*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
I: My name is Imani (pronounced E – MON – KNEE). I’m from Detroit. I am a writer; motivator for aspiring women of all corners of the world. I am a creator with a mission that I’ve been fulfilling through numerous lifetimes.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I: I realized that creamy crack was just not my thing anymore. I didn’t want to keep stripping away my identity and running away from my kinks.
When and how did you transition into natural hair?
I: I started to actually get more into my spiritual side once I moved out of my parents. I wanted to feel beautiful in every way NATURALLY, so I became natural 2+ years ago. One of my best decisions and accomplishments.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
I: My transition wasn’t butterflies and rainbows, but it was worth all the awkward stages, broken combs, thousands of different products and all the crazy that comes along with it.
How would you describe your hair?
I: Well my hair is very absorbent, meaning it absorbs water and never wants to let it go at least for a while. My hair has major shrinkage when water hits it. It’s very thick. Most times I HAVE TO do a two-strand twist or else I’ll be fighting with dry, stiff hair for weeks.
What is your regimen?
I: I like to come up with my own good formulas such as spritz with lemongrass and water for the mornings when I forget to wrap my hair with my silk scarf (laughing). I use Olive Oil “Organic Root Stimulator” Replenishing Conditioner and Creamy Olive Oil Shampoo, Argan Oil from Morocco; also my one of my favorites, which is a dry shampoo from Black Earth Products. It has a nice scent, really helps relieve the itchy sensation and cleanses the scalp very well. I use different products for moisturizing such as virgin coconut oil (cold pressed), Organix products, eggs, mayonnaise, etc.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I: I’ve learned to be gentler as far as what products I use; most of them that display “Organic” or “Natural” aren’t always the truth.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
I: Up-dos and twists.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Anything else you want to add?
I: Keep loving you and uplifting yourself in the positive natural way. Whomever you believe to be your creator created you with natural intentions; you’re amazing and unique. Women stand out, so let’s stand out as strong, independent NATURAL WOMEN :)