Britany B. Miami, Florida.
2. What is your hair type?
Medium/Fine strands, Medium/Heavy density. Type 4 Kinky, Curly, Coily.
My last relaxer was in August 2010. After 13 months of transitioning to natural, I “Big Chopped” in September 2011. What finally pushed me over the edge was just asking myself why not? Am I that ashamed to rock my own, textured hair, or love & take care of my own hair without the use of harmful chemicals? I tapped into the world of natural hair on Youtube and after seeing girls like me with shoulder length, relaxed, type 4 hair, cut and grow their natural hair to waist length, I was ready.
I had never seen anyone with WAIST LENGTH/type 4 hair, yet it was all over Youtube! I soaked up every piece of knowledge, and realized how harmful chemical relaxers were anyway! God made no mistake when he made me, so I was ready to embrace the hair I was born with and grow it to the max!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Probably the beginning stages of my natural hair not being as long as I wanted, and that 1st, subconscious feeling before the “big reveal” and what people will think when they see me wear my natural hair for the first time. I hear people all the time say, it’s just hair, why are Black women making such a big deal?” It’s more than just hair…it’s a huge invisible bridge of self-doubt being crossed into true confidence. You really start to love every part of being a Black woman and appreciate how God intended for us to look. At least I do. Lol. I love my hair for what it is, does and what it doesn’t do and going natural definitely helped push that into the forefront.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash with a sulfate free shampoo once a week, or cowash with Tresemme Naturals if I haven’t used much gunky product like gel. I always opt for nature first before any “products.” So my water/vegetable glycerin mix for moisture and my Jasmine Mimosa Hair & Body Buttercream (www.theblackhairguru.com) as a sealant to lock in the moisture is what I typically reach for. My hair also likes Kinky Curly Knot Today straight out of the shower on T-shirt dried hair, Cantu Argan Oil Leave In, or Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. I moisturize & seal daily to keep my hair supple and moisturized. When needed, I deep condition with an avocado/honey/olive oil mix for protein.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Take off satin scarf/bonnet, untwist/unbraid & style, bun or puff.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Moisturize & Seal in sections, braid or twist, occasional Castor Oil on scalp, bonnet or satin scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Rarely. The few times I actually have flat ironed (at home), the humidity ate my hair the same day. Lol. It’s not worth it to me to spend a million hours straightening my hair only for it to poof back out into the fro it wants to be. Plus, I don’t want to have to keep worrying about frizz all day. Keeping it straight is too much maintenance honestly. Lol! The one time I had the Dominicans blow my hair out was nice and it lasted, but they use A LOT of heat and I do not want to risk heat damage. The most I’d do, if anything, is tension blow dry my hair on a warm setting for a super cute, stretched, twist out or bantu knot out; with a heat protectant, of course!
I alternate between twist outs and braid outs often, so I’d say 2 to 3 times a week. But if you’re talking about braid extensions, probably once or twice a year.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Well both of them are great and they both serve different purposes. However I’d go with the Denman brush. My fingers usually act as my “wide tooth comb” so I can feel for tangles and what not. After finger detangling I’d use a modified Denman (2 rows of teeth removed) to further smooth my hair out. But I don’t Denman too much…too much unnecessary manipulation.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Both. Lol. I always try to tuck my hair away so it can just chill and get to waist length. Lol…but I love my ‘fros too! I feel prettiest when my hair is big and in a stretched flat twist out!
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
No. My hair, even while relaxed has always been pretty healthy. But hmmm…..As a matter of fact, now that I think about it…there was this one time in college when I had some rope twists in. I left them in for a month, thinking I was doing the right thing by giving my hair a break. Not. Lol. When I took them out I had a TON of dry, shed hair. After washing and drying, my relaxed hair felt limp and lifeless. I don’t go that long without moisture anymore.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Embrace your hair for what it is. It’s beautiful! Moisturize & seal, deep condition, utilize low manipulation/protective styles, drink plenty of water, and take multivitamins! No heat styling, and no chemical dyes or treatments.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc)
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