Textured Beauty: Crystal

Name: Crystal

Hair’s Name:  My hair’s name is Lovita, but I think she’s evolving into a Chelley.  That’s just the vibe she’s giving me now.  LOL

Tell us about yourself:   I am the blogger of the natural hair website Kinky Hair Affair (www.kinkyhairaffair.com).   I have really developed a love for my natural hair, so I use the site to document and share my natural hair journey with others going through their own journeys.

How long have you been natural? Why did you go natural? I have been natural for one year!  I big chopped on November 27, 2011.   I decided to go natural during my “break from relaxers.”  I was having severe scalp issues that I contributed to the relaxers I received every six weeks.  Through the encouragement of my friends, who were natural, my own curiosity of what my natural hair texture looked like, and my desire to have healthy hair,  I was inspired to embark on my own natural hair journey.  I’m so glad I did!

What is your hair type and texture?   I have no idea what my hair type is, but what I do know is my hair is extremely thick.   I have super tight curls on the sides and back of my head.  At the crown of my head, my curls are not as tight.   It’s just a big party going on!

What products and techniques work best for your hair type/texture?  Anything super moisturizing works best for my hair. Right now, my staple deep conditioner (DC) is the Eden BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi DC.  It’s so thick, and my hair loves it!   Also, I love to use thick creams and butters to retain moisture when the weather is cooler.   Doing two-strand twists are the easiest way for me to stretch my tight curls without applying heat, so that’s what I do most of the time.

What is your hair regimen and how does it fit into your busy schedule?  Right now, I only shampoo/co-wash once a week, and that’s typically on Sundays.  I also deep condition my hair once a week.   I have begun to incorporate pre-pooing into my regimen to make detangling a breeze.   I’m doing mostly protective styles with flat twists and two-strand twists.   These styles will last until it’s time to wash again, unless I go somewhere on Saturday.   Then, I’ll rock a twist-out for a day and wash the next.   I have NO time to do my hair during the week, so this regimen works best for me.

Any additional advice?
  My advice would be to simply embrace your own hair texture and figure out what products and styles work best for you.   Your hair is not like anyone else’s.   It’s your natural hair journey.   Enjoy it!

 

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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