1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Marcia. I was born and raised in Louisiana but currently reside in Texas.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is 3c.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
In 2009, I decided I was tired of my straightened hair. I wanted the curls that I had as a little girl back. Prior to beginning my natural hair journey, I was not aware of the term "natural hair." I did not know I had to stop relaxing my hair (transition) or chop it off (big chop) until I came across Taren Guy on YouTube. I did much research but still was hesitant. It wasn't until 2011 that my two close cousins told me that they were making the decision to return natural and it was then much easier to take the journey with them. I did my first big chop in 2011! Nothing's been the same since lol.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The first year after big chopping was the hardest. Learning new styles, trying to perfect twist outs, was no walk in the park. It took about 3 years to finally get a perfect twist out.
Family def had alot to say and I continued to tell them that once it would grow that they would like it. Having the support is important but I always tell ladies to do what's best for you. Forget what everyone says or think, you know?!
I've had several big chops since my first, so I obviously did not care about how others felt about MY hair but he support would have been nice.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I shampoo AND condition once weekly! Yes, I shampoo! Co washing is good for those who wash there hair more then once a week but I use shampoo to keep my scalp clean! Conditioner does not do that as I was a co washer for a couple of years. In my opinion, hair should be shampooed once a week, as this provides a clear and healthy scalp for hair growth. Sometimes using conditioner to wash hair can result in product buildup on scalp, preventing hair growth.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Honestly, Mondays through Fridays I'm rocking two French braids and I bobby pin them up so that they aren't hanging on my neck. I have to do this for work everyday! Also, less hair manipulation, which can also result in hair growth! Weekends I let my hair breathe. I usually wash and go or shingles. I use Tresemme dee cleanse shampoo and Tresemme Naturals conditioner. Camille Rose Naturals Curl Love for moisture and sometimes I add Camille Rose Fresh Curl to the ends of my hair. And finger foil the ends. I let air dry for 30 and then maybe diffuse or just use Afro pick once it's 90% dry for fullest. I also make some of my own products. I use the hair butter I make to rebraid my braids everyday during the week. I also make a hair oil that I apply to scalp twice a week (another reason I like to shampoo).
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Monday through Friday I'll throw on a satin scarf. When I my hair is out, I will use pineapple method.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes, when I decide to diffuse and I flat iron my hair about 3 times a year.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, mentioned above! :-) I do not do box braids, my scalp is too sensitive for braids. But I love market or Havana twists.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Fingers for detangling! Wide tooth comb to finish it off, denman brush only for curl definition because lawd my curls shrink too much after using that brush! Then I look like curly sue.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Also, mentioned above! Protective style baby!
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Yes, bleach hair! It was gorgeous but after so long I noticed that my curls were not as defined as before so I decided to big chop again in November 2013
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Be patient! To those that big chop, it's ok to have hair goals, hair crush, etc, but everyone's hair is different. Do not get upset that your hair does not look like or isn't as long as the next chick. Just be patient and take monthly selfies lol. But serious! Take monthly selfies and keep progress of your hair growth and be your own hair crush!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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