Name: Bianca Alexandra born & raised in Birmingham, England grew up between England & Puerto Rico. now currently residing in California
1.Have you always been so confident and in love with your curls? What’s your hair story?
Yeah, that would be a no. haha I grew up with long relaxed hair, so I was always used to having it like that. I also loved experimenting with different colors and hairstyles. But last year I think I did one dye to many and my hair was so fried and dried I had no other option but to cut it off. The initial plan wasn’t to becoming natural, I honestly had no idea my hair was even this curly. I just wanted to give it a break from the constant heat and chemicals. I first cut it shoulder length then gradually went shorter. One night(March 2012) after I washed my hair I saw about 1 to 2 inches of new growth. I saw how thick and healthy it looked compared to all the rest of my hair. Acting on impulse I grabbed the scissors and cut off all the dead ends. Straight after that I went into panic mode because I just wasn’t sure what to do with my hair at all. It took me a while to really find the right products that worked well with my hair texture. After a couple months of trail and error I started to fall more and more in love with my natural hair.
2. What is your hair regime (how often do you shampoo, condition, deep condition and with what products)?
Ahh for me the simpler the regime the more likely I will stick to it. Now that my hair is getting longer I can get up to 3rd day hair So now I will wash it every 3 days or so. I also try to incorporate a good hot oil treatment before I wash my hair, although I don’t have as much time as Id like for that one, So I only do that maybe twice a month. As far as my regime goes I co-wash with “As I am coconut co-wash”, then finger detangle with “TRESemmé Naturals”, rinse that out then apply some Shea Moisture deep treatment masque and/or the restorative conditioner as a leave in, let my hair air dry & that’s it. J
3.What is your de-tangling process?
I finger detangle while I’m in the shower I have pretty thick hair so I have to divide it in at least 4 sections. Once each section is drenched in water I apply some TRESemmé Naturals conditioner & detangle working my way up from the ends.
4. How do you achieve your daily hair style (try to be detailed being as though others are gaining inspiration and DIRECTION from your process)
I’m a huge fan of wash & go’s I really don’t mess around with my hair too much. Once I’ve washed it and let it dry completely I just leave is loose. Sleep like that, wake up like that, fluff it out a bit & keep it moving.
My hair doesn’t take to well to gels and I don’t like to weigh it down with loading on lots of products. I’m a big fan of coconut oil &/or olive oil but I only put that in my hair as a hot oil treatment before washing it. I use any one ofShea Moisture’s conditioners as a leave in. sometimes I will use a bit of Kinky Curly knot today if I want a bit more curl definition.
6.Now that you are relaxer free, how do you perceive others that still have relaxed hair?
I say to each their own, I don’t feel that we should be defined by our hair, the color, the texture any of it. It should never deflect from your character and the person you truly are. I always get bored easily with my hair and I think it’s something you should just have fun with. Whatever makes you feel happy and confident with yourself is what you should do.
7.How did/do battle the internal voice that may speak words of doubt about the beauty and worthiness of your natural beauty?
I felt like it was such a struggle for me to come to the decision of cutting off all my hair, knowing how unhealthy it was and yet I was still so attached to it. I think long hair was my “safety blanket” It’s sad how we can sometimes fall prey to certain ideals of what we believe defines beauty, we give it so much power over us & marginalize all other forms that may differ even remotely from the original image we once had burned in our minds. I had to question if I was really pleasing myself by choosing length over health or just tying to conform to a prevalent beauty standard so often praised by society. I had to prove to myself that I am not my hair nor should it ever define me, or deflect from the person that I am. That realization is what helped me overcome any insecurities I may have had towards my natural hair.
8. What hair product can’t you live without?
Apparently TRESemmé Naturals because I’m going crazy now that I can no longer find it in stores.
9. Any words of wisdom that you would like to share with the masses about natural hair?
No two curls are alike, what products work for some people may not work for your hair. Once you find products that your hair responds well to, STICK to it.
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