Well, this is my second time going natural due to a freak accident with some shampoo that somehow managed to relax my hair again! But this time around I’ve been going natural since about Sept 2012, so around 8 months. I’ve been transitioning but I do plan to do my “big chop” quite soon!
What influenced you to go natural?
When I first went natural I made the decision because my hair is quite fine and the relaxer was damaging my hair to the point where my hair lightened from 1B to about a 4 without any colouring. Also my hair seemed to be refusing to grow past a certain length which was getting quite frustrating as not long before I relaxed my hair, my hair seemed to be growing quite nicely.
So what are your go to transitioning styles?
My number 1 transitioning style which I love, love, love is twists! I absolutely love them! Lol. Depending on length they are so easy to manage and to maintain and you can do so much with them. Also when my hair is out for a break flat twist outs with bantu knots at the end tend to work really well! I also like to occasionally do a half head weave, since I learnt how to keep my leave out straight with-out having to use heat.
And how about your top 3 products whilst transitioning?
Shea-moisture products are great, I don’t know how I lived without them! Also black castor oil especially for my hair as its fine, it helps to thicken my hair and (even though its not 1 product) all of the Mahogany naturals products! Love them! And what great is she’s based in the UK, literally round the corner from my moms house in Milton Keynes lol!
What does your current regime involve?
- Co wash - Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. If my hair is out I co-wash every 2 weeks
- Leave in - A mixture of jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil, Shea Moisture restorative conditioner and aloe vera or Tresseme Naturals conditioner
- Deep Treatment - Mahogany Naturals rhassoul cocoa and honey treatment. When I treat my hair I usually leave it in for about and hour and when I deep condition I leave it in for 15-20 minutes applying a gentle heat.
- I moisturise every day and trim every month but it usually works out as 6 weeks as thats how long I leave protective styles in.
Are there any hairspirations (from youtube/blogs/celebrity etc) that you think other naturals or transitioners should look out for?
In terms of celebrities, Solange Knowles! I am such a fan of not only her hair but her whole style! I love it! Also Lauren “KeKe” Palmer. Just because you see people in weaves all the time really does not mean they have no hair! Kim (Youtube: backsyncfan) and Jess (Youtube: Mahoganycurls)
Whats been the hardest thing about transitioning and also the best about going natural?
The hardest thing about transitioning is definitely maintain and looking after the 2 different types of hair! However the best thing about going natural is the versatility of our hair! There is so much you can do with it. If your hair is naturally straight you can’t have an afro but with afro hair you can do both and so much more!
How can we keep up to date with your hair journey?