E: My name is Dominique. I was born in New York, I have lived in California, Memphis, and as of right now I am currently residing in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: I have actually been natural all of my life (except for this short period that I had a short Mohawk.) That was in 2008 by the way. NOW the plot thickens. LOL. I was actually one of the naturals that wore my hair straight (flat ironed, pressed etc.) except for sometimes when I didn’t have time I would rock a curly puff. It was heat damaged, especially in the front and being that I really didn’t KNOW my hair, I thought that it was just the texture of it. So in 2008, after the perm and Mohawk, I just got tired of the style and started growing it back out. I had no clue what transitioning was, but I was certainly doing it. In the summer of 2009 I was washing my hair one day and when I went to look in the mirror, I fell in love with the curls of my hair. When I looked at my ends however, the remnants of perm were still there. To get rid of the sheer ugliness I took some scissors and clipped away. The rest is HAIRstory.
How would you describe your texture?
E: My hair texture when I wash it is 3c around the majority of my head and toward the center it would have to be 4a. My hair is really tricky with the coarse or fine question, I would have to say midway between both points because of the way it response so easily to styling…And it is as DENSE as it gets lol! I mean when I wash my hair (if I don’t have it in braids) it feels like a helmet of water is on my head lol!
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: My styling regimen over the course of a month is really simple being that I am not the adventurous type when it comes to styles. Usually, I will rock a braid out and keep it moving. When the braid out gets old, I do a dry braid out and spray water over my head and throw on a satin cap. When I wake up, my hair is much bigger (which is ALWAYS a plus in my book) and the curls are still defined but looser. During workouts I put it in a loose puff, and at work sometimes I put it in a donut bun. The products I love right now are anything Shea Moisture, PURE shea butter, and my homemade hair oil (tea tree, olive, grapeseed, coconut and jojoba oil all mixed together). I try to detangle with a wide tooth comb once a week. This process is slow because I am VERY careful not to rush and risk damaging my hair by combing too hard. I wash my hair typically once a month, but I judge that based on the condition of my hair. If it’s itchy, then it’s time for a wash.
What does wash day look like for you?
E: I cowash my hair with a really light conditioner (mostly the .98 cent Suave) just to get the dirt out. Then I go back with a much thicker conditioner (currently Aussie Moist). I throw a few plastic bags and a foil cap over my head and go to bed. I wake up, rinse, and off to the styling. I am actually going to experiment with an apple cider vinegar and mud wash to see what is best for my hair. I will keep you posted!
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E: My favorite style is a loose puff with a cute scarf around the edges to hide the evil underneath. I try to not pull my hair back so much these days for my edges sake. I also LOVE hats!
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: If I want a big full braid out right after washing and don’t want to wait for my braid out to get old, I just blow dry my hair on the COOL setting and go back and braid her up. The goal isn’t to straighten but to stretch. I use the comb attachment to aid in the detangling.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E: LAAAAAWD these ends!!! My ends have a tendency to be dry and try to multiply (split) on me. I have learned so much in this process, so that problem is greatly being controlled. My length is a testament to it (thank ya Lord).
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E: 1. Moisturize!! I cannot say that enough. I have learned my lesson with that one. 2. Pay Attention to your hair because it will definitely tell you if you’re doing something wrong.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: 1. Don’t color it! That’s just for my hair and the goals I am trying to reach. It’s beautiful to look at, but my hair isn’t having it lol. 2. Don’t do too many pulled back styles. Your edges will thank you. Your hair is meant to be free. LET IT LOOSE!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E: I do have a YouTube channel that I have been neglecting lately, but I will be starting that back up in the next couple of weeks. It’s Alluria1. Also follow me on Instagram! Ms_Nixon! See you soon! :)