1. What's your name and where are you from?
My name is Yasmin Mitchell and I currently live in Queens, New York.
2. What is your hair type?
My hair type is between a 3b and 4a
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
What motivated me to go natural was the years of damaged hair. I used to get my hair done at the Dominican Hair Salon every 2-3 weeks. Even though I stuck with roller sets and little to no blow-drying to my hair, over time my hair just started thinning and breaking. I experienced a ton of breakage on the crown on my hair due to too much heat from the hooded dryer etc. It was at that time I had enough and was fed up and decided no more hair salons for me.
I didn’t quite know what I was going to do with my hair though. My last relaxer was 2 years ago and I chose not to do the big chop, instead I chose to do a slow transition. I trimmed my hair each month until all the relaxer was gone. I cut off the last bit of relaxed ends this past May 2014. So I’ve been fully natural for about 12 months now and I LOVE IT!!!!
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most challenging aspect of going natural for me was dealing with two textures since I transitioned. At the beginning of my journey it was tough finding styles that worked with both textures. It wasn’t until I learned how to do a braid out on my transitioning hair that it began to get a bit easier. It also helped when I adopted the curly girl method and only began washing my hair with conditioner and began ridding my hair of chemicals that it became much easier to deal with my hair.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I wash my hair every Sunday. Since I follow the curly girl method I only wash with conditioner. When I choose to clarify my hair (every 4-6 weeks) I use the Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to clarify. I stick to low maintenance hairstyles like wash and go’s, braid-outs and or twist-outs.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
In the morning, depending on the season I just unravel my braid-out/twist-out and fluff my hair to the desired fullness; and the same with my Wash n Go’s. Sometimes I would apply a little olive or almond oil to my hair and/or some gel and viola!
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
My daily night time routine can vary depending on the style. If it’s a braid-out or a twist-out I may re-braid/re-twist my hair. If I want length I will also band my hair as well.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
No, I have not used heat on my hair in over a year. I would however, use a warm blow dryer to diffuse or dry my hair with a handheld blow dryer.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I braid my own hair, but I do not use and I have never used extensions in my hair.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is normally loose. I actually have not implemented the traditional protective style to my regimen as of yet.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
No, I have not had a natural hair tragedy.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip with maintaining healthy hair is implementing the Curly Girl Method and freeing your hair from all chemicals and sticking with all natural products for optimum hair health.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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