I'm Whitney Patterson from Houston, Texas.
2. What is your hair type?
My natural hair journey began in November 2009. I was tired of my hair breaking off. It seemed to be getting thinner and shorter by the week. My original intention was to do the big chop and wear a wig or a sew-in until it grew out to a decent length, but it ended up looking cute so I rocked it.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I had no idea what to do with my hair. I didn’t know that I needed to moisturize it, detangle it, etc. I had a perm at an extremely early age. Also, there weren't a large selection of natural hair products available in stores which made finding the right products challenging.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
By now I have my hair regimen down to a science. First, I pre-poo with Sporty Afros Ayurvedic oil for 15 - 30 minutes. Then, I wash my hair with Nothing But Clarifying shampoo. Next, I deep condition with Nothing But Intense Healing Mask. I detangle my hair while it has conditioner on it. Then, I let the conditioner sit for an hour. After I rinse it out, I moisturize my hair with Sporty Afros G+ Moisturizing Spray and Obia Naturals Curl Moisture Cream. Then, I add a bit of Obia Naturals Curling Custard and let it air dry.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the morning, I spray my hair down with Sporty Afros G+ Moisturizing spray. I focus most on the sections where the curls got messed up over night. After my hair is thoroughly dampened, I apply Obia Naturals Curl Moisture Cream, a bit of organic coconut oil and then I shingle my hair with a little bit of Obia Naturals Curling Custard to set the curls. Lastly, I scrunch my hair and let it air dry while I get ready.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I put my hair in a high, loose ponytail or pineapple and sleep on a satin pillow case. Occasionally during the week, I will add a few drops Sporty Afros Ayurvedic oil to my scalp and ends.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I use heat sparingly. I use a blow dryer occasionally but only on low.
Not often. I haven't braided my hair in 3 years.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I actually prefer using my fingers.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Since my second big chop, I have been wearing it loose.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
In high school, I got my hair bra strap length hair professionally colored and it broke off. It was a little shorter than chin length. It was an extremely traumatizing experience. After it broke, I wore it in an awkward bob for a while until I got a cute hair cut. Then, I started wearing sew ins. I wore those for a few years and my hair started breaking again, that’s when I decided to go natural.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Figure out a regimen that works for your hair type and lifestyle and stick to it!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube)
Want to be featured as a Queen of Kinks, Curls & Coil?
Here's how to apply.