1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Charity and I am from the suburbs of Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is completely 4c, no mix of anything else.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I big chopped on Oct. 28th, 2008. I had been transitioning since March of 2008. I started the transition because my hair quit taking relaxers after became pregnant with my first child.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I wish I could answer that with just one issue, but there were several for me. I honestly was disappointed at my texture when I first went natural. Also, my hair was always extremely dry and very short. So embracing all of that was quite overwhelming.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I do a shortened, modified version of the max hydration method. Which involves a rhassoul clay rinse, deep conditioning or steaming with my Heutiful steamer, then sealing my hair. I currently wear a lot of buns because it's quick and easy.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Typically it involves me lightly spritzing with water, smoothing with a little oil or shea butter mix, then setting it into a bun.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Either I will dampen my hair lightly with water and do the Green House Effect over night. Or I will put my hair into 6-8 large chunky twists with rollers on the ends to keep my hair stretched. Afterwards, I put on some type of satin scarf or bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Every now and then, I may use a flat iron on low temps; 300 degrees or less. I occasionally use a blowdryer on a warm setting to stretch my hair.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I braid my hair occasionally for a braid out. Which may be once every couple of months or so. I used to cornrow my hair a whole lot. However, the longer my hair gets, the more I steer away from braids because of tangles.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I do have a wide tooth seamless comb that I like to occasionally use. I use this every now and then to double-check my finger detangling.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally in a protective style. I wear a LOT of buns. I do like to roller sets to though from time to time.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I have had at least 3 or 4. Each pretty much ended with a big chop or major cut. The most detrimental was one I experienced heat damage, color damage, and dryness breakage all at the same time. I had to big chop again, that was back in 2011. I recovered by beginning a protective style journey and I have tried to maintain it to some degree ever since then.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Keeping your hair well hydrated. Poor hydration is usually the biggest contributor to fairy knots, breakage, poor length retention, tangles, premature wear, etc. Most of the issues I've faced with my hair could have been avoided had my hair been consistently and properly hydrated.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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