1. What's your name and where are you from?
I go by Nia. It's just easier. I was born in Nigeria. I grew up in Atlanta GA and I now currently live in Los Angeles.
2. What is your hair type?
4b, 4c, 4z. My strands are super fine with high porosity. My density is normal to fine. :)
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
This is my second time going natural. My first time was in 2001/2002. My roommate had this amazing halo of fro and I wanted to see if my hair could do the same thing. I had a relapse with a wave nouveau in 2006-2008. Worst decision ever. I started on my natural healthy hair journey again in 2010.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Just how much my hair tangles. I can spend hours detangling and then find out within minutes my hair is still clingy to itself.
5. What is your weekly regimen? I moisturize daily.
I wash and deep condition weekly or biweekly.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
If it is in a bun from the previous night, I just undo my scarf. It it was in plaits, I undo them and put it in a bun.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I give myself a good scalp massage (5-10 minutes). I moisturize and seal with what I have available. Then I will braid it 4-5 sections and tie with a satin scarf. If my hair is in a bun I won't touch my hair. I just tie it up with a silk scarf so I will be ready for the morning.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I have not used blow dryers, flat irons, hot combs, in over 5 years. I do use a heated bonnet and steamer for deep conditioner sessions that are weekly to biweekly.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I did do my own set of Havana twists this year and had urban twists put in by the Damn Salon. But, it had been over 3 years since my last braid or sew-in weave.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Neither. I use my fingers. When I have used tools in the past, it just rips my hair to pieces. Literally, there will be pieces of hair all over the place.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Protective styles. Buns or lace front wigs.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
The wave nouveau was a big tragedy. My hair was coming out in clumps. I stopped getting the chemical treatments and vowed never to put chemicals in my hair again. I deep conditioned my hair and put it in protective styles I did have a lady that put in a beautiful sew in that snatch my edges and I was able to get them to grow back some by massaging with different oils and wearing wigs to give my hair a rest.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Keep your hair protected and well conditioned. Long healthy hair is not achieved by "fast hair growth" but hair preservation! [A fantastic way of looking at it! Heather x]
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc)
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