Where in Africa are you from?
Where are you currently based?
When did you decide to go natural?
I decided to go natural in 2012. I transitioned for three months, I kept my hair in braids most of time.I hated the sight of the two textures; I felt brave enough to go completely natural.
What has your experience been having natural hair so far?
My experience has been great so far. The first few months were challenging; it’s at this stage that became a product junkie. My journey became smooth once I learnt my hair type, the best products and how to use them. It is an ongoing relationship, and there is no turning back. I love my hair so much.
What is your hair regimen?
Every week: I pre-poo with Coconut/Avocado Oil, Two-strand twist hair and wear a shower cap overnight. I usually co-wash and occasionally shampoo, or rinse my scalp and hair with Apple Cider Vinegar/Baking Soda. I wash the hair in two strand twists, apply conditioner, detangle with a wide-tooth comb and re-twist in sections before rinsing. After rinsing, I apply my oil mixture followed by Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in conditioner. I then apply Shea Butter to seal in the moisture, focusing mainly on the ends.
Morning and Night Routine: This varies according to how I styles my hair after wash. I have recently learnt that I don’t need to re-twist my hair often, and it holds moisture very well until day four or five. But here it goes: Morning after wash, I apply a small amount of oil to the hair before unraveling it to avoid frizz, then I style as desired. In the evening, I wrap my hair with a scarf and wear a bonnet. I redo twists on day five or six: spritz a mixture of rose water, oils and leave-in conditioner to hair and scalp then twist hair. I avoid combing during the week, preferring finger combs.When I do comb, I first dampen the hair, use a wide tooth comb starting from the ends and work my way to the roots. This is to minimize breakage.
Any future plans/dreams for your hair?
My dream is to grow my hair until I achieve Waist Length (WL).
Any advice to those considering going natural?
It may seem daunting at first but as you get to know your hair, you really begin to enjoy it. I remember I used to think that my hair can’t look like Jenell B Stewart, but now there is not much I don’t believe I can’t do. It’s so versatile as there are so many ways to style it. I’d also say, learn the products that work for your hair. Hair textures are different and not everything works for everyone.