1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Misha. I am from Northwest Indiana (NWI)/Chicagoland area .
2. What is your hair type?
I know that I have type 4 hair. I have multiple textures, I believe that some of it is 4a and some is 4b.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I did the big chop in June of 2012, I wanted to grow long, healthy hair and I loved the look and versatility of natural hair.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
At first it was difficult to adjust to short hair because I cut my hair very short when I did the big chop.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash and deep condition my hair once a week (normally). My favorite products right now for washing and conditioning are from the Shea Moisture line and for styling I use the Cantu line. I normally do flat twits or Bantu knots to avoid major shrinkage. I make sure that I use a leave-in-conditioner as well as seal with oil.
I like avocado and olive oil but everyone’s hair likes different things so you have to try different things so you have to try different products to see what fits your hair and your texture best.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the mornings, I apply oil to hands before taking my twists down, and I wear a plastic cap in the shower to retain moisture.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
Some nights I retwist my hair with water and some nights I do not. I always sleep with a bonnet or with my hair in the “pineapple” method.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I have only had my hair straightened once throughout my entire natural journey and that was professionally done. Occasionally, I do blowouts, if I need my hair to dry quickly or if I want my hair to have a stretched look I will blow dry it, using heat protectant every time.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, I braid my hair. Braids and sew-ins are my favorite protective styles. I get my hair braided a few times a year but I am sure not to keep the braids installed too long and I keep my hair clean and moisturized while it is braided.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I love, love, LOVE my Denman brush! It has made the detangling process so much easier for me and I do not experience a lot of shedding when I use it; it smooths my curls out very nicely.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Lately, I have been trying to do one month of a protective style followed by one month of my hair loose. Living in the Midwest, I try to keep my hair in protective styles all winter and away from the cold weather.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I had one hair tragedy about two years ago. I had a sew-in with very little of my natural hair left out, and I wound up with heat damage on the left out hair. I had to cut that hair off. Luckily, I was early in my journey and it did not take long for that hair to catch up to the length of the rest of my hair.
I learned a valuable lesson: Always use heat protectant if you’re going to straighten your hair or don’t straighten it at all.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisturize and be gentle. Make sure your hair is never dry because dry hair breaks and do not be rough or get styles that are too tight or pull on your hair or scalp.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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