My name is Natalie and I am from NY in the Albany area.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is a mixture of 3C and 4A.
I started transitioning in February of 2014 and big chopped in April of 2015 after 13 months of transitioning.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging part was getting used to caring for my hair at each stage (transitioning, post big chop) and figuring out which products and techniques worked best for my hair through trial and error.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
- Shampoo every 2 weeks
- Cowash in between if needed
- Deep condition every wash day
- Style 1-2 times a week
- Spritz with water based moisturizer whenever hair feels dry
- Oil scalp 1-2 times a week
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Spritz with water based moisturizer if hair is dry, fluff with hands, separate more curls and go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Spritz edges and apply shea butter before putting head scarf around them and silk cap over the rest of my hair
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I try not to use direct heat often on my hair so at the most I’ll use it once a year. Sometimes I’ll blow dry my hair on cool or low heat if I’m pressed for time.
I don’t usually braid my hair unless I’m doing a braid out, usually I’ll wear two strand twists as my protective style for half of the week and then rock a twist out during the weekend.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I love wide tooth combs for detangling with conditioner or moisturizer but I love denman brushes for defining my curls with my wash n gos.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Some weeks I go the whole time with my hair loose but lately I’ve been trying to wear it in protective styles more often (usually a few days a week) to see if it helps me maintain healthier ends.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I think my biggest hair tragedy would be when I was transitioning and I decided to straighten my hair and my already thin processed ends thinned out to an awful level. I ended up having to cut off between 4-6 inches of hair and it really made me stay away from heat during the rest of my transition. The positive side to it was that once the weight of the hair I cut came off, my curl pattern became more noticeable and it pushed me closer to being ready for my big chop.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip would be to be consistent with your hair regimen. Regular deep conditioning, moisturizing when needed and detangling can prevent excessive dryness/breakage and help your hair retain its length.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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