1. What's your name and where are you from?
Joanna and I am from beautiful Spice Isle Grenada.
2. What is your hair type?
I am type 4b/4c
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural in 2010. I always loved my natural hair; I was natural all the way to my high school graduation. That was actually when I went to the hair stylist to get a texturizer to soften my hair, let's just say it did not go too well. She had me rushing to the sink to try to wash the texturizer out when she realized it was just a few minutes and my hair was completely straight so since the damage was already done I just kept it and decided maybe I should try this relaxer thing for a while.
After about a year and a half I big chopped and went back natural but that lasted only 7 months because I had an event to attend and was about to start university and decided to relax again to make it easier. Then 5 years later I was missing my hair a lot and decided I will return to my natural tresses. So 2010 I big chopped again and never looked back.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
It can be time consuming if you really follow up all the things you may want to do with your hair. With school it is challenging at times since I prefer deal with my hair myself but with time being a factor I sometimes have to get it done at a salon, and that is not my preference.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Moisturize, moisturize and leave my hair alone. Pre-poo, wash, condition, herbal tea rinses, deep condition if it is a wash week.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Spritz my hair with my leave-in conditioner concotion and seal in the moisture. But that is when I have an ideal week, but truth be told...sometimes my hair goes days without remoisturizing it.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Well basically put on my satin bonnet and that is it.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes I do once a year. I blow out and flat iron my hair for my annual length check on Dec 31st.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes protective styles are important to me especially as a student. So I utitlize braids quite a lot. I braid my hair on often 3-5 times a year.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide tooth comb currently. I used Denman brush when my hair was much shorter.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Well a bit of both..but more so protective do, especially in recent times.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Well not much of a tragedy but getting my hair braided my a hair stylist during the process realizing that I made a mistake since my hair was not being handled the way it should have been. Only to realize when taking out the braids a month later a small patch of hair in the middle of my head was broken really bad..like 6 inches gone.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
As I am in the health field I always speak about the balance of a healthy body and achieving healthy hair. Our hair grows from our scalp and our scalp is part of our body which means that how we care for our body can affect the health and length of our hair. I believe there should be a balance, buying products and grooming your hair is essential but it is also important to take care of your body to maximize your hair health and length potential.
So ensuring that we have a balanced diet, have our recommended daily intake of water, multivitamins if necessary, exercise, good hair practices and hair products can all aid in achieving healthier, lengthier hair.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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