1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Rikki Danielle and I am originally from Kansas City, Mo., currently residing in Hawaii.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair is a mix of 3c and 4a.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural on January 1st, 2005. I transitioned for 4 months prior with micro braids and kinky twists (those were super popular then!) and did the big chop for the new year. It was my senior year of high school and I was soon to graduate. I wanted to start my new chapter with a change. My sister transitioned in her middle school years and her hair is beautiful. We have they same parents so I thought to myself, " I know my hair is just as pretty! We have the same genes!!"
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Gosh, the change! Having relaxed hair seemed so much easier at the time. Trying to find the right products. In 2005, there weren't all the natural hair brands like now. No stylists in my area knew much about caring for natural hair. It was a lot of trial and error! I did wash/go's every day.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Right now, my regimen consists of weekly washing & deep conditioning, then I finger coiling my hair. That is what I'm known for now! I love them because I can do the coils and not have to do it again for a week! I also love the definition and how polished my hair looks. I'm not a fan of the frizz! I love the way polished natural hair looks on me.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the mornings, I unwrap my hair and use a bit of water to bring my hair back to life. I may have to recoil a few smashed coils, but other than that, I'm good for the day!
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I simply put a little of an oil on my hair then wrap it with my satin scarf. Super easy!
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
No! I will not use heat until I've grown my hair out a couple years. I know how damaging heat can be and I want to retain as much length as possible! I didn't use much heat when my hair was relaxed and it did well, so I know my hair will be even better without heat being natural.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I have had braids several times during my journey. I can't braid my hair myself, so I don't do it as often as I'd like. If I could, it would stay in braids!
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Both. I love them both. I use my wide tooth comb when detangling and then smooth with my Denman. I don't know what it is about that Denman brush, but it smooths my hair like a dream!! I took a few rows out of my brush for better smoothing.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Right now it's in the protective stages. After 10 years and 7 big chops, I'm finally letting my hair grow as long as it can naturally. I've never seen it super long and curly, so I'm sticking with all sorts of protective styles until I reach my ultimate goal.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Before the 7th chop, I used to use texturing kits to loosen my curls. I didn't understand my hair fully and was going the easy route by still putting chemicals on my hair. It was very pretty, in a pixie cut, but I was damaging my scalp constantly from the product. The last kit gave me a horrible scalp burn on my edges and I vowed that from that day I would never do another texture kit again. I grew it out some and decided to do something different by coloring it a rich brown for my marriage ceremony. It looked nice for a month after and then that was it!! My hair was so dry and horrible! I did the final 7th chop in January '15 and never looked back.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Know your porosity! It truly helps when finding what products work for you and helps you break the product junkie habit. Natural hair doesn't need 20 different products at one time to look beautiful! Less is more. Also, water! Water grows all things! Internally and topically. Drink plenty and use plenty on that hair!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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