1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Angela Denae. I'm living in New York.
2. What is your hair type?
I'm not big on hair typing, however I guess my hair type is 4C more or less
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural in 2012, simply because I was tired of getting my hair relaxed. I realized that I had never had natural hair as an adult (I had my first relaxer at 12) and wanted to give it a try. I mean, it saves you money right? (another bonus point!) I haven't looked back!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The biggest challenge for me was figuring out a regimen that worked for my hair. When I first started I thought there was system of multiple magic hair products(s) that would make me "wake up like this", which led to product overload on my hair...NOT a good look ladies. Less is literally the golden ticket for my hair.
Also, once I stopped getting obsessed with curl definition, letting my hair do what it does has made my life so much easier! Accept that your hair will not look the same everyday and go with it. Frizz and All.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash and deep condition my hair every week. I section then braid my hair and put either olive or jojoba oil on my hair for 30 mins to an hour prior to washing it.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I wake up. Take my scarf off. Spray my mixture of distilled water, oils and glycerin into my hair. Fluff. Done.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Spray my hair with my mixture of distilled water, oils and glycerin. Tie up my hair with a silk scarf to "pineapple" it up. Go to bed. If I'm feeling into it I will section out and do a braid out to stretch my hair for the next day...that happens about every 3 weeks or when I want REALLY big hair
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Nope. My hair is super sensitive to it. I will do it once a year for a trim.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I haven't yet, but I'm actually looking to give it a try this summer. Twists here I come...maybe.
I DO braid my hair after I wash it for stretching purposes. Other than that I don't braid it much, unless I want a larger fro. Doing it every night is too much manipulation for my hair (and my time) at this point.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Neither. I use a paddle brush to detangle my hair (in sections) in the shower with conditioner in it. This has equaled less hair ripping and great curl separating. Best.Thing.Ever.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is usually in afro, fro-hawk or pulled up to a bun. I don't really do protective styling since I don't manipulate my hair much and it's so curly that it hardly ever touches my shoulders unless it's straight. One day though! One day.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
The only real hair tragedy for me was when I got fed up trying to maintain 2 hair textures while transitioning. I got so tired of braiding my hair to "blend" the textures that I took the scissors and cut my hair myself. Yep. I big chopped my own hair. I was also going through a break up, so add that to the mix. Haha. I was not ready for the change of perception of myself and others, but you really don't learn that until after. I did not realize how much I depended on my long straight hair to make me feel pretty. With that said, now I can't even recognize myself with straight hair.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisturize and stop doing the most with your hair. DAILY hair acceptance is vital. One day my curls are popping, the next they are a little frizzy this means my fro is huge...I love to go with it. Love your hair! It's all yours.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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8/7/2014 05:10:46 pm
"Less is literally the golden ticket for my hair." - I love that, are you a writer?
8/7/2014 11:13:57 pm
Thank you for the kind compliment Heather! Yes, I agree...being so focused on showing EVERY curl is crazy making. Twists outs don't work with my hair much either.
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