*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
S: Hey guys! My name is Sinmi. I’m nineteen years old and I’m from Long Island, NY but currently residing in Maryland.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S: I’ve been natural for about 3 and a half years now. I decided to go natural for a few reasons. The biggest reason was because my hair was super unhealthy. When my hair was relaxed, I lost so much hair. it started from down my back and ended up just above my shoulders in a year. It was so weak and the breakage was getting ridiculous. Secondly, before I found out about natural hair, I never thought there was any other way for black women to wear their hair other than relaxers and weaves. So it was a big discovery for me when I found that out.
I did my research, started watching YouTube videos, following blogs, and was really considering it. But to be honest, the final push was when Tyra Banks did that one special on her talk show about relaxed vs. natural hair. That was when I made my decision. I also did it because it’s a lot of money and hassle to go to the salon every other week and sit in a chair for 3 hours just to get my hair done. I personally don’t have time for that.
How would you describe your texture?
S: My hair is 3c/4a. It’s super thick, coarse, and really dense. It tangles easily and soaks up conditioner like crazy. My hair doesn’t form curls; it’s actually pretty wavy. And after my hair dries, if I don’t put any product in it, it gets really huge, dry, and undefined.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S: I used to do braid outs and twist outs all the time, especially when I was transitioning, but now I really don’t have the time or patience so it’s always just wash and go’s. My favorite product in the world is Tahlia Waajid’s Curly Curl Cream. Seriously whoever Tahlia Waajid is, I love her. Anytime my hair looks good it’s because of her product. I usually section my hair and apply it all over. I use Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk to seal and I buy a mixture of oils from this Etsy store, Sare’s Naturals. Her store is pretty cool. She sells different natural hair butters with all the oils my hair needs for a decent price. She also takes personal orders.
What does wash day look like for you?
S: A typical wash day for me is just conditioner (Tresemme Naturals) and deep conditioner (Hollywood Beauty Olive Cholesterol Deep Conditioning Crème) I love this stuff it works so well for me and is really cheap! Before I wash I put the Organix Coconut Milk or Coconut Oil in my hair and comb my hair out from the bottom up so it doesn’t tangle too much. I only shampoo maybe once or twice a month, but when I do I use Pantene’s Pro V Relaxed and Natural Shampoo.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S: Ponytails kind of look strange on me and low buns just never seem to work since random strands are short. I just throw it up in a big top bun. And if my hair is extra frizzy I’ll throw on one of those ear warmer headbands.
How do you combat shrinkage?
S: After I get out of the shower, towel dry my hair a bit, and finish putting product in it, I put my hair in a low ponytail and secure it at the end with another ponytail holder. Then I let it dry like that for as long as I can depending on if I need to be somewhere.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S: Like most naturals, my hair gets dry if I don’t do something to it in a day or if I forget to wrap my hair at night. And the texture of a portion of my hair at the bottom of my head is different from the rest of my hair. The rest of my hair is more defined while that portion is coarser and isn’t as well defined as the rest. So I have to put a lot more product on that part of my hair so it matches up with the rest.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S: Cowashing and moisturizing every morning. Moisturizing for me means getting it wet to some extent and then using some water based product.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S: Combing my hair from the top to bottom without coconut oil. That is a big no no. My hair is way too tangled. If I do that, I’ll either break the comb or lose enough hair to make a wig. Another don’t is cutting my hair frequently. People always say it’s really important to trim your hair all the time when you’re natural because it makes it grow faster or whatever. But I just find that when I do that I end up getting too scissor happy and cutting too much off. And now that I’m done transitioning and my hair is healthier, I’ve been finding I don’t have that many split ends so I don’t really need to trim that much. I only trim when necessary.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S: Sure there is. I have a Tumblr www.wereinfinite.tumblr.com and I’m on Twitter and Instagram @eledimnis. Feel free to follow. I hope people find this helpful and thanks a lot for featuring me!