My name is Dorcas also known as Curious Curls and I’m of Nigerian descent, born and raised in London, England but currently living in Toronto.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is a mixture of all the type 4s. Everything from 4a – 4c. The sides of my hair are predominantly 4c, while my crown and back are a mix of 4a/4b.
My last relaxer was in May 2011 and I did a long term transition for 22 months. I big chopped in February 2013 & did a second big chop in November 2013 and sported a TWA. I went natural because I had been relaxed for so long I had no idea what my natural hair looked like. I was simply curious (thus the name Curious Curls).
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The adjustment in my regimen. I had a pretty solid relaxed hair care regimen and had to re learn how to care for my natural hair. The last time I had been natural my mother was the person who cared for my hair. So it really was the first time in my life I was learning how to handle my own natural hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I’ve currently made some tweaks in my regimen as I am trying to achieve maximum growth but overall it is simple. I wash and deep condition (under a hooded dryer) weekly. I finger detangle in the shower and follow up with my leave-in, oil (Jamaican Black Castor Oil) and shea butter to twist. If I’m wearing a wash and go then I used a gel on top of my leave-in and oil instead of the shea butter to twist. I’ve also incorporated Jamaican Black Castor Oil and scalp massages on a weekly basis to stimulate growth.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I simply fluff and go. If my hair needs a bit of moisture I use a moisturizing spray or hair milk and seal with oil and then put it up in a puff.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Not much, I don’t retwist, I simply sleep on a satin pillowcase.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
When I wear a wash and go I often will diffuse my hair to speed up the process and I have done a blowout. But since my second big chop I’ve never straightened my hair.
I do braid my hair, usually box braids with extensions. I would say I do so about 4 times a year. Often times when I'm going on a vacation/trip or just need a break from my hair I'll get braids installed. I'm a bit weary of getting braids since my last installation caused a bit of breakage but I do plan on doing it in the future with some precautions during the installation process.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Neither, I opt for my fingers.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Most of the time it is loose.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I wouldn’t call it a tragedy but I got a set of box braids that were installed without the stylist caring for my ends. She was rough when installing them so when I took them down I had so many split and rough ends. I had to get a pretty significant trim to remedy the damage which was a bummer.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Keep it moisturized, don’t skip your trims and deep condition often. Honestly doing those 3 things is when I see the biggest difference in my hair.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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