1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Keanna Marie. I was born in Fort-Knox Kentucky. Raised in Columbus, Ohio.
2. What is your hair type?
According to the infamous hair chart, my hair is a 3b & 3C mix!
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I made the decision to go natural almost 5 years ago. I was sitting outside in Grand-Goave, Haiti, chatting with a friend about hair and made the decision, right there, to never get another perm. I don't think I realized what I was getting myself into, ha! But it's a decision I don't regret. I decided to go natural for several different reasons. I was tired of damaging my hair with chemicals. I was also curious to see the look of my "real" hair. So I just "did it!"
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I transitioned for 2.5 loooooong years. No big chop for me. I was so attached to length at the time, so cutting my hair wasn't an option. Working with two different textures was insane. I am a perfectionist. To go from having perfectly straight (permed) hair to frizzy curly hair was quite the adjustment. It also took a toll on my confidence. I wasnt confident in my natural hair at first. And I wasn't the best at styling my hair while transitioning. So I made the mistake of excessively straightening my hair To disguise the two textures, which resulted in severe heat damage.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I deep condition weekly! Most people are shocked to find that my hair is actually pulled back into a bun 95% of the time. I don't wear my hair out often. I keep it deep conditioned, moisturized and protected in a bun or twist.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
It depends. Sometimes I'll do a quick washNGo/co wash in the morning and "Bun it" or if my hair is already curly from the night before, I just fluff, pick and go. I try to keep it as simple as possible.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I sleep with a silk scarf/bonnet to help retain moisture. It really helps and makes all the difference.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Direct heat? Not often. I've had severe heat damage in the past, and had to learn the hard way. I keep the use of direct heat to a minimum. As of right now, it's been 15 months since I've last straightened my hair.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I don't really braid my hair.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I've never used a denman brush, however, I use something similar. I also use a wide-tooth comb.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
As previously stated, I use to have severe heat damage. I wear my hair In a washNGo state, which means heat damage is very noticeable if you have it. About 2 years ago, I was in the process of recovering from heat damage. My curls were finally coming back to life. I was using less heat and I was growing out the heat damage. However, if you've recovered from heat damage, you know this is not an over night process. It takes time. I still had pieces in my hair that would not curl like the rest. So one day, while my hair was wet, I took it upon my self to cut out ANY pieces of hair that weren't curly. All the damaged hair had to go. So I started cutting CHUNKS of my hair out. Looking back, I have no idea why I thought this was a good idea. Of course, all the damage was in the front. It was a poor decision I made in the heat of the moment. For some crazy reason, I assumed that because I have thick, big hair, it would dry, the heat damage would be gone, I would have gorgeous curls and the missing pieces would go unnoticed. I was WRONG! The heat damage was gone but I was left with a MESS. My hair was noticeably uneven & I had horrible short bangs. And not the cute bangs. The bangs that looked like they were cut by a second grader. I was so embarrassed. But I made it work. I had to allow the hair to grow back in while also getting professional hair cuts, so they could begin reshaping my hair. Let's just say, I stick to letting the professionals cut my hair now.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Deep conditioning is everything! Find a good deep conditioner and condition weekly/bi weekly. I personally like to deep condition weekly. It helps the over all health of my hair. Trimming your ends as needed is another big tip. I don't go by the 6-8 week rule. I get my hair trimmed when it needs it. And lastly, drink lots of H20.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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