*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: Hello everyone, my name is Alana and I am nineteen years old. I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida…so yes, I am a true Floridian. :) I am currently working on getting my Associate degree and then I am off to The Hair Design Institute. I live and breathe art in all forms, whether it be photography, nail art, drawing, styling hair or dancing.
How long have you been natural?
A: After having relaxers from fourth grade up until last year, I finally got tired of straight hair and the price that came with it. Everyone in my family has curly hair, and seeing that made me see that natural was the way to go. I have always loved curly hair, but I got hooked on relaxers so much that I was too far gone to even get my hair to naturally curl. The thing with relaxers is that you have to look at water as an enemy. If it’s raining you are scurrying to find something to cover your hair up with so it won’t get messy. If you want to get in the pool you have to sit and reconsider because the process of getting it back straight is work. With natural hair I have no limitations. I am free. I also decided to go natural because relaxing my hair was taking a toll on my scalp. Now that I am natural my scalp doesn’t even flake. When I had relaxers my scalp was always dry.
How and why did you transition into natural hair?
A: I did the big chop last year on October 16th. I contemplated on it for quite some months, but I knew I wanted my naturally curly hair back so I had to do what I had to do to get where I wanted to get. I chose not to transition because I wanted to only have to work with only one hair type.
What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
A: I shampoo weekly with Shea Moisture’s Curl & Shine Shampoo. In between washes I co-wash with Mixed Silk Nourishing Deep Conditioner (the Sally’s version of Mixed Chicks deep conditioner). I then deep condition with Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. After washing I then section my hair and apply Hawaiian Silky, Silk Elements Megasilk Leave-In Hair Moisturizing Creme, and then seal with mineral oil (hanging my head in shame…I know it’s considered a no-no but it has been one of the best sealants I have found lol).
Once every month I henna my hair, it really is the best thing I do because it conditions the hair and adds shine. It also gives my hair a reddish tint that I love. :)
Did going natural affect your style choices at all?
A: Going natural definitely affected my style choices. I’ve always had eclectic tastes in fashion, but there was something about freeing my hair that inspired me to be more expressive in my style choices as well. When I released myself from what others perceive to be beautiful, it gave me the courage to express myself stylistically in ways I wouldn’t have before.
What are the three favorite things in your closet?
A: My sundresses, my feather earrings, and my wedge heels are my must-have items. A nice sundress can be dressed up or down and is so easy to wear whether I’m lounging in the house or going out to dinner. Meanwhile the feathered earrings boost my TWA’s image while the wedge heels boost my miniature height.
You play up your hair and outfits with the cutest accessories. What advice would you give someone who is newly natural and wants to give their TWA a boost?
A: I know it’s been said many times before, but patience is the biggest virtue after BCing. I spent a lot of time watching my hair grow (which we all know is just like watching paint dry) and feeling envious as I watched other naturalistas with longer hair employ styling techniques that I could only envision years into my future. Now at about eight months post BC, I have discovered that my TWA has its own versatility. When it wasn’t long enough to twist, I discovered that headbands and bobby pins were my best friends. There is nothing like a cute flowered headband in a bright color to take my TWA from blah to bangin. :D
I get the majority of my accessories from Forever21 and Charlotte Russe, which includes my headbands, earrings, and necklaces. Pretty much whatever girlie store is around is where I go to get accessories. I find that bright solids and clothing that has a variety of colors and prints in them really compliment the hair. I tend to wear clothing that is boho chic, which consists of warm tones and exotic looking designs.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: Instagram: primadonna_lana, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lalascales1992