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Intro­duce your­self!
K:
My name is Kara Thomas. I’m orig­i­nal­ly from NJ, but recent­ly moved to LA. I am an aspir­ing inte­ri­or design­er.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
K:
My hair has always had a nat­u­ral curl pat­tern, and after exces­sive heat dam­age I final­ly real­ized I ruined my nat­u­ral hair one sum­mer when I was unable to con­trol my frizz. I was younger and did not appre­ci­ate the beau­ty of my nat­u­ral hair. I was tired of putting con­stant heat on my hair, or not being able to wear my hair out so I made the deci­sion to big chop! I was about 17 when I made this deci­sion, so that was about 5 years ago. I wasn’t even ner­vous and it was hon­est­ly one of the best deci­sions I ever made. 

How would you describe your tex­ture?
K:
I have 3c-thick, spi­ral curls.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
K:
I detan­gle my hair in the show­er using Pan­tene Curly Hair Series Con­di­tion­er and a comb and brush. Then I apply Miss Jessie’s Curly Pud­ding to my soak­ing wet hair and dry it with a cot­ton t-shirt to reduce the frizz. After­wards, I put Smooth ‘N Shine Curling Mousse all over and use Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel on my edges. I dif­fuse with cool air until my hair is semi dry, then I switch to warm air. Last­ly, I use a pick at my roots to add vol­ume. On deep con­di­tion­ing days I use Hen­na ‘n’ Pla­cen­ta Treat­ment every two weeks. I let it sit in my hair and air dry. I rin­se out the pro­duct the next day. (Not what the direc­tions say, but hey! A lit­tle extra pro­tein nev­er hurt any­one right?) lol I hate going to hair salons or wear­ing my hair straight, so my ends do not get trimmed often. I do plan on get­ting my ends trimmed more fre­quent­ly!

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
I no longer use sham­poo, but I get rid of build up by rins­ing my hair and scrub­bing my scalp with my go-to con­di­tion­ers in the show­er.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
When I do not have a lot of time in the morn­ing I do a high bun or rock my sec­ond day curls. With sec­ond day curls I use a spray bot­tle and con­di­tion­er to touch up the strands that I messed up while I was asleep.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
K:
My hair is at a length where I no longer have to wor­ry about shrink­age. Dur­ing my grow­ing out process, I actu­al­ly did noth­ing about the length. I just patient­ly wait­ed for it to grow out. The shrink­age did not both­er me.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
K:
I promised myself I would nev­er col­or my hair again after my big chop, but about a year ago I went to Hair Cut­tery to light­en my hair and apply high­lights. At first the blonde was too bold and it changed my curl pat­tern, but after chop­ping my dead ends and ton­ing the col­or down with hen­na dye, I loved my hair col­or. Nat­u­ral­ly, my hair is a dark brown, black col­or. At that time it was light brown with gold high­lights. Now, since I dyed it again it’s a real­ly dark, almost black col­or when it was sup­posed to be brown. It’s grow­ing on me.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
K:
I would love love love advice/techniques on how to reduce shed­ding hair. When I detan­gle my hair with my hands or brush, so much hair comes out and I hate it.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
K:
The stan­dard curly fro is my favorite. I have a big fore­head so I keep my bangs trimmed. Also, you can nev­er go wrong with a clas­sic high bun. I have got­ten a lot of com­pli­ments when I loose­ly pull my hair back into a high pony­tail with my bangs still out.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
K:
I can­not stand wet hair! My fro is not as full unless I go through my entire reg­i­men. So I always try to leave the house with my hair as dry as pos­si­ble. And I have my pick on me at all times just in case my fro needs some TLC through­out the day. Anoth­er fail for me was try­ing a braid-out or rod curls. I prefer my nat­u­ral curl pat­tern. It is too time con­sum­ing, and it just doesn’t hold with my tex­ture. I admire wom­en who have the patience for knots and braid out ever night though, and I do want to get more exper­i­men­tal with twists and up-dos. I get my dai­ly inspi­ra­tion from fea­ture sites on Insta­gram.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
Just Insta­gram: kara_mel­ll.
Thanks guys, and if you have any fur­ther ques­tions feel free to hit me up on there!

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
— Style Icon Coor­di­na­tor for BGLH

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