I’m back with Part II, answering all your questions. So let’s get right into it, shall we?
What oils do you use?
For the most part the oils that constantly circulate in my regimen are: Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO), regular Castor OIl, Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, I also use Naptural85’s oil mix for hair & body which contains some of the oils mentioned above in addition to Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E oil.
What tools do you use?
- Q-Redew Steamer
- Conair Ion Shine 1875 Watt Styler
- Remington Pearl Pro Ceramic
- Tangle Teezer (that’s on its last days)
- Denman brush that I’ve removed half the bristles
- Wide-tooth combs (I have several)
What’s your regimen?
I think I mentioned before but here we go again:
Weekly-Pre-poo> co-wash/deep condition> detangle > air dry> style
Every 4-6 weeks clarify> deep condition> detangle > air dry > style
I do braid outs/twists outs in the beginning of the week, by week’s end I do some time of bun or pouf. I usually protective style with mini twists or buns. Winter months I do wigs or Marley twists if I’m stateside.
Will you relax again?
At this stage of the game, no, but never say never. I feel I have more flexibility with my hair currently than I did when it was relaxed. My hair has always been pretty healthy and had good length but the way that natural game got me that new level of BAH-DEE…I won’t change that for the world.
Are you mixed?
With the blood of my ancestors yes I sure am! I did recently take a DNA test thru Ancestry.com, and my results are 90% of African descent and 10% European.
What’s your hair type?
I am Type 4, a mixture of 4a, 4b, and 4c, nape is 4a, temple sand perimeter area 4a/4b, and crown mostly 4b/4c.
Protective styles- Weaves vs. Wigs?
I’ve used both as a protective style and for the most part I think it’s a matter of preference. I think the most important thing is to remember that you DO still have to maintain your own hair. Often times I notice women who plop on a wig or sew in a weave and they are not caring for their hair underneath, which leads to tons of problems including traction alopecia, dandruff, breakage, permanent hair loss and other damage. PROTECT YOUR EDGES BOO! I understand it’s easy to set it and forget it but you have to still take time to protect what’s rightfully yours. I love weaves, but I prefer wigs because I can switch it up often, and I have direct access to my hair.
I want my hair to look like yours!
I hear this from women a lot. Some have said they can never go natural because they got that ‘tough, nigg*r hair, that I’ve got ‘breed’ because my hair look so soft and they’ve got that ‘back to Africa brillo head’ these are all derogatory statements I’ve heard time and time again. And they are all FALSE! Look Imma be real with you, your hair will never look like mine, you know why? Because we don’t share the same DNA, and even my siblings and I don’t have the same hair texture. What’s on my head is literally my own unique genetic configuration and that’s fine. Yours will be different and that’s FINE. So no our hair textures may never sync up exactly but what you CAN do is nurture and love yourself and your hair and embrace YOUR texture. Good Hair is HEALTHY hair so focus on that. And don’t get caught up in hair type envy wishing your hair could do this or that. You want ringlets or corkscrews? Girl so a bomb ass braid out, twist out, blow out, threading or whatever you need to do to get that style. It’s possible with practice.
Jouelzy has a video that talks more in-depth about texture envy and setting realistic expectations for 4c hair. You don’t have to be 4c to get the message though. So I urge you to take a look.
Do you take supplements?
I do. I take a daily women’s multi-vitamin and hair, skin, and nail vitamin.
Other supplements I take from time to time are: garlic pills and a probiotic, right now I’m currently out so it’s time to restock.
That’s it for Part II and stay tuned for Part III. Until then tell me what your hair story? Let me know in the comments!