1. What's your name and where are you from?
Hello Girls, my name is Kesia Welcome and I am from Roatan, Bay Islands in Honduras, Central America. It is a small island in the Caribbean, but with a diverse variety of people from all over the world. It's a beautiful island, fun and interesting place to live; a tranquil place with great weather.
2. What is your hair type?
My type is 4C all over, kinky, coily, zigly and zagly all the way.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I transitioned for 4 months – November 2011 to February 2012, did my Big Chop on February 28th 2012. My inspiration for returning natural was due to 2 of my Aunts, both natural, who encouraged me to not only love my own hair but to enjoy healthy beautiful natural hair. After many attempts, decided I would transition. On the 28th of Feb. after viewing so many beautiful girls and their TWA, decided this was it, went home and had my mom cut off my relaxed hair.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
It was figuring out what products would work for me. Had to re-learn all over again how to take care of my tresses on my own. It was challenging but possible especially with family's support, online bloggers and YouTube. Research is essential in returning natural so I highly recommend it.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
My weekly regimen is the L.O.C. Method once every 2 to 3 days; it depends on how dry the air is here. I wash every 3 to 4 weeks, do a Deep Conditioning, Black Tea Rinse and place hair in a protective style, either 2 strand twists, roller sets or place in perm rods for a curlier look.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Very simple, wake up, get ready, fluff hair and out the door. I love hair accessories, so occasionally will place hair in updos and add cute flowers. Will add my spritz to hair if needed.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Always sleep with my satin cap on; this is a must-do every night. Will spritz hair with H2O, Black Tea Rinse or Okra mix, apply my conditioner mix and seal with Olive or Coconut Oil. Place hair in 10 to 12 large twists, re-seal ends with oil of choice, satin cap on and off to Dreamland :D
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
In these last 3 years, only once have I used heat. It was on a roller set under my Mom´s hooded dryer, setting on Cool for 1 hour. My policy with heat is, if it is burning your hand, it is burning your hair so no heat for me. Will start to use hooded dryer more in the future on those rainy days.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I have an extremely tender scalp so braids are a no-no for me.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I use a wide tooth comb after finger detangling; it takes about 2 to 3 hours to do. I take my time and I'm extremely gentle with my tresses. This has helped to maintain healthy hair and length.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair loves protective styles so this is what I keep her in. Try to alternate, 3 weeks in protective styles and 1 week in loose styles. That way she is protected 75% of the time but is also out "to have fun" 25% of the time. Whenever she is loose, I do the L.O.C. Method daily to maintain moisture.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
One time I did; I think I over did a protein treatment and she was soo dry, ughhh!!! To recover, I did deep conditions every week for about 1 month, and an Okra Treatment, slowly but surely, she recovered. Whenever you do have a hair tragedy, take a deep breath, calm down as much as possible, and start to research online for information on how to recover. You can and will get through this moment, it will take time, patience and endurance but you can do it. Don´t give up.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
It is consistency, patience and the right hair products. Find out what works for your tresses and stick to that. Whenever you see a style or a treatment you want to try, adjust to your own hair needs. Your results will come out differently, because like you, your tresses are unique :D
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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