1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Whitley Shannon and I am from Mississippi, but I reside in North Carolina.
2. What is your hair type?
I have normal porosity, coarse hair. It is very thick! It is also multi-textured, mostly 4a/b.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I received my last perm on July 27, 2012, and I transitioned for 17 months. I became 100% natural on December 12, 2013. I had previously always had good experiences with relaxers. My hair was always long and healthy. That was until I decided to add color into the mix.
I made the mistake of getting my hair colored and then relaxed without washing it during the two weeks in between. So it was like perming freshly colored hair! My hair started to fall out and I was devastated. When my hair started falling out, I had decided I was going to let my hair grow out and then start back getting relaxers. But then I started falling in love with my natural curl pattern and it's thickness. Not to mention I had always had a love for big curly hair so this was my chance to finally have it!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing was trying not to lust after, idolize and wish I had a different curl pattern.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I honestly do not have a set regimen. I try to wash my hair at least once a week, and I tend to mix up my product use. But whenever I do wash my hair I always use shampoo. I follow that up with a washout conditioner and I detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb while it is in my hair. I also try to deep condition my hair after every wash. I moisturize with water, a moisturizer, and seal with oil whenever needed.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
My morning regimen will vary depending on how I styled my hair after wash day. Majority of the time it's a twistout. On these mornings I simply take down the bands in my hair, fluff, and out the door I go. If I have a wash and go then I will stretch and shape it with a blow dryer.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
If my hair is in a twistout, I crisscross band my hair in about 6 sections to maintain the definition and length. I sleep on a satin pillowcase and that makes everything so much easier so I just go to sleep with any other style with no worry.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
The only time I use heat is when I am deep conditioning my hair under a hair dryer and stretching my wash and go with a blow dryer. I may flat iron my my hair once a year just to check the length.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I braid my hair when I am trying to stretch it or do a braid out which is very seldom.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Ride or die wide-tooth comb user!
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
Loose! I don't like hiding my hair if I don't have to.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
My only hair tragedy occurred when I had a relaxer that I previously mentioned. I recovered by going natural. That was an awesome recovery!
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
Find out what works best for your hair. Keep it moisturized. Have patience and enjoy the journey!
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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