1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Chiaka and I am from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
2. What is your hair type?
I am a 4a hair type
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I decided to go natural after being fed up of my monthly hair regimen (relaxing, cornrowing then sewing a weave in). When I took out my hair I noticed the front of my hair was a lot shorter, thinner and damaged than the back of my hair due to relaxers. I then knew that relaxers were hindering my hair from reaching its full potential. I also began to realise that natural hair was very versatile and stopping relaxers wouldn't limit my ability to style.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Overcoming dryness was my biggest challenge as I had to go through several products to find out what my hair is receptive to.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
On a Friday I pre-treat my hair with coconut oil then I shampoo my hair with ORS Creamy Aloe shampoo to remove all the product build up that accumulated throughout the week. Then I detangle and deep condition my hair with Mane and Tail deep moisturising conditioner and Cantu Deep Repair mask and put on my self heating cap for roughly 1 hour or more. After rinsing I add my shea butter and oil mix which gives me deep moisturisation and extra softness. After that I will either do a braid out, thread my hair, blow dry it or leave it in its natural curls.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I like to squeeze in an extra 10 minutes of sleep so I always set my hair the night before. 9 times out of 10 I wear a bun so all I have to do in the mornings is add some gel to the places that may have got a bit frizzy
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
As soon as I come home I take my hair out of my bun and get a family member to give me a scalp massage for about 10 minutes, 15 minutes if I am lucky! Then right before bed I moisturise my hair with water and my shea butter mix then slick my hair into a bun
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I only use heat when I blow dry my hair which is 2 times a month
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I have not braided my hair since last year. But it is next on my list as I believe braids has really been of great benefit to my natural hair
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I use a Denman Brush, it makes my detangling process a dream.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally in a protective-do most of the time but if I am not going out at the weekend I normally like to give my scalp some air and leave my hair out or braid my hair into 4 big plaits on either side of my head
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I have not had many, but I have had a braid out that was still wet after a day of drying which was extremely frustrating! But I went to plan B which is always a beautiful, big hair puff
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
WATER, WATER, WATER! Think of your hair as a plant and water it where you can because water = moisture. I normally spray my hair with my oil infused spray bottle and then add my sealant. Also washing hair regularly is crucial as a clean scalp promotes healthy hair growth
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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