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Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Rebec­ca Knight (right) and I am from Raleigh, NC. I recent­ly grad­u­at­ed with my Master’s in Social Work (last mon­th) and now I am pur­su­ing licen­sure. Aside from social work, I also mod­el along with my twin sis­ter (The Knight­Twins). I also vol­un­teer at a non­prof­it agen­cy that pro­vides ser­vices to those liv­ing with HIV/AIDS.

My name is Bev­er­ly Knight (left). I am also from Raleigh, North Car­oli­na and cur­rent­ly a doc­tor­al stu­dent at Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Chapel Hill in the Doc­tor of Phys­i­cal Ther­a­py pro­gram.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
Rebec­ca:
I have been nat­u­ral since 2004. I tran­si­tioned for one year, braid­ing my own hair into box braids (no exten­sions). My answer is pret­ty much the same as my sis­ter Bev­er­ly. Dur­ing the time of my life when I thought about tran­si­tion­ing to my nat­u­ral hair, I was chang­ing in so many ways. My sis­ter and I were growing/maturing and think­ing dif­fer­ent­ly about every­thing, i.e., life, iden­ti­ty, etc. So going nat­u­ral just made sense. It helped that we went through the process togeth­er. Need­less to say, we didn’t have much sup­port, besides our dad and broth­er. In fact peo­ple looked at us like we were crazy and I even had a teacher tell me that I was nev­er going to get mar­ried because of my hair. I exper­i­ment­ed with lots of styles ear­ly on. I did box braids with my nat­u­ral hair, ban­tu knots, brush cut (4 years). So to go from hav­ing long straight hair to braids, to ban­tu knots, to an afro, to a brush-cut, and back to an afro, there is no doubt in my mind that peo­ple real­ly gave me the side-eye. But I didn’t care. My sis and I got a lot of crazy stares and weird remarks wear­ing our hair nat­u­ral because “nat­u­ral hair” wasn’t pop­u­lar yet.

Bev­er­ly: I have been nat­u­ral since 2004. I’ve had my locs for 7 years. This may sound cliché, but going nat­u­ral just seemed “nat­u­ral” at that time in my life. I was tran­si­tion­ing in so many ways and I was think­ing crit­i­cal­ly about every­thing and hair was one of those things. This deci­sion was made eas­ier because I was expe­ri­enc­ing it with my twin sis­ter and my father was very encour­ag­ing despite the neg­a­tive feed­back from fam­i­ly, “friends”, teach­ers and strangers. I felt encour­aged, and return­ing to relax­ers was not tempt­ing. I decid­ed to loc my hair because I always admired locs on oth­er peo­ple and I want­ed to see if I could go through with the process of grow­ing locs. I was able to com­plete the process and here I am 7 years lat­er!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
Rebec­ca:
I believe my tex­ture is in the 4 fam­i­ly for the major­i­ty of my hair. How­ev­er, on the out­er edges, my hair has much larg­er curls, real­ly shiny and fine. While the top front is a looser wave and does not ful­ly curl like the mid­dle of my hair. So, there may be a com­bi­na­tion of 4 and 3. But hon­est­ly, I am not 100% sure. I do know that my hair is very dense…there is just a lot of it!
Bev­er­ly: Same as Rebecca’s. Over­all, my strands are fine and my hair is very dense. Now that I have locs, I have stray strands that stick out of my locs and I have to trim/groom my locs (when­ev­er I feel like it, which is not too often).

What method was used to start your locs?
Bev­er­ly:
I start­ed my locs myself using two strand twists. I have 64 locs.

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Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
Rebec­ca:
My hair rou­tine is VERY sim­ple. I charge that to the time when I tran­si­tioned. Again, I didn’t have videos and lots of prod­ucts to choose from and I am pret­ty much set in my ways and try to keep every­thing as sim­ple as pos­si­ble. I wash my hair once a week or every two weeks with Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl & Shine Sham­poo. If I decide to wash my hair each week, I will some­times just co-wash using Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl & Shine Con­di­tion­er or a cheap conditioner…whichever is on sale. I use a lot of con­di­tion­er! After washing/co-washing, I gen­er­al­ly do large two-strand twists. Some­times I do 8–10 twists and sim­ply re-twist each night or every oth­er night, apply­ing addi­tion­al pro­duct (coconut oil and Can­tu Leave In Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream. I most­ly wear my hair in twist-outs. Dur­ing the third or fourth day of my twist-out I will detan­gle by spray­ing water and apply­ing Can­tu and coconut oil/or some oth­er 100% oil I have in my house, then gen­tly detan­gle with a wide tooth comb or my Den­man brush and re-twist. When my hair has been stretched over the course of a week or two, I may then try a dif­fer­ent hair­style, i.e., bun/up-do style, or two large flat twists to cre­ate a crown-like style. Oh, and I love Aveda’s “Bril­liant” line prod­ucts for shine (smells great too) and I use the Bril­liant Retex­tur­ing Gel (by Aveda) when twist­ing my hair some­times.

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Bev­er­ly: My styling reg­i­men is sim­ple and effi­cient. I curl my locs (with­out rollers or any oth­er tools) and wear my locs most­ly curly. Once I curl them they will stay curly until I wash my hair again. The curls start out tight and become looser each day. At work I wear my hair back in a “fish­bone” and out­side of work I wear my locs out or up in a messy bun. If I don’t curl my locs after wash­ing them I will twist the new growth and keep my locs straight. With my locs straight I wear my hair in a “fish­bone”, a neat bun (I refer to this as my “crown”), or loose.

