1. What's your name and where are you from?
Trudy Susan aka 4cHairChick. Born and raised in Washington state, but my parents are from Ghana West Africa. I claim both J
2. What is your hair type?
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I’ve been natural on and off my whole life, but 2011 is when I drew a line in the sand and committed to doing away with relaxers for good. I made the decision to stop relaxing my hair because a girlfriend of mine who wore her hair natural inspired me to give my real hair a try.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Overcoming insecurities I had swept under the rug.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I’m more of a bi-weekly gal when it comes to my hair. On washday I detangle, wash, hydrate and stretch my hair. The following day I style my hair and rock that style for the week. When the weekend comes I play in my hair, which usually means a twist out, or a curl set. Sunday night it’s back to a protective style until washday rolls around.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
It truly varies. If my hair feels dry I spritz water. If I’m wearing a style that I want to keep stretched then I’ll use my Shea butter blend.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I silk wrap it up and I’m off to bed.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes, I’m not opposed to heat, but I’m cautious about the tools I use to apply heat and the temperature of the heat when I apply it. Occasionally I’ll do a tension blow dry on my hair, but when I use heat I prefer a hooded dryer.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I’m always switching my hair up so it’s hard for me to provide a direct answer on this. I do rock braids, but I rock twists more often.
10 Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Ekk, same response really on this as with the braiding question. I like to switch my hair up a lot so I rock my hair both ways it just depends on my mood.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I took a trip to Switzerland several years back for my cousin’s wedding. Prior to leaving I went to get my hair braided at an African Braiding Salon and the braider annihilated my hair. She used a rat tail comb to detangle, she blow dried at high heat…I should have walked out, but I needed my hair styled a specific way for the wedding so I had to endure the drama and basically cut off the damage after I took the braids out.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Drink a lot of water. More important than healthy or long hair though in my opinion is to focus on your personal esteem. Love yourself as you are and I have found that truly loving myself changed how I treat myself. I care about fitness, I care about what I eat and I care about how I look. Not for others, but for me. My natural hair journey reminded me to take care of my temple.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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