I think it’s time to share a new edition of My HAIRStory with you. We all love reading about the journeys of naturalistas everywhere, don’t we? Let’s enjoy a new one today!
Last month, I introduced you to the lovely Karlotta, as she shared the details of her natural hair story. This month’s naturalista is a stylist who puts the “Chic” in Chicago. In addition to having exceptional style, she has exceptional natural hair and today’s we’re talking all about it!
1. How did your HAIRstory begin? How long have you been natural?
As a kid, my hair was straightened with a hot comb every Sunday. As I got older my hair became more difficult for my parents to manage so they started relaxing it. My natural hair transition began in 2009 when I saw the documentary, Good Hair. From that day forward my hair has been relaxer and flat-iron free because I realized I could be worsening my allergies and asthma.
2. What was your greatest motivation for going natural?
I just wanted to be healthier. It made no sense to buy organic foods while introducing harsh chemicals to my body through hair products.
3. What was the biggest challenge at the start of your journey?
I have to admit the first time I tried to go natural, it was an epic fail. A couple of months in I started getting split ends and tangles, so I caved and put a relaxer on my hair. I was so overwhelmed between school and work there was no time to research the proper way to transition.
4. Were the people in your life supportive of your decision to go natural?
The first time I didn’t have any support but the second go around I was armed with knowledge from hair experts via YouTube and I had the support of my better half.
5. What have you learned about yourself by going natural?
This transition taught me patience and put me on a journey towards self-love.
6. What was your biggest misconception about natural hair that changed by going natural?
I thought it would be time-consuming and expensive to manage natural hair. In reality, I spend a lot less time and money on my natural hair in comparison to relaxed hair.
7. What’s your go-to hair style?
At the beginning of my transition I usually wore my hair picked out into a fro or under a wig. Once it was longer and I did twist outs once a week and since the transition is complete I only do a wash-n-go.
8. What products are on your “can’t live without” list? Why?
I ABSOLUTELY can not live without Dark and Lovely Fade‑Resistant Rich Conditioning Hair Color in Honey Blonde, Eco Styler Gel, Cantu Coconut Oil Shine & Hold Mist, and Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Treatment. Many products have come and gone over the years but these are my tried and true. Without them my hair would be dry, dull and tangled. Also, I love showing off my coils with a brighter hair color.
9. What products would you NEVER use again? Why?
I would not use Miss Jessie’s, Shea Moisture or WEN Hair Care ever again. I’m sure these products work for someone, but for me they just didn’t work. They all left my hair too dull or too moist or too dry or tangled.
10. Who’s your hair crush(es)? What do you love about their hair?
Initially, I didn’t have a hair crush because I really liked my short relaxed hair. During the transition I purposely avoided fixating on a particular hair style as a goal to prevent disappointment. My parents started straightening my hair so early on I had no idea what to expect. These days, I really love Solange’s hair because it seems to bring her joy, confidence and I love the way it effected her music.
11. What’s your goal for your natural hair?
My only goal starting out was healthy hair but after my natural texture grew in I was lost all over again and set the goal of finding a hair style and color that I could live with long-term. A couple of years ago I settled on a short tapered hair cut because me and long hair just play well.
12. What advice would you give to someone at the start of their journey?
Reads blogs, watch vlogs, and buy a couple of wigs before you start so you won’t feel so self-conscious.
13. Finish this sentence with three words: My HAIRstory is….
An epic journey
Thanks so much for sharing your story with us, Dasha! I love that motivation for going natural was improving your health. What a beautiful story! If you enjoyed it, too, be sure to check out her blog, Windy City Wardrobe. She can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Go show her some love and let her know Audrey sent you!