1. What's your name and where are you from?
Hello! My name is Paula Bland aka NaturallyGreer and I am from New Orleans, Louisiana
2. What is your hair type?
Not really sure if I fit into a type due to me having multiple textures throughout my head. I am definitely in the category of a 4 but have a mix of a-c.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I started to go natural in 2008 while in nursing school and was driven by not wanting to look like everyone else. I would get tired of the growing and breaking off episodes I would have with my hair as well. I was also very curious to see my true texture.
I remember as a child, my hair being super thick and hard to deal with at times but I never had to do my hair myself so I was unfamiliar with how to manipulate and deal with my natural texture.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The transitioning phase. Seeing what my hair could be and comparing it to the limp, lifeless, permed ends was very frustrating.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
That changes pending the style but I moisture my hair daily with a aloe based moisturizing spray. On wash days I usually wash my hair with a rhassoul clay based mud wash, I deep condition once every 2 weeks to one month, moisturize with aloe moisturizing spray, and seal with butter of choice.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I usually wear a lot of styles that are easily preserved and protective like twists, flat twists, or crochet braids. So my regimen usually consists of a daily moisturizer and butter/oil sealant.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Usually just making sure a silk bonnet is applied or silk twisters are place at ends of a section if I have done a twist out to preserve the style.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I have in the past but have found due to the multiple textures, my hair responds drastically different in various areas so after cutting off over 12 inches last year, I have decided not to go through the heartache again.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I just learned how to braid so it’s not very good so I usually do twist.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide tooth comb when I use anything. I find that the Denman pulls and breaks my hair too much, especially in the middle.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Protective, I am pregnant right now and really like to limit how much time and what I do with my hair.While you're pregnant you get the weirdest urges with your hair so tucking it away is best for me.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
My greatest tragedy happened after having my daughter in 2012. I was very lazy with my hair during that pregnancy and found myself straightening my hair a bunch due to the ease. After the hormonal shifts and postpartum set in, I started to lose a lot of my hair around the temples and my hair texture changed due to the lost of protein structure because of my straightening regiment. I recovered from this by cutting off 12 inches in 2014 after not wanting to bother with the raggedy, stringy, limp ends again like I did while growing my hair out of the relaxer.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Know your hair and know what it likes. It’s as simple as that. Don’t make it difficult.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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