*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: My name is Audrea, I’m 29, born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and now reside in Houston, Texas. I’m an Elementary Teacher.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I made the choice to go natural because I was very curious to what my natural hair looked like AND because I wanted versatile hair without the hassle of having to relax, roller set, blowout, or flat iron my hair all the time. In August of 2009 I began my journey of going natural. I was too chicken to totally big chop all of my relaxed hair off so I transitioned for an entire year. During that year I trimmed away at my relaxed ends a little at a time. I’ve been natural for almost 3 1/2 years!!!!
How would you describe your texture?
A: I believe my hair texture is 4A. I have a good curl pattern, but I have some kinks too! My hair behaves well. I consider my hair coarse, but not super thick.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: My styling routine over the course of the month is very simple. I wear my hair in braid outs majority of the time. Once a week I wash, braid my hair up, let it air dry, and then unbraid. On weekends or when I don’t feel like braiding my hair, I will rock a wash and go. Every now and then when I feel like having fun I experiment with protective styles and updos.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: My wash day is very simple also. I co wash with As I AM Coconut Co Wash Conditioner and then I detangle my hair with TREsemme` Naturals Conditioner (I always use the TREsemme` conditioner that I detangle with as my leave in). I braid my hair while it’s wet using Camille Rose Butter, let my hair air dry and when it’s completely dry I take it down, separate and fluff. I maintain my hair throughout the week by hydrating it when needed with argan or coconut oil and I rebraid any sections of my hair that begin to frizz.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: My favorite go to style when I don’t have time or when I’m in a rush is a giant curly puff.
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I don’t have major shrinkage, and the little shrinkage I have doesn’t bother me. The times I want to stretch out my hair I will lightly blow it out before I style it.
Tell us about your hair color?
A: Since I can remember, my hair has always been a sandy/golden color. After going natural I noticed that my hair began to darken so about year ago I tried Henna Hair Dye for the first time. I found Henna to be good for my hair. Henna didn’t weaken or change my curl pattern. I think that Henna actually refreshes my curls.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: Two Do’s for my texture. 1) Good moisturizers/oils 2) Good detangling conditioner with lots of slip
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A: Two Don’ts for my texture. 1) Not using a leave in conditioner before I style 2) Not hydrating or keeping my hair moisturized throughout the week when needed
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: Follow me on Instagram: Penelope15sam