My name is Breana Melvin (aka notperfetnatural) and I’m from Fayetteville, North Carolina.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 2 years and 3 months.
What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I decided to go natural because of my cousin she has been natural for 11 years and has beautiful hair down her back and I wanted hair like that so I decided to give up relaxers. The first time I tried I had no clue what to do with my hair so I went back and combed through a mild relaxer. The second time I tried to go relaxer free was a success and I transitioned for about 9 months getting an inch of my hair cut off every 2 months. I just didn’t think I would look cute with super short hair so doing a big chop never even came across my mind.
How would you describe your hair?
My hair is a mixture of 3C and 4A, I have springy tight curls that can get dry very easily and soaks up anything I put in it.
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the fullness of my hair and how big it gets. I love when it tries to eat my face lol. My hair takes on its own personality and makes me stand out.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The most memorable part of my hair journey is when I discovered braid outs. My hair was finally at a length where I was comfortable wearing it curly (I was growing out a Rihanna cut) and I was ready to stop flat ironing my hair. I was reading a feature on a blog and she said she puts chunky braids in her hair and separates them in the morning. I tried it and everybody loved it, I got so many compliments on it and it was the first time I felt good about my natural hair. My hair journey has been difficult because I just wasn’t confident wearing my hair curly because it shrank so much and I just didn’t feel pretty but now that’s its grown longer I’m at the easy part of it.
What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
To be honest I was terrible when I transitioned, I mostly kept my hair flat ironed. I did some bantu knots a couple of times but other than that I would flat iron my hair and then put flexi rods in to add some curls to it.
What have your experiences been as a ‘natural.’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
As a “natural” I have learned that pretty much everybody loves natural hair when it’s big. I get great comments and questions about my hair all the time. I can remember when I first started to wear my hair out my dad hated it and kept calling me nappy but my boyfriend was a great support and was always encouraging to wear my hair natural even when I didn’t like it.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
Wash day includes me washing my scalp with Jason Tea Tree oil Shampoo (have terrible dandruff so shampoo is a must) then I condition and detangle with Say Yes to the Carrot conditioner (it makes my hair so soft). Every other week I do and apple cider vinegar rinse (a natural dandruff treatment), take one part water and one part acv and pour it through my scalp and let it sit for about 15 minutes then I rinse it out.
Once I’m done with the washing process I let my hair air dry for a little bit then I put Shea Moisture Restoring Conditioner as my leave in and distribute coconut oil all through my scalp and hair (another dandruff remedy). I take Aunt Jackie’s Curl la la defining curl custard and rake through small sections and braid each section. In the morning I take the braids apart, separate a little bit, let the steam from the shower hit my hair for added fullness and I go.
At night I just pineapple with a scarf and in the morning just fluff my hair and add some Wild Growth oil moisturizer to my scalp and some more shower steam and go (after wash day my hair care is very minimal).
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites?
Of course my favorite natural hair website is mine (shameless plug lol) notperfectnatural.com but I also love blackgirllonghair.com
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
I would tell girls to just do it! When I threw away the jar of relaxer that I had in my cabinet I felt so empowered. It won’t be easy but it is so worth it. Don’t get caught up with trying to make your hair look like someone else’s. The best thing to do if you are a new natural is to find someone that hair is similar to yours and try out their tips. Its super cheesy to say but patience is the key to long healthy hair so just wait and before you know it your hair will be eating your face.
Where can people find you for more information?
You can find me on Instagram@notperfectnatual and on my website notperfectnatural.com. My website is about naturals who aren’t perfect like the ones on some blogs. Girls who aren’t vegan, straighten their hair from time to time, and don’t always wear a protective style aka normal people.