Chrisette Michele on a no color natural hair journey

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While many talk of going back natural, Grammy-Award winner Chrisette Michele has always been natural except for that time when she tried a perm briefly. She identifies more as one who was always natural, not one who has gone back natural.

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Special Kinks caught up with the international recording artist when she was on island in Barbados earlier this year and talked a little bit about her hair.

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Special Kinks (SK): How long have you been natural?Natural for seven years

Chrisette: Natural for seven years, but I was natural before that. I had a relaxer for a few years since I’ve been an adult, but I’ve always been natural.

SK: What do you love most about being natural?

Chrisette: Oh my goodness, first of all, my hair does everything I ask.

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Chrisette: LOL… If I do a braid out it stays, and have a cool pattern. Whatever I do it stays, that’s what I love about my hair.

SK: So what’s different about your natural hair journey this time around?Now what’s most natural about my hair is that it’s not dyed

Chrisette: Now what’s most natural about my hair is that it’s not dyed. The last time I had my hair out it was blonde and bronze, so I want to see what happens while it’s plain and in its own natural state.

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SK: What’s your regimen?So my wash routine right now…I’m really into Shea Moisture, so the Curl Enhancing Smoothie is what I use for my braid out. I have my hair wrapped in silk right now, for the beach

Chrisette: So my wash routine right now…I’m really into Shea Moisture, so the Curl Enhancing Smoothie is what I use for my braid out. I have my hair wrapped in silk right now, for the beach; so the big challenge in Barbados is to see if I can keep it in a style ever. I’ll be in the water quite a bit. Vacationing while natural without a protective style is a big challenge.

SK: How do you feel about your edges?

Chrisette: My hair is long enough now that my edges are covered. I’m a huge fan of castor oil on my edges, it definitely keeps them thick and healthy and every night before I put my silk bonnet on, I do massage castor oil into my edges.

P.S. This is 10 years since Chrisette released her ‘I Am’ album back in 2007, and still to this day, when I listen to her music I know I’ll “Be OK”.

Happy 10th Anniversary Chrisette!

 

 

#HSW: Theomar has no regrets!

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She’s a mother and a teacher and took the conscious decision to go natural. Welcome, Theomar Griffith of Barbados!

Special Kinks caught up with the 30-year-old and got her hairstory and regimen.

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Special Kinks (SK): How long have you been natural or transitioning?

Theomar: Two and a half years

SK: Why did you decide to go natural?

Theomar: Many reasons… the main one was coming to the realization that my toddler was obsessed with long, straight extensions because I wore them so much. People often told me how lovely her natural hair was but I simply couldn’t convince her.

SK: So your daughter definitely factored into your decision to go natural?

Theomar: BIG time!

SK: Why did you choose to big chop or transition?

Theomar: It was my intention to transition but detangling became too time-consuming and I cut it off myself to avoid missing a hair braiding appointment.

SK: How easy or difficult was it in the beginning stages when you chopped or started your transition?

Theomar: It became the easiest thing when I discovered crochet braids. Nobody knew just how short my hair was and I could still have access my scalp.

SK: Did you colour or get heat damage at any point?

Theomar: This head of hair is currently a colour virgin but I did have some heat damage from a blowout. IMG_20150218_152700

SK: What lessons have your hair taught you?

Theomar: My hair has taught me that I inspire more people than I thought so be true to myself.

SK: What is your hair regimen?

Theomar: To be honest, I am no product junkie and I really keep it simple. Depending on how busy I am, I may wash every week or every two weeks and conditioning is essential.

SK: What is your favourite oil?

Theomar: I can’t choose. Rosemary, jojoba, cinnamon and castor oils are permanent parts of my oil mixture.

SK: Name your favourite products.

Theomar: As I said, I’m no product junkie but Kinky Curly Stellar Strands hydrating deep treatment, Biosilk Silk Therapy and Sisterlocks Moisture Treatment are great. Gorilla gel mixed with bergamot hair grease also give me a nice hold with no residue.

SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?

Theomar: It’s not difficult to find some of these products in the hair stores and I retail the Sisterlocks line of products.

SK: Do you have a favourite style?

Theomar: I absolutely loved finger coils when my hair was short but now I love a curl defined fro. A recent Olaplex treatment has redefined my curls.

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SK: Do you do protective styles?

Theomar: Of course I do. Crochet braids are my favourite, Bantu twist-out to be precise. Crochet braids are excellent for tension-free, long lasting, accessible hair styling. My schedule is crazy and nothing beats the 45minute installation time. I can also easily access my scalp and I can wear a style that’s very similar to my own hair.

SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short, or about a liked or frustrating feature about your hair.

Theomar: A great feature of my hair is the strength of its natural curl pattern recently. No matter the style; my hair always reverts to it.

SK: How do you detangle?

Theomar: I only detangle my hair after it has been washed and conditioner/treatment has been applied. I also use a comb with medium-wide teeth and then a small-tooth comb. YES, a small-tooth comb. I twist my hair as I detangle it and even rinse out the conditioner with the twists still in. P_20170307_170508_BF

SK: Do you have any hair crushes?

Theomar: Not really… I just love big curly hair.

SK: What would you say to employers and teachers out there who think that natural hair is not for the office or the classroom, respectively?

Theomar: I am a teacher by profession with almost a decade of experience. One thing that I have noticed is that my ability to give sound academic instruction accounts for only part of the influence that I have on students. My overall appearance and demeanor influence students and the mindset they develop. My natural hairstyle has inspired my colleagues and students to start their journey. The journey of truly loving and embracing all facets of the skin they are in. My natural hair, like the colour of my skin, speaks to who I truly am. It’s one package! I would hate to have to label anyone who attempts to re-enslave people of colour by mandating that we wear our hair like some other race. In the innovation age who has time to live in the past?!

SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?

Theomar: My hair is “Pride”… It’s evidence of a step that I have taken to influence my daughter in a positive way. Since I returned to my natural hair, she has started to appreciate her own hair. She has embarked on a Sisterlocks journey. A choice that she has made in an effort to maintain her natural hair while eliminating combing. People stop me all the time to ask about our hair. We are both quite happy and proud.

SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET!

Theomar: Sisterlocks! I have had the pleasure of seeing some Sisterlocks journeys, which have enhanced self-confidence, style and the overall appearance. Most importantly the style options, hair growth and manageability are limitless. However, the installation time with my current hair length, will be quite long.

SK: Do you have any regrets since you went natural?

Theomar: The only regret is that I didn’t start sooner.

SK: With your daughter, having to deal with your own natural hair do you think it makes you more aware of what to do with hers and how to treat it?

Theomar: Of course. Before her Sisterlocks I realized that I had never spent enough time caring my natural hair in the past so managing my daughter’s became a new experience. Styling hair has always been easy for me, but true hair care techniques were something new.

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Thank you so much Theomar for taking a minute.

Ciao!

One is the devil

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Dear Readers,

When your big chop disappears and your TWA grows enough for you to put your hair in one or a ponytail or a puff… uh oh! Hold the celebrations…you have no idea what’s in store if you are not very careful and purposeful.

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You have to dig on some determination which mimics that of Jesus Christ when He walked this Earth to keep up with a hair regimen and styling when the storms of life kick up. (This is if you want to deal with your hair yourself especially. If you go to the salon or the braider every two weeks, your hair will love you more and these problems are not yours.)When your workload increases, staff cuts start, resignations start flying left and right, children have homework and extracurricular activities, your significant other needs a listening ear and you have sleep to catch up on, there goes

When your workload increases, staff cuts start, resignations start flying left and right, children have homework and extracurricular activities, your significant other needs a listening ear and you have sleep to catch up on, there goes pineappling, nightly twists, where oh where are the rods and ouch the tangles!

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After the beach hair. #Tuckedunder

Life throws you challenges, time management is tested and you fall into the ponytail trap…sigh!

