Textured Beauty: Alexandria

Name: Alexandria

Hair’s Name:  Never had one before.  But if I had to name it, my hair’s name would probably be Majesty.

Tell us about yourself:  I am a student at Florida Atlantic University, graduating spring of 2013.  I also work full time at a Nursing agency, part-time as a board operator at a local radio station and I recently began my career in acting.  I am a nature lover, a long distance runner, blogger, dedicated activist and philanthropist.   I love to travel and I am planning a move to NYC by June of 2013.

Hobbies:  Working out (Pilates, Cardio Barre, distance running, hiking, swimming, dancing to Beyonce’ DVD’s), reading, volunteering, photography, blogging, traveling, entertaining friends and shopping.

How long have you been natural? Why did you go natural?  I have been natural for just over 2 years;  I went completely natural on July 2nd, 2010.  I had wanted to do it before and even stopped getting a perm for 6 months before my big chop.   My first memory of wanting to go natural goes back to watching Tracee Ellis Ross on the hit TV series “Girlfriends.”  I loved the dynamic nature of the women on the show, especially Joanne.  I loved her hair!  That is where the active journey to natural hair began for me.  I later grew to understand more about my natural hair and why it was ok for me to love it.  It’s really a long story, I will just stop.  I could go on forever; the story of my hair is like the story of my life!

What is your hair type and texture?  My hair is a very soft 4a, 4b in some areas.  It usually dries more in the center; the curls are much looser in the back and the front grows a lot faster.  I also attribute some of the texture difference in the back to my battle with Alopecia Areata.  The form of Alopecia I have, causes these quarter to dollar-coin sized patches.  Luckily the patches only occur in the back of my hair so it’s easier to manage and hide.  I have known of my Alopecia for 4 years now and treat it with cortisone shots administered by my dermatologist.  I also take biotin supplements, do my best to stay hydrated, eat enough protein, keep my stress levels low, and style my hair with care.

What products and techniques work best for your hair type/texture?  Currently, I am swearing by the Monoi Oil Line from Carols Daughter, along with L’Oreal Ever Crème and Organix Argon oil moisturizer and serum.  It really just depends on what I am doing with my hair.  As my hair grows, I am learning to change products and do what’s best.   I also take lots of tips from blogs, social networks, family and friends.

For my twisted bun I use all three conditioners, usually, but per a recommendation via Instagram I used the Paul Mitchell daily moisturizer today and was very pleased with it.   As far as techniques, mild protective styling works best for me because it’s much easier to have my hair stretched and restrained in some way.  Styles like coil-outs, French braids and twisted buns or Cleopatra buns are ideal for me because they last through a few busy days and they transition easily.

What is your hair regimen and how does it fit into your busy schedule?  I like to deep condition on Sundays and style in a way that will last, like a coil-out or bun.   These styles usually last a few days and cut down my prep time in the morning before I head to work.  When I am really short on time or patience or both — or I just want a change — I wear wigs and sometimes go with a sew-in weave to let my hair  rest.   I have to be cautious of tight braids and hair-ties or hair clips because of my alopecia and tendency to get headaches from any tightness on my head.   I am usually the only one that takes care of my hair; I rarely go to the salon.   On occasion I let my mother or sister French braid my hair since my braiding skills aren’t all that great, but I am “tender-headed” and like taking care of my crown on my own!

Any additional advice?

Tip:  Cold washing and detangling with heavy conditioner makes a great coiled and low maintenance wash and go for my hair texture.   I actually took this tip from Tracee Ellis Ross and it totally worked for me, once I got over the cold water.

Tip:  Always style in a robe!  I hate having to worry about product on my clothes or my towel constantly falling when I am styling my hair.  A robe keeps my clothes covered when I am dressed and keeps me warm and dry when I am fresh out of the shower.   The same goes for make-up, face wash, etc.

Tip:  LOVE YOUR HAIR and listen to it.  I have grown to know my hair as it grows.  I have to co-operate, things don’t always go (look) as you planned them to, but that can be a good thing.

List of awesome products:

•    Carols Daughter Monoi Oil Shampoo, Conditioner, Repairing Mask and Split End Sealer – great protein treatment for hair
•    Olive Oil Moisturizer – great for everyday moisture when hair is too short to style
•    Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum – great for detangling and holding moisture, smells amazing
•    Paul Mitchell Foaming Pomade- great for coil outs and for defining curls just after a bug chop or a short style
•    Organix Moroccan Argon oil Serum and Moisturizer – both are great for detangling and moisturizing, smell amazing.
•    L’Oreal Ever Crème Shampoo and Conditioner – great for cold washes to keep coils tight , sulfate free and conditioner is Ok to leave in

Any questions about styles, products, or anything else can be emailed to me at Alexandria.janeice.j@gmail.com

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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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