Naturally Fierce Feature: Phallon

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Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey. (Name, where you’re from, etc)

My name is Phallon (Fa-Lynn). I live in Joliet, IL.  I’m a very laid back and outgoing person. I am engaged and have been for two years, (what are we waiting for? I don’t know I’m kinda stubborn lol). I am the proud mommy of a 18 month old little girl who is a diva. I work full time, 12hr night shifts at a hospital and currently attending classes in the mornings to become a RN (Registered Nurse). But I’ve been contemplating on if I should continue on with that career choice lately, so it maybe subject to change. My life is a little chaotic at times but some how I seem to manage.

How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for 3 years and soon to be 4. I’ve always embraced my curls. From the time I big chopped I wore my natural hair out and was extremely confident about it. And didn’t care what anyone had to say. But, I, for the most part had very positive people in my life so no one every tried to shame me for it. So I’ve always worn my natural hair out no matter what. I was never the one to wear wigs and weaves once I big chopped. I embraced my hair.
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What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?

I was motivated to go natural because my hair was pretty damaged. I had waited too long or whatever to re-perm my hair and once I did it all started to break off in the crown area. So I decided to being transitioning to grow out my hair. But I decided to go the route of sew-ins. I’ve never wore weave in my life until then and it was different for me because I’ve never really liked the idea of a weave. It was just never for me. But I wore a sew in for about 9 months. I transitioned because I didn’t want to cut my hair to the point of having very very little hair. I didn’t want a bald head, so I transitioned.

How would you describe your hair?
 My hair is a mix of 3c,4a. In the front and back it’s a 3c, but working your way to the crown it’s 4a but then there’s this area in the middle of the crown that seems to be a little on the 4b. But my head of hair it mostly 3c,4a!  My hair is low prosity and is very protein sensitive so I STAY THE HELL AWAY from protein treatments. They make my hair very brittle. Right now my hair is Brastrap length and am working my way to waist lenght. But with time, good care and patience I’ll get there.
What do you love most about your hair?
There is nothing about my hair that I love the most. I simply just L O V E my hair. I love that it’s curly, I love that it’s unique, I love that it’s so versatile. I love that it’s apart of me. Curly hair is beautiful and I’m so thankful and blessed to hair curly hair! Curly hair is just more fun and fierce. It’s me!
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
The memorable part of being natural would probably the first time I got my hair straightened. I was so excited. It looked great but then when it came time to wash I found that the beautician I had gone to gave me heat damage. This was 2 and a half (+) years ago. So since then all the heat damage is now gone! But since I’ve been natural it was never easy at first it was trial and error and I wasn’t able to reach the maximum potentiental of lenght retention in the first two years. The first two years I didn’t have a solid regimen. I was still trying to find what worked and what didn’t  work. I was just having a hard time getting it together. But it wasn’t until I was about 5 months from being 3 years natural is when I finally got a regimen going for me. And since then my hair has flourished and rather quickly. I’m glad I finally got into my own grove of things.
What are (or were) some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles or current dos?
When transitioning I wore sew ins. Every time I got the sew in redone it was always the same style. Like I said, I am not big into weaves so I always stayed pretty basic and made sure that it looked natural like it was my own hair. And it always did. But current my hair style consists of my hair being in buns whether high or low. Ponytails and hair clipped in the back with an octopus claw and a little pompadour.  I do occasionally wear my how out if I feel like it. I hate having hair in my face so I always usually wear a headband.
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What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
 Since I’ve been natural all my experiences have been good. Really no negative feedback. Everyone thought my little TWA looked good on me and always got complemented on it. I will always remember that when I big chopped my hair into the TWA my dad called me Diana Ross in the making lol. It was funny. I can remember me looking and him and saying “Just wait one day it’ll be bigger than hers!”. I’m not there yet but I will be I’m well on my way. But I’ve never gotten any negative comments, never any issues there.
What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
My current regimen is that I was usually on Sunday’s wash my hair but if I can’t do it Sunday it’ll be some other day of that week. Recently I have discovered the magic of Bentonite Clay!! I love me some Bentonite Clay!! Every week, once a week. I’ll coat my hair with the Betonite Clay mud (I Mix Aloe Vera juice with the clay), I use it to cleanse my hair, I let it sit for about 20 minutes and then hop in the shower to rinse it out. When I rinse out the clay with warm water it makes my hair super soft and makes detangling a breeze. I detangle my hair with my deep conditioner, my favorite deep conditioner is the Shea Moistures Manuka Honey Mask. I love that stuff it makes detangling super easy and makes my hair soft as well. Then I’ll put on a shower cap and continue my shower, so assuming 10-15 maybe 20 minutes have passed I’ll take off my shower cap and section by section I’ll rinse out the deep conditioner with cool water. After one section is rinsed I’ll oil rinse that section with castor oil then let water run over that section to “rinse” it. I’ll continue that to the remaining three sections. When that’s all said in done I’ll apply a leave in conditioner and the wrap my hair in a t-shirt for 10 minutes to a half hour depending on what I’m doing. Then I’ll grad a styler of choice usually a butter or a heavy cream and sometimes layering a gel on top of the butter or cream I’ll begin to twist the hair or braid. I’ll wear the twists or braids for a whole day to air dry and will take down the next day. And at night I’ll bun my hair and put on my satin bonnet and head to bed!
What are some of your favorite natural hair websites,YouTuber’s, or blogs?
 My top YouTube naturalista is Naptural85. I also love SmartistaBeauty, MahoganyCurls, Mini Marley, Bright N’ Boldly, and theotherQueenB.
Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Some inspirational words from me to a reader would be: Hang in there and be patient.
Where can people find you for more information?
You can find me on Instagram @hello_phal_phal
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