1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Ginny and I am from Detroit, Michigan! D-town!
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is 3c and 4a. I have s-waves on top and defined coils on the sides and in the back!
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I never really had a relaxer growing up but I always had a press and curl. I accidentally went natural. My hair was so heat damaged. It was long and stringy. I was sick of my press and curl look as well and was ready for a change. I was complaining about my hair non-stop, hiding at my desk at work and avoiding folks because I just hated it.
Your hair is your crowning glory and it really affects your confidence. My hair issues were preventing me from doing very important things in my life. One Sunday night, I went into the bathroom and just cut it all off with some scissors leaving about 1 inch behind of new growth. I was so confused that I did not know what I was going to do with my hair since I had to go to work the next day so I looked online as anyone would. I found Mahogany Curls on Youtube and she mentioned the “The Curly Girl Handbook” by Lorraine Massey which I downloaded that night and I have been natural ever since. I big chopped in April 2012.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging part was during the TWA stage. My hair wasn’t long enough to do anything with. However, I got so many compliments when I wore it curly that I just grew to love my hair and became more confident. My biggest issue was moisture though but by using the LCO method or the LOC method (liquid-cream-oil) to moisturize my hair at least 2 times a week, I have solved that problem.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I am on a strict weekly regimen which includes pre-pooing with coconut oil or a leave-in to finger detangle, washing or co-washing with a low suds or no poo cleansing cream, and conditioning or deep conditioning (alternate with and without proteins). When it comes to moisturizing I do the LCO method or the LOC method (liquid-cream-oil) at least 2x a week. I may or may not use a leave-in depending on the ingredients in my moisturizer but most times I do. I must moisturize with this method at least 2x a week. I typically do twist-outs but I have started doing more wash and go’s as well. I also like to protective style my hair with two-strand twists.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I am typically taking down my maintenance twists and/or pinning it up so I put a little oil (I like NATURALICIOUS Divine Shine Oyl) on my hands first and gently massage my hair. I do this for shine and to soften it. If I have a wash and go then I mist my hair with a little water and then use a quarter sized amount of a light leave-in conditioner and scrunch it into my hair and go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I do different things at night depending on the style I am trying to maintain. I do massage a little Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my edges and eyebrows at night as I am growing them out due to a setback. If I have a twist out that I am trying to maintain then I will lightly twist my hair into 8 maintenance twists without applying any more product and put on a satin scarf. If I have a bantu knot out or any curls in general then I use a satin bonnet to maintain my curl. If I have an updo then I also just use a satin scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I don’t use heat at all because there are so many ways to stretch your hair and get curls without doing that, for instance, you can use curl formers, flexi rods, perm rods, cold wave rods, straws, etc. The options are limitless so in order to prevent heat damage regardless of using a heat protectant, I just avoid it. In the last year, I’ve only blow dried my hair once.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
If I do braid my hair then I am doing a braid-out but I typically don’t because it takes too long to do and too long to take them down versus doing a twist-out in quarter of the time.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
BOTH! I typically use a wide tooth comb only to detangle if my hair is really matted or something and that's when it is soaking wet in the shower. I may use a Denman brush on the ends of certain sections to smooth the ends prior to twisting a difficult section.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I typically wear twist-outs because I can do them in 20 minutes and they last all week until I start my regimen over again. I like protective hair styles as well when my twist out starts to look funky then I will pin it up in the back and do a halo twist on each side and leave a few curly good looking strands out. These two styles are my staple styles.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Yes, unfortunately, I used a cheap gel on my edges and it broke them off despite me still moisturizing twice weekly. I do massage a little Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my edges and eyebrows at night to strengthen them and keep them growing and healthy.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisturize! That is the best thing you can do. Do it twice a week to retain moisture and keep your hair from breaking due to dryness. I’ve retained a lot of hair doing this and my hair is currently past armpit length and I big chopped in April 2012. Check your ends every 3 months and clip any split ends or get a professional curly girl cut. Alternate with products weekly that contain protein and those that don't (i.e. deep conditioners and conditioners) this way you can avoid having too many steps in your wash day process.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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