1. What's your name and where are you from?
Maisia (mom), Tiona (17), Reagan (3), & Payton (3)(daughters) “Four Natural Girls” from the first state...Delaware!
2. What is your hair type?
I’m not fan a of typing/labeling (it sparks too much drama), but in order to classify texture differences to aid others, I'll answer lol....Maisia (3c/4a/4b?), Tiona (3b/3c?), Reagan (4a/4b?), Payton (4a/4b?)
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
August 2011 I met a Carol’s Daughter representative who enlightened me on the dangers of relaxing. I went home that night and cut off my relaxed hair. The next day, I found a barber and fell in love with my tapered do. Tiona transitioned for 11 months (straightening her roots) before I cut roughly four inches of permed ends. Reagan & Payton have never been introduced to a relaxer:)
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging part about returning natural was buying any and every natural product I thought would work for my hair texture. Little did I know, I had multiple textures. I found that I became a product junkie and was obsessed with trying different “natural” products that did nil for my hair. It was hard on my pocketbook. Today, I help prevent others from making that mistake and help them find their “staple” products without going broke.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Maisia: (AM start) Prepoo with an application of coconut oil or jojoba oil and deep conditioner 1-2 times a month for 45 minutes under a plastic cap (before shampooing/cowashing), shampoo biweekly with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Shampoo, Co-wash weekly with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner, Deep Condition as needed (1-2 times a month) with Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque, apply a small amount of Shea Moisture Leave-IN Conditioner/detangler), shingle each section with EcoStyler Gel with Olive Oil and let it air dry (about 75%). That night, I’ll apply 100% raw shea butter to damp hair and make about 15-20 twists. The gel helps hold my twist definition.
Tiona: (PM start) I prepoo with an application of coconut oil and deep conditioner 1-2 a month (before shampooing/cowashing), shampoo & condition biweekly with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Shampoo & conditioner or Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Shampoo & Conditioner. I detangle with Shea Moisture detangler. I then apply 100% raw shea butter to freshly washed hair and twist hair in about 6 twists and allow to dry overnight.
Reagan & Payton: (Late AM/Early PM start) I prepoo with an application of coconut oil and deep conditioner 1-2 times a month 30-45 mins before shampooing, I then shampoo and condition their hair with Shea Moisture Mango & Carrot Kids Extra-Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner. I then detangle damp hair in sections with a wide tooth comb spraying Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Detangler before combing gently. Finally, I apply 100% raw shea butter to each section and braid hair (about 8-10 braids, twists if I'm leaving their hair out) and allow it to air dry before styling.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Maisia & Tiona: We twist out, style, and go!
Reagan & Payton: We descarf/debonnet and go!
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Maisia & Tiona: We spritz with an application of an oil (usually olive, coconut, or jojoba) water (1 part oil, 2 parts water), apply a small amount of raw shea butter to each section and twist. We'll sleep in a satin scarf or bonnet.
Reagan & Payton: If hair is braided, I'll spray the scalp with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Dandruff & Dry Scalp Elixir and rub in with my finger tips, then I'll spritz the water and oil mixture lightly all over, smooth with hands, and apply a satin scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Maisia: Twice a year at Graffitti Salon in Middletown, DE
Tiona: 3-4 times a year by mom with heat protectant applied (usually raw shea butter or grapeseed oil), blow dried, flat ironed (2 strokes max)
Reagan & Payton: Blowouts (on low heat) at salon twice a year before styling
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Maisia: I haven't had my hair braided since I've returned natural, flat twists...yes, braids? No.
Tiona: Never (I don't like my hair braided)
Reagan & Payton: usually once a month (cornrows, boxbraids)
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Maisia: Wide-tooth comb or finger detangling...I loathe the Denman:(
Tiona: Both....I prefer the Denman when I want a wavy look.
Reagan & Payton: Wide-tooth comb/fingers
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Maisia: I love my protective puffs!
Reagan & Payton: Protective Styles
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Maisia: Luckily, I've encountered no tragedies. I color my hair with Clairol's Textures & Tones every 6-8 weeks. I keep my hair moisturized and that keeps me damage free!
Tiona: No tragedies here:)
Reagan & Payton: They've been tragedy (not drama) free
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Seal! Seal! Seal!
If you want to maintain length, you've got to seal in moisture. Our favorite sealant is 100% raw shea butter applied to damp ends. Research sealants and find one that's best for you, come up with a daily regimen, and watch your hair grow!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
Please check us out on the web! We are on this natural journey together and would love for you to join us!
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