Maybe it’s just me. Truthfully I pray I’m alone with this one [pun intended] but I would not wish this monotony on an enemy.

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  1. Your hairline wants a break [and break it does].
  2. Your edges thin and start to take leave all around, especially at the back, the kitchen/nape.
  3. The center of your hair begs to be combed.
  4. Your tangles go unnoticed and untreated
  5. You can get breakage in the spot where you always put your ponytail.

These are only five disadvantages out of the many, but the damage is real.

People always stress about the length of the Wash Day [hours to all day] but my real struggle is after the wash. If I don’t twist my hair over the course of two to three days, a wash n go becomes a ponytail and before I know it, it’s been a week and a half of ponytails.

No solution, but a band-aid

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I think what I will do though to cut down on tangles if I fall into this rut again is stretch my hair, so at least I do buns and protect my ends. Though the major bun struggle is that then I look the same every day of the week and feel bleh! lol (I just can’t please me lolol)

But that’s another struggle for another time.

I’m off to wash my hair and blowdry it [I got a new one and a diffuser 🙂 #Excited to try it]. This will be a first since my big chop. Since I big chopped in September 2015, my hair only got heat when I got it coloured this year!

What hair rut are you stuck in if not one/ponytails?

#HSW: Ife 360 went from short to long, long, long natural hair.

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She has her own YouTube channel and gorgeous natural tresses. Meet Ife SmenkhKaRa from Trinidad & Tobago!

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We caught up with her last year and believe it or not, this interview got lost in the email pile. I’m sooooo sorry because it was so good.

But don’t take my word for it. Read and see.

Special Kinks (SK): Tell me about yourself

Ife: I am a Trinidadian mechanical engineer, married to a Bahamian and I am currently living and working in China.

Even though I have a YouTube Channel (ife360TV) it will be surprising to most that I am actually a very private person.

I created a YouTube channel because many friends and family members were constantly asking me for tips and techniques on how to maintain and grow their hair when they saw that my hair had tripled almost quadrupled in length after being short for many years prior.

Ife is one of the natural unicorns. She has been natural all her life.

 

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Before and after setting out to grow her hair

 

SK: Would you ever big chop? It seems to be trending this summer. Yes or no, why?

Ife: I have always been natural, I have never had to do a big chop. Would I return to a shorter length? No!

SK: What are some of the most memorable responses you have gotten to your natural hair?

People are always shocked when I go from a bun to a braid out and ask me “Where did all that hair come from?!?”, I tend to disguise how much hair I really have in a cheeky way when I meet people for the first time. When I unleash the curls at later meet-ups it is always a shocker! LOL

SK: Are responses different in the Far East?

Ife: In the Western part of the world, most people ask if it is all mine or if it is real. But in China older Chinese women ask me in Mandarin, “How do you get it like that?” Ironically, older Chinese women consider it a fashion statement to have their hair curled and textured in the salon as they age. When I explain that it is just how my grows, they really don’t understand. They think I went to a salon to get my hair textured.

At the time of the interview, Ife was 31, but she may be 32 now.

SK: So why did you remain natural when you got old enough to choose a relaxer or texturizer?

Ife: I remained natural as a child because our parents never believed in chemically treating our hair, thanks to the Black Power movement in the 1970’s. I continued with my natural hair into adulthood because I love my curls.

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Ife: I never big chopped but my hair remained at 3 to 5 inches until about 25.

SK: So what did you do?

Ife: My hair was 3 to 5 inches for most of my life because of how poorly I treated my hair. I used to use wide toothed combs trying to detangle every knot essentially ripping through my hair causing breakage. I used shampoos that dried my hair out, I wasn’t retaining length for years – here is a video that I did that outlined my bad habits that prevented growth – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zkrqrp3w48g (SK: WOW! Readers, how are you treating your hair?)

SK: What is your hair regimen?

Ife: My hair regimen is very simple. I co-wash every 2 to 3 weeks, during the week I spritz to maintain moisture balance and deep condition once a month.

