1. What's your name and where are you from?
Hi everyone! My name is Christine Louis-Jacques. I grew up in Massachusetts, and currently live in the Washington, DC area.
2. What is your hair type?
If I have to categorize my hair, it would fall in the type 4 kinky curly. My texture is naturally made up of various curl patterns ranging from loosely curly toward the front and back of my head whole more thick in the middle. [Heather: I'm guessing 4A with some 4B?]
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
August of 2010, I did the big chop. Prior to cutting my hair, I was finishing my last semester as an undergrad. My hair was in a somewhat healthy state yet dull. I was spending so much money on relaxer to feel like my hair was “presentable,” to the outside world and myself. Naturally, I grew more and more curious about my natural texture. I had a few friends that were already natural, and speaking with them confirmed my decision to transition. I decided to go with the big chop after growing impatient of maintaining two different textures.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
A part of me was scared/nervous with how those close to me would receive it. Everyone has an opinion, and I had to listen to myself and go for it. Also, I was obsessed with YouTube. I was on there everyday for hours taking notes on products and styles before really understanding my texture. It got overwhelming in the beginning until I started finding out which products worked best for me. In my experience, it was mainly through final and error. It is still a learning process.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Hmm. Right now, my weekly regimen has been low maintenance. Less is more in my book. Sundays usually are my wash/deep condition/style days. During the week, I focus on maintaining moisture, by co-washing every 2-3 days.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I don’t really have a particular morning regimen. It all depends on how my hair is styled the night before. For example, if I am rocking a 2-day-old twist out or Bantu knot, I usually will spray my hair with a little water to give it life and then add a small amount of leave-in conditioner throughout my head and massage it onto my scalp. I will fluff out my curls with my pick, and I am out the door. On my more lazy days, I throw my hair in a puff.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
My nighttime regimen is pretty simple. I usually pineapple my hair and cover with a satin scarf. Other nights, if I want to maintain a style, I will re-twist/braid my hair, seal the ends with either jojoba or coconut oil and cover with a satin scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Every now and then, I will blow out my hair if I want to achieve a stretched out look. I have straightened my hair when getting trims.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, I have braided my hair. The last time, I had braids was a year ago. I don’t usually wear them often.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-tooth comb. Lately, I have been showing my Denman brush a little bit more love.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Hmm. I would say it is normally loose. My go-to styles are 2 strand twists and Bantu knots.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Last summer, I straighten my hair for a trim. When reverting back to my curls, I noticed some heat damage in certain areas. Since then, I have been doing more protein treatments. I have an appointment soon to cut off my dead ends.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Patience! All hair grows at a different speed. Focus on maintaining somewhat of a consistent regimen, and see how your hair reacts to certain products. In my own experience, I went through a lot of trial and error to find out what worked best for me.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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30/6/2014 06:56:01 pm
Trial and error is so inevitable with natural hair because our hair types vary so much. I totally agree in embracing that as a part of the journey.
21/7/2014 09:21:27 am
31/7/2014 02:12:47 pm
Christine, I just moved to DC exactly a year ago from MA and my hair has changed completely. I'm noticing that my curls are so much tighter, my hair is always dry, and its just unmanageable. I've even changed my hair routine and products. I'm starting to think just this week that may be the change in water, the water is not hard in western MA where I was. What has your experience been with the move to dc?
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