*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
R: Mi nombre es…Hey! Hey! English please! My name is Raynecia, but that name is ancient to most. I am known by the name Nerrie or my character name Razor. I’m an island girl from a small island called Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
R: I’ve been natural my entire life, but I didn’t have a clue on how to take care of my own hair and it was highly unhealthy. Luckily my mom had the wheel before I started caring for my hair myself and brought me to a length where my hair was longer than most and shorter than a few. I hated everything about my hair and couldn’t wait to put a relaxer in it. My mom didn’t approve of my dream to relax so we never came to an agreement and she also made it seem like my father would kill me if I did, although he never made a comment about it.
Where I’m from girls who had natural hair all their school life got a relaxer before they graduated from high school. I guess it signified change and maturity. Being that I was cursed, I mean blessed with the spell of looking young. I needed that as soon as possible. As I got older I developed a phobia of not wanting to look like other people or do what they were doing if they didn’t have a valuable reason as to why they were doing it. So then is when the research started on how to get longer natural hair. Surprisingly, at that time I got so many answers and was seeing results. So I decided to never put a relaxer in my hair.
How would you describe your texture?
R: My hair behaves like a delinquent child and the strands are thin and coarse in certain areas, appear thick but this bad boy is just dense! I have so many different textures. I have a mixture of the 3’s and 4’s on my head. So that is why I can’t come to a conclusion of my hair type.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
R: I rarely trouble my hair. I might experiment with a pretty style on the weekends, but during the week it’s mostly in a bun. However, when I am feeling spicy during the week I will do a unique style. I used to do mini twists, braids and weaves a lot, but my hair has gotten too long to go through that pain.
What does wash day look like for you?
R: Wash day is my favourite. It doesn’t take me long at all. I deep condition with Aubrey Organics Glycogen Protein Balancing Conditioner whenever my hair is really dry or looks old from a style. My hair colour is black so when it starts to look brown. I know what’s up. I shampoo with Queen Helene shampoo and condition with their conditioner. After the wash I add in Giovanni Direct Leave In and olive oil on my soaking wet hair. Put my hair in two big twists for a couple minutes then divide the twists into smaller sections, either braids or rope twsts and add shea butter or my shea butter mix then castor oil to seal in the moisture. Then I style accordingly when I feel like. During this process the only styling tools I use are my fingers.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
R: I Love buns! I always fall back on them when I don’t have much time. They are quick and easy. I either make it classy or messy.
How do you combat shrinkage?
R: My hair gets 75% shrinkage. It isn’t really a problem for me. No matter what I do it will shrink up, so I just let my hair do what it wants to.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
R: My crown, nape and the front middle section of my hair. They break easily and get single strand knots like no one’s business. The front of my hair grows to a certain length then starts to thin out and eventually breaks off. So I combatted that by cutting bangs. The crown of my hair is super coarse and the hardest for me to grow out.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
R: Deep conditioning and low manipulation.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
R: Wash and gos and too much heat.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R: Yes, I love interacting with new people so you find me on:
Instagram: Don’t have one as yet, I will soon. So check up on me and you will know when I get one.