*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
D: Blessings! My name is Denys (pronounced Denise) weird spelling I know, from Connecticut. I’m also known as Naturally Nys in the natural hair community.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
D: I have been natural for 13 years now!! I’m one of the Natural Hair OG’s LOL. I was there before the blogs, YouTube and natural hair dictionary all began.
I went natural after an experience in college when I attended the million youth march. At that point in my life all I grew up around was relaxed hair and “good hair” curly girls. But that day ingrained in my mind will forever be the oasis of natural hair textures, styles, and skin colors. I didn’t know it then, but I fell in love with natural hair and that’s what triggered my decision a year later to do the BC.
How would you describe your texture?
D: I know there’s that debate on categorizing hair and some naturalistas don’t like to put their hair in a box. But I really don’t care. I think the numbers are there for those who are trying to identify with someone who has a similar texture in hopes of finding products that will also work for them. With that being said, I am a 3C. I have fine strands, but my roots can be coarse. My hair is like a chameleon. It is deceiving to the eye lol especially a hairdresser’s eye. I can go a week without styling or washing and have this huge nappy, kinky fro. Come washday my hair looks thin, super curly, and easy to manage and straighten. So that’s my hair in a nutshell.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
D: My styling regimen is pretty simple unless I’m trying to do something fancy. Be it flexi-rods or a twist out. My regimen consists of using a leave-in or curl definer, gel, and a sealer (such as coconut, castor or jojoba oil) after washday. If it’s a fancy style I take my time and use my very own concoction of gel, coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and Aloe Vera (from the actual plant if I have one available). I always use gel when styling because it’s what holds and helps define my hair. It’s been a minute, but I do wear protective styles. You will catch me in buns, weave, or wigs. I don’t discriminate lol.
My staple products are:
Gels: Fruit of the earth Aloe Vera or the Fantasia IC Hair Polisher (white or green)
Leave-ins: 7 Hierbas, Leche Cabra, Giovanni Direct Leave-in or Cantu Shea Butter
Curl Definers: Redken Fresh Curls or Paul Mitchell Skinny Serum (more for frizz)
Sealers: Coconut Oil, Jamaican Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil, or Argan Oil
What does wash day look like for you?
D: Wash day is usually every Friday. Shampoo, Conditioner, Leave-in, Gel Sealer and Deep Treatments (which I’m slacking on).
Shampoo: 7 Hierbas, Leche Cabra, or any shampoo available
Conditioner: 7 Hierbas Mask (it’s honestly the only thing penetrating my shafts lately. I think because of the length of my hair) and Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose
Deep Treatments: Olive Oil prepoo, The 7 Hierbas Mask just with a cap and left in longer
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
D: Pulled back pony tail using my famous pantyhose trick lol or a non-lint free FRO lol. I am infamous for rolling out of bed and that’s it. VOILA!!
How do you combat shrinkage?
D: I squeeze out excess water prior to putting in my products on washday. I sometimes use ponytail holders at the ends of my hair to weigh it down. And definitely I try not to over product my hair especially with curl refiners. They make me look like I a have a Jeri curl and lots of SHRINKAGE. No BUENO!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
D: Less is more. Stick with 2 products at a time. Twist outs are definitely hair love for me.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
D: Don’t use too many products at once. I don’t like using things with harsh fragrances. I am very sensitive to smells. And I try to really use all natural products, but there are those 2 previously mentioned that just work with my hair although they are not the best ones to use.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D: BUT OF COURSE!!! I am everywhere lolol. Too many hats.
Official Site: http://www.essyncephotography.com/