1. What's your name and where are you from?
Shatera Taylor and I am from East Orange, NJ
2. What is your hair type?
4c, low porosity
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural (Big Chop) as of 9/15/12. My cousin Ursula encouraged me to do so. She always talked about how beautiful my hair was and how it would be even more flawless if I were to embrace it's natural state. It took several talks before I actually big chopped.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Adjusting to the changes of having hair to no hair. I felt bare in the beginning, always needing to put makeup on and accessorize to avoid that awkward feeling. But after awhile, the journey started to become easier as I accepted my beauty whether with or without hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Sunday wash day (every other Sunday).
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Applying EVOO to my tresses and massaging my scalp.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Big chunkie twistouts using Cantu Shea leave-in (every two days) with a spritz of chilled aloe Vera juice and water (bottled). Massage my edges using Black Jamaican Castor Oil. Then I tie my hair using a fishnet bonnet, satin bonnet and satin scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes, but once every two to three months.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, rarely. Once every three years, if that. I really try to avoid braiding my hair. I love my edges...lol.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
It's normally loose. Love my hair out.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Prior to my transition, I use to over process my hair by using hair color. Until one day, I discovered the back part of my head was green. Having a professional take care of my hair. Who by the way cut and shaved my hair down (big chop).
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Find a product that works best for your hair and stick to it. Less heat....Clip your ends as often as needed (listen to your hair and respond accordingly and it will love you back😉) embrace your own hair journey and be your own hair crush.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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