My name is Tiana Isaacs and I am from Virginia Beach, Virginia.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair is between a 4a and 4b.
My story is quite interesting because I cut my hair off completely in Dec 2010 before I even knew what it meant to be natural. I had long hair all of my life and I felt like sometimes people cared more about my hair than me. So I cut it all off. Little did I know that it would be just the beginning of my natural hair journey.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The hardest thing for me was not comparing my hair to other naturals. I think with all the buzz surrounding youtube and having information at our fingertips we take the fun out of our journey wishing for someone else's texture.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I just recently changed it. If I have a lot of product build up I do an apple cinder vinegar rinse. After that I wash my hair with J'Shae peppermint shampoo. I am between conditioners right now so I am just using Shea Moisture's Curl and Shine conditioner. I add J'shea oil before detangling, followed by twisting with Itsyourshairco twist and curl cream.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I take my bonnet off and fluff the areas that need it and then I add some J'shea oil for some shine.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
This one is a little harder, I don't really do anything with my hair at night except put my bonnet on, however I do re-twist every three days. That is of course my curls are giving me life..lol
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Outside of blow drying on cool for a more stretched look I recently had my hair straightened for the first time since my big chop. I do not think it is something I will do often. Possibly once a year. My hair reverted wonderfully. Thanks to my professional stylist.
I get Marleys twist at least twice a year. I have not had my hair braided (i.e. box braids) in forever. I feel like Marley twists do not cause as much tension on hair as braids do.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I have to say I love my wide tooth comb.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
A little bit of both... I have been on a journey to retain length so I have been rocking wigs a lot.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Yes I have and it's bringing me to tears just thinking about it. I was taking my Marley twists out and for some reason I thought I could wash my hair without detangling it first. Immediately after washing my hair I knew I had done something wrong.
It took almost two hours and two handfuls of hair to see the error of my ways. There was no simple come back from that, a ton of deep conditioning and treatments to strengthen my hair that skipping the detangling had caused.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My tip is simple, your hair is most fragile in its natural state. If you want to retain length I say leave your hair alone protective styles will be your best friend and you hair will thank you for it. As far as healthy hair, listen to your hair and the products it takes well too and when you find something that works STICK with it.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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