1. What's your name and where are you from?
I’m Bri-Anne Alexis or Bri Classy on social media - I’m from Barbados/Toronto. I currently reside in Toronto.
2. What is your hair type?
Aye aye aye, the dreaded question. I’m not really sure. I think I’m 3c/4a. My hair varies from tight s-curls to pen-spring sized spirals.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I’ve always been natural; my mother made it a very strict rule that I could not relax my hair until I was 16 (thank you Mom!) and by the time I was 16, the natural movement was already underway and I was embracing my hair.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
For me the most challenging thing about being natural is understanding what is “normal” for natural hair. For so long, natural hair has been shunned in society and the standard was/is straight hair - so much so, that even when we try to embrace our natural hair we believe it will act similar to straight hair (piling it on your head when you shampoo, thinking you can detangle in 5 mins, using small clips or “surf” spray lol. I’m still learning what works and does not work for my hair, you never stop learning.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash once a week. I start by rinsing my hair, sectioning it into 4 then detangling it with conditioner, then I proceed to shampoo, protein treatment and then deep condition. I have a video on my old wash day routine on my channel for a better idea of this.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
It really depends on what I plan on doing with my hair that day. If it’s going in a sleek bun, I use gel and tie it down, if it’s going to be open I just shake and style to my liking.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Pineapple and satin hair tie! I can’t SLEEP without a satin hair tie! (Maybe because I’m also scared of that spider-sleeping-ear thing I’ve heard…) Anywho, if it’s feeling dry, I like to moisturize at night so that it’s soaked in by morning.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes, I flat iron once a year or so if I build up the arm strength. Other than that, I love to use my blowdryer on it’s COOL setting when I need to speed things up - it’s not heat but it is my blowdryer!
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
NO! Ahaha. I should though! I don’t like braiding my hair because it’s very time consuming and even if I get braids put in by someone else they start to itch like crazy after a week!
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I think half and half… it’s either in a bun of some sort or open in a perm rod set or twist out.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
YES! I went back to Barbados one year for Christmas and I decided that I could go two weeks without combing my hair. I went in the sea, I wore it out, I wore it in buns, I washed it… When I got back to Toronto, it was dreaded and matted! It took 3 HOURS to comb and it came out in unbelievable clumps… Never did that again. PS: I have a whole video dedicated to what NOT to do to your hair:
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip is patience. You will need patience when detangling, when waiting for it to grow, when trying to learn a new style, when learning to love your texture, when curving people’s negative/ignorant comments, when trying to find a product you like… just overall patience. Other than that… I would say you have to develop new good habits and stick to them (moisturizing, reducing friction and heat etc).
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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