1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Crystal, and I am from Baltimore, Maryland.
2. What is your hair type?
I'm not one who follows the hair typing rules. I just know my hair is super coily all over, with a looser curl pattern at the top of my head. Others have told me I'm a 4C, but I've never verified that.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I returned to fully natural in November 2011. I stopped getting relaxers in April 2011 because I had a severely dry and flaky scalp. I attributed that to relaxer and eventually just decided to see how long I could last without using relaxer.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Learning to deal with my hair. I was used to seeing my stylist bi-weekly, but when I went natural, I decided to maintain my own hair. I had to discover what products and methods worked best for me. I have learned to be much more patient.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I shampoo and deep condition my hair weekly. I do practice the LOC Method every time I moisturize to seal in the moisture.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I take off my bonnet, moisturize if needed, fluff, and go about my business.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I throw my bonnet and sleep well.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Occasionally. I've been unsuccessful with it when I did it on my own, so I let a professional heat style my hair now.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I try to throw in some marley twists up to three times a year. Just to give me a much needed break from managing loose hair.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-tooth comb to detangle. Denman brush to detangle, remove any shed hair I missed with the wide tooth comb, and to smooth my hair before styling.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I mostly use protective styling in the colder months. I wear it loose during the warmer months.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I wouldn't call this a tragedy, but I decided to dye a patch of my hair blonde (I didn't dye it, a pro did), but that blonde was always so dry. No matter how much I moisturized it, it just felt rough. SMH.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
For healthy hair, I recommend moisturizing frequently with a water based product, but be sure to incorporate protein treatments for strength. Also, protective styling will help prevent breakage.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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