1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Angie and I currently live in the fabulous New York City.
2. What is your hair type?
I would say it’s a mixture of 3B and 3C. I love having the two different textures because one is very defined and the other provides volume.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I big chopped all of my hair on May 30th, 2015 although I originally played with the idea back in 2010 and tried to transition but gave up after 8 months. I decided to go natural and big chop because my hair was long, yet damaged to the point of no return and I felt like I needed a fresh start. Not only that, but I also wanted to be more in touch with my true self and wanted to love myself more. I felt like going natural was a good place to start on that journey.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing was acceptance. I grew up with the deep rooted mentality that I had “bad hair” and that it needed to be pin straight in order to look pretty or for me to be accepted by society. It took years and years to finally arrive at the realization that I shouldn’t deny who I am in order to fit in anywhere. All things considered, I'm not upset that I didn't go natural sooner because I know that refusing to accept my hair for so long was part of my journey to self love and discovery. The challenges lie within the journey and make my story mine and unique.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I don’t currently have anything close to a regimen. I pretty much do what I feel my hair needs at the time. On some weeks I’ll wash it once, other weeks twice, other weeks not at all.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Again, nothing in particular. I style my hair depending on what’s going on with it (finger coils, wash n’ go’s, buns).
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
If I have a wash n’ go or finger coils, I wear a night cap to protect the curls. If not, I usually just go to sleep with it out and on a satin pillow case.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I don’t use heat and I’m trying not to. I made the mistake of flat ironing the front of my head twice in the past year - once to put in a weave (hated it, never again!) and the other to do a length check. This made my curl patten in the front significantly looser, so I’m definitely staying away from heat for as long as I can.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I don’t braid my hair at all. However, it’s an idea I wouldn’t discard for the future when my hair is longer and maintenance becomes more time consuming.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-tooth comb! I have something similar to a Denman and so far I’m not impressed. My curls don't look any more defined than when I use my fingers for shingling *shrug* Maybe when my hair gets longer, but as of now my wide tooth comb is cool.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I like to rock it loose as much as possible. You’ll catch me in a slick puff during my “down times.”
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
No hair tragedies! *knock on wood* The closest thing was losing my hair in full strands/chunks shortly after I gave birth to my son. But nothing drastic or traumatizing, thank goodness!
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Care for it, allow it to be (don’t try to manipulate it too much), educate yourself by learning which ingredients work well with your hair type, replace your conditioners with masques/deep treatments, and pay attention to it. The way your hair reacts to how you treat it is its way of telling you what it needs (or doesn’t!)
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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