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Intro­duce your­self.
A: My name is Andrea Denise Alexan­der and I am from the GREATEST city in the world! If you answered that with any­thing oth­er than Hous­ton, Texas, then there is a chance your Geog­ra­phy teacher was not well versed in his/her craft! ;)

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney with us!
A: So it all start­ed when I was a young tike at the age of 12, you know, that age when you begin to THINK you’re grown and know what you’re doing! Now I was a HUGE fan of Sis­ter, Sis­ter, and well, being JUST like Tia and Tam­era. This was when they began to press/relax their hair (sor­ry I’m not sure which). I was so intrigued with straight hair that I HAD to have it! And after annoy­ing the hairs off of my mother’s head and turn­ing her crooked smile into one of indif­fer­ence, your girl got her first perm! Diana (my nat­ur­al hair) became….well, Jane (yep, just as plane as ever). I thought I was THAT THING, because swing­ing my waist length hair and stand­ing in front of fans in my spare time became noth­ing short of a habit. This “hob­by” of mine became less and less intrigu­ing, as the hair got short­er, and the locks got thin­ner. When I entered med­ical school, I had nei­ther the patience for my thin­ning tress­es, nor the time, or mon­ey to sit at a salon and pre­tend to be fab­u­lous for 6 hours like before. Also, the city of DC had SO many heads of beau­ti­ful and healthy curls, coils, kinks that I was sold!

Now I’m not going to lie, I was a lit­tle vain and want­ed to keep the length that I had, (and trust me, it was only a lit­tle); so, I tran­si­tioned! From Novem­ber 2011 to Feb­ru­ary 1, 2014, I worked those flexi rod sets and high buns until my hair began to look at me side­ways and say, “Ok, enough is enough!” With that said, what bet­ter way to kick off Black His­to­ry Month than sport a new fro! I sport­ed, I shook, and I KNOW I will NEVER let Jane back onto my throne! Diana was back and that was that!

So, now I have been grow­ing my hair for 2 years and 10 months, and have been nat­ur­al for a lit­tle over 7 months.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A: So I guess my genes were real­ly inde­ci­sive when mold­ing my mane because when I say I’m mul­ti-tex­tured, that might be an under­state­ment. I have 3b and 3c curls in the front of my head, and 4a and 4b curls in the back of my head. The curls are in S and O pat­terns. The strands are thick/coarse and low poros­i­ty!

Please bear in mind that I had NO IDEA what my curl pat­tern was going to look like until I took those scis­sors to my tress­es and did my big chop! In fact, I was also pos­i­tive that my hair was of the 4c tex­ture in all areas of my scalp while I was tran­si­tion­ing.

Now as far as how Diana behaves, well she sim­ply does what she wants, and I respect that! I used to try and con­trol her with “won­der gels” and “mir­a­cle pud­dings,” but, but ulti­mate­ly, when it’s time to step out on day 2 or day 3, she goes for what­ev­er makes her hairy heart con­tent.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
A: I’m the kind of girl that usu­al­ly just rocks with her nat­ur­al mane, and rolls with what­ev­er punch­es come her way. I rock wash and go’s and braid-outs 90% of the time, and the oth­er 10% of the time, I run to low and high buns alike for a pro­tec­tive style.

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What does wash day look like for you?
A: Wash day is noth­ing less than a war against time; it’s an all-day event, to say the least. Over any giv­en month, my reg­i­men pret­ty much remains con­stant. I stick to my sched­ule and rarely devi­ate from course.

I start off with a hot oil treat­ment (yes, I do this EVERY WEEK, and yes, I real­ize that may be exces­sive for some) because I have had a HUGE reduc­tion in the sin­gle strand­ed knots and split ends. I then fol­low with either cleans­ing if it is the first week of the month, or with co-wash­ing for the sec­ond, third, and fourth week. I clar­i­fy with Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibis­cus Curl and Shine Sham­poo with Silk Pro­tein and Neem Oil (I dilute the sham­poo with water; two ounces of sham­poo, 8 ounces of water) and I co-wash with As I Am’s Coconut Co-Wash.

