1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Ariane and I am from New Jersey, US.
2. What is your hair type?
I have 4B/4C Hair.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural in 2007. I was tired of having damaged broken hair and decided to try something new.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
It was an entirely new territory for me and I had no idea how to style short natural hair. Luckily, I found support through hair forums and just taking the time to learn and experiment with my hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash my hair, deep condition, moisturize using the LOC method, and go with a low manipulation style like a ponytail or twist out. In the winter weather sometimes I wash only every 2-3 weeks.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Depending on what I think my hair needs at the time I either lightly spritz with water or moisturize with my favorite product, primp and go! I keep my hair routine really simple as I am super busy.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I moisturize, put my hair in large two strand twists (for curl definition and to prevent matting), and wrap my hair with my silk scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes. When I deep condition my hair I sit under a hooded dryer. I use a blow dryer to stretch my hair monthly.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I used to braid/twist my own hair more often but as my hair grew in truth I don't have the patience. I do get box braid extensions 1-2x a year, which are done at the salon.
10 Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I use a wide-tooth comb and I like to finger comb when I can. I very rarely use any type of brush, unless I am wearing an updo and I lightly want to touch up my nape area.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I rotate between protective and low manipulation styles, for the most part I would say my hair is worn loose.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
My biggest hair tragedy was when the middle section of my hair broke off. In the beginning I didn't know how to protect my hair at night. I use to sleep without wearing twists or pineappling my hair and this made the middle part of my hair extremely matted. As a result I had to cut my hair and start fresh.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Eliminate manipulation of your hair as much as you can. Especially if you have a kinky hair texture, this hair type does not like to be combed, brushed, or styled frequently. The less you find yourself manipulating your hair the more you will reduce your rate of breakage.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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