, unique.


3 How are you currently wearing your hair? What is your hair routine? What products do you use?

For the past 3 weeks, I’ve been wearing kinky twists. When I’m not protective styling (I tweak my regimen slightly then), I cleanse/co-wash my hair and deep condition weekly. I clarify my hair no more than twice each month.

I use bentonite clay or a Bobeam shampoo bar to clarify. Some of my other favorite products include Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque (as a styler), Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream, and Darcy’s Botanicals Pumpkin Seed Curl Moisturizing Conditioner. I tend to rotate my products, but I’m consistent with the routine.

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4 Name one thing that you learned about your hair after becoming a natural.

The importance and value of weekly/regular deep conditioning. I honestly didn’t pay much attention to deep conditioning when I was relaxed. If I wasn’t at the salon, I just grabbed any conditioner and slapped it on. Now I know better.


5 Where else can we find you online?

Check out my blog, The HodgePodge Files
Like my Facebook page, The HodgePodge Files
Subscribe to my YouTube channel, VeePeeJay’s Hair Adventures
Let’s hang in my Meetup group, Bella Glam Natural
Follow me on Instagram @veepeejay


6 A final word of advice for new naturals?

Your hair is amazing and beautiful. No matter its length treat it that way. Enjoy each stage, employ best practices based on your hair’s characteristic and needs, and have FUN!

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2 Responses so far.

  1. Marie says:

    I definitely don’t deep condition enough. All the ones I try don’t seem to do a good job. I did however like the Biolage deep conditioner. It was light, and smelled great.
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  2. Tinuke says:

    I love Vee and her hair. She is totally beautiful and very inspiring
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