1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Lee-Anne Holder and I’m from the beautiful country of Barbados.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair is combination type 4 (i.e. 4a,4b,4c).
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I started transitioning on feb 23rd 2012 after my last texturiser and did my first official chop, March 23rd 2013 when I got annoyed dealing with two textures.
I honestly decided to go natural because I felt like I literally did all I could do with my hair, relaxer, texturiser, braids, twists and everything in between. I was getting so bored of my hair and the limp texturised state it was in. I also felt that having no recollection of my natural hair, was a bit ridiculous and quite sad.
YouTube also played a pivotal role in convincing me to transition. Seeing the diversity of natural hair made it a GO for me.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The stares from the public and their embarrassing questions posed the biggest challenge for me. Not having the confidence, like I do now, made it really difficult for me in the earlier stages. I was really defensive, but now I have come to accept that years of being taught that these things about ourselves are not acceptable, cannot be undone overnight.
Oh, and lets not forget the daylong washdays. Sigh, but it gets better.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash and deep condition my hair every Sunday. I set my style for the week and moisturize and retwist when necessary.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I remove my satin headtie, oil my palms and undo my style.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I spray my hair with a little water/conditioner mix, then retwist with my choice of moisturizer or gel.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I mostly use heat during my deep conditioning treatment. Since I’m terrified of heat damage. I’m currently trying to practice heatless stretching using braidouts.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, possibly 2-3 times a year. Last year I did yarn locs and a crochet faux hawk.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Denman brush, but modified. I’ve removed like 3 rows of teeth from my brush head.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally loose. As much as I love the convenience of protective hair styles, I really start to miss my hair and the feeling of water on my scalp during my weekly washes.
I know washing your hair during protective styling is a must but it’s sooo messy.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Thank God, no! #blessed
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My motto is “Clean Hair is Healthy Hair”. My tip for anyone is to develop and try to stick to a solid hair regimen and in time your hair will thank you for it.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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