1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Nogah, I’m from Philadelphia but currently live in New York
2. What is your hair type?
I have both 4a and 4b textures in my hair
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I had my last perm on October 2013. I transitioned for about 3 months before I big chopped. After chopping I had about 2 inches of hair, it was very short but I didn’t care. I was so happy to be natural.
I decided to go natural because I was tired of the weaves, perms and damaged hair. I tried to go natural a few years earlier but gave up when I didn’t see immediate results. This time around I was dedicated and promised myself I would stick with it. Almost two years later I am so glad I did. Natural hair is more than a trend, for me it was really about falling in love with myself and not allowing the media or anyone else to defy the standards of beauty.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
I think the most challenging thing about going natural is the knowledge! Some of us have no clue how to take care of our hair. Products, styles, regimens, all of it can be very over whelming. There is a lot of trial and error to figure out what works for your hair, but with patience and consistency you can see progress.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
My weekly regimen is either cowashing or shampooing but I always deep condition at least once a week or every other. Whether it’s a hot oil treatment of hair mask, deep conditioning is so important in your hair’s health and growth.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
Every morning I take down my nightly twists or loose puffs. If twists I apply oil or serum to my fingers to reduce frizzing. If I slept with puffs then lightly spray my tips to moisturize and reshape my fro. I apply water and eco stylergel to my edges, brush them neatly and wrap a silk scarf around for 10 minutes to lay them down.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
My nightly routine is always moisturizing. Type 4 hair tends to be the driest of all textures so keeping my hair, especially my ends, moisturized and sealed are important for me. After moisturizing I either put 8-10 chunky twists in or 2-3 loose puffs to preserve my curls. I then massage black Jamaican castor oil on my edges, crown and any weak spots. BJCO promotes hair growth and thickness.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Never. The only ‘heat’ I apply is my heating cap while I deep condition once a week.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I love braids as a protective style. I install braids in my hair about twice a year.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Neither. I mostly finger detangle. Type 4 hair is the most fragile, so I try not to use too many combs, brushes or tools. I do take a small comb to my ends to smooth them out if necessary.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
I would say my hair is normally loose. I leave protective styles in for 5 weeks, afterwards I like to give my hair a break for a few months before installing another protective style.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
When I first went natural I used to apply oil to my dry hair every day, like it was a moisturizer. I didn’t know it should’ve been layered with a cream or leave-in. My hair was sooooo dry, it broke off and shed like crazy.In the mornings as I took my twists down I would have so much hair in my hands and on the floor, I thought I was going bald! Later I found out about the LOC method and that transformed my hair from brittle hot mess to shiny moisturized curls
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip for healthy hair is moisture, moisture…moisture! If your hair is dry it will break and split. We may think our hair isn’t growing when really it is but it’sbreaking from being dry. Keeping your hair moisturized and your ends seals protects your hair from knots and tangles. Find out which products and moisturizing method works best for your hair and stay with it. Be consistent and patient with your hair.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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