Introducing Latoya and Lola (My Hair)
I’m the newest member of the BlackHairMedia.com team. I have been blogging for 3 years and I’m happy to make BHM my new online home. When I’m not blogging, I work full-time in the field of higher education; I’m a busy wife and mom of two beautiful girls; and I dance and workout in my free time. Phew! As you can imagine, I’m very busy. As the natural hair writer, my goal is to make the natural hair journey less daunting. I plan on breaking down all the terminology and hair care nuances, and provide tips for naturals on the go.
I’m a firm believer that it is important that you know the the hair type of any hair blogger/vlogger, you follow. Although there are certain aspects of natural hair care that are universal, it is important to keep in mind the differences and similarities you may have with someone. For example, I have low porosity hair so I have issues with products absorbing well into my strands. So some products that others love… I absolutely hate. With that said, let me introduce you to Lola.
Lola (my hair) is kinky, with loose, 3c (straw size) curls on the crown and tight, 4a (crochet needle size) coils on the sides and back of my head. My hair is densely packed –which means that I have a lot of hair strands — and can shrink 75% or more of its actual length. My strands are medium to coarse (thick), with the thinner strands on the crown. It also has low porosity, which means that it is difficult to get moisture in and out. (If you don’t know this terminology, stay tuned for an explanation of the various aspects of hair typing in a future article.)
My last relaxer was a little over two years ago in April 2010. On that day, I cut my armpit length hair into a Rihanna cut. I had the intention of eventually growing it back natural. But since I hated the maintenance of short, relaxed hair, I decided to go natural earlier than expected. In October 2010, I grew tired of the two textures and cut off the remainder of my relaxed ends. Over the past two years, I have learned a lot about my hair (and myself). So along with informative articles, I also plan on sharing the lessons I have learned on my natural hair journey.