*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
R: Hey y’all! My name is Roni. I’m originally from Alabama, but I currently live in the Augusta, Georgia area.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
R: This is actually my second time going natural. The first time I was in college years ago and I ended up relaxing my hair again. This time around I was inspired to go natural by my mom and best friend. They were both natural at the time, but wore their natural hair straight. They both told me that relaxing my hair was a waste of time and that I could achieve the same results without the harsh chemicals…needless to say I wasn’t convinced. But once I started researching natural hair tips, styles, etc. I was inspired to rock my natural curls instead…big hair, don’t care! LOL I’ve been natural (including my transition) going on 3.5 years. I transitioned for about a year while I was pregnant with my youngest son, so my hair grew like crazy and I “big chopped” in the summer of 2010. My hair when stretched was at my shoulders, so I guess it really wasn’t much of a “big chop.” LOL
How would you describe your texture?
R: I would have to say that my hair is predominantly 3B in the front area and 3c in the back. I often have people comment that my hair is really thick, but it isn’t as thick as it appears. The actual strands are coarse, but my hair is thin…you can’t really tell when my hair is out, but when I wear ponytails, buns, etc. it is more noticeable.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
R: I am all about simplicity! I’m a mom of three boys so I don’t have a whole lot of time to spend doing my hair…LOL. I will confess that I am a bit of a product junkie and will often times reach for whatever shampoo and conditioner I can find. However I do have my favorites and trusty standbys like Shea Moisture’s Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo, Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream Conditioner and all of the Suave Professionals in the green bottles. And I always add oils to my conditioners. I must admit that I rarely deep condition unless my hair needs it…sad I know. But when I do I normally use my favorite combo of conditioner and equal parts of honey and olive oil. I put my hair into four sections, apply the combo to my hair, put on a plastic cap, cover my head with a warm towel (heated in the microwave) and allow it to set for about twenty minutes. The results are amazing!
And as far styling, it depends solely on my mood and my schedule…if I’m tired of re-twisting/re-braiding my hair every night or if I know I have a busy week ahead I will more than likely do mini twists using Miss Jessie’s Butter Cream. But if I’m feeling spunky (or just too lazy to do mini twists) I will rock a braid out/twist out using Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie. My favorite oil, a must have for me, is coconut oil. My hair loves it…I use it daily! By wash day my hair is usually in a ponytail or bun.
What does wash day look like for you?
R: Like I said I try to keep things as simple as possible. I wash, condition and detangle my hair once a week. I prefer to do this process in the shower because it makes detangling soooo much easier. The only time I don’t reach for whatever is on hand is when I know I have something going on that week and I need my hair to be on point. If that is the case I will grab my Shea Moisture’s Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Shampoo to wash my hair and my Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Fortifying Cream Conditioner with the added extra virgin olive oil to condition and detangle. I find that using one of my hub’s old t-shirts to dry my hair helps to keep down on frizz. And my favorite leave in is Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream. Then I just style my hair depending on how I feel.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
R: My favorite go-to-hairstyle would have to be a braid out…it works and it’s quick. But of course when all else fails a bun will solve anything! LOL
How do you combat shrinkage?
R: Shrinkage really isn’t an issue for me because I always wear my hair stretched in either a braid out or twist out.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
R: My problem areas would have to be the top left portion…it just never seems to act right, like ever! That’s why I haven’t had much success with wash-n-go’s. And I’ve noticed that my edges aren’t quite what they used to be, so I make sure to loosen up my ponytails/buns and to add a little extra leave in and coconut oil to them.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
R: One…coconut oil is your friend. Learn to love it! Two…your hands are your best styling tool; I only use a comb once a week to detangle.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
R: One…never comb or brush your hair while dry. Two…keep your hands out of your hair; once my hair is styled touching it turns it into frizz city!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R: Yes! My personal blog: www.thesavvyhousewife.com
Twitter and Instagram: @ChicRoni
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