1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Linda Makolosi, I am Malawian.
2. What is your hair type?
I have 4c hair in the middle, and 4b hair around the sides and my nape. A mixture of zigzags and coils.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural in March 2013. I used to get so easily bored with my hair, and I would change the cut and colour often. I got tired of having to wear weaves, especially in the hot season here in Malawi, which is 3/4 of the year. I wouldn't retain length past my shoulder when I relaxed my hair, and it felt limp and thin.
Eventually I subscribed to a few natural hair channels on YouTube, like heyFranhey, bargain princess, Naptural85, SunKissAlba, NaturalSistas, MahoganyCurls, simplyounique, laila-jean (fusion of cultures), glamtwinz334, and Taren Guy. That was when I realised I could start my natutal hair journey. I learned so much about caring for natural hair and I transitioned right away. I did my big chop in May this year.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I would have to say dealing with two different textures during my transition. As well as finding natural hair products in Malawi without harmful chemicals like petrolatum, and parabens which would actually help keep hair moist in the hot climate.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Prepoo, cleanse my hair and deep condition on Sunday to get ready for the week. LOC method and updos most days of the week. Inversion method as often as I can.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I spritz with water and glycerin, seal in with castor oil and shea butter.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I section my hair and apply leave-in conditioner and seal in with EVCO and wear a satin scarf.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I have used heat probably once during my transitioning stage, but since I haven't really found the need to.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I braid my hair as one of many protective styles, as often as every 2 to 3 months. Usually oft for the chunkier braids, I find them less time consuming.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Denman brushes are not readily available here. I use a brush similar to it, and a paddle brush too.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Protective style as often as I can.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I experienced damage caused by alcohol in a particular hair spray once. My hair got very crisp and it broke off a lot. That made me caution to read the ingredients list every time I buy a product.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisture! (^^, ) Invest in good leave-ins with humectants, oils or butters that seal-in well, a good essential oil, and learn to love massaging your scalp.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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