1. What's your name and where are you from?
Ngozi Ali, Nashville, Tennessee
2. What is your hair type?
Mix of 4a (lower back of head), 4b (outer perimeter) & 4c (crown area)
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2008 (see pic below). My hair started thinning 2 months before turning 26. When I turned 28 I noticed I was developing a large bald patch on my scalp behind my hair line (around the temple area). I was also relaxing and wearing weaves, which was only adding to the hair loss issue.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
Most challenging thing was (and sometimes still is) detangling. Because my hair is fine and thin, it tangles really badly so if I don’t detangle on a regular basis (at least once per week) then it starts to loc/ matt.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
Weekly regimen, finger detangle moisturize just to remove any shed hair one time a week. This is when I usually refresh my twist. On Monday night (which I wouldn’t suggest as the best time, but this is randomly when I always feel compelled to do it), I pre-poo my hair with Aussie Moist conditioner and separate into sections to wash. I detangle if I can. I then wash with a sulfate or moisturizing shampoo. After I protein treat and follow with a deep conditioner. After I rinse those, I detangle and style in my signature twist. The next day I may style if going somewhere or just were my hair in a twisted updo.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I usually only moisturize 2 times per week. I use the L.C.O Method, which keeps my hair pretty moisturized.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I may moisturize if needed, will wrap my hair in a scarf as well as wear a bonnet. I also sleep on a satin pillow case. This is if I wear my hair in twist, which is usually 85% of the time.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
3-4 times a year I will blow dry my hair for a blowout. August 2014 (my upcoming 5 year anniversary) was the first time I flat ironed my hair.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
Yes, 1 time per year. I prefer twists.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Both, my hair texture requires the use of both tools depending on which section I am working on. I start with a wide-tooth and work towards a Denman once I reduce the tangles. This reduces pulling on my hair.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Protective-do 85-90% Mainly twist or wigs. If not, I wear twist outs.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Yes, I had a sew-in for my wedding and it was too tight around the edges and pulled all my hair out around my edges. I had to baby my edges for 2 years, use multiple growth oils and supplements to help it grow back. I also visited a dermatologist to get steroid shots in the areas where the hair follicles were weak.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Be patient and don’t be afraid to switch up your regimen or products if you see your current practice is not working. Do not compare your hair to others who may have “gone natural” or “big chopped” around the time you did. Everyone experiences different growth and problems/joys in their journey.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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