1. What's your name and where are you from?
Diana Ramsey, from Riverside California; by way of Newport News, Virginia
2. What is your hair type?
My type. Sorry, not one to be put in a box because I don’t fold. My hair Jazzy is her own type and I like her that way..:)
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I returned back to my natural hair November 27, 2010. I wanted to prove to myself that I could succeed at treating my hair better. I’d tried to return back to my natural hair in 2006, and failed horribly. Upon moving to Texas in 2010, I decided to try my hand again and was successful due to my extensive research. Once I set my mind on treating my hair better, my want to continue fell into place.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I don’t battle with challenging, once I established my own platform, SistersWithBeauty where I educate on Home Hair Care, the challenge stopped being about my hair and more about my business. Talk about maintaining healthy hair and growing a business, now that’s the real challenge.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
My weekly regimen is very simple. I style my hair for my workweek on Sunday, with a wash and style. I plan my workweek hair Monday-Friday. The style I create on Sunday, transforms into different things throughout the week. This type of styling I call 7 day workweek styling. I work smarter and not harder when it comes to styling my hair. If I begin with a protective style on Sunday, by Thursday, I’ve taken out the ends of my hair and come Friday, I’m in a full on Fro Flex in the office. I leave the conditioning and cleansing for the weekends, and retwist my hair every night, no matter how lazy I want to be. I also minimize the amount of products I put on my hair during this time so I’m not creating product build-up.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
My daily morning regimen is simple. I modify my style from the day before, and spend no more than 20 minutes on my hair. I leave the true styling for my Sunday prep. My morning is carefully plotted out and spending too much time in the bathroom will kill my commute.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I retwist. I don’t sleep with bobby pins in my hair and don’t suggest anyone to go to bed with sharp objects on their scalp. I retwist and prep my hair for the style I plan on wearing the next morning.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
No, I don’t. I’ve had my hair blow dried twice in Jazzy’s natural existence by two professional hair stylists. (Felicia Leatherwood of Loving Your Hair With Natural Care and Veola Jolly of Do You Naturally Hair Salon). I truly believe in Home Hair Care and one of the first pillars of HHC that I’ve designed is knowing when to go to a professional stylist. Applying heat for me is one of those times. I’ve also seen enough of my hair in a straight form during my relaxed days. It was uneventful to me, so I’m not interested in seeing my natural hair straightened with heat at this time.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I haven’t braided my hair since my failed mission with mini braids. Oh my goodness, what a waste of my life. Once I returned back to my natural hair, I noticed doing braids on my hair was more work than twists. I didn’t know how to twist but I taught myself and once the twist light turned one, I stopped braiding all together and have not revisited braids since 2011. If you want to see someone fail, watch my Mini Braid video. It’s hilarious because nothing screamed success in that video, and I should have known better.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide-Tooth, no question hands down the best tool for detangling.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I go back and forth between loose and protective styling, especially during the hotter seasons (Spring & Summer). During the winter, I put Jazzy on a Protective Style schedule and only let her out in 2-3 day increments.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I had a hair fail once that turned into a great lessons learned video. I decided to use curlformers on my natural hair. Now, I had experience using curlformers during my relaxed days before they had blown up in the natural world. However, once I returned back to my natural hair, I didn’t truly understand how to effectively add the curlformers into my thicker natural hair. The end result was a hot mess, came out looking like the struggle up close.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Learn who to watch and who to follow. There is a difference. We have a lot of information circulating. However, all information isn’t good or correct information.
Your first line of defense to maintaining healthy hair is education. You must understand how your hair differs from the people you watch vs. follow. No matter whom you watch vs. follow; healthy hair comes first with education. I can tell you many things about maintaining your hair but if you’re not willing to follow it, challenge it and find out how you can work it into your hair regimen then you will be lost.
Healthy hair will always start at your fingertips. Learn what works for you and your hair. Although we are all Butterflies, not two are the same. If you put healthy hair first, the rest will come and if it doesn’t you must lean on your understanding of the genetics of hair growth.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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