1. What's your name and where are you from?
I’m Zoé Zeigler, a Los Angeles native that now calls New York City home.
2. What is your hair type?
I’ve never been into ‘typing’ my hair really (I favor just calling it curly/kinky). However, based on the established hair types, I fall around the 4a range.
3. When did you go natural and what made you do it?
I’ve been ‘natural’ pretty much all my life, however my hair was very damaged from a lifetime of hot comb pressing and weaving. In January 2011, I went heat and weave free. I really did so after (1) I realized how much I was spending on weaves and the beauty salon in any given year and (2) I realized how much I was letting society and men dictate my standards of beauty and decided I’d had enough; I wanted to get in touch with my beauty on my own terms.
4. What was the most challenging thing about going natural?
The most difficult part of going natural/heat-free was learning what worked for my natural curls and establishing a regimen that I could reasonably stick to.
5. What is your weekly regimen?
I cut my natural curls into the short tapered curly fro style I have now 2 years ago, 2 years into my natural journey. My weekly regimen now is to co-wash once a week and pretty-much do nothing else to it the rest of the week. I just let my curls be day-to-day.
6. What is your daily morning regimen?
My morning regimen consists of fluffing my hair lightly with my fingers in the morning for about 20 seconds and that’s it. About every other day I apply a light oil to my hair as I fluff to add shine.
7. What is your daily night time regimen?
My evening regimen is simply to sleep on a satin pillowcase. I don’t wear a bonnet or scarf because they smash my curls.
8. Do you use heat on your hair at all?
Once a week, after washing/co-washing, I diffuse dry my hair on low heat.
9. Do you braid your hair? If so, how often do you do so in a year?
I have not braided my hair in many years, but I am planning to get braids for a few weeks this year for a vacation I am going on.
10. Wide-tooth comb or Denman brush?
Right now, I only finger comb my hair so I don’t use any products. When my curly hair was longer though, I used both a wide-tooth comb and Denman. I’d use a wide-tooth in the shower to detangle and the Denman after I got out the shower to better distribute my selected product through my hair prior to twisting.
11. Is your hair normally loose or in a protective-do?
My hair is always loose in the short tapered curly fro style I wear.
12. Have you ever had a hair tragedy? What was it? How did you recover from it?
I’ve had a hair tragedy in my lifetime. When I was about 12-13 years old I convinced my mother to let me get a Wave Nouveau ‘curly perm’. I was obsessed with Scary Spice and thought a perm was the only way to achieve a similar curly look (I had no idea what a twist out was at the time). It was the only time in my life I ever used straightening chemicals and was a huge mistake! It made all of my hair fall out over about 9 months. I wore braided styles over the next 2-3 years to allow my hair to grow back.
13. What's your biggest tip for maintaining healthy or long hair?
My biggest tip for maintaining healthy hair is to experiment to find out what works for you in the beginning, but once you learn, establish a regimen and stick to it. My hair (and my time/schedule) has thanked me for this over my 4 years of being heat-free/natural.
14. Where can we find you online? (blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc).
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