Yup, our next naturalista comes from Mexico. Meet Sarah Gibson.
The 21-year-old chatted with SpecialKinks about her curls.
SK: Tell us about yourself in three sentences
Sarah : I can summarize who I am in less lol “Extroverted-Introvert, Natural Hair Enthusiast and Passionate Individual”.
Sarah lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico and she said the move even impacted her hair. (Can you relate?)
Sarah: I currently live in Las Cruces NM attending college. Moving to the US has made such a positive impact to my hair since I now have easier access to natural hair products.
So readers, let’s learn about her hair journey because she’s another one of the unicorns we don’t see too often.
SK: How long have you been natural?
Sarah: I have been natural all my life
SK: Why did you decide to be natural even as an aduly?
Sarah: Growing up in Mexico I didn’t know anything about natural hair. It is very uncommon to see people with natural hair in my city, therefore I didn’t know what perms or protective styles were. I always wore my natural hair because that was the only thing I knew I could do with it
SK: Did you have to deal with negative comments from loved ones growing up natural?
Sarah: Oh yes I did! Since I was the only one from my mom’s side of the family to have natural hair they would sometimes pick on me, which was so annoying lol. (SK: We feel you…ughhh!)
SK: What is your hair regimen?
Sarah: My wash day is once a week which consists of applying my natural hair elixir – Apple Cider Vinegar, mixed with water and leaving it on for 20 mins. I then do my DIY Hair masks which have avocado, olive oil, mayonnaise, honey and egg. I deep condition afterward and leave it on for like about an hour or so. I finalize by sealing the moisture with my curly soufflé and applying oil on my ends.
SK: What is your favourite oil?
Sarah: Argan and Grapeseed oil (SK: Some people just can’t choose just one… we understand)
SK: Name your favourite products
Sarah: EDEN Jojoba All Natural Hair Conditioner, Aussie Moist, ORS Hair Mayonnaise, Cantu Curl Activator and last but not least Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls.
SK: How easy or difficult is it sourcing products that you love to use on your hair where you live or reside?
Sarah: Since I moved to the US is not difficult at all to find all the hair products I use, however in Mexico is really difficult to find.
SK: Favourite style
Sarah: My favorite ones are my Wash n Go and Pinneapleing!!
SK: Do you do protective styles?
Sarah: I have never done any protective styles because I just love my hair being big and fluffy, If I’m under a circumstance where I have to protect my hair or not have time to style it I always put it in a pineapple.
SK: Tell me about a great hair day or a bad hair day.
Sarah: For me, a great hair day is when my hair is really big with my ends defined.
SK: How do you detangle?
Sarah: I finger detangle and use my denman brush when my hair is too tangled.
Miss Brit Watkins
SK: Do you have any hair crushes?
Sarah: Yes ma’am! I have a bunch of hair crushes but Miss Brit Watkins and Rene Daniella are two of my favorite natural hair bloggers. You can find them on Instagram!
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?
Sarah: I would tell them that my hair should never be an interference in the work place or learning in a classroom. Just because someone’s hair is different doesn’t mean they have to change it in order to please people. That’s just a no no.
SK: Describe your hair in one word, and why?
Sarah: Bad Ass Fro’! my hair defies gravity, how magical is that?!
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!
Sarah: I would LOVE to dye my hair purple or turquoise!! But I’m almost graduating and getting a job and it would look unprofessional in the field I’m pursuing.
SK: Did you have to overcome any challenges with your hair – heat damage, lost edges, shedding after pregnancy, alopecia, bleaching, teasing, taunting etc?
Sarah: I freaked out the first time I dyed my hair because I went from brown to blonde from one day to another so my hair was very damaged because I stripped my natural hair color. My hair was very brittle and my curl pattern changed. If you experience something like this when you dye your hair make sure you nourish yourself inside out so you can help your hair also internally. Deep condition and really make time to take care of your hair depending on your curl pattern.
SK: What has your hair taught you so far on this journey?
Sarah: My hair has taught me to expect the unexpected and to have lots of PATIENCE! Having natural hair for me has been an amazing experience I would never change. I thank God to have blessed me with this amazing crown.
SK: What are the top 2 things people always ask you about your hair?
Sarah: I always find it hilarious when people ask about my hair, but I find it particularly funny when they ask me how does shampoo get in my hair or how they automatically assume that I’m wearing a wig.
SK: What are your hair goals? (State your current point as well, if TWA, bra strap length, whatever, according to how you measure).
Sarah: My hair goal is to have it waist length! I currently am on shoulder length so I’m patiently waiting for my hair to grow as long and healthy as possible!!
Best wishes and thanks for chatting Sarah!