I then fol­low my cleans­ing with the only seg­ment of my reg­i­men that changes from week to week: a special/strengthening treat­ment. I usu­al­ly skip this step the first week. The sec­ond week, I per­form a pro­tein treat­ment with either eggs/mayonnaise/Greek yogurt with hon­ey and olive oil, or Aphogee’s 2-Step Pro­tein Treat­ment (although I only use step 1 and rarely use this prod­uct because I do not per­form dam­ag­ing prac­tices on my hair). The third week, I have begun per­form­ing a black tea rinse with Tazo Tea to decrease shed­ding sec­ondary to the stress­ful life that I live. On the fourth week, I gen­er­al­ly will skip the treat­ment or, if my hair is in need of mois­ture, then I will use a home­made con­di­tion­ing treat­ment with avo­ca­do, banana, hon­ey, and a con­glom­er­ate of oils.

I then fol­low with either my pro­tein treat­ment or black tea rinse, and then deep con­di­tion with three prod­ucts (Deva Curl’s Heav­en in Hair, Aval­on Organic’s Biotin Con­di­tion­er, and Camille Rose’s Algae Renew Deep Con­di­tion­er). I fin­ger detan­gle or use my mod­i­fied Den­man brush after my hair has sat with the deep con­di­tion­er in. Now, for those with wrin­kled eye­brows and the thoughts that this rou­tine is cum­ber­some, I am right there wrin­kling and sec­ond-guess­ing. How­ev­er, as stat­ed before, I have so many tex­tures and my hair so poor­ly porous that I would rather con­tin­ue this reg­i­men than try to remove one of these com­po­nents (which I have tried to, and my feel­ings were quick­ly hurt).

I then style with usu­al­ly a wash and go or a braid out with Jane Carter’s Revi­tal­iz­ing Leave-In Con­di­tion­er Spray, either Argan Oil or my oil mix­ture as a sealant, fol­lowed by Camille Rose Natural’s Fresh Curls Revi­tal­iz­ing Hair Smoother, then their Marsh­mal­low and Agave Leaf Extract Curl Mak­er.

I pineap­ple at night (although mine more so resem­bles a turnip) and I re-mois­tur­ize every morn­ing and night. As far as mois­tur­iz­ers, I use one of the fol­low­ing: A mix­ture of water, glyc­erin, aloe vera, and pep­per­mint oil if my scalp is itch­ing from a hard week’s work­out, Deva Curl’s Set it Free Spray, or Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibis­cus Hold and Shine Mois­ture Mist with Silk Pro­tein and Neem Oil. I always seal after­wards with either my oil mix­ture, argan oil, or shea but­ter.

I also trim my ends every 2–3 months. This is NOT because my ends are dam­aged, but sim­ply to ensure that my strands are the same thick­ness at the root as it is at the ends. I also strive to main­tain the shape of my hair that I cut it into/

With this reg­i­men, I have NO break­age; as for the shed­ding from stress, eh, I’m work­ing on it.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A: Usu­al­ly if I don’t have time for a style, I just wear my hair out and let it do its thing! I real­ize it looks noth­ing less of a mess in per­son, but hon­est­ly, how can I com­mu­ni­cate that tru­ly un-manip­u­lat­ed and untamed nat­ur­al hair is beau­ti­ful if I am always slick­ing back my edges and throw­ing it into a bun? Besides, I wore a bun EVERY DAY while I was tran­si­tion­ing; I’m done with those pup­pies for a while.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A: Shrink­age is actu­al­ly my hair’s favorite pas­time, espe­cial­ly that in the back of my head. On wash day, once my hair has dried com­plete­ly, I will sec­tion my hair and blow dry the roots in the back sec­tions only. I also only use a cool heat set­ting, a con­cen­tra­tor noz­zle, and the ten­sion method. This keeps me from resem­bling Sel­ma Bou­vi­er from The Simp­sons (accu­rate descrip­tion, I kid you not).

