1. What's your name and where are you from?
Natasha Beals and I am from Chicago.
2. What is your hair type?
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I went natural 4 years ago, my big chop was in 2010. This was my second time going natural, the first time I was not knowledgeable at all about the process of transitioning to natural. So this time around I did my research and transitioned for a year with braids and weaves.
I have always loved the way natural hair looks on a woman. I love the versatility, the bigness and thickness of natural hair. I also loved the fact that I do not have to run from the rain anymore because my hair loves the rain.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing for me was dealing with the two different textures and finding a stylist who could handle the two different textures. I ran into a lot of stylists who could not handle the thickness of my hair, they would approach my hair with small tooth combs and pull a lot of it out. My family made it difficult too; they would makes jokes and talk about how my hair was going to fall out when I went natural. It was kind of hard to ignore their comments but I did, and I made it happen, I was determined to go natural.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I try to wash my hair every Sunday but lately I have been slacking; I am lazy, lol. Wash days are usually a full day. I start with a pre-poo mixture I make which is olive oil, coconut oil, and peppermint oil. I let that sit for about 15 mins. After that I put my hair into twists, and wash it with a water and shampoo mixture in a color applicator bottle. My favorite shampoos are Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo and Trader Joes Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo.
After the wash I deep condition with Organics Hair Mayonnaise. So far it has worked alright for me. Another favorite deep conditioner is Carol’s Daughter Black Vanilla Smoothie. I let that sit for about 15 minutes under a hooded dryer, and then rinse it out.
I follow it up with the LOC method (Aphogee Curlific Moisture Leave-in Conditioner, Coconut Oil, and Miss Jessie’s Curly Buttercream). After that I put my hair in two-strand twists and let it air-dry and wear a twist-out for a couple of days, and then put it into a bun.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I fluff out my twist-out, and spray it with a mixture of water, olive oil and coconut oil, then go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I re-twist my hair every two days, put my hair on the top of my head, and then put on my satin scarf or bonnet, and go to sleep.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I rarely use heat on my hair, I get my hair flat-ironed and trimmed about every six months. I don’t like to use heat on my hair. The last time I did it, my curl pattern disappeared, my hair is still recovering from my last flat-iron.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I braid my hair about three to four times a year.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I love the wide tooth comb, the Denman brush did not work well for me.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I would say it's 50/50. Half of the time my hair is in a twist-out and half of the time it is in Marley twists or braids. I usually do protective styling in the winter time.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
So far I have not had any hair tragedies, thank goodness!
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Moisturize often, water is your best friend and trim often.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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