SK: What is your favourite oil?

Ife: Coconut oil. Ever since I learned how to make it at home, I use it for everything. It is such a nourishing oil, to consume, use in our hair and on our bodies

SK: Name your favourite products

Ife: Giovanni Direct Leave In Conditioner, Shea butter, coconut oil and homemade flaxseed

SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?

Ife: Currently in China there is a very big natural hair community comprising of people from the Caribbean, America and many African countries. They sell many products here in China. We have access to shea butter from countries in Africa readily available. Also there are quite a few natural hair start-up companiess within the community.

SK: Favourite style?

Ife: Braid out

IMG_20160712_134155SK: Do you do protective styles?

Ife: Box braids, it is so easy to do and doesn’t take much work.

SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short, or about a liked or frustrating feature about your hair.

Ife: A great hair day for me is big, voluminous hair that stays moisturized and doesn’t dry out. A bad hair day would be dry, thirsty frizzy hair that was caused by dryness.

SK: After her pointing the detangling and combing every knot, we had to ask, how do you detangle now?

Ife: Finger detangle because I lose very little hair that way.

SK: Do you have any hair crushes?

Ife: Diana Ross – I always wanted hair as big as hers.

SK: What would you say to employers and teachers out there who think that natural hair is not for the office or the classroom, respectively?

Ife: It is a shame that our hair naturally grows this way but it may not be accepted in the workplace or at school but as an engineer I never had to deal with that. As long as you are capable of doing a great job, why does it matter if my hair is natural? I had natural hair all throughout primary and secondary school and I was always asked by schoolmates with their turned up noses, “When are you going to straighten your hair??”. Thankfully I never bent to their criticisms and jokes! Hopefully natural is hair to stay and that schools and companies conform to our lifestyle instead of the other way around. (SK: Amen!)

SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?

Ife: Bold – It is as fearless as I am, it expresses my innermost thoughts without saying a word.

SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET!

Ife: Do a frohawk or faux locs

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Thank you so much for sharing. Guys go check out her YouTube channel for more details.

Coloured hair in a corporate world

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Dear Readers,

Let’s face it; being a naturalista in 2017 is getting slightly easier as many get on board with the natural hair movement but there are still some precautions that must be taken.

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I got highlights and lowlights in my hair recently and when I sat in the chair at the salon, I was trying to think of the healthiest thing for my hair and the best thing for my job. As weird as it seems, yes in this day and age, employment has an impact on the freedom you express through your hair.

So what did I do?

  1. Pick warm tones mainly – honey and brown hues.
  2. Dreamed of lighter blondes and asked for those in the crown and center.
  3. Left my roots untouched as I had no intentions of recolouring my hair anytime soon and I didn’t want the bleach damaging my hair so far up the shaft.
  4. I have little to no colour around the edges of my hair, so when my hair is a ponytail it is almost as my all the colour is on the ends. (Thank you to my hairstylist Gigi at Zena & Co. she understands and was right there recommending the same. She is AWESOME!)
  5. Not planning to recolour frequently, I also bought a great no poo shampoo and conditioner for coloured hair with Vitamin C to boost colour and cause no fade.

I am all about getting my money’s worth while toeing the lines that still exist in this world.

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7 Things they don’t tell you when you go natural

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Dear readers,

Did you know this stuff before? Be honest

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  1. The TWA struggle

When you have a TWA you will go through that “Ughhh…I always look the same!” struggle. You want to get pretty and look fancy to go out but your TWA is the only style you can rock. It’s no tapered cut or buzz cut that you can go get some razor marks to add an edge.

  1. ‘Staying on edges’

Your edges are hard to grow but easy to go. Be very careful when pulling back your hair, getting weaves and installing braids. Weekly try to give your edges an ease. Even if your hair is braided, just leave them down instead of putting them into a ponytail.

  1. Ponytail lifesavers

When all else fails, once you start to get length, putting your hair in one (a ponytail) is sometimes the only thing that saves your life and gets your through the week.

