F: My name is Felicia Olatunbosun. I am 21 years old and will be graduating from CUNY York College! I was born in Queens in New York and currently live in Long Island. My family is from Nigeria.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
F: I was natural all of my life until I was thirteen. No one wanted to help me do my hair because of its length and thickness, so I was forced to put in a relaxer. I transitioned for a year and cut off the permed hair. The transition was not easy, and I had a lot of negativity from family and friends. It was especially difficult when it was easy to see my natural hair from my relaxed hair. I just worked with what I had!
I decided to go natural because I truly missed my thick and natural hair. I missed being able to style it in so many diverse ways. It was part of my individuality and I was determined to get that back. I wanted to be proud of what God had given me and to inspire others to do the same. I have been natural for two years now and I am loving it!
How would you describe your texture?
F: I have very thick, 4C hair. The strands are very coarse and can be hard to handle. With proper care, moisture, and patience it becomes easier to deal with.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
F: I do low-styling and protective styles with my hair and I don’t like to use too many hair products. I like to let my hair do its own thing. Currently I use Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. I always do braid-outs, and those last me for a week and a few days.
What does wash day look like for you?
F: A wash day includes Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner and sometimes leave-in conditioner if necessary. I always do about 15 to 20 cornrows. This way when I take my braids out there is more definition for my curls.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
F: My favorite hairstyle that is simple is the hair puff. Very quick, simple and it does not take a lot of time.
How do you combat shrinkage?
F: It is truly interesting how shrinkage occurs. I usually do braid-outs and by the night I put my hair up using the pineapple method. This really stretches my hair and it gets bigger as well.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
F: Areas of my hair that require a lot of attention are my ends because they can become very dry. I make sure I moisturize them a lot more than my roots.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
F: A do for my hair would have to be moisturizing my hair, A LOT! I have been looking at ingredients in leave-in conditioners to try and find more products that can really moisturize my hair.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
F: Wash and go’s are NO good for me because my hair becomes dry fast and can really become tangled. I do love how my hair comes out when straightened, but heat damage has happened before so I stay away from it completely.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F: I currently do not have a blog, but I hope to create a YouTube channel soon! Follow me on Instagram: Licia_Ola. I love to share my natural hair and poetry with everyone.