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What is your name, and where are you from?
K: My name is Kendra J Williams and I’m from North Car­oli­na.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney with us! 
K: Although I nev­er had a relax­er, I used heat reli­gious­ly until 2012, when I start­ed my no heat chal­lenge for a year. That turned into two years, and then three. So I’ve been work­ing with my curls for the last 3 years now.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
K: I hon­est­ly don’t know my hair type by the num­ber chart/hair chart. My hair has dif­fer­ent tex­tures all over. It’s thick and curly. My hair behaves bet­ter when I do less to it. I’ve cut back on using a lot of dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and used what I know works. I still try new prod­ucts but I’ve cut back on being a prod­uct junkie for sure.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
K: Less is bet­ter for my hair. Dur­ing the course of a month after a fresh wash, I nor­mal­ly 2 strand twist, 3 strand twist or 2 strand flat twist and keep either style in for at least a week. My go to prod­ucts for my styles is Eden Body Works Curl Defin­ing Crème and Hair and Body Icing from Seren­i­ti Bath Body and You, both prod­ucts are amaz­ing. I may switch up some­times but those 2 are a guar­an­tee for bomb twistout, braid­out or ban­tu knot out for sure.

What does wash day look like for you?
K: Wash day is typ­i­cal­ly a 2–3 hour process depend­ing on what my hair needs at the moment. Now that I’ve changed my rou­tine to once a month instead of every 2 weeks(which will prob­a­bly go back to every 2 weeks with it get­ting warm), I usu­al­ly sham­poo, deep con­di­tion, and con­di­tion, fol­lowed up with what­ev­er style I decide on. My favorite of all times is 2 strand twists prob­a­bly because I can wear them in a bun, down or in an updo. As far as sham­poos go, I like As I Am Curl Clar­i­fy Sham­poo and Suave Rose­mary Mint Sham­poo. For reg­u­lar or deep con­di­tion­ing, I use either Aussie 3 Minute Mir­a­cle Moist, Suave Almond and Shea But­ter Con­di­tion­er, or John Frie­da Dry Scalp Hydrate and Nour­ish Con­di­tion­er. For my leave-ins, I like As I Am Leave-in Con­di­tion­er and Aussie. To style, I like Eden Body­Works Coconut Shea Curl Defin­ing Crème and Seren­i­ti Bath Body and You Hair and Body Icing.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K: It’s either a bun day or a shake and go type of day. Shake and go for me is a twistout, braid­out, or ban­tu knot out. I sleep with my hair in a loose bun, instead of re-twist­ing each night. I usu­al­ly change the look up with a hair acces­so­ry when I don’t have much time.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
K: I’ve learned to embrace shrink­age. I’ve learned that when I style my hair wet it shrink­ages up more, so I’ve been wrap­ping my twists instead of putting them in a bun. Shrink­age on my hair makes for a dif­fer­ent hair­style. My extreme shrink­age comes from ban­tu knots and 2 strand flat twistouts. Sim­ply embrace the shrink­age, shrink­age means healthy hair.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
K: My biggest issue has been dry scalp, and drink­ing more water has helped that a lot.

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What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
K: First, water. My hair loves water. Sec­ond, pro­tec­tive styles — whether it’s a bun, twists, braids, updo. My hair thrives when I don’t mess with it a lot.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
K: One, no air dry­ing with­out prod­ucts, it leads to a tan­gled afro. Two, sleep­ing with­out some kind of pro­tec­tion for my hair is a no go. Even with a satin pil­low­case, I still pro­tect my hair with a satin scarf or satin bon­net. My hair will be a tan­gled mess.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
K: I’m on Insta­gram: Kjoy08_joy­ful­hair87
Twit­ter too: joy­ful­hair87

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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Adía

She has very nice hair. I wish she used more pic­tures with dif­fer­ent styles

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