Tell us about yourself:
I am originally from Brooklyn,NY but I currently reside in Savannah, GA preparing for a move to Albany, NY. I attended Morgan State for undergrad and recently completed my MBA at Penn State. I am taking on a new position as a human resources business partner. I am also an Army veteran. For fun I love to travel, dance and eat! I recently started my first blog www.eatgoodlivewell.com
How long have you been natural? Why did you go natural?
This is actually my second time going natural; my first time was in college in 2001. I went back to my perm after being told it would be better for me as a black female officer. (If I could do it over I would have stayed natural.)
This go around, I got my last perm in May ’09. I did my big chop Oct ’09. I started my locs Jul ’10. I decided to go natural because it aligned with my desire to live a healthier life. I was putting so much effort into eating well and working out but, I was exposing myself to harmful chemicals on a regular basis. It was also a self-esteem thing for me, proving to myself that I would still be attractive just as God made me and also be successful in corporate America without the perm!
What is your hair type and texture?
It’s 4a with a patch of 3c on the front right side of my hair. My dad has the same patch at the back of his head…lol.) My hair is also super thick which looks great but is a curse when styling. I go through 2-3 ponytail holders a week.
What products and techniques work best for your hair type/texture?
Before I loc’d — after trying almost every product available — I settled on Shea Moisture shampoo and conditioner and their curl and style milk for my twist outs. Currently, I use Kinky Curly Come Clean to wash my hair and get rid of any buildup. I follow up with Karen Body Beautiful Conditioning Shampoo and then Yes to Cucumbers c\Conditioner for color treated hair. To twist, I mainly use Nu Ade Hair Oil and a little Jane Carter’s Twist and Lock Cream. (You do not need heavy gels or pomades for locs!)
What is your hair regimen and how does it fit into your busy schedule?
Luckily with locs, my daily maintenance is simple. I moisturize my hair daily with Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk and Nu Ade Hair Oil on my scalp! I wash my hair every 4-6 weeks depending on my workout intensity. If needed, in between washes, I will clean my scalp with a cotton ball and rose water or ACV astringent.
Any additional advice?
It’s just hair. It will grow back! I have cut my hair three times thus far and if I ever get tired of my locs I have no issue chopping it off again… lol.
Use good products and know what the ingredients will do to your hair and body. (That doesn’t always mean expensive.)
Love yourself, love your hair!