1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Cedya Castard I'm originally from Guadalupe, a small Caribbean island. Now I'm currently living in Maryland, USA
2. What is your hair type?
I don't go by hair typing but to help my ladies look for a similar type, I have 4b in the middle/ crown area and 4a on the front and back sides.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
Wow my first attempt to go natural was in 2011, I wanted to transition from relaxed to natural. But had a breakdown and relaxed my hair somehow. I know, I was clueless at the time and found some help from YouTube. So I tried it again the end of 2012 and I transitioned for about 1 year and 4 months. I cut my relaxed ends in January 2014 I was scared to let go of those scraggly ends (why? lol, for a little length) so I was fully natural in 2014 and now I'm going on strong in 2015 yaayy. I went natural because my relaxed hair went from full with body to thin and lifeless.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Really patience and consistency; if u can do both, you're great and keeping hands off the hair. But the biggest challenge was finding my own Regimen.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I cleanse and condition my hair weekly... I cleanse my scalp with diluted shampoo with a applicator bottle focusing on my scalp. Then go in with my favorite conditioners. If I'm feeling dry I deep condition first for 1hr. Am I the only one who deep conditions first before shampoo?Anyway, I then seal all the goodness in with my favorite oil.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I usually don't do much in the morning. I do more during the night so when I wakeup I just put some oil on my hands and take down a twist, braid, or Bantu knot out etc ...
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
First I think of the look I'm going for, then I style as desired. I use my favorite leave-in, a nice moisturizing product and seal with oil. Yes I do this every night, mmmmm if I not feeling lazy ? (side eye) lol put my silk scarf on call it a night!!!
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Since I've been fully natural I've use heat only twice.. Don't want dry or head damage hair and oh that was just a blow out . Now when I was transitioning I use heat on my leave-out, I'm a u-part wig and weave girl . Let just say my leave out was DAMAGE.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Nope not since I've been natural, only flat twist my hair to pop a wig on.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I would say finger combing you get less breakage = fuller hair. But if I want a smooth look or have my curl pop I would use a (paddle) brush. As for combs, I use a fro pick to give my hair volume.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
It's equal. I like to give my hair some vacation time under my wigs..
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Yes, when I found out the front right side of my hair had heat damage due to so much heat manipulation. I wore u-part wigs as my go-to protective style, so I thought. I would flat iron my leave out every 3 day. Then I invested in my first lace closure, it changed my life.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Water, water and more water. Be gentle to your hair, trim often, moisturize your ends, use penetrating products and always seal in your moisture
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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