How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since 2005. In the beginning, I never wore my hair curly. It wasn’t until about 2009 that I big chopped again (3rd time) and wore my hair curly.
What do you use in your hair?
I’m not a regimented person so for me, there’s no set routine. I use whatever products on hand for the most part. I do, however, always use Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie as my moisturizer. I change gels (although EcoStyler is my favorite), styling products, shampoos (which I only use once a month), and conditioners. Just recently, I have really been feeling Jane Carter’s products but they are a little pricey and not easy to find. (Target does carry them but I’m not finding her whole line there.)
How much do you charge to do yarn wraps/braids?
I have done braids and wraps in the past and they take a while to do. I’m not currently interested in doing them on a regular basis simply because I don’t have the time.
What is your hair type?
My hair is pretty crazy! I have anything from a 4a-4b in the middle of my head to a 3a in the front left of my head. Some of my hair is coily, some is curly and there are spots on my head where it looks like I have heat damage.
When was the last time you put heat on your hair?
It’s been almost a year since I’ve flat ironed my hair. I have only used a warm blow dryer since then.
Why don’t you use heat more often?
Well, first of all, it takes too much time. Then, I can’t get my desired results without kicking the heat up above 400 degrees. That would cause heat damage so, forget the whole thing…lol!
What is your go to style?
I usually have my hair in some sort of updo. I’m also known for doing weird protective styles, like yarn wraps. (See tutorial here!)
What suggestions would you have for someone who is newly natural?
I have two: Be patient and own your hair. I think the biggest struggle we have as naturalistas is wanting our hair to be long immediately. I mean, we live in a microwave society. We get what we want, when we want it. That’s not real life though. Things are meant to develop, to grow. So, being patient is one. Then, own YOUR hair. YouTube videos should be watched with the desire to be inspired in mind. We shouldn’t watch them wanting or desiring our hair to look like the girl’s on the screen. Your hair is like no one else’s in the world. That’s beautiful! Own that!
Big chop or transition?
I have big chopped four different times. I am not a long term anything (except my marriage). I barely can keep a hair style for a month. That, in and of itself, takes work. I, personally, would big chop. It gives me a chance to know my hair as it grows. However, that’s not for everyone. It takes some gonads to cut your hair completely off. That’s not to say that transitioners aren’t bold and courageous. Don’t get me wrong. Going natural takes some courage. I’m just saying that big chopping is not for everyone.
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