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
A: I don’t think I have “prob­lem areas” per se, but rather just my hair is a dif­fer­ent tex­ture than it used to be and what the world is used to deal­ing with, so I have to care for it in a dif­fer­ent way. I encour­age all you beau­ties to try and view your manes with the same per­spec­tive! It helps me to stay pos­i­tive and not find fault with how I was nat­u­ral­ly made.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A: Prop­er­ly mois­tur­ize!!! That includes deep con­di­tion­ing and dai­ly re-mois­tur­iz­ing and seal­ing! I can­not tell you how many fairy knots and split ends I have dodged with this mantra!

Also, detan­gling, detan­gling, DETANGLING….all the way to the root of the situation….THE ROOTS! I have high den­si­ty hair, so I nat­u­ral­ly do shed more than oth­ers. So with that said, the shed hair always tan­gles around my strands. Because I shed a lot, I also spout new strands, so my roots become tan­gled very eas­i­ly! And detan­gling all the way to the roots ensures that there aren’t any shed pieces wrap­ping around and plac­ing stress on the ones that are still in my scalp.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A: You know that guy in high school/college that is always going around steal­ing the joy from females’ hearts in order to pow­er his inner machine of wom­an­iz­ing schemes? Well, in the realm of nat­ur­al hair, he is what is known as, the flat iron. I had to break up with the deceit­ful son of a gun imme­di­ate­ly! I also think it’s impor­tant to know that I had to trim an extra 1–1½ inch­es off of my hair after I big chopped because I had loose­ly curled ends. This was because in the begin­ning of my tran­si­tion (for the first 6 months or so), I was flat iron­ing my hair every 4–5 weeks.

Anoth­er don’t, although I am quite guilty of it, is mess­ing with it! I know, I know, why were we gift­ed with amaz­ing hair if we can’t play in it! Unfor­tu­nate­ly, I don’t have all the answers, but what I do know is that those lit­tle fairies who curse your ends with fairy knots will slow­ly but sure­ly creep their way back into your life if you keep your hands close to the fro. I admit, I still find myself mess­ing in the back of my head all the time, but, hot oil treat­ments and dai­ly re-mois­tur­iz­ing and seal­ing put up a good oppo­nent to those blast­ed fairies!

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
A: I’m on Insta­gram and Twit­ter as @Andys_Vanity. As far as any­thing else, stay tuned!

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and prod­uct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­ur­al hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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Adia

OMG this lady is off the hook! Her hair is beau­ti­ful too. Great post!

youngin girl

Your per­son­al­i­ty is reveal­ing in this inter­view. You are exu­ber­ant, enthu­si­as­tic and easy going here. I like it and you sound like you could be in per­form­ing arts or a teacher. Your afro is cool though.

Andrea

Oh thank you so much! And yes all i did grow­ing up was per­form­ing arts lol go fig­ure :)

liz

LOL! “Sel­ma Bou­vi­er” omg, my hair total­ly does that if I don’t pull it out in some places, I’ve nev­er seen that show, but I laughed when I saw that box-fro that’s exact­ly what can hap­pen if you don’t do a lit­tle pulling.

Andrea

Haha! yes that’s def­i­nite­ly why I’ve got to stretch it!

Andrea

oh wow thank you! that was so kind!

Carly

The inter­view was EVERYTHING!!! Dis­tract­ed me from her gor­geous hair which rarely hap­pens. You have a great per­son­al­i­ty, I hope the rest of the world gets to see it!

Andrea

oh wow thank you that was so kind!

Anitra Jeffery

gor­geous! love the detail and enthu­si­asm. but, I’m curi­ous to know how that beau­ti­ful hair sur­vives in this crazy Hous­ton weath­er!

Andrea

hel­lo thanks! well i’m cur­rent­ly liv­ing in DC for school but I am in Hous­ton for a few days and I will admit, it just jogs my mem­o­ry of the humid­i­ty tor­tur­ing my head when i was younger! lol but to be hon­est i just try to use real­ly good prod­ucts with hold (like eco styler) if i’m going some­where and want a cer­tain look…and oth­er times, i just let it out and ignore the glances lol…hope this helped!

