1. What's your name and where are you from?
My Name is Stacie Daye aka MamaDaye I live in Raleigh, North Carolina.
2. What is your hair type?
I’m a mixture of hair types, I have 3B, 3C and 4A in my head of Curls.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
That’s a loaded question but I went natural May 2010 on Mother's Day. I was diagnosed with a Rare Spinal Syndrome CES and going natural and putting my focus on Learning about natural hair helped to remove myself from depression and it gave me purpose in my life.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing for me was learning this new person. All my independent life all I knew was how to take care of my relaxed hair. My new hair couldn’t function with my old methods SO I had to learn what she liked and how often she needed that DC. It took some getting used to but I would not change it for the world.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I’m rocking the WNG’s (Wash N Go’s) right now so I wash my hair, Dc, use Aloe Vera and style my WNG for a 3 day stretch and I start the WNG process all over again.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I usually don’t do a lot in the morning. I will put a little oil on my hair if it needs it but for the most part, I shake and go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
This is usually when I do my hair so I refresh my curls or twist depending on whether or not I’m rocking a protective style. Every other day I spray oil on before bed. If my hair feels extra dry I do the green house effect: I put 2 plastic shower caps on and then 2 head rags to help bring moisture back to my hair and scalp. I love the Greenhouse effect with my WNG.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Rarely but yes. I would say about 2-3 times out the year I blow dry my hair and 1-2 a year I flat iron it. When I do I make sure to do a Protein treatment and use Heat protectants to ensure I have not caused Heat Damage to my curls.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I don’t braid my hair but I do braid-outs and twist-outs.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Oh how I love me My Denman Brush and my Tangle Teezers. They get my unruly hair under control and I love it. I rarely use the wide tooth comb. If I use a wide tooth comb, it’s probably because one of my daughters took my brushes lol.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Right now I do a little of both. One week I rock a protective style the next week I unravel and rock it loose and free. I love the versatility of natural hair.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
OMG Yes I had my hair dyed and it just killed my hair. When I was 1½ years into my journey I had it dyed copper. It dried my hair out and so I would over moisturize my hair to the point that I moisture overloaded my hair leaving it with limp, undefined curls.
To try and fix my drama I over proteinated my hair and got protein overload. Can you see a pattern here? I couldn't get the right balance between protein and moisture and it took about 6 months to balance my hair back to its proper state. I chopped about 3-4 inches of my damaged hair and learned to balance moisture and protein to obtain healthy hair.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Listen to your hair… yes, it can talk. Take the time to really learn your hair know it inside and out. Educate yourself about how to maintain moisture and strength to your hair. Drink plenty of water to keep your hair and body hydrated.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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