*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
E: My name is Caleisha and I’m most recently from Huntsville, Alabama.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: I always had the desire in the back of my mind to stop perming my hair, but I guess I was too chicken to actually commit. I finally big chopped towards the end of my junior year of college after I’d been feeling like I really needed a change. It was probably the most “daring” thing I’ve done. I still remember watching all the hair fall and seeing that I only had about ¾ inches of hair left. I’m glad I did it; I feel like after getting rid of all that hair I had to be ‘more’ Caleisha. It was like there was nothing to hide behind anymore. I’ve been natural for…about 6 years. 4 years loc’d and 2 years loose.
How would you describe your texture?
E: It’s a mixture of 4B and 4C I think. The top and sides are more 4B and the back is definitely 4C. My hair is THICK with thick strands…very rarely can you actually see the curl pattern.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: I’m terrible at styling, so if you have tips I’d absolutely love them, lol. My styling regimen consists of simple protective styles (twists, plaits, and buns). I normally default to chunky twists because they’re easy and super low maintenance. (I think having locs for so long kinda spoiled me.) In the morning, I dampen the twists in the shower and let them soak up the steam. My daily oil right now is the Milk & Olive Oil 3-Layer Growth Oil which I put on my ends. When I’m not super busy, I’ll take down my twists after maybe a week and a half to detangle/retwist them. Occasionally, I’ll do twist-out afros and I love them, but they’re a bit too liberal for the conservative people I work with. *le’sigh* Every so often (like maybe every 2 months or so) I’ll get my hair pressed out and trimmed.
What does wash day look like for you?
E: Washing is an all day event, or a broken-up-over-a-few-days event. I generally wash once a month, unless my scalp gets angry then I’ll up it to every other week. Typically I’ll wash my hair with Cantu Cream Shampoo and sometimes if I feel like it’s particularly dirty I’ll wash it with Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Soap. I normally keep my hair in twists while washing, though I’ll occasionally take them out one at a time if I need to really get at my scalp. I condition with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. After letting the conditioner sit, I’ll rinse and shake my hair out (a habit from my loc days) and towel dry. Then I detangle each twist with either a wide tooth comb or a tangle teaser, and retwist, spritzing with a mix of water and Kinky Curly Knot Today. Normally I’ll oil my scalp with a homemade mix (tea tree, olive oil, rosemary oil, peppermint oil, and coconut oil) and put shea butter on my ends. Recently I’ve started using a whipped shea butter I made with the same oils as above, plus some vitamin E and jojoba. So far my hair likes it. Lastly, I spray my roots and ends with Milk & Olive Oil Leave-in Conditioner. When I’m done, I put on my bonnet because it’s likely some ungodly hour of the night.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E: My go to “style” is a set of chunky twists, which I’ll put in a bun, or pull half up into a ponytail and leave the rest down. If I’m super lazy, I’ll pop on one of my crochet tams and call it a day.
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: Since I don’t wear my hair stretched out much, shrinkage isn’t really a problem.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E: My scalp has a terrible tendency to get really dry and flaky. When this happens, I have to increase my washings and use an oil mix that is primarily tea tree oil.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: 1- NEVER wash it loose! I learned my lesson the first time I made that mistake…I was detangling for HOURS! Never again. 2- Don’t leave twists in for too long. My hair is prone to want to loc.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?