Nada (pronounced like Netta) Atabani, from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
2. What is your hair type?
3b with fine strands.
I officially went natural July 1st, 2014, after seeing a picture of the most beautiful girl with the most beautiful long curls on twitter. I had always thought that my frizzy curls had to be straightened to look nice (nice as in, shiny, and I would feel comfortable wearing them with a nice dress, etc.) but she had my curl type...so I thought, “why doesn’t mine look like that? what is she doing differently? HOW?” and I started researching on instagram and youtube.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The trial and error phase. Seeing products that seemed to work for everyone on youtube but wouldn’t work for me, the time put into research, and soooo much money spent on products that I would never buy again! I had to learn that all 3b curls are not equal.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Coconut oil prepoo overnight, shampoo with Shae Moisture’s Organic Yucca & Baobab Shampoo in the morning, deep condition with either DevaCurl Heaven in Hair (for moisture) or Africa’s Best Hair Mayonnaise (for protein) for half an hour, rinse with cool water.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
If my hair was down the day before, I take out my pineapple, loosely tie a plastic bag over my hair and take it off after my shower. The steam dampens my hair just enough for me to get them back to where they should be. If my hair was up and I want to wear it down the next day, I cowash with Aussie Moist conditioner and style my hair with whatever I feel will work best that day.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I put my hair in a pineapple and sleep on a satin pillowcase.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I straighten my hair about twice a year, but I prefer it curly now. I also diffuse if i want my hair to look its best.
I’ve only ever had my hair in french braids or just a regular one-day style with braids in it, but even that doesn’t happen often at all.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I can’t live without either! I use my wide-tooth comb to detangle and evenly distribute my hair products, but the definition that my Denman brush gives me is everything!
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Unfortunately, I have to wear my hair up for work, so it tends to be in a bun more often than I like. I wear my hair down every chance I get.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
About four years ago, my hair was so incredibly thin and heat damaged. It looked bad even when it was straight, and worse when it was “curly”. It wouldn’t grow and it was still shedding like crazy. I would probably be bald by now if I didn’t stop using the flat iron every two days. I spaced out my straightening and wore my hair up a lot, then eventually found the natural hair community and started learning to take care of it the way I should.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Learn the balance between moisture and protein. I feel like so many people just try to pack so moisture into their curls that they end up over-moisturizing it, making it brittle and weak. Also, don't underestimate good deep conditioners. They will moisturize and strengthen your hair, but you should get two in order to maintain that balance.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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