My name is Lichelle, I'm from NYC
2. What is your hair type?
I have a mixture between Kinks, Coils, and Curls. It ranges from 3c to 4b
I decided to return natural in May 2010 after suffering from a bad relaxer. Result? I did the "Big Chop" not knowing the term, nor the natural community as of yet, but I was relieved to find out that there was a whole community of women who were very open and supportive of each other and who had done the same as me. It really inspired me to embark on my own journey, and inspire others to return natural as well.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
As for being newly natural, I didn't know anything about taking care of my freshly chopped hair.
My biggest challenge was keeping my hair moisturized. I was relieved to finally discover the L.O.C method. My hair was super soft after I mastered that technique.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
If I'm not sporting my kinky-Curly 'fro, I'm protective styling. Twists, Braids, Up dos, Buns are really part of my go-to, protective and weekly regimens.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I've been styling my hair in lots of wash and go's recently, so my daily routine is pretty simple.
I use a very light leave-in moisturizer to refresh my curls. (Making sure it's damp but not soaking wet) and I also use a small bit of gel to re-define my curls (if I want my curls to pop a bit more. I Use my wide-tooth comb to fluff out my roots, and I "Shape" and "Sculpt" my hair in a desired style for that day. And that's it! Easy right? :)
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
It depends on the style that I'm looking for in the morning. If I'm doing a twist-out/braid-out, I always prep my hair in the night, using a leave-in conditioner as well as a heavy or light butter. It all depends on whether or not I want a "Fluffy" and full hairstyle, or a more "defined" and curly one. To keep my hair in it's style, I just Pineapple at night and wear my satin bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I don't use heat anymore on my hair due to heat damage back in 2012. Around that time is actually when I did my second big chop and opted for a more tapered cut, which I've been maintaining since cutting my hair. I really don't see heat at all in the near future for my curls and kinks!
I love box braids, and I have installed box braids in the past on myself, but it's really time consuming and I can't stay away from my 'fro too long! :)
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I prefer a wide-tooth comb over a Denman brush, but I often finger-detangle my hair more than either.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I wear my hair loose a lot, but I protective style as often as I can.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I've never experienced a real "tragedy" from being natural. When I did experience heat damage, I felt that I wasn't as knowledgeable about using heat, and how often I should or shouldn't be using it . I embraced every experience as a natural, as just a learning process. Learning to love and care for my hair, and having fun with it.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Keeping a vitamin enriched diet, protective styling, trimming shabby/split ends, and taking good care of your scalp, are all great ways for retaining healthy, long and thick hair!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
Thanks so much for having me Neno Natural! It was a pleasure :)
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