*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
A: Hello BGLH! I’m April and I’m from Ringgold, Georgia!
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I just celebrated my 4th Nappiversary on December 28th! I stopped relaxing in April of 2008 and Big Chopped in December of that same year.
I went natural because I wanted to see myself the way God made me. I had been relaxed since age 7, so I had no idea what my real texture would be like. It was initially an experiment, then I fell in love sometime during my transition. Since I was old enough to style my own hair I experimented with roller sets and braid outs trying to get some texture. It’s funny to think about it now. The thing that I was struggling so hard to get was what I already had naturally. Now I’m free!
How would you describe your texture?
A: I don’t really do hair typing, but if I had to pick a range it would be between 3c and 4a. The back of my hair has tight coils and the top is more wavy. It is thick and dense. It takes about 12 hours to dry completely after it is washed.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: I am doing the curly girl method. Basically it’s choosing products that are free of silicones to prevent frizz and product buildup. I do wash and go’s most of the time just because it’s the easiest. I usually keep my wash and go for a week before washing and styling again. I pineapple my hair to sleep every night to preserve my curls. I pre poo with Shea Moisture Anti-Breakage Masque. I usually leave this in the night before wash day. I co wash with VO5 conditioner. My new current staple leave in is Sally’s GVP Conditioning Balm. Then I use Taliah Waajid Lock It Up Gel as my styler to hold the curls. It gives great hold without the crunch.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: I detangle my hair when I pre poo and put my hair in about 10 large twists. I cleanse my scalp during the wash process. When I put my leave in my hair is still sectioned from the twists. I untwist and apply product. I never use heat on my hair, so after I finish I usually just do things around the house or read for a while.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: My quick go-to style would be a puff or pin the ends down to make a bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I enjoy my shrinkage for the most part, but when I’m not feeling it. I use ribbon to band my hair. I cut up strips of it and braid it into my hair like you would do with extension hair. It gives a super stretch. The pineapple method gives me enough stretch, but I like to mix it up on occasion. Another shrinkage reducer I have done for twists is to wrap them (like we did in the relaxed days) and pin them and tie it down with a scarf. It makes your twists hang lower.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A: Detangling always takes special care. I finger detangle. I do small sections to avoid missing any pieces. You also need to be patient with this process to avoid breaking any hair.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: Do moisturize often. Do love and appreciate what God gave you.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A: Don’t use heat. Don’t go to bed without your satin scarf.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: I’m on youtube.com/Summyr1988 Twitter: Summyr1988 Instagram: april_mae99