1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Darrica Jackson and I live in the Windy City, Chicago!
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is between a 3b and a 3c.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I’ve actually been natural my whole life. I’ve never had any type of chemical in my hair BUT it wasn’t until about 3 years ago that I started WEARING my hair natural. I was the girl that would get her hair flat ironed every 2 weeks. I had always loved how curly my hair got when it was wet but I never knew how to keep it that way. One of my really good friends actually introduced me to twist outs when she first went natural and I haven’t looked back since. I quickly realized how unhealthy all that heat was on my hair. I take much better care of my hair now that I wear natural and heatless styles and honestly I love how my hair looks.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing for me was learning what exactly my hair likes and doesn’t like. For example, there are tons of products on the market for natural hair but not every single product works for every single natural. You may not like how certain styles turn out on your hair. Learning what works and what doesn’t work takes time and patience. It was frustrating at first but I’ve come to love the learning curve and everything that it brings.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I try to wash/co-wash my hair 2 times per week. Every other week I give myself a deep conditioner and/or hot oil treatment. I usually do a twist-out or bantu knot out. In the summer though, you’ll catch me rockin’ my wash and go’s. 2-3 times a night, during the week, I massage my scalp with castor oil.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the morning my hair is usually in a pineapple. I take my hair out of my pineapple, shake it out, add a little moisturizer and head out.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
At night, after I massage my scalp with castor oil, I put my hair up in a pineapple. After that I put on my satin bonnets and sleep on my satin pillowcase.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I do. When I want my twist outs or bantu knot outs to be stretched out I use a blow-dryer to do so. Also if I’m in a pinch and my hair isn’t completely dry I might sit under the dryer occasionally. I think heat on your hair every once in a while is ok. It’s when you’re constantly putting direct heat on your hair where the problem comes in.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I’ve had Senegalese Twists a couple times. I love them. They’re an awesome protective style for me in the winter and also when I’m tired of doing my hair (we all know that it happens). I usually get them probably once or twice in a year.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Definitely a wide-toothed comb. The Denman brush is great at detangling but I wasn’t a fan of how much shrinkage it caused.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally loose. I rock a protective style every so often but I definitely prefer my hair to be out and about.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
There was this one time where I was so stressed out my hair started to thin really bad. This was when I was going to get my hair flat ironed regularly. My beautician is actually the one who pointed the thinning out to me. It made me realize how other aspects of your life can affect the health of your hair. Whether it be what you eat, how much water you drink, or other things. You have to take care of yourself if you want your hair to be healthy. By coming to this realization I sought to try my hardest not to allow certain things to stress me out and take better control of how things affected me.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Keeping your hair hydrated, in my opinion, is key to maintaining the health of your hair. When your hair is dry that’s when it starts to break off and lose its luster. I find that the more lovin’ I give my hair the healthier it is and the longer it grows.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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