Tell us about yourself:
North Carolina College Student
About Your Hair
Natural Hair Type: 4C
How long have you been natural? And why?
I’ll be celebrating my two year natural-versary this August. I transitioned for about 8 months, before big chopping. Going off to college, I knew I wouldn’t be able to maintain relaxed hair, so I began my research on returning to natural.
Describe you hair.
Many people with type 4 hair complain, and think there is nothing to do with their hair. But my hair is versatile, there is always something new to try out with styles and products. My hair is extremely thick, and although taking care of it is a full time job, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Being type 4, dryness is something I regularly work on combating.
What is your hair goal?
My hair goal is to have a healthy head of hair while maintaining length to ultimately reach mid-back and waist length.
Favorite Hair Styles: Twist Outs
What is your current hair regimen?
I shampoo and condition every two weeks , co-wash weekly, and deep condition every two weeks. I style my hair weekly using twist out, flats twists, etc. My current shampoo is the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and my current conditioner is the Carol’s Daughter Monoi Conditioner. I co-wash with Aussie Moist. My favorite styling line currently had to be the Cantu Naturals.
How do you maintain your hair at night?
I maintain my hair at night by retwisting if I want to maintain definition, or for bigger hair I just sleeping in my satin bonnet or scarf.
How do you maintain healthy length?
I maintain length by keeping my hair moisturized, dry hair is fragile hair. The baggy method is a staple in my regimen, also using the LOC method.
How did family and friends react to your decision to go natural?
My mother initially explained how difficult the process would be, but overall everyone has been extremely supportive in my decision to go natural. Even a few of my friends have been inspired to go natural.
What has been the most memorable part of your journey?
The most memorable part of the Journey was my big chop. I had never had hair that short, and didn’t know what to expect form everyone’s reaction. But once you learn to love it yourself, everyone else’s opinion doesn’t matter!
Hair Crush / Inspiration: Naptural85
Any inspirational words for the readers?
Embrace YOUR hair! Everyone’s hair is different, so don’t compare yours to the next person’s. Everyone may not have Tracy Ellis Ross’s gorgeous curls, but no matter what type of hair you have it can be beautiful.