1. What's your name and where are you from?
I’m Colleen and I’m from Jamaica, Queens baby!
2. What is your hair type?
I am mainly a kinky-coily low porosity type 4b hair type at the crown and edges and an S-curl type 4a around the perimeter.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
Chime aka HairCrush was my biggest hairspiration and curiosity. Her hair was amazingness and I kinda hoped mine looked the same. It was TOTALLY different but cool nonetheless plus, I really wanted to see what my texture looked like.
I first attempted to transition in 2010 and made it 11 months then relaxed because I couldn’t take it any longer. In 2011, I tried again and ended up doing the big chop 6 months post. I haven’t looked back since.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Working with my hair texture was difficult while it was short. I felt so self-conscious, I wore hats for almost a year. And because I was low porosity, trying things other naturals were doing just didn’t work. When I gained length is when I finally started enjoying the process more.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I’m mainly a roller set/straight/stretched natural so during that time, I wash my hair every two weeks. I wash twice for really clean debris free hair, deep condition ALWAYS, add leave in and roller set. Then I’ll either leave the set, flat iron or bun it up.
On my kinky days (wink), I wash every week. I wash and deep condition, add leave in and style. I usually style with grease.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I absolutely have none.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I absolutely have none.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
All the time. I’m not afraid of heat because I know how to properly use heat in a way to flourish my hair. It’s sad that some naturals get burned (pun intended) and shun heat. For my 4b hair, it’s the easiest way to retain length.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I don’t very often because I have weak edges but I’d like to start crochet braiding for a hair break.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
A Denman Brush. I can’t roller set or achieve maximum definition without it.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
As a mom, my hair is just all over the place! It’ll be in a messy bun, a loose pony, haphazard French braids, under a hat. I do whatever I can do to prevent my son from literally snatching my edges.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Oh yes. A year natural, I had a big event I wanted to look “polished” for so I went to the Dominican salon to get a blow out. My hair was pressed to the gawds but oh my goodness, my hair smelled so burnt! When it came time to wash out the press, the smell intensified, my curls would not revert and my hair even switched colors. It was a sad, sad time in my journey. I should’ve known better too because when I walked in the salon with my hair in a frizzy puff, all the stylists were like “you do her”, “no, I’m busy, Maggie, you gonna take her?” I felt so ashamed. Like I had a problem head and no one wanted to touch it. Ugh, never again.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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