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Intro­duce your­self!
F: My name is Franch­es­ka. I was born, raised and am liv­ing it up in Harlem, NYC! I’m a singer/songwriter and nat­ur­al liv­ing (nutrition+fitness+natural hair care) blog­ger.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
F: My hair has always been nat­ur­al. I made the deci­sion to be a healthy nat­ur­al, mean­ing only using all nat­ur­al prod­ucts and avoid­ing heat, about 4 years ago. My scalp was always hel­la dry no mat­ter what I used! My hair was con­stant­ly shed­ding, thin­ning and the more than nec­es­sary vis­its to the salon for trims made it extra hard to retain length.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
F:
Like I said, I’ve always had my nat­ur­al curls. Once I decid­ed to take bet­ter care of my hair I imme­di­ate­ly stopped using direct heat. It was a bit­ter divorce, but I haven’t straight­ened my hair in 4 years. Best deci­sion I’ve made too because now I rarely go to the salon for trims. Min­i­miz­ing (or com­plete­ly stop­ping) heat means way less dam­age for the styl­ist to cut off. I start­ed pay­ing more atten­tion to the ingre­di­ents in my beau­ty prod­ucts too. Buy­ing brands that are all nat­ur­al makes that eas­i­er to do. Not to men­tion the world of a dif­fer­ence nutri­ent based prod­ucts make in your hair. That kind of clean, qual­i­ty reg­i­men, com­bined with no heat and fin­ger detan­gling = an entire­ly new head of incred­i­bly dope hair. Trust!

In what ways (if any) has going nat­ur­al affect­ed you?
F:
Becom­ing a healthy nat­ur­al has been the most pos­i­tive tran­si­tion. Not only do I check for the ingre­di­ents in my prod­ucts, but I also pay close atten­tion to the ingre­di­ents in what I con­sume. I’ve become com­plete­ly enam­ored with clean liv­ing now. I was already research­ing ways to eat bet­ter and become more phys­i­cal­ly active. But this new­found dis­ci­pline, of only qual­i­ty hair care, served as a gate­way into a whole new school of thought for me. Now I’m hel­la con­scious of my over­all health (phys­i­cal, men­tal, spir­i­tu­al) and always work­ing towards as nat­ur­al a lifestyle as pos­si­ble. Not to men­tion being able to pass on the infor­ma­tion to those just get­ting start­ed. That’s tru­ly the best part.

How would you describe your hair?
F:
My hair is the fun­ni­est thing cause when it’s wet it looks kin­da stringy and flat. As soon as it dries though, it becomes this mas­sive, mind of its own, Diana Ross-esque head of hair. I tru­ly love nat­ur­al hair’s ver­sa­til­i­ty. And I’m con­vinced big, dra­mat­ic, nat­ur­al hair makes any out­fit look amaz­ing!

What is your reg­i­men?
F:
The night before wash day, I’ll sit and fin­ger detan­gle my entire head of hair in small sec­tions using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. This helps min­i­mize break­age and frizz dur­ing the cleans­ing process. Once detan­gled, I’ll slow­ly rake through it with a wide tooth comb to ensure I didn’t miss any tan­gles. I then put my hair up in a high, wrap around bun and cov­er it to sleep. Next day, I’ll mas­sage my scalp for a few min­utes with extra vir­gin coconut oil. This improves scalp health, cir­cu­la­tion and pro­motes hair growth. I’ll place a plas­tic cap over my head for a good 30 min­utes, let­ting the oil mar­i­nate with my head’s nat­ur­al heat.

I don’t use sham­poo. It makes my hair brit­tle and is so frizz induc­ing! That coconut oil rou­tine I do keeps my scalp clean and healthy. I co-wash with either White Camel­lia by Aubrey Organ­ics, The Raw Shea But­ter or Yuc­ca & Baobab by Shea Mois­ture, or Beau­ti­c­urls by Curl Junkie (hair is already detan­gled, from the night before, so rak­ing through it with con­di­tion­er is a piece of cake). Since I wash my hair once a week, I buy those 4 dif­fer­ent con­di­tion­ers and use a dif­fer­ent one every week of the month. My hair responds well to the switch up; con­stant­ly boost­ed with dif­fer­ent types of nutri­ents. It’s like work­ing out. If you use the same machine or do the same work­out, your body will not be chal­lenged after awhile. But when you con­fuse your mus­cles by switch­ing up the rou­tine, they respond well and you see way faster results. It’s a real­ly great method for hair AND fit­ness!

