How long have you been natural? I have been natural since 2005 or 2006
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?! Both difficult and easy lol. The most memorable part of being natural so far were my dreads because I’ve been through all the stages. I started with baby dreads the equivalent of a twa, I remember feeling self-conscious because I had nothing to hide behind. And then it started to grow but it didn’t happen over night, I had to learn to embrace and enjoy every stage because I had no choice and then one day (5/6yrs later) my dreads were at my bra strap. It’s a learning experience that I’m trying to adapt to now, I didn’t “enjoy” every stage with my dreads because I was too worried about when it was going to grow and I think that’s something that most naturals struggle with now. Some of us are so focused on their hair crush’s hair and ask questions like “how did you get your hair to grwo so long?” and “what do you use on hair?” nothing is wrong with that but make sure you focus on what YOU have too.
What are some of your favorite hairstyles? I’m still in the twa stage (at least I think so) mind you, haven’t really seen or styled my hair since November 2012 but to answer your question I’d say twist outs.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?When friends from high school decided to go natural and they tell me that I was their inspiration.
hat is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
This question is tough because I really don’t have a regimen now and I plan on switching my regimen after I end my protective style journey. Here’s a little blurb from my blog to give you an idea of what I plan on doing. head over to naturaldo.com for more details:
I’m going to start detangling in sections. I started out with a TWA so detangling in sections was not an option because I didn’t have enough hair….as the hair grew, I stuck with the same routine and I still ended up with a few tangles after I washed it. I watched a video by mynaturalsistas and I’m really thinking about adopting India’s “break down method“…..
- Deep Conditioning (DC):
- I’ve been doing it all wrong. Did you know that you’re not suppose to apply DC to your scalp? I didn’t. I use to massage my hair and scalp with my DC but after watching Toni’s video (from mynaturalsistats) and reading The Science of Black Hair I realized it was time for a change. Speaking of DC, I need a staple…I’m a PJ (product junkie) so in the past, I just grabbed whatever DC my hands touched first. I can’t say I paid much attention to how my hair felt and looked afterwards, but I was never really disappointed with the end results. I haven’t done much research yet but I am interested in trying The mane choice green tea and carrot deep conditioning mask
- I was always a two strand twist and go girl. I’ve tried many products but Qhemet Biologics Honey Bush Tea Soft Gel
- And Palmers Curl Conditioning Hair Pudding leaves my hair feeling like soft cotton balls so I will more than likely keep them in my regimen. Shrinkage is my best friend (big surprise right lol). So I’m thinking about incorporating Naptural85stretching method to achieve some length with my twist out.
- Do you know your hair’s porosity? Read more about here. I have low porosity type hair which means products usually sit on my hair (this includes oils). I’m in the market for a very light oil to help retain moisture because I don’t like the oily residue that’s left behind. I’ve heard great things about coconut oil but I’m leery .
Where can people find you for more information www.naturaldo.com