*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: My name is Alondra, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Memphis, Tennessee!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I decided to go natural because I wanted to see if my hair would behave better without being relaxed. I also suffered a lot of breakage and shedding when I decided to color my hair and it was because it was double processed. So, since I do like to occasionally change the color of my hair, I figured I should let the relaxer go if I wanted to keep the hair on my head. I’ve technically been 100% natural for about 9 months now, but I began my transition in 2010.
How would you describe your texture?
A: My hair is predominantly 3c/4a. My strands are coarse and my hair is very thick! It LOVES moisture, as does all natural hair, but my hair is very prone to frizziness. If I don’t put any type of oil in it, most likely it will become nice and puffy. I’ve never had a problem with detangling; for the most part my comb will glide through with very minimal resistance. Also my hair takes well to styling. No matter what hairstyle, be it twists, braids, or curls, it will normally have great definition and last me for at least a week.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: Well this month I have a sew in. It’s something I usually get during the winter months as a protective style. I started doing that when I was transitioning and I noticed that my hair really grew a lot during that time. But for any other month, I rock a twist or braid out. I use Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk to style my hair (I always do these styles while my hair is damp). When I take it down I put a bit of either jojoba or coconut oil on my hair to give it shine and help retain the moisture. I opt to go with a braid or twist out because it’s easy, very low maintenance, and it usually lasts me for a while. If ever I get tired of it, I can manipulate the style by doing a puff or some type of pin-up. I normally style my hair weekly, if time permits.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: Oh wash day! Lol…well I pre-poo my hair with unrefined virgin coconut oil and depending on what I’m doing I will either put it on my hair and let it sit the night before or I just do it the day of and let it sit for about an hour. Then I shampoo my hair with Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I was using a sulfate free shampoo, but I decided that I really LOVED the ORS line (which is what I used during my transition). Anywho, after that I deep condition with Organic Root Stimulator Deep Replenishing Conditioner. I make sure I get a very generous amount in my hair. When I’m done applying, I will either sit under the dryer for 30 minutes with a plastic cap on or go without the dryer and let it sit for an hour under the plastic cap. After that, I rinse my hair out and apply my leave in conditioner. Although I have a few, I usually reach for the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in and Detangler. The whole process takes me about an hour and a half to 2 hours. Depending on how lazy I become, Lol.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: I love bunning! Most of the time I’ll put a twist in the front of my hair to swag it out a bit (hee hee) and just put it in a low bun in the back. It always gives me a sleek, classic look.
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I will usually twist or braid my hair to stretch my hair some. Whenever I do twist outs, I always pin the ends of the twists to the opposite side of my head to give it a more elongated look.
Tell us about your hair color?
A: My hair is now a mix of golden/brown tones. I got it done at the hair school here in Memphis, so I don’t know the exact name of the color, but I know that I LOVE it. I don’t know the exact products that they used at all. Fortunately, the color has not altered my curl pattern at all. I know my answer is so vague here, smh, but I literally just sat down, told them what I wanted, and allowed them to do their thang! Lol
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A: My only problem area is in the front of my head where I leave the hair out when I get sew ins. The ends are straight so I really can’t do a wash-n-go without it looking crazy. I just make sure I keep that hair cut more than anything else. The overall health of the hair is good, it’s just that the heat has relaxed the curl a lot. Other than that, I really don’t have problem areas that require a whole lot of attention.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: Deep condition like your life depends on it!! Moisturize and seal every couple of days. Just use your favorite water based moisturizer and whatever oil you prefer. Those two things will almost always guarantee a happy head of hair! Makes it very strong, soft, and manageable :)
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A: DON’T USE HEAT OVER 400 DEGREES! I learned this the hard way…regardless of how much heat protectant and proteins you use…that curl pattern most likely will be on vacation for a nice little minute if you use anything higher. Do not OVER manipulate. Find a style and stick with it for as long as you can before wash day. I find that low manipulation really helps prevent breakage and helps with length retention.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: I do have a blog…it’s BoldBouncingBeauty.blogspot.com. I haven’t had much time to update it, but beginning 2013 there will be consistent posts on the site. Feel free to check it out now :-). In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and Instagram: Color_Me_Diva. I’m always posting things relative to natural hair care and other beauty related topics there!