1. What's your name and where are you from?
Hey everyone! My name is Stephanie and I currently live in Chicago, lL, and I would call myself a true naturalista at heart!
2. What is your hair type?
I have a variety of hair textures throughout my hair. I have mostly coarse to thick hair with a few fine textures as well. I am a mixture of 3c, 4a, and 4b hair types.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
Ever since I was younger, my hair has always been faithfully relaxed. However, I have always been amazed by the versatility of natural hair. My natural hair journey began in 2013 while I was away at college. Due to the long distance from home, I wasn't able to get my hair relaxed, or even get it done as frequently as I would have preferred. With the combination of my love for natural hairstyles and the fact I was away from home, I decided to transition back to my natural roots.
Click here to see a video of the natural hair journey.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging part of my hair journey was when I did the "mini chop"; my friends' and families' reactions were all over the place. Some were excited for me, while others were asking me why on earth did I cut my hair! My mom for example was all for the new hair cut, but since I decided to flat iron my hair as soon as I had cut my hair, she was under the impression that I would keep it short, and go back to getting it relaxed. Once I told her that I will be keeping it natural, she was a bit hesitant and tried to convince me to take care of my hair and keep up with getting relaxers. Although I was receiving negative feedback about my decision to go natural, this was something I needed to do for myself and no one's opinion was going to change my mind. Now that I have been on my natural hair journey for over a year now. Both my friends and family or completely supportive of my hair journey.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
My weekly regimen consist of washing my hair once a week, and styling it that same day. I moisturize my hair using the L.O.C method and style my hair either into a puff , plaits or two strand twist.
Click here to see an explanation of what the L.O.C. method and a demo.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
My morning regimen is very simple. I simply take off my satin bonnet or just proceed to pick out my hair to get the desired shape I am going for, and I am good to go.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
My night routine varies:
I always sleep with a satin bonnet, or satin pillow case. I choose the pillow case over the satin bonnet on days where I want to preserve my hairstyle as much as possible , and not squish the style, which sometimes happens when I sleep with the bonnet.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Yes I do, but not often.
I apply a flat iron to my hair 1-2 times a year
I use a blow dryer ( low-medium heat) 2-4 times a year
Click here to see various techniques I use to straighten my natural hair.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I typically do not braid my hair, but I am trying to do more protective styles like crochet braids, and marley twists.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I typically stick to using a wide-tooth comb when detangling my hair when my hair is both dry and wet, and I use a Denman if needed on dry hair usually to just put my hair into a puff.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is usually styled into a puff. I just love how quick and easy it is and can be styled in various ways.
Click the links to see how I style my puffs ( 2 ways)
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I have suffered from very mild heat damage, but since I know the overall health of my hair is better than the length of my hair I simply cut it off. That's the good thing about healthy hair, it will grow back.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
The number one thing that I make sure to do on a consistent basis that I see has really helped the overall health of my hair, is to make sure to deep condition my hair for at least 30 minutes weekly. In addition, I try to only style my hair once a week and moisturize using the L.O.C. method every 3-4 days which prevents over manipulation to my hair. This routine allows my hair to retain moisture and prevents unnecessary breakage.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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