Natural hair exposé is a monthly feature on LME where I interview naturals both old and new to gain more insights on their natural hair journey, favorite products, hair regimen and advice for other naturals.
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I interviewed Kiffa Bee for this month’s natural hair feature. She’s a gorgeous naturalista and street style slayer I met in Brooklyn last month at Essence Street Style Block Party. Immediately I set my eyes on her I knew she would be perfect for my natural hair series and I couldn’t wait to learn all that she does to maintain her beautiful hair.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for four years.
What made you decide to go natural?
Four years ago I decided to move to New Orleans to volunteer. Needless to say that humidity + a perm + me not having enough money to keep up with my salon appointments = THE BIG CHOP.
What is your experience so far as a natural?
After I got over my ‘discomfort’ and fear of public disapproval, I realized how beautiful and easy it is to be natural (meaning free of chemicals). My hair feels so healthy and free. Although, unruly sometimes but I would never go back to having a perm. Now I know for sure that my hair was intended to look and feel this way. I feel confident and sexy, in a completely different way from when my hair was permed.
Please describe your natural hair texture/type.
My hair texture is very coarse and thick. I would consider my hair type to be a 4c.
What are your favorite natural hair products and what have they done for your hair?
My favorite products right now are: Aunt Jackie’s Curl La La Defining Curl Custard (this product I love for twist outs). And Dark and Lovely Au Naturale, Moisture L.O.C. Lock-It-In Sealing Cream (this product I love for Bantu Knots).
Describe your natural hair care regimen and reason behind it.
I usually wash my hair every other week because it’s so dry and thick. Too much washing I find dries it out more. I usually condition with Aunt Jackie’s In Control Moisturizing & Softerning Conditioner twice. The first time I just wash it out and the second time I cover my hair with a shower cap for about 15 minutes. I condition twice because I’ve decided not to use shampoo. After that second rinse out my hair is so soft and bouncy. I dry with a towel and either use Bantu knots or large cornrow-like twist; I also use a generous amount of product! I sit under a steamer for about 15 minutes. I usually do this before bed so the hair can air dry.
What are your go-to natural hairstyles?
My hairstyles depend on the weather and of course my mood. If it’s raining or very humid I tend to go for a simple part down the middle and two french twist. This usually lasts for a few days without maintenance.
Other days I just have a plain combed out afro that I use a pick for or a curly afro.
What advice do you have for new or old naturals hoping to grow their hair healthier?
Stick with it! Finding a regimen or products that work for you and your hair type maybe a difficult process, but it’ll be worth it. Don’t be afraid to try different things with your hair. Don’t be afraid to start a conversation with other naturals. And take care of your body! An unhealthy body on the inside shows on the outside.
Do you have a blog and/or social media page people can visit for more info?