1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Love! I’m Ghanaian and I live in Brisbane, Australia.
2. What is your hair type?
I’m not really concerned too much with hair typing, but I would say my hair is 4c if it had to be classified. But although it is kinky, it’s very soft and extremely thick, with tight coils at the roots.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
Well my mom and one of my best friends actually inspired me to go natural. My mom has been natural for about 5 years now, and when I saw how healthy and long her hair was growing, and how beautiful and thick her texture was, I wanted to be able to experience that!
Also, my bff has been natural for quite some time too, and we always had conversations about me going natural. She always had such simple and useful tips about maintaining natural hair, and the more she talked about it, the more I wanted to give it just chop of my relaxed ends! So after transitioning for about 7 months, in July 2013, I decided to finally do the big chop! It was the most liberating feeling!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Learning to be patient, and allowing my hair to grow at its own pace! I loved my Twa stages because it was so low maintenance. But when my hair got to that stage where the length wasn’t quite short to rock as a TWA but not long enough to really style, that when I found it challenging to work with, so I wore a lot of wigs during that time!
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I usually braid up my hair for a few weeks at a time while I wear my wigs. When its time for me to wash though, I shampoo, condition and then apply Beautiful Textures Moisture Butter as my leave in. I add some Shea Butter and Coconut Oil, braid it up again, and then I go back to wearing my wigs for the next few weeks, and so on.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
My hair is usually in plaits of cornrows, so sometimes I just apply a bit of coconut oil to my hands and apply it to my hair before I put on my wig.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I oil my scalp and apply some coconut oil on my edges nightly and wrap it with a satin durag.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
No I haven’t used heat on my hair since my big chop. It’s not something I want to do just yet, but maybe in a year or 2, I’ll get a blow out and press my hair just to see how it would look.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I get my hair braided once a year when I go to Ghana. I love box braids and marley twists
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I finger detangle most of the time. I only use a wide-tooth comb on wash day.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I mostly wear protective styles. I custom make my own wigs, so that’s what I’m usually wearing.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
No, I haven’t ever experienced anything regarding my hair that I would consider a tragedy.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Protective styling for me is key, because when I leave my hair alone and don’t mess with it too much, it does its thing! Also finger detangling has really helped me maintain length. Otherwise I would say to have patience. Your hair will take time to grow, so don't get frustrated that the growth isn't happening as quickly as you maybe expected! So really enjoy all the different stages of growth!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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