- Name and where you live?
Sharon and I live in Los Angeles, Ca.
2. How long have you been natural?
About 12 years
3. Why did you decide to go natural?
My hair did not take to the relaxers very well so I would have to endure the burning and risk of going bald every time I had a touch up. I was sick of the pain, burning, and the breaking dry unhealthy split ends. Plus, I wanted to workout and not worry about my hair losing the style after spending $75 or more.
4.Did you do the big chop? If so, how long did you transition and how did you feel after doing it?
I did not have to do the big chop. My hair would become kinky again after about 1 month without a touch up anyway, so I just did styles that hid the 2-type hair till it grew out enough to start doing all natural styles. I did keep it short though. The change was complete in about 6 months! It grew out so quickly.
5. What are 5 things that you have learned about your hair?
First thing – It is beautiful just as it is! No chemicals are needed!
I also learned that – hair reflects overall health. – eating right, exercise and keeping stress levels in check, will produce beautiful hair that doesn’t need any chemicals. Hair shines naturally. I also learned that hair doesn’t naturally go thinner as you get older! Thinning hair is a result of constant heat, relaxers, and coloring. Another thing I have noticed is – Over the years my hair has changed in texture. As I get older it is becoming softer and not as kinky or unruly. Apparently, just as you would ‘train’ relaxed hair to ‘fall’ into place, you can train your natural hair to do the same. It is so beautiful to have hair that keeps its style, looks strong and shiny even when you go jogging. The best thing that I have learned is – Taking care of natural hair is just as easy as taking care of your skin. For my hair I use a little Argon oil and Hair Mayonnaise on my hair everyday… just as I do Coco Butter and Vitamin E on my skin everyday, and it keeps my hair healthy and moist all day. I don’t need to go to the Salon for a moisture treatment. That alone has been a huge savings.
6. What is your wash regimen and must have products?
I wash my hair 2 times a week because I am very active and I compete in open ocean sporting events. Salt water is very drying to the hair. Carol’s Daughter are good products but not cheap. My low budget alternative is Frizz-Ease shampoo and conditioner for dry hair. Once a month, I do a vinegar rinse ( 2 table spoons vinegar in 1 liter of water, rinse through after shampoo and conditioner. Let the vinegar water sit in your hair for 10 minutes then rinse out with cold water ) I do this to control my dry scalp issues and give the hair a shine. Then I work some Hair Mayonnaise with a little Argon oil into the wet hair, then comb and style (doing little twists) with a little Flax Seed Gel from Aveda to hold. The twists are a way of controlling the kinkiness while drying. When dry, I undo the twists without combing through.
7. Do you straighten your hair? If so how often and what products do you use as a heat protector?
I don’t straighten my hair very often. Maybe once a year I will go to the salon for a hair cut and my hair is blown straight for a neater cut. I really don’t know what she uses.
8. How do you keep your hair moisturized?
My main item is Hair Mayonnaise. It can be found at CVS. It’s a great bargain. It works on wet or dry hair.
9. What is your favorite natural oil to use for sealing your ends?
I like Argon Oil. It has a unique smell but the odor goes away after awhile. Just a little goes a long way.
9. Do you protect your hair at night? If so with what?
I wrap it with a silk scarf. I found an old silk scarf at Goodwill for $5. It works well.
10. What natural hair styles do you like to rock most?
Just letting it go free!!
11. What natural hair tips would you like to share with other naturals?
Don’t be afraid of your natural beauty.
Thank you Sharon foreseeing your kinky hair as being healthy by taking care of it today!