What does wash day look like for you?
Rebec­ca:
Wash day entails sec­tion­ing my hair into 4 sep­a­rate sec­tions (2 up top and 2 at the bot­tom. Think of four squares)…I detan­gle each sec­tion start­ing at the ends. I then wash my hair in the show­er, each sec­tion (4 sec­tions sep­a­rate­ly or com­bine 2 sec­tions and wash togeth­er). If I didn’t wash my hair in sec­tions, it would get extreme­ly tan­gled! I then con­di­tion my hair and rin­se towards the end of my show­er. I use a lot of water on hair-wash­ing day :) I gen­tly tow­el dry my hair and main­tain the 4 sec­tions by comb­ing each sec­tion and apply­ing coconut oil and Can­tu or Shea Mois­ture Leave-In Con­di­tion­er, then clip­ping each sec­tion or putting each sec­tion into a ball. I then twist my hair into two-stand twists (large 8–10), not real­ly pay­ing much atten­tion to parts, since I won’t actu­al­ly wear the twists. Hon­est­ly, almost every time I wash my hair, I con­tem­plate cut­ting it all off again (my clip­pers are under my sink)…you can’t get sim­pler than a brush cut. The longer my hair grows the more effort it takes. But I don’t cut it because I want to see just how big my hair can get.

Bev­er­ly: I wash my hair using dilut­ed Dr. Bronner’s Pep­per­mint Castile Soap (this takes about 10 min­utes). I dry my hair using a microfiber tow­el (to avoid lint in my locs). I like to put oil on my hair while it is damp (extra vir­gin olive oil, the brand varies depend­ing on what is in my pantry). I’ve also used coconut oil. While my hair is damp I begin to twist my new growth (I keep them straight or curl them) using Nature’s Bless­ings Hair Pomade. This can take between 45 min­utes to 1.25 hours depend­ing on how fast I decide to twist. I sit under my large soft bon­net hair dry­er by Select Pro for about 2 hours and hope that my locs are dry after that! I keep my locs curled over night and release the curl in the morn­ing. Every 2 months or so I will do a bak­ing soda rin­se. I use 1 tea­spoon of bak­ing soda in at least 1 cup of water, place in a bot­tle, then pour the mix­ture on my damp locs. This is the ulti­mate cleanse of my locs! I let this stay in my hair for ~5 min­utes and I real­ly work the mix­ture in by squeez­ing my locs togeth­er. I rin­se it out and real­ly squeeze the mix­ture and build-up out of my locs. I then wash with the sham­poo men­tioned above. I don’t do this cleanse too often because it is extreme­ly dry­ing.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Rebec­ca:
The style I most often wear is the twist-out. When I don’t have a lot of time (well even when I do I keep things sim­ple) I do large two-strand twists and untwist them into a twist-out. How­ev­er, since I have length on my hair, I am start­ing to exper­i­ment with high bun styles now and oth­er hair­styles.
Bev­er­ly: My favorite go to style is curly locs. When they are curly they have more vol­ume and always look like a style regard­less of how tight or loose the curls are.

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How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Rebec­ca:
I wear a twist out for a week or two. Over that peri­od my hair is stretched every time I re-twist. By the time I am ready to wash my hair, it is very big! My hair shrinks a lot…but aside from the twist out stretch method, I have recent­ly had my hair blow-dried and stretched to get my ends trimmed (I usu­al­ly trim my own hair though). 

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
Rebec­ca:
My hair gets very tan­gled! That is one of the down­sid­es to my nat­u­ral hair. My hair is very thick, and dense (lots of vol­ume) and when I wear my hair out (twist out) it gets tan­gled at the roots very quick­ly. Also, my hair gets very dry. Some­times the col­or of my hair appears dusty-brown which makes my hair look extra dry. I get lazy with my hair so I prob­a­bly don’t mois­tur­ize as much as I should.
Bev­er­ly: I have dry scalp! Though I use pep­per­mint and tea tree sham­poo to com­bat dan­druff and itchy scalp, I still haven’t found a pro­duct that elim­i­nates my dry scalp. I also have to pay extra atten­tion to lint from clothes, tow­els, etc. that can pos­si­bly lodge into a loc and it is very dif­fi­cult to get out.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Rebec­ca:
Keep my hair mois­tur­ized. Detan­gle prop­er­ly!!!
Bev­er­ly: Keep my hair mois­tur­ized! If not, my hair looks real­ly dry. Wrap up my locs! Lint grav­i­tates toward locs so it is very impor­tant to wrap them when sleep­ing. Also, to be mind­ful of the clothes I wear because any and every­thing will find its way into my hair due to the fric­tion between my locs and the fab­ric. I even put a sat­in pil­low­case on my head­rest in the car to avoid fric­tion between my locs and the fab­ric in the car. And it is impor­tant to remove pieces of lint/fabric from my hair as soon as I see it or it will lodge deep­er into my loc.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Rebec­ca:
Don’t do up-do’s too often because break­age can result. Don’t use too much heat. I’ve had my hair straight­ened a few times and I was left with ter­ri­ble dam­age.
Bev­er­ly: For locs, don’t pull them along the hair­line too tight or too often because this can cause thin­ning at the root and reced­ing hair­li­nes. Don’t use wax on your locs! This will get stuck and cause tremen­dous build-up along the loc!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
theKnightTwins.com
theknighttwins.tumblr.com
Facebook–Rebecca Knight: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2721172
Facebook–Beverly Knight: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=2719842

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Beau­ti­ful!! I wish Bev­er­ley could advise me, my hair is 8 months loc’d and extreme­ly thin. I have very fine hair its crazy, its not thick­en­ing up :’(

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