L: My name is Leila Henrys. I was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Now I currently live in Coral Springs, Florida.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
L: For as long as I could remember, I’ve always dreaded getting relaxers. My hair was quite healthy and well maintained when I had a relaxer, but I have a very sensitive scalp. So I’d always get burned from relaxers. My freshman year of College at FAMU, I saw all of these beautiful women with natural hair, and it made me curious. I toyed with the idea for a little while and did some research. Finally, I decided I was tired of paying my hairdresser to burn my scalp and began my natural hair journey! I started my transition in January 2011. Cut my relaxed ends off in June 2012. So I’d say I’ve been fully natural for about a year.
How would you describe your texture?
L: My hair texture is somewhere between 4A/4B. Very thick and coarse, especially towards the back.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
L: My favorite hairstyle is the dry twist out. I love my dry twist outs because they reduce shrinkage. I usually double strand twist my hair the night before. When that doesn’t work out, I do it the day of and leave the twists in while getting ready. I don’t get the most defined curls when I do it that way, but it still looks great! I use Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream and coconut oil to style my hair.
What does wash day look like for you?
L: I wash my hair every two weeks and co-wash in between. Sometimes I try to stretch it to 3 weeks, but that hardly ever works out. I use Giovanni Tea Tree Shampoo (works wonders on my itchy/sensitive scalp) and I condition with Giovanni Avocado & Olive Oil Conditioner. I usually add a little bit of coconut oil and Cantu Shea Butter Leave in Conditioning Repair Cream after washing, and I let it air dry before styling.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L: My favorite go-to style is the “pouf”. It’s the easiest thing to do when I am on the go. I just dampen my hair while in the shower, add a little Cantu, brush, and push my hair back with a rubber band or small scarf. Easy!
How do you combat shrinkage?
L: Dry twist outs!
Tell us about your hair color?
L: My natural hair color is dark brown. I recently had a friend dye it with One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hair Color in copper brown purchased at Sally’s. I also used their 20 Volume Developer to make my color pop. I was afraid it would change the texture of my hair, but surprisingly it didn’t!
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
L: My scalp is always itchy, so tea tree oil is my savior.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
L: Moisturizing and Deep conditioning
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
L: Wash & gos and Hair gel!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
L: Instagram: (_Msleila)