1. What's your name and where are you from?
Stephanie and I am from NY
2. What is your hair type?
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I wore my hair curly one day and my husband (then boyfriend) loved it. A diagnosis of Lupus in 2010 then made me commit to going back to natural hair.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I did not big chop, I transitioned. My hair type changed from 3B to 3C/4A/4B after pregnancy. Finding the right products and regimen to work with my new hair type post pregnancy was the most challenging part of my journey. I had to relearn everything.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I was once a week and cowash in between washes if my hair falls limp. I deep condition weekly. I listen to my hair as to when it needs protein treatments. I used to do it monthly but I realized my hair is protein sensitive.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I take down from a pineapple then I just shake, fluff and go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I pineapple at night to preserve my curls. I add sweet almond oil to my hair and scalp every other night.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I straighten my hair once a year. I try to stay away from heat because my hair is prone to heat damage.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I have never worn braids but I'm hoping to do so as a protective style in the future. I would love to try twists!
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I finger-detangle then use a wide tooth comb to minimize breakage.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I was 16 and went to use a hot comb on my hair. Growing up that was how my mother straightened my hair. I left it on too long and a chunk of hair towards the back/middle of my head fell out. I was devastated!..lol. It eventually grew back and I didn't touch a hot styling tool until I was done with college..lol.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
I'm a huge believer in strength over length. You can have hair as long as Rapunzel but it doesn't mean anything if it's not healthy. Make sure you have a healthy base which starts with your scalp. I detox my scalp and hair once a month with Apple Cider Vinegar and Bentonite Clay. Both tutorials are available on my YouTube channel. I also eat very clean and healthy. Healthy hair starts from the inside. Whatever you are eating regularly will show in your hair and skin so I'm always mindful of what I eat. Make sure to drink plenty of water as well!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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