1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Paulah and I currently live in Atlanta, GA.
2. What is your hair type?
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural at the end of my freshman year of undergrad. I was inspired by a few of my friends and I really wanted to see if I could grow my hair as long as some of the natural hair ladies I saw on YouTube.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The hardest part about going natural was just accepting my hair and how it looked on me. I was used to straight hair and weaves and at first I just didn’t know if I felt pretty with natural hair. But I got over all of that by looking at natural hair blogs for inspiration and learning how to style my hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash my hair with a sulfate free shampoo, deep condition, and blow-dry in sections. Then I’ll usually do a twistout or just put it in a low bun for the week.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Usually I’m taking out twists or styling it into a low bun. I’ve stopped using a whole lot of different products on my hair, so when I put it into a bun I mainly just use water and a little conditioner.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I’ll use water, oil, and styling cream to twist my hair and then cover it with a satin scarf. Sometimes I do the GreenHouse Method, so I’ll put a little oil (usually Jamaican Black Castor Oil) on each twist and my scalp and cover my hair with a plastic shower cap, then cover it with a satin bonnet. This really helps my hair to grow but the castor oil can be thick and weigh my hair down, so I’ll definitely wear it in a bun the next day.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes, I use heat sometimes. I usually blow dry my hair after each wash, but not always if I’m being lazy. Every few months I’ll straighten my hair in order to trim my ends or just to see how much it has grown.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, I love Senegalese Twists and Marley Twists. I’ll get my hair braided or do it myself probably 2-3 times a year when I want a break.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Finger detangling! But wide-tooth combs and Denman brushes are both very useful too.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Now that my hair is longer it’s normally in a protective style just because my hair can get so big that it’s distracting when I’m working or at school, so that’s where the low bun comes in. But on the weekends or whenever I feel like it, I will rock a twist out or flexi rod set.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Not really, my biggest hair tragedy was being relaxed for so long! I’ve given myself some uneven haircuts as a natural because I never go to the salon, but it wasn’t that big of a deal.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Don’t be afraid of water and use protective styles and learn how to finger detangle. Even though I blow-dry my hair, if my ends feel dry, I’ll put some water in my hands and just run it through my hair. Finger detangling isn’t nearly as much work as people make it seem once you get the hang of it – I only use combs and brushes on wash day when my hair is slathered in conditioner. And protective styles, well duh!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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