1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Whitney and I’m from the Metro Detroit area.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is 4a/3c.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I returned to having natural hair when I was around 16 years old. I got my first relaxer when I was 7 years old. I was an athlete in high school (volleyball and swimming). It just made since to go natural since I was either getting my hair wet swimming, sweating my hair out during volleyball or getting my hair braided for convenience due to playing sports. I transitioned for less than a year before cutting my hair to about 4 inches or so.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging thing was transitioning. Trying to blend in the 2 different textures was a hassle. If I had the head for it (lol) and the confidence back then I would have just big chopped.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I cleanse my hair with a moisturizing shampoo or bentonite clay, deep condition and style my hair weekly. I may do a water only or a co-wash with conditioner in between wash days if my hair is in need of it.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
I mostly just lightly spray my hair with warm water in the morning. I feel like the warm water reactivates the product that’s already on my hair. I don’t like to seal my hair daily because the buildup makes my low porosity hair very dry.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
I make sure to either wear my satin bonnet, satin scarf or sleep on a satin pillow case.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
I haven’t styled my hair using heat in 3 years. For the first 11/12 years of my now 15 year hair journey I did use heat to straighten my hair. I transitioned from having heat damaged hair about a little over a year and a half ago where I cut off a total of 10-12 inches of hair. So, yeah, I’m a bit scared to use heat to style my hair.
I was never able to retain length passed my shoulders due to me mismanaging the use of heat styling amongst other things. My goal as of now is to reach waist length. I may try roller sets under a dryer then.
I have used low heat to deep condition my hair under a plastic cap. Which is very beneficial for someone with low porosity hair.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
No, I haven’t braided my hair but I do look forward to doing it in the future.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
I mostly use a Denman brush but I first finger detangle before using it. This helps in reducing breakage for me.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally loose.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
Well, like I mentioned previously, I had heat damage. Many natural styles didn’t always look the best on me back then. I recovered by chopping the straight hair off.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip for maintaining healthy hair or long hair is low manipulation. Low manipulation styles and routines are great ways to reduce breakage so we can have that full, healthy head of hair.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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