As far as styling, if I’m doing a Wash & Go, I’ll apply some Pure Aloe Juice into my drip­ping wet hair to seal the water’s mois­ture. I then apply either Curl Souf­fle by Curls, Shea But­ter Leave-in by Beau­ti­ful Curls or Curly Whip by Hair Rules. Like I said, I like to switch it up! If I’m doing a pro­tec­tive style, I’ll con­tin­ue my aloe rou­tine then apply Bee Mine Curly But­ter, Amla & Olive by Qhemet Bio­log­ics or MyHon­ey­Child twist out crème. I put my hair in two pig­tails, squeez­ing out excess prod­uct with a curl cloth (curlmart.com). Next day, when ful­ly dried, I’ll either part and put 8 braids on each side or twist up my entire head, seal­ing the ends with some Burnt Sug­ar Pomade by Oyin Hand­made. Throw on a bohemi­an hat, over­sized shades and call it a day!

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
F:
I retain length by mois­tur­iz­ing my ends, either every night or every oth­er. Right before bed I take my hair down and feel for dry spots, then I mois­tur­ize as need­ed. I always put my hair up in a pineap­ple so my curls won’t be crushed. Then I cov­er with a silk scarf or a hood­ed band from Ricky’s NYC (they’re amaz­ing cause they stretch all the way over the pineap­ple style). I also sleep on a satin pil­low­case, for that added mois­ture reten­tion.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
F:
When I was younger I dyed my hair so many dif­fer­ent col­ors, lord. Can we say break­age city!? I even used to go to this Kore­an spot in Queens to get my hair flat ironed for 15 bucks. You can only imag­ine the dam­age. I swear they would set those things to 400 degrees. My hair would be dead straight for weeks! It was nice to be able to switch from curls to straight, but it def­i­nite­ly wasn’t worth it. My curls kept suf­fer­ing with each salon vis­it. I learned that with my spe­cif­ic hair type, I tru­ly had to pick one. So I picked my nat­ur­al curls reg­i­men and haven’t looked back since. The curls fit my per­son­al style way bet­ter any­way!

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
F:
Buy­ing a Hueti­ful Hair Steam­er and deep con­di­tion­ing once a week has def­i­nite­ly been the most impact­ful part of my reg­i­men. My fav deep con­di­tion­er is the Purifi­ca­tion Masque by Shea Mois­ture. I love the Deep Treat­ment Masque too. Also, I throw in 2 drops of tea tree oil into the water as a scalp treat­ment and 2 drops of rose­mary essen­tial oil for that extra shine.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F:
My nat­ur­al liv­ing blog: http://heyfranhey.com
The FB page for it: http://facebook.com/heyfranhey
And you can also find me @ http://twitter.com/heyfranhey

Any­thing else you want to add?
F:
I just want to encour­age all of you to look deep­er than just a hair care reg­i­men. Make sure you’re tak­ing just as much care of your bod­ies and minds. Watch what you’re con­sum­ing. Cut out processed, fac­to­ry made foods. Drink lots and lots of water. Invest in a juicer and increase your intake of veggies/fruit, dai­ly. Google where your near­est farmer’s mar­kets are locat­ed. You’d be sur­prised how much of a dif­fer­ence it will make in your life. Check out the docs, “Fat, Sick & Near­ly Dead” or “Food Mat­ters” to learn more about how and why.

Also, make sure your heart is chal­lenged, even if it’s just a brisk walk. You don’t have to be some gym rat to be fit. Bike ride, jump rope and swim! Go on orga­nized hikes with friends! That’s what will keep you tru­ly fresh and fly. Being nat­ur­al should be more than just your hair. It should be a way of life. Check out the site if you need that extra push! Much love!

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­ur­al hair and expres­sion.
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very late response, but i loved your inter­view, and your hair & you are sim­ply beau­ti­ful. stand up NYC!

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Fran is awe­some!!!! i tell her that every chance i get ^_^

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Love it! My hair reg­i­men sucks, so I’m open to all healthy sug­ges­tions. Thank you.

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i love fran’s tum­blr she’s inspired me to start tum­bling.

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Loooooooove this post!!! Beau­ti­ful Pos­i­tive and amaz­ing­ly tal­ent­ed woman!!!! Hope to see her again on this web­site!!

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Her hair is beau­ti­ful!

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