My name is Asha and I'm from the UK. I'm of Afro-Trinidadian descent and I was lucky enough to live in Trinidad from the age of 12-19. Now I live in the Netherlands, where I’m a student.
2. What is your hair type?
Hmmm… I'd say I'm a 4b/4c natural. There have been a few comments about this on my channel because some of my fans think my texture is only 4c. They're right in that I do have 4c hair. In fact, that's mainly what they see since the hair at the sides is 4c in texture. However, on my crown the pattern is 4b and right at the back it's 4a and even a little 3c.
My last relaxer was in July 2009 and I big chopped in April 2010. It was exceedingly random, I was browsing through weave videos and I was directed to Rustic Beauty.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Definitely learning to detangle my dense, coily, unruly tresses. Even after 3 years natural, with waist length hair, I struggled to detangle my hair. It would sometimes take WEEKS!
My hair is rather dense and coily. Luckily, last year Naptural85 released a video in which she showed how she detangled her hair in 25 minutes. I knew that that would be impossible for me but I was able to cut down my detangling time to about 1-2 hours, depending on the state of my hair. Now that I've got better at detangling, I've a lot less to complain about with regards to my hair. In fact, I'm a lot happier about it overall.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I have more of a fortnightly regimen to be honest. Normally, I don't do too much in between wash days (which occur every 2 weeks). Here’s a typical régime involving blowdrying.
- Day 1: Apply coconut oil to knotty hair. Let sit. Apply cheap conditioner. Let sit. Remove twists if necessary and detangle, Shampoo and deep-condition hair. Oil rinse with olive oil. Let hair air dry (if there's time). Section hair, apply leave-in and castor oil and blowdry. Plait hair.
- Day 2: If there's no time, leave plaits in and add Marley hair to make them wearable (if need be). If plaits are in decent sections, wear hair in bun or French plait without Marley hair.
- Day 3: Moisturise hair using leave-in, castor oil and water, if necessary.
- Day 4: Take out plaits for a special occasion! Re-plait at night.
- Day 5: Leave plaited.
- Day 6: Moisturise
- Day 7: Day 1 again!
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I barely have one! I just wake up and go on most days since my hair is normally in plaits or twists. If I want to wear it out, I loosen the plaits (moisturised from the night before) and go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
At night I normally prepare my hair for the next day. I tend to moisturise every other night. I ALWAYS wear a satin bonnet to bed.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I do! I like to straighten my hair and blowdry it. Keeping it blowdried is a good way to prevent knots. I'm always really gentle when I style it.
Nope. I haven't braided my hair since I was transitioning.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
DEFINITELY a wide-tooth shower comb.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair tends to be protected in the winter. This entails my wearing a hat whenever I'm outside (over a satin bonnet) and having the ends stretched, normally in plaits or twists.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I've been really careful. I think my tragedy was not knowing how to detangle my hair and having it get all matted.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
I'd say LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE as much as you can!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
- Facebook: facebook.com/naturallyhighhair
- Instagram: @Naturally_High_Hair
- YouTube: youtube.com/ashababe56
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