My name is Daliah Ferguson. I was born in Jamaica. I came to America at a young age and I have been raised in Connecticut ever since.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is a mixture of 4a and 4b.
I began my transition 2011 after an appointment with my dermatologist. My scalp was inflamed, and my crown was thinning, too young for that, I thought to myself. Apparently I had an infection on my scalp that was causing the inflammation and the thinning. My dermatologist, a Caucasian male, encouraged me to have as natural of a hair care regimen as possible that meant no chemicals. He stated that a lot of African American women experience different types of Alopecia from years of relaxers.
In addition to this my 11 year old daughter, now 14 years old, was relaxed and she decided that she was tired of being relaxed and experiencing the chemical burn, hair breakage, and monthly relaxer maintenance. She showed me a picture of a natural with full luscious hair, and she decided that, that was what she wanted for herself. At such a young age she inspired me to start my transition back to natural. My last relaxer was May of 2011. I transitioned from May 2011 to March 2012. After an unsightly incident during a styling session with a hair dresser (heat damage) I decided to totally cut all the relaxed ends off. I cut on March 30, 2012, returned to natural and I never looked back. This was one of the best decisions that I could have made so far.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing about going natural was finding what products to use in my hair and learning what my hair type needed. I had to learn what products gave definition to my twist outs, made my hair have hold, and how to moisturize my hair properly to retain my growth and prevent breakage.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
My weekly regimen consists of pre-poo, shampoo, deep conditioning with my steamer LOC method, and styling.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
My daily morning routine depends on the style I choose for the week. If I am rocking a twist out, I wear a satin bonnet at night and I will use coconut oil, or avocado oil on my hands to fluff and my afro pick to left. If my hair need moisture I will lightly spay a moisturizing spray and then refresh.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Nightly I wear a satin bonnet or silk scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I do not use heat on my hair because I have experience heat damage in the past and my hair did not bounce back. The only heat used is under a hooded dryer.
I do braid my hair (single braids, or box braids). It is the best protective style for me and I am able to do different style with it and moisturize my scalp as needed. I braid my hair during the colder months between November and February. each time I have my braids in it is no more than 6-8 weeks.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I use both wide tooth and Denman brushes. Wide tooth for detangling before washing and Denman while applying my conditioner and styling.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I currently have a tapered cut so I wear my hair out loose. I love loose hair!
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I have experience a hair tragedy before with a bad trim/cut/butchering. Unfortunately this was in the prime of my hair growth and hair health. I started to go back to the salon and I was getting some great styles. I trusted her enough to ask her for a trim. Apparently she had never trimmed natural hair before. When I took my hair down it was uneven in all sections and she cut a good 2-3 inches all around. I'm still not over it, but I have since moved on. I now get my hair cut or trimmed when I travel to Atlanta, or close by in New York. I ask about credentials and I'm very cautious about who I let touch my hair.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair is to develop a simple regimen. The key things are to pre-poo, cleanse, deep condition, and moisturize. Water is your best friend and above all you have to eat healthily and work out, they go hand in hand. Learn and love your hair type. Patience is key; if you love it, it will grow.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
All my links where I can be found are listed below in full.
- website: homegrownnaturalsofct.com
- Facebook: facebook.com/homegrownnaturalsofct
- Twitter: @homegrown11
- Instagram: @homegrown_naturalsofct#
- Youtube: youtube.com/homegrownnaturalsCT
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