Stace

Loved this inter­view. Took me a while to get through, but that was because I was anx­ious to just see the hair! I went back and read in detail lat­er. Love­ly hair and per­son­al­i­ty

Andrea

thank you! and sor­ry i know it was con­vo­lut­ed! lol just want­ed to be as com­plete as pos­si­ble! :)

MommieDearest

I’m not sure which I like more, her REEEEDICULOUS hair, or her writ­ing style. I was enter­tained and informed at the same time. Love­ly young woman and gor­geous hair.

Andrea

thank you so much!

Evelynne

Gor­geous hair but that line about “Females” irks my soul. Who start­ed this and why?

Cygnet

You, young lady, are high­ly enter­tain­ing :-)! If you’re not a writer, you ought to be. I was engaged from start to fin­ish. Love­ly hair, too!

Andrea

thank you! i admit i have always want­ed to write!

MelyB

WOW @ her hair. Great inter­view, love her detailed & enthu­si­as­tic respons­es.

Andrea

thank you dear that’s very sweet!

Angela

Her hair is amazz­ingggg. Lawd­ddd! *calms Hait­ian self down…but real­ly tho, Love­ly hair

Andrea

thank you! sa-k pase!!!! lol i’m not Hait­ian but one of my friends was in col­lege so i thought i’d show off my very lim­it­ed knowl­edge lol

Redseouls

You are a cutie and you’re fun­ny AND you have amaz­ing hair! Thanks for shar­ing!

Andrea

thanks so much for the kind words!

mlank64

gor­geous

Andrea

thank you gor­geous!

Nic

Your hair is so pret­ty. I love see­ing extreme­ly mul­ti-tex­tured hair like mine.

Andrea

mul­ti tex­tured gangstas stand up!!! lol thanks!

Elle

Girl, how do you even walk down the street with­out being hair-mobbed?

“how can I com­mu­ni­cate that tru­ly un-manip­u­lat­ed and untamed nat­ur­al hair is beau­ti­ful if I am always slick­ing back my edges and throw­ing it into a bun?”

Best line ever!

Andrea

:)

Vsos

I agree, but I am one of those nat­u­rals who con­stant­ly where buns. Why? Well I know my hair is beau­ti­ful but I wear loose buns in the hopes that I can retain as much length as pos­si­ble and so far so good. I see it every­day and enjoy it dur­ing my dai­ly and week­ly main­te­nance. I am always amazed at how it reacts in dif­fer­ent ways to dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and meth­ods. But I am also curi­ous about my length poten­tial hence the buns. So I guess we can all enjoy our hair in dif­fer­ent ways :D

Elle

The author obvi­ous­ly wasn’t mak­ing an indict­ment on any­one wear­ing a bun. Nor did she imply that anyone’s nat­u­ral­ness was con­tin­gent on wear­ing their hair out, or that her state­ments should cause any­one to defend their styling choic­es. The author nev­er even said she no longer wore buns, she remarked that lov­ing and show­cas­ing the vari­ety of her hair was healthy for her and her impact on oth­ers’ views on nat­ur­al hair.

Andrea

Thank you Elle! My points exact­ly. I guess I didn’t explain it well (too busy goof­ing off lol) sigh* that’s so me lol…sorry if any­one was offend­ed!

TAC

SAME here, Vsos. 

Also, I get just as many com­pli­ments on my hair in a bun as I do when it’s out. I’m usu­al­ly a lit­tle sur­prised, but peo­ple can still tell it’s nat­ur­al.

Andrea

oh i am the first one to raise my hand when some­one asks, “who loves buns?” I was just stat­ing that it’s eas­i­er and quick­er for me to com­mu­ni­cate to oth­ers that BIG hair is beau­ti­ful and not messy (my hair is A LOT big­ger than what the cam­era cap­tures), so some­times i just ditch the bun alto­geth­er lol i just don’t want oth­ers to feel as self con­scious as I did when i was lit­tle and when i big chopped since it was SO BIG! lol but yes every­one should enjoy his or her hair for sure! :*

Love

Such a beau­ti­ful pep­py girl! Love your hair and per­son­al­i­ty :)

Andrea

Thank you so much! And yes, I’m almost TOO pep­py some­times lol

A Simple Thing

Awe­some inter­view! She sounds like a love­ly and vibrant per­son ^.^

Andrea

thank you!

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