  1. Tangles

Detangling your hair is over-rated but necessary. When you can rock and refresh a wash n’ go all week then transform into a fohawk or a curly ponytail, who has time to come or detangle, and then it’s two weeks after wash day and your hair wants you to bug off and leave it to just curl, tangle and knot up on its own in a ball.

  1. Changing curl patterns

Bleaching loosens curls. It always decides to loosen your biggest curls to the point where some become your annoyances as they always fall too far down when you do your wash n’ go. Also, if you identify as a 4C and it is part of your character, avoid bleach because you can move to 4A or even 3C, believe it or not.

  1. Night-time routine

A satin pillowcase would help you by leaps and bounds because let’s face it, who remembers to grab the sating headtie or satin bonnet every night and what about when you sleep away from home and forget your night cap…sigh! If you have natural hair and people love you, they’ll invest in a satin pillowcase just for when you sleepover wink wink lol

  1. Beware of jewellery snatches

Take care with your bracelets when washing and styling your hair. I have a Pandora bracelet and as much as I adore it, I have to remember to take it off when I am doing hair or best believe I will snap a few strands and feel like crying. It’s the same for earrings, necklaces and chains. Take extra care with your jewellery or you’ll be losing strands constantly and totally by mistake.

What else did you wish they told you before?

#HSW: Flexi rod set loving Kimberly Lawson

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Dear readers,

Let’s travel to the United States of America, South Carolina to be exact. Meet 39-year-old Kimberly Lawson and hear about her hair journey so far.

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Special Kinks (SK): How long have you been natural or transitioning?

Kimberly: 2 years

SK: Why did you decide to go natural?

Kimberly: I decided to go natural after noticing that my hair was thinning.

SK: Why did you choose to big chop or transition?

Kimberly: I transitioned, only because my hair was cut in a short style, which made it easier to transition.

SK: How easy or difficult was it in the beginning stages when you chopped or started your transition?

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SK: What is your hair regimen?

Kimberly: I really have no regimen. I wash my hair every two weeks, sometimes every week depending on what style I’m wearing.

SK: What is your favourite oil?

Kimberly: No special oil, but I do use Fructis Sleek and Shine.

SK: Name your favourite products.

Kimberly: I love Crème of Nature Strength & Shine leave in conditioner.

SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?

Kimberly: It’s very easy to find products here in the city where I live.

SK: What is your favourite style?

Kimberly: I absolutely love the flexi rod set

SK: Do you do protective styles?

Kimberly: I do protective styles 85% of the time. My work schedule requires me to wake up at 3:30 am… so there is little to no time to do my hair every morning. I wear crochet hairstyles the majority of the time. I can wash my hair and get to my scalp, which is why I love the synthetic hair.

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SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short, or about a liked or frustrating feature about your hair.

Kimberly: A great hair day is when I flexi rod my hair at night and the results in the morning actually put a smile on my face. I love that my hair is now very thick and it’s pretty easy to manage without a lot of heat.

SK: How do you detangle?

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Blowout and flexi rod set

 

Kimberly: I normally spray the leave-in conditioner and comb my hair. It doesn’t tangle at all.

SK: What would you say to employers and teachers out there who think that natural hair is not for the office or the classroom, respectively?

Kimberly: I think that your hair is a reflection of who you are in the inside.

SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?

Kimberly: My hair is ambiguous… it changes from day to day.

SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET!

Kimberly: I think I have tried about every style… I would love to try sisterlocks though but I love change and wouldn’t want to be stuck with a style.

Thank you Kimberly for sharing!

Ciao!

My coloured natural hair – highlights and lowlights

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Dear Readers,

Rawrrrrrrrrrr! My mane is beaUtiFUL.

Who coloured my hair?

So I went to Zena & Co salon in Barbados to get my big hair change [I didn’t change my hair drastically for 29, last year,] and when I walked out a couple hours later, I thought I was as happy with my hair as I could be.

