Natural hair exposé is a new feature on LME where I will interview naturals both old and new to gain more insights on their natural hair journey, favorite products, hair regimen and advice for other naturals.
If you or someone you know is a proud natural who isn’t shy to let the world know how fabulous your natural hair is please send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this first feature, I reached out to Chinenye to learn how she managed to have such a beautiful, healthy and envious hair.
How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?
I have been natural for 2 years and 3 months. I went natural for a couple of reasons. I began to feel my hair was not looking healthy, due to the fact it was thinning from all the chemicals (relaxers and dyes). Thanks to the natural hair awareness, I saw gorgeous pictures of girls wearing their hair natural and how full it looked and I said, “why not”? I also loved the versatility with natural hair (can be worn straight or in a fro), and I’m a sucker for versatility!
What is your experience so far as a natural?
My experience so far has been interesting and this is due to the fact that my hair has “its days”. Days when it’s all nice and moisturized and bouncy, and days when it’s a bit frizzy and dry. Above all, I embrace every texture. As weeks go by, I try to learn my hair and what products and techniques work best for it.
Please describe your hair texture/type?
I think I am horrible with this whole hair typing system but if I were to categorize my hair in the typing system, I will be a 3c/4a. For the most part, my texture is soft but I have a few frizzy/stubborn spots.
What are your favorite hair products and what have they done for your hair?
Now this is a tough one. I say this because I still keep trying new products. My only staples so far are; Eden Body works All natural deep conditioner (my to go deep conditioner, leaves my hair feeling soft), Shea moisture’s curl enhancing smoothie ( I use this as my cream for my L.O.C method and to restore moisture to my hair in between wash days) and the good ol’ coconut oil (gives my hair shine and adds moisture).
Describe your hair care regimen and reason behind it.
I co-wash my hair at least twice a week and try to deep condition once a week. In between my co-wash, I make sure to spritz water on my hair everyday and add some coconut oil or my Shea moisture’s curl enhancing smoothie. I only shampoo once every 3-4 weeks. The reason I follow this regimen is because my hair tends to get dry easily, so I try to do all it takes to retain moisture and avoid stripping it off its oils.
What advice do you have for new or old naturals hoping to grow their hair healthier?
Moisture is key and it is VERY important to deep condition your hair. It could be a lot of work to have natural hair so be prepared for it. Natural hair does not guarantee healthy hair, you have to still put in effort and time to nurture it. Our hair is just like every other living thing, it needs water to thrive so please don’t starve it :-).