1. What's your name and where are you from?
Whitney Rene and I currently live in North Hollywood,CA
2. What is your hair type?
I typically don’t categorize my hair by type because it hasn’t specifically helped me in my journey. BUT if I had to, I would say it’s 3C-ish.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I have been fully natural since late 2005. Right before “going natural”, I had gotten my hair done by a new stylist. I wanted blonde highlights and a straight bob. Because I was young and didn’t know a lot about really taking care of my hair it started to break off severely. I had always had long, healthy hair before this so I stopped going to her and me and my sister started doing our own relaxers. I started noticing that I could get my hair just as straight no matter how much new growth I had so we would do our relaxers less frequently. At this time, I loved getting my hair cut/trimmed and one day I noticed the hair at the nape of my neck was starting to curl. My “going natural” journey was really natural. I didn’t intend on “going natural” and I’m pretty sure it didn’t even have a name at that point lol. But what I did know is that I didn’t need to put chemicals on my hair for it to do what I wanted it to do. I was still wearing my hair straight at this time and getting it cut regularly (I wore a bob for a while) which eventually led to me having no more relaxed hair!
Here is the Youtube video of my natural hair journey:
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing has been finding the right products and the right routine. Also, the amount of time it takes can get really hard. Having damaged, lifeless hair was so much easier! JK, but it’s really a commitment and like anything else—greatness takes time.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I’ve gotten my hair down to a science now. I know what it likes and what it doesn’t. And what it can handle, which is really important. I typically co-wash and deep condition (moisturizing conditioner every week, add protein conditioner every other week), twist outs are my go to style. I play around with the pattern and products I use. And I also alternate between rolling the ends on flexi rods and leaving my natural curl. I have also mastered my wash n go but it doesn’t last as long so I go for the twist out if I don’t want to have my hands in my head every couple of days.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I will add a little coconut oil or olive oil once I take off my silk scarf and I will use a handheld dryer to reshape my hair.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I usually just pineapple my hair and sleep with a silk scarf or bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I use heat to deep condition and when I use a handheld dryer. I use the handheld to get the shape I want, stretch my roots a bit and to make it have that “not so perfect” look
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I will get my hair braided or twisted from time to time. Maybe twice a year, but it’s not a ritual. I do it when I really get the urge to cut or color my hair OR if I just don’t want to do it.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I am more of a Denman brush/tangle teaser girl. My hair doesn’t really like combs.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
99.9% of the time my hair is loose. I love protective styles like braids and twists but sometimes the synthetic hair irritates my skin and that’s no good.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Not really a tragedy but have made several mistakes along the way. The biggest one recently was bleaching the ends of my hair right when I was really retaining good length. I already know my hair doesn’t respond well to bleach so I just cut those ends off myself and kept it moving.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Find a good routine and stick to it. Try low manipulation styles. Keep it moisturized and detangled! Don’t watch it grow.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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