I was wrong.

When my tresses had completely air-dried, I was ecstatic! I LOVE MY HAIR!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to Gigi Farier! When I say that she is a magician with my hair, I am not being extra.

From the time I started working and making my own money, I became more independent. I sat, shopped around and found me a hair salon that I believed would fit what I was looking for. But what I learned is that it’s the stylist, not the salon.

If Gigi started doing hair in her kitchen sink at her home, I’d more than likely be sitting there as she transforms me once again.

TRUTH: I always wondered about guys and their loyalty to their barbers, but I guess once again I act like a boy because I am loyal to Gigo too.

Gigi moved from the salon I met her at, to another and so did I, and now she’s at Zena & Co and so am I, cause as I said, Gigi is my hair magician. I pray God’s blessings on her and long, healthy life. #Godknows

Salon Experience

When I made my appointment, I took my inspiration photo and the owner of the salon and another stylist (I think her name is Jess) helped me sort out what processes I would be getting and the cost. (Gigi was off that day).

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Now, after I made my appointment I must admit I was not scared one bit because I was going to Gigi.

I sent Gigi a photo of my inspiration a couple days before also and she was excited but reserved when I walked into the salon in Hastings, Christ Church. I was like something is wrong. She said, Kerri so I think that is too much hair for you. I paused, Gigi, I am inspired by the colours, the highlights and lowlights, not the weave. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh! Gigi almost fainted with relief. We laughed and her hands went into my hair and the process was started.

I wasn’t itching to look in the mirrors during the process or snap a quick selfie, but I did for the blog’s sake. I was so confident in Gigi’s skills, and realising that I had no fear, that made me a little prouder of myself.

As I got up from the sink after my rinse and heard all the ooohs and aahs from the other stylists, I was super excited to glance in a mirror. When I got back to the styling chair, I was soooooo super duper psyched. #NoLie

1486677107813I was so very happy with the warm tones, the multiple blondes, the body and my Deva cut shape is style there!

Gigi may have heard me say thank you umpteen times, but again I am so grateful for her. She took a photo and made it my reality, yet understanding the complexity of the professional society.

Colour and corporate

Gigi understood that I still have to shake hands with the Governor General and the Prime Minister of Barbados, along with other dignitaries as well children, and people from all walks of life as I go about my job. She understood that some days I will want my hair to come across warm and subdued, yet other days I would want it to scream ‘THIS IS ME! I AM HERE’ loudly and boldly.

My palest blondes are not at the front and my colour at the front does not go too close to the roots. When I bun my hair for ‘calm’ days you could possibly never know how fierce my lion mane is when opened and flying free.

Natural vs Coloured

Hair texture

My curl pattern is looser mainly at the top to the front of my hair. That’s where my 4a curls are so my coloured strands in that area more appear to be 3b/c now. Otherwise, a lot of my strands kept their pattern especially at the sides and back.

Products

My hair and products seem to be getting along just the same. I just added a sulphate-free shampoo for colour-treated natural hair #NoFade #DevaCare #DevaCurl #NoPoo

Moisture

I have been twisting my hair, doing twist outs, wash n go’s and buns. So far I have not been dealing with straw textured hair or a dry grass feel to the touch.

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Am I still natural?

You can bet your bottom dollar. In my head I am natural. I know people will talk about the dyes used have in chemicals but in my defense, all of my roots are natural, untouched by bleach or colour.

But that’s neither here nor there, as  I’m not here for your judgement, not to judge you.

I’m just sharing my hairstory too.

Ciao!

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Carnival Caribbean Cruise hairstyles

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Dear readers,

I went on my first ever 7-day cruise and it was on the Carnival Fascination around the Caribbean.

I no longer had a TWA as my hair could go into puff but it was that awkward in-between style still where it couldn’t go in a tight ponytail with a hairtie. I had to use a lace.

On the cruise I worked with my hair daily and nightly and thanks be to God Almighty, my hair worked with me! #Amen

I rocked a curly fohawk, curly afro, curly puff ponytail, curly Minie Mouse puffs, half-up half-down, and two puffs (front half) and opened the back half.

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Ciao!

Mary’s #HSW – Mini locs

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Many people have been asking questions like ‘Why sister loc?’, ‘Is it a good option?’, ‘Should I sister loc?’

Well, I’m not here to convince anyone or help anyone decide against sister locs, I’m going to share Mary’s interview and as we explore this Bajan naturalista’s regimen and hairstory, you can decide if maybe this style is for you too.

Mary actually has the look of sister locs without the hassle and without the expense. Believe it or not!

Dear readers,

Meet Mary Ifill, a 29-year-old from Barbados, but who is currently in East Asia – Japan to be exact. (or at least she was at the time of this interview 🙂 )

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Who is Mary?

Mary: I am a uniquely flawed individual who miraculously turned out to be imperfectly perfect. I try to live a life hinged on faith and love. I believe life is for living, not just existing and that adventures await all of us.

That’s Mary in three sentences!

SK: How long have you been natural?

Mary: 4 years

SK: Why did you decide to go natural?

Mary: I was tired of having relaxers and feeling like my hair was unhealthy

SK: Why did you choose to big chop or transition?

Mary: I big chopped because I wanted a completely new start and I wanted to experience my hair in its most natural state.

SK: How easy or difficult was it in the beginning stages when you chopped or started your transition?

Mary: It was difficult in the beginning but got easier over time. It was an emotional experience because I cut my hair myself and it didn’t turn out too good. It was later corrected by a barber and I had a fade which made me feel like a boy. Over time I embraced my lack of hair and grew to love it as it continued to grow.

SK: What is your hair regimen?

Mary: Very simple; less is more. I oil my hair twice daily in the morning and night with natural oils and I shampoo and condition once a week.

SK: What is your favourite oil?

Mary: Coconut oil. It’s heaven! (SK: Guess she’s in love with the co-co lol)

SK: Name your favourite products

Mary: Coconut oil and black castor oil.

SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?

Mary: I currently live in Japan so I have the castor oil shipped to me but there is coconut oil in abundance here.

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Mary: Free flowing as I am loced

SK: Do you do protective styles?

Mary: My hair is loced that’s all the protection it needs.

SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day in short, or about a liked or frustrating feature about your hair.

Mary: Every day is a great hair day because I get to wear what God has blessed me with.

My hair is naturally thin; I wish it were thicker.

SK: Do you have any hair crushes?

Mary: I am my own hair crush. Vain I know?! (SK: Heck no… I can’t wait to get there and stay there!)

SK: What would you say to employers and teachers out there who think that natural hair is not for the office or the classroom, respectively?

Mary: How can something that is naturally given not be acceptable, while on the other hand we accept hair that is grown on someone else’s head or made in a factory, then transferred to our head? It just makes no sense to have such a warped mind-set. (SK: slow clap)

SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?

Mary: Fabulous – It doesn’t need frills, it’s great on its own. (SK: drops mic lolimg_6337-1

SK: Name something outrageous or edgy or just different you would love to try with your hair but have not had the guts to try YET

Mary: I’d love to try a burgundy colour in my hair EEEEK!

SK: So what type of locs do you have?

Mary: They’re traditional small locs, meaning I didn’t use the sister loc method. They were first mini twists but I took them out and backcombed them, then palm rolled each one.

SK: How long does it take or how frequently do you have to do them over?

Mary: It takes me maybe 7- 8 hours with breaks in between. There’s no real expense since I maintain my hair by myself and I use very few products.

SK: Are they expensive to maintain?

Mary: There’s no real expense since I maintain my hair by myself and I use very few products.

SK: With your locs, do you get negative comments about your hair?

Mary: I no longer get negative hair comments.

SK: What is one of the greatest lessons your natural hair has taught you?

Mary: My hair has taught me the value of patience and that sometimes things thrive the most when you just leave them alone to go through their own process.

Ciao!

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