1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Ashley a.k.a FabEllis and I am from North Carolina.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is a mixture of 3C/4A.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I made the decision to go natural in October 2010. I transitioned for five months and then did the big chop in February 2011. I decided to go natural after realizing that a keratin treatment I had was not washing out my hair after a year of having the treatment applied.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing about going natural was learning my hair and taking the time to style it.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
My weekly regimen is simple. I wash with shampoo, condition, deep condition, rinse, do the LOC method and style in two strand twists while wet. Some of my favorite products are Shea Moisture Moisture Retention Shampoo, Pantene Truly Natural Shampoo and Deep Conditioner and Cantu Deep Treatment Masque.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the morning, I remove my satin bonnet and let the steam from the shower hit my hair. If necessary, I may apply oil to my hair and/or scalp.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I place a satin bonnet on my hair. I detest retwisting my hair so I refuse to do it.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I do have heat applied to my hair a few times a year mainly when clipping my ends.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I have my hair braided a few times a year, but typically it is braided to have a sew in or crochet braids.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I've never used the Denman brush. I typically use a wide tooth comb or detangling comb.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I normally wear my hair loose.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I'm not sure if I would classify the incident a hair tragedy, but it was a traumatic experience. In 2012, I had my hair straightened at a Dominican salon for the first time since going natural. I had excessive heat damage. After multiple deep conditionings, I realized the hair was truly damaged. I simply allowed it to grow out. That definitely taught me to be careful with how much heat is applied to my hair.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip would be to try to not style or manipulate your hair everyday. I have found that only manipulating my hair has allowed it to grow so much!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc)
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