A: Aiesha Letman from Queens, NY.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: I’ve been natural for 4 years now. My daughter is almost 4, and I big chopped when I was pregnant out of curiosity of my natural texture. I’d never seen it before that time. My curls had always been altered in some way.
How would you describe your texture?
A: According to hair charts I have type 3 curls. My hair responds really well to gels and defining creams. My strands are also pretty dense and easily rejuvenated.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A: I do what I feel is right. I’ve lived in extreme weather conditions and used protective styles, I’ve also forgotten about my hair for days (no products) because maybe I’ve been busy doing other things and my afro has had enough TLC in previous days to maintain. I enjoy my hair in an afro shape, but I think this year I will let it grow down. This will take a lot more styling effort.
What does wash day look like for you?
A: I will use any sulfate free shampoo if I do shampoo, because I don’t often. I like Garnier conditioners and sometimes I use Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie for definition. I like applying coconut oil directly to my scalp too.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: 4 straight back braids!
How do you combat shrinkage?
A: I don’t.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A: I’ve learned not to ever comb my hair while it’s dry. It took discipline, but it was my only downfall.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A: Moisturizing and massaging my scalping to stimulate growth.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A: Combing my hair dry and bleaching. DON’T.