1. What's your name and where are you from?
I am Joanne Guiste and I am from the Nature Island of the Caribbean, Dominica
2. What is your hair type?
I have never really typed my hair as I believe all hair is different, so the type I know my hair to be is thick, curly, and unruly at times but still manageable
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I big chopped on October 7, 2014. My decision was mainly for the health of my scalp. I experienced excessive shedding and scalp pains and going natural was my way to a healthy scalp and to grow healthy hair
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
So far, I can’t say that I have had many challenges, but what used to be difficult for me was sticking to a nightly moisturizing routine
5. What is your weekly regimen?
When not in a protective style I do a mid-week co-wash and normally leave my hair in chunk twists, afros or puffs for the week.
I wash every two weeks, so on those weeks I shampoo then deep condition or hot oil depending on what my hair needs at that time, then place into a protective style for at least two weeks.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
On mornings when I have moisturized the night before, I just style in a bun or puff. If I did not moisturize the night before I do so in the morning then put in a puff or bun
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I normally moisturize using the LOC method. On nights when I already have enough product in my hair I just use a mix in my spray bottle of water, oils and cream so as to reactivate the product. Put in some chunk braids, twist or flat twist, tie with my satin scarf then off to bed. Three to four times a week I will include a 3-4 minute scalp massage using warm coconut oil.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Not at all
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Wide tooth comb, but looking to try the Denman brush soon
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Both. I do protective styles but believe in giving my hair a break from the styling so during that time I like afros and just letting it out to do what it pleases.. lol
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
My hair tragedy was experiencing massive shedding and scalp pains while my hair was relaxed. It literally brought me to tears seeing my hand full of hair even while simply brushing. I recovered from it by chopping and going natural and that has been one of the best hair decisions I have made
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Drinking lots of water and trimming dead ends when needed. Water provides moisture that the hair needs and is needed not just during washes but intake of water keeps hair healthy. When ends are dead and dry the best solution is to trim because there is no way to bring them back
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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