Kilsi Rodriguez. I was born and raised in New York City.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is a mixture of 3C & 4A but leaning more towards 4A
I've had an up and down journey with my decision to go natural. I first decided to go natural at the end of sophomore year in college because I went away to school and it was to expensive to get a relaxer where I went to school. Even though I stopped relaxing my hair in college I still straightened it every week.
The summer after graduation I started to enjoy my curls so I decided to wear them. I went on vacation to Dominican Republic and they put something in my hair that took all my curls away and made my hair fall out. So when I got back I cut my hair into a bob. I no longer relaxed my hair, but continued to straighten it every week. Because my hair was "natural" my hair would get frizzy, so I decided to do a Brazilian straightener. Once again, my hair wasn't natural anymore. One day, I was looking at my hair and started to cry because I remembered I had curls and was actually natural. So I decided to stop doing anything to my hair and go back to how it was after I graduated from college. I transitioned for about 2.5 years and last year I did my official big chop. I haven't looked back since
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging part is that I am Latina and as a latina, specifically Dominican, my type of hair is not viewed as beautiful. I do not have the "typical" Spanish girl hair that everyone associates latinas with. So getting past that was very difficult. Explaining to my family that my kinky hair was actually something good was difficult because I didn't believe it either. As a kinky haired latina you suffer such an identity crisis and you really have to love yourself and your hair before anyone else can love it too. I did a lot of soul searching after my big chop because moving forward I would have to stand up for my hair and I needed to make sure I was ready to do that.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Weekly, I do a style on Sunday. It may be a twistout, braidout, perm rods, etc. and I'll try to maintain it over the week. When it starts to frizzy up I get creative. I try to only wash my hair once a week. So I co-wash one week, and shampoo wash the next week. I also, deep condition weekly.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Let's my hair down a either 1. fluff or 2. create a style
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Tie my hair unto 6 ponytails, and sleep with a satin bonnet or on my satin pillow.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
No direct heat. The heat I use is from my hair dryer when I do perm rods and its always on low.
I have braided my hair but only once. Will be trying it again in the fall.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Normally...everything. I love being creative with my hair. But if I had to pick I would say it normally loose.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
YES! I have Alopecia Areata (auto immune) So since I was five, I lose hair in patches. Last year right before I big chopped I had a very bad episode. Which is another reason why I big chopped. I recovered by getting a good dermatologist and applying ginger and cinnamon.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Drink lots of water, deep condition and don't be afraid of the scissor, we all need trims!!!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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