1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Lana and I'm from Maryland, right outside of Washington, DC.
2. What is your hair type?
I have mostly 4a hair.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I had a lot of false starts on my natural hair journey, but I finally committed after realizing I needed to be the change I wanted to see in the world. I didn't want little girls growing up with hair insecurities and setting a healthy example for the next generation continues to motivate me.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Changing my perceptions regarding outward beauty was definitely the most challenging aspect. I literally had to un-brainwash myself from all the messaging I had received from the media.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I co-wash every other day. Religiously. The night before a co-wash, I sometimes slather coconut oil on my hair and sleep with a plastic cap and satin scarf. After I co-wash, when my hair is still wet, I use Hair Rules Curly Whip, sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes, and then go about my day. I use a creamy shampoo once a week or every other week.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
On co-wash days, I hop in the shower, apply a conditioner, rake my fingers through my hair to define the curls, rinse the product out without touching my hair, shake my head like a wet dog, apply a generous amount of the curly whip in a smooshing downward motion, shake my head like a wet dog again, and sit under the dryer for about 20 minutes (this is my time to read the news, catch up on my emails, do a little work, etc). Afterwards, I use a blow dryer to blow my hair into a shape. On my non-wash days, I apply the Hair Rules hydrating cream, blow dry my hair to wake it up, and stretch out the curls using the tension method. This blow drying routine lasts about 2 minutes. My hair has never been so soft day in and day out.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I get sexy with a satin scarf LOL.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I use heat on a daily basis via hair dryers/blow dryers and my hair is thriving. I don't personally subscribe to heat-free messaging. I tried it for a while and my hair was consistently dry. To each her own.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Although I LOVE LOVE LOVE braided styles, my hair does not. My hair hates to be in braids for longer than two days. Hates it. So I've just learned to admire braided styles from afar and let my hair fly free. On days I do wear braids, it's typically when I'm wearing my Kurly Klips clip-in extensions. But since I take my Kurly Klips out before bed, it gives me the opportunity to take those braids out as well. I love this flexibility and my hair does too.
10 Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
WIDE TOOTH COMB LORD JESUS NOT THE DENMAN.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally loose but I do braid it up if I'm having a bad hair day and want to wear my Kurly Klips.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
A hair tragedy actually gave me the idea for Kurly Klips. I wanted an easy extension method that I could put in and take out whenever I like, and still have 24/7 access to my scalp. Find out more on my site: KurlyKlips.com.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Listen to your hair. Try to find a stylist (check out his/her reviews online) who understands your texture and can help you develop a regimen. My stylist created my current regimen and my hair is SO HAPPY these days. It's much healthier than when I was blindly following bloggers and vloggers.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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