Welcome to another edition of Hair's My Natural Beauty - a series of informative/inspiring/insightful Natural Hair interviews showcasing the various textures of natural hair. This week's Natural Hair beauty is......
Location: New York
How would you describe your hair? My hair is the Boss, and I mean this lovingly :-). I can be having the most mundane, unproductive day at work, but if the Fro is still taking compliments it automatically makes me smile!
How long have you been natural? Been natural for a little over 10 years. Did my first Big Chop after my 1st semester in College.
What prompted you to "go natural"? Decided to go natural after seeing a picture of a gorgeous woman with two-strand twists in a hair style magazine. Her skin and entire being seemed to have this natural glow & I became transfixed, envious but also determined to get a slice of that, lol.
What is the main difference between having natural hair vs chemically relaxed hair? I firmly believe this is different for most, but for me it’s just been the hands on care I’m able to give my strands. When my hair was relaxed, I cared very little for styles, and the overall health of my hair. Today, I’m researching hair products, making decisions on purchases based not only on price…but what specific ingredients go into the formulation. I’m definitely more conscious of hair health as opposed to when I was relaxed.
What hair styles are you fond of using to style your natural hair? I’m the Queen of the twist-out at this point. It’s my main go-to style, and a favorite because even though I may try slight variations in product or styling tools each week, the results are always different but enjoyable! This year will be more about trying new things, like braid-outs, and my hair nemesis…the bantu knot!
Do you accessorize your hair? What accessories do you use? LOVE accessories! A few of my favorites have been clip on bows found on sale via Anthroplogie, while others are frugal pics from Goody’s line of stuff. Summer time, I’m a head scarf wearing fiend…the brighter in color, the better!
What hair products (shampoos, conditioners, styling aids) work best for your hair? Why? My hair is thick…always has been even when I was relaxed, so anything rich & creamy in texture lends itself VERY well when washing/styling. Current favs are from Karen’s Body Beautiful which is based in Brooklyn, New York. I use their Creamylicious hair cream almost every day, either at night to seal or in the a.m. to refresh an old twist-out. I also have a sensitive scalp, so to cleanse the hair I use a shampoo with zero sulfates and one that’s typically formulated for highly textured hair. I’m running very low on this..but Curl Junkie’s Cleansing Conditioner works great to remove buildup and leaves my hair soft.
What is your hair regimen? How often do you wash/co-wash? I wash hair once a week, starting with a pre-poo, followed by a scalp cleanse, co-wash of just the hair & a deep conditioning treatment. Finding time to DC is the hardest part, but when doable my hair thrives! Over-washing my hair leads me to a dry-over worked scalp, so I try my best to maintain whatever style I have for the week with a diligent nightly routine.
What resources, tools, books, videos, etc helped you along your natural hair journey? To be honest, the natural hair boards, YouTube and conversations with friends in real time have been the greatest resources in my ongoing journey. There’s a natural feedback that you can’t often find in the pages of a book that I like, and the information is on its own continuum.
Hair's my natural beauty because... My hair to me over the years has become the greatest, positive extension of my personality. Whether I wear it bunned back, in BIG HAIR status or under a beanie cap…it’s my own personal canvas. Without even trying on most days, it introduces me to the world before I even get a chance. I love that.