1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Jane Lorraine and I’m a natural hair and natural hair history blogger from Ohio, USA.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair is a mix of 4A-4C hair. It is very dense and curly. I don’t pay too much attention to hair typing, because I have 3 different types on my head. No matter what style I’m rockin’, I have grown to see my hair as amazingly beautiful!
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I actually went natural 3 years ago by accident. I got tired of getting relaxers, which always gave me scalp burns, and I needed a change for the better. I also started to learn more about the dangers of relaxers for your skin and health and wanted to truly accept my natural beauty. I simply stopped getting relaxers and did whatever I could to maintain my hair.
I didn’t do the big chop but instead transitioned for 2 years since I had no idea what I was doing with my hair! While I transitioned, I kept my hair in cornrows but was not taking care of my hair the way I was supposed to. It wasn’t until 2011 that I discovered YouTube videos that helped me learn about my hair and how to care for it the right way. Now, my natural hair is strong and healthy and I love trying new styles.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing about going natural has been just learning how to take care of my hair in it’s natural state, versus taking care of relaxed hair. It is really tragic how most African American women have never learned what to do with our hair unless it has been chemically or heat straightened. I had to start over with the basics of hair care and a completely new understanding of how to have healthy hair. After I became familiar with the process though, I have completely fallen in love with my hair and all the amazing things it can do! I never knew I would love my natural hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I try to keep it simple. I alternate between co-washing and shampooing each week. Then it’s a leave-in, coconut oil and whipped shea butter as my styler. I also oil and massage my scalp regularly and try to deep condition weekly. Most of the time, after my hair is clean, I will do a flat twist and wear my hair in a twist-out most of the week or keep the flat twists in and wear wraps all week as a protective style.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Since most of the time I wear a twist-out, I will take off my satin scarf, and using oil on my finger tips, take my twists down and fluff. It’s that easy!
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
If I’m wearing a twist-out, I will apply more oil to my hair, usually olive or coconut, then cover with a satin scarf and off to bed. If I’m doing a protective style, I’ll do the LLOC method before I go to sleep: re-moisturize with a little water, leave-in, oil, shea butter.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
There are two occasions when I use heat: when I’m trying to dry my hair fast under my hooded dryer, or once a year when I flat iron my hair for my yearly trim. Other than that, I let my hair air dry.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I’ll occasionally do corn-rows for a protective style. Most of the time I don’t braid my hair.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-tooth comb, I’ve never owned a Denman brush.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Normally, my hair is loose in a twist-out. I am going to make more effort to do protective styles this year though.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
There were many times when I would get relaxers which would give me burns on my scalp. I’ve written on my blog about the time when a chunk of my hair came out after wearing relaxed hair in braids and the time a scalp burn started to ooze puss! I’ve had too many hair horror stories to count.
The only thing that has helped me recover from those incidents is when I finally stopped doing all the damaging things I did in the past and went natural. It has been the best things I’ve ever done for my hair.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Find what works for your hair and stick with it. Having natural hair is more than just trying a new hairstyle trend or fad. It is a personal and political statement of pride and love for yourself. You will learn many things about yourself as you go natural, so pay attention to your journey. I have found it to be a freeing and enjoyable experience. Notice how a wonderful thing happens when you accept yourself and let go of external beauty standards that do not nurture you. Most importantly, I want all my natural sista’s to love yourself just the way you are because our kinky, curly, nappy hair is BEAUTIFUL!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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