1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Denasiha Christian and I am from Virginia, but currently in Indiana for school.
2. What is your hair type?
I believe my hair type is a combination of 3c/4a. It tends to look thick but is pretty fine especially at the crown of my head.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
My mother was the main contributing factor for me going natural. She had been for many years and all throughout my high school years wouldn’t stop expressing how pretty my natural hair is and telling me I was addicted to perms (lol) so I told her that once I graduated I would try it out. Ended up doing the big chop my senior year April of 2012 kind of spur the moment.
Two years later, after a tapered hair cut and color gone wrong I ended up doing a second big chop (May 2015). Which at first I was pretty upset about but it turned out to be very beneficial for me. I colored my hair A LOT after my first big chop and I also had no knowledge of how to really care for my hair. So being able to start over with more understanding of my hair (also not dying it a million times) has been wonderful. My hair retained SOO much more length in a shorter amount of time.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging part about going natural is learning your hair and figuring out what works for you. It wasn’t until my second big chop that I actually got my regimen down and the difference in the health and length of my hair is incredible.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I try to stick to one regimen but it sort of changes based off of how I’m feeling. But basically:
Sundays – Deep condition& style (usually a wash n go)
Wednesdays- Ill refresh my hair by cowashing& ill either do another wash n go or experiment with some new style .. which usually turns back into doing a wash n go ..lol
The days in between Sunday and Wednesday I will moisturize my hair as needed. Which usually is about every other day so Tuesday/ Friday.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I wear A LOT of wash n go’s so usually my hair is in mini pineapples when I wake up. Ill undo the pineapples refresh my hair with a leave in conditioner or just water and conditioner in a bottle, fluff it out, lay down my edges if I feel like it and usually throw it in a puff.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
At night I check to see if my hair needs to be moisturized then I do one of two things: mini pineapples, or chunky/messy flat twists down. I have a satin scarf as well as satin pillow cases that help not to dry out my hair.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
The first two years of me being natural I almost never used heat. But now I am not afraid of heat at all, I usually only blow out my hair to prep it for protective styles (sew ins). It is rare that I do but if I randomly feel like experimenting with a blown out twist out or just want to straighten my hair for a day or two I will. Again, it is an occasional thing for me maybe once a month or so. The only heat I use on a regular basis is my blow dryer with a diffuser for my wash n go if I am in a rush.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I use to get box braids and micros a lot when I was relaxed. But I have gone away from that ever sense going natural. I only braid my hair when getting a sew in installed. When I don’t feel like dealing with my hair I may blow it out and flat twist it down for a couple of days.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I actually finger detangle my hair more than anything. If it really requires a lot of detangling that I will use my Denman brush.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Most of the time my hair is loose. But being in Indiana, during the winter I do my best to keep it put away in protective styles. Sew ins are usually my protective style of choice. Now that my hair is getting longer I have been searching for other protective styles that I like. Flat twists with my ends tucked is the only other protective style I have for now.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
The “hair tragedy” that I had was cutting and coloring my hair. I’d gotten a tapered cut and wanted to dye the front. I had been dying my hair for two years with out any major problems but dyed it and didn’t like how dark it was, attempted to use a color remover the same day and it completely destroyed my hair pattern. Granted I still had some curls but to me, they were soooo loose and I was not happy so I ended up big chopping the rest of it.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
While I have not reached the “long hair” phase. What I’ve learned, at least for me is that less is more. Less manipulation, less processing is always better.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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