What Works For Her #1

This idea literally sprung to mind the other month.

I think it’s really interesting to read about other people’s views on natural hair. So here goes. I am looking to do this a few more times afterwards, so let me know in the comments what you think 🙂 I asked my friend Danielle to answer a few questions (I’ve mentioned her before here).

"I love natural oils, I love shea butter and that's it really."

“I love natural oils, I love shea butter and that’s it really.”

Hi, what’s your name?
My name’s Danielle AKA Natural Koncoctions.

What hair type/texture(s) do you think you have?
I don’t really do the 4c, 3a thing because I can’t define all the different hair textures out there and my texture is very complicated. In the middle of my head I have quite a coarse hair texture and on the perimeter of my head, the texture is quite loose. I have ‘s’ shaped curls when I wash my hair. My hair’s quite soft – I wouldn’t say it’s kinky; it has no kinks to it, just has curls.

How often do you wash your hair?
I try to wash my hair once a week because my hair gets a lot of build up very quickly – I don’t like having residue on my scalp or in my hair. I like to have a fresh clean scalp and water promotes hair growth. For all the people that think not washing their hair is good – it’s not actually good. So if not every week – every two weeks unless I’m wearing a weave. Even with a weave I try and wash my hair every week even though it’s hard.

What’s your favourite protective hairstyle?
I think my favourite protective style would have to be braids even though I don’t wear them. I love their versatility; you can do so many different styles, different colours, you have access to your scalp if it needs greasing or scratching or washing. So I think it’s a great protective style – you just have to be careful not to do braids too much as it can add tension to your hair resulting in traction alopecia. I don’t currently wear braids because I have alopecia myself so I don’t think the pulling on my hair will be very good.

Favourite hair product and why?
Sorry to be so boring – I don’t have a favourite hair product. Over the years I’ve found that most hair products are rubbish; they’re just full of really bad ingredients, they don’t really seem to help. They don’t really hydrate your hair, don’t make it feel soft. So I’ve just stuck to the basics – I love natural oils, I love shea butter and that’s it really. The only product I’ve been buying at the moment from the shops is African Pride’s Shea Miracle Leave In Conditioner. I use it as a detangler, it works really great, it hydrates the hair because it’s a water based product so I’m really loving that.

Worst hair product and why?
I’m not really a fan of ORS – Organic Root Stimulator. I’ll buy a product of theirs because of what it says on the bottle and I’ll use it but it doesn’t do what it says on the bottle. I tried their hair straightening serum which is obviously meant to keep your hair straight and protected from the heat. When I went outsude it turned into a great poofy afro within seconds – it really absorbs moisutre and doesn’t react well to humidity so I didn’t think that was a very good product.

Any hair regrets?
For the past two years, the state of my hair has been out of my control; I suffer from alopecia which is an autoimmune disease – apparently it’s genetic. Which means my hair falls out quite often, resulting in me sometimes going bald or gaining bald patches, so I’m losing hair at a very rapid pace. One thing I do regret is not giving as much care and attention to my hair as I did when it was at that TWA* stage. When it was shorter I would wash it more, condition it more, deep condition it, give it all the goodness that it needs. As it’s grown I’ve gotten lazy because it takes longer to deal with and it’s harder to manage.

Any hair advice?
Spend time on your hair. Take time to condition it once a week, whether it be with hair cholesterol or hair mayonnaise