Happy Thursday, Beautifuls! I have a BRAND NEW My HAIRStory to share with you all today. Once again, I’ve been blessed to share another natural hair journey and I’m so excited!
Last month, I shared the natural hair journey of Vienna. This month’s naturalista is just as fabulous, to be honest. She is a lifestyle blogger who shares tips about makeup, fitness, recipes, and much more. She is all about living a full, happy life. Which makes her a blogger after my own heart!
1. How did your HAIRstory begin? How long have you been natural?
I started getting my hair relaxed when I was 14. My mom was always doing my hair for me and I wanted to be more independent so having it straight seemed like the only option (today I know that it’s not). Cut to, 20 years later, in February of 2014, I was getting tired of the 6 week upkeep of the relaxers and all that came with it: burned scalp, dry broken ends and the little edges that could lol. I never even thought that I would have the courage to cut my hair. Anytime I thought about it, I immediately dismissed it. I stopped the relaxers then and started letting it grow out. I’ve been natural for almost 3 years.
2. What was your greatest motivation for going natural?
The health of my hair was my greatest motivation. I saw Tia and Tamera Mowry go back to their natural hair starting with the “big chop” and it was only then that I really started to consider cutting my hair and starting over.
3. What was the biggest challenge at the start of your journey?
Letting it grow out! Being impatient, I hated having my natural hair growing in, while the relaxed hair was hangin’ on. I didn’t know what to do with it.
4. Were the people in your life supportive of your decision to go natural?
Yes they were but I have to say that my boyfriend swears that I “deceived” him when I came home with shorter hair one day. I did talk to him about stopping the relaxers and letting my natural hair grown back. And I mentioned that eventually I was going to want to cut my hair and start over, a few months into it, I was with my mom at the salon while she was getting a haircut. I thought to myself, ‘It’s now or never” and decided to sit in the chair and have about 5 inches of my hair cut off. He was definitely shocked to see me. He now agrees that it was a good decision to do it and he is my biggest supporter.
5. What have you learned about yourself by going natural?
I’ve learned that nothing beats being myself, big curly hair and all. I feel like a part of me has changed or maybe just flourished, through this journey. This is my true self. And although I mentioned being impatient about my hair when I first started letting it grow out, I think I have become more patient because of it. I could not give up on my hair or myself.
6. What was your biggest misconception about natural hair that changed by going natural?
I thought that I’d never be able to use a brush in my hair again, that my hair would be too difficult to detangle. In fact, I steered clear of any brushes for the first year and just relied on finger detangling. That was until I discovered the Wet Brush and comb, as well as the Denman brush, both game changers in my opinion, I don’t use them everyday, but I love them. Oh and shrinkage. It had been a long time since I’d seen my natural hair so I forgot about that. Wet hair looks a lot different from dry.
7. What’s your go-to hair style?
Mostly wash and go’s, buns and pineapples or “fineapples”. LOL
8. What products are on your “can’t live without” list? Why?
I CANNOT live without Aussie’s 3 minute miracle moist conditioner. The slip is amazing!! I have tried so many other conditioners and none of them compare to it and it’s so inexpensive. I can’t beat that! Also, it’s a toss-up between Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in Conditioner and Cantu’s shea butter Leave-in Conditioner. Both wonderful products that leave my hair so soft and smelling great. And the aloe vera juice, tea tree/almond/coconut oil concoction that I spray in my hair everyday. I feel like that has been a major factor in the health and growth of my hair.
9. What products would you NEVER use again? Why?
Nothing against Shea Moisture products because I love the Jamaican Black Castor Oil part of the line but I could not get with their Coconut & Hibiscus Curl Enhancing Smoothie, it left my hair feeling incredibly sticky. Other products leave my hair soft and touchable. But this one did not.
10. Who’s your hair crush(es)? What do you love about their hair?
Candice (@candicoatedcurls on Instagram), was one of the first accounts that I followed when I started my natural hair journey and although I don’t know her personally, she’s been so good to me, answering any questions that I had. I admire her for trying different hairstyles, and rocking every single one. Some celeb hair crushes that I have are Tracee Ellis Ross, Issa Rae, Lupita Nyong’o and Erykah Badu. All of them representing girls with natural hair in the best way.
11. What’s your goal for your natural hair?
Just to maintain the health of my hair, getting trims on a more regular basis and continuing to stay away from heat.
12. What advice would you give to someone at the start of their journey?
I’m all for looking to people for inspiration and admiration, but try not to compare your journey with anyone else’s. Everyone’s hair grows differently and at different rates, be patient.
13. Finish this sentence with three words: My HAIRstory is….
Empowering, fulfilling, continuous.
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Karlotta! You’ve shown my blog so much love, and I’m honored that you’ve been included in this series!! I love that your natural hair journey has been one of patience and self-acceptance! If you enjoyed it, too, be sure to check out her blog, Naturally K. Rich. She can also be found on Instagram, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook. Go show her some love and let her know Audrey sent you!!!