*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: Peace BGLH!! I first wanted to say thanks so much for this feature and all the natural hair love I’ve been receiving. My name is Snytt and I was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. I’m a 17 year old senior at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: Well, I was natural from birth to about 12, when I finally convinced my mom to let me get a relaxer (huge mistake). I got two relaxers when I was 12 and stopped getting them. I also dyed the ends of my hair a light brown during my sophomore year and actually saw all the damage my hair had. My hair had gotten shorter through the years and I didn’t get any haircuts, so I knew I was having tons of breakage. I chopped off the last of my relaxed ends and my hair was about shoulder length. I went searching for ways to grow my hair back and stumbled on the YouTube channel Haircrush. After watching her videos along with other natural hair videos and with the encouragement and support of my sister Terhas, who went natural a month before me, I made the long transition to natural. I officially went back to natural in May 2011, so it’s been about a year and 6 months.
How would you describe your texture?
S: I would say my texture is a 3c/4a mix with a healthy dose of frizz. My hair is pretty thick. I have tighter curls with lots of shrinkage in the bottom half of my hair and looser curls that hang lower at the top half of my hair. My bang/fringe area has a mind of its own.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: I’m definitely a wash and go girl, but I’ve been trying to incorporate more protective styling into my regimen. I’m not too picky about the products I use and they work for me. I use Vo5 Conditioner as my moisturizer, a little Ecostyler on my problem areas and coconut oil and Vitamin E oil to seal. My favorite protective styles are finger coils, although they’re harder to maintain the longer your hair is. I try to deep condition at least once a month with whatever deep conditioner my lovely sister makes which is usually a mixture of Tresemme Naturals Conditioner, honey, Vitamin E oil, EVOO and fragrance oil.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: Wash day is pretty simple for me. I shampoo every other wash, but usually cowash. Like I said before, I’m not too picky with my products so I use Suave Shampoo and Tresemme Naturals Conditioner. I section my hair in 4 sections and twist them. I go section by section shampooing, conditioning and detangling in the shower and I try to rinse with cold water if I’m brave enough.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: Wash and go’s always. If my hair is looking a little funky I’ll pull it up into a puff with a few random curls peeking out.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: Being a wash and go girl, I deal with shrinkage regularly and I’ve learned to embrace it. I prefer the shrinkage because it allows my hair to be huge and I love big hair. Occasionally I’ll use the banding method on my hair to get a little extra length. I do my wash and go process and then divide my hair in 4 sections. Then I stretch the section out and put 4 to 5 hair ties on the section. I leave them until my hair is about 80% dry and let my hair air dry the rest of the way.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: My bang/fringe area has the most heat damage from my pre natural days, so they don’t curl up the same way the rest of my fro does. I put a little Ecostyler on that section to encourage the curl, and it slowly is becoming as curly as the rest of my hair.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: My 2 do’s are water and conditioner. Those are two things I absolutely need.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: My 2 don’ts are detangling on dry hair and too much gel. A little Ecostyler goes a long way.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: My Twitter and Instagram are @sl0wlybl0wme and my Tumblr url is luciddddreamer.tumblr.com.