Textured Beauty: Ebony
Name: Ebony Clark a.k.a. eclark6
Tell us about yourself: I am an artist by nature, so I love to create beautiful things and help people realize their potential. I’m an image consultant, and I develop products to restore problem skin and hair. Currently, I reside in Norcross, GA.
How long have you been natural? Since February 2005.
Why did you go natural? I was inspired by the boldness of a young lady in college a few years prior to 2005. She was confident and LOVED the hair she was born with. That just ignited a flame in me. I started wondering why I was wearing a relaxer. I started my natural journey then, but I just wasn’t truly ready. I re-relaxed after a year. I still could not shake the feeling though. I knew that someday, I’d go natural again—but when I was 100% ready to the core. I have been growing my natural hair since February of 2005. I wanted to show the creator that I appreciated HIS creation. I wanted everything about me to be authentic and organic.
What is your hair type and texture? I don’t generally use the alpha-numeric system, but according to it my hair would be considered 4a/3c. Personally, I just say that my strands are fine–some are medium, but the overall density is thick…normal porosity.
What products and techniques work best for your hair type/texture? I love Giovanni, Qhemet Biologics, Cantu, and AVEDA products. I always pre-treat with coconut oil before shampooing, which helps me to retain moisture. Also, I wear two-strand twists majority of the time for protection. I find that when I keep it “put away”, I retain more moisture and length. However, I’m no stranger to a wash- n- go or two-strand twistouts.
What is your hair regimen and how does it fit into your busy schedule? I shampoo every 2-3 weeks, co-wash once a week; sometimes less/more often. No matter what, I will always have time to care for my hair. It ranks right up there with bathing and eating! LOL!
Any additional advice? Evaluate and cater to your hair, as you would your body. Listen to it. Remember that your hair’s needs will differ from the needs of others. Stay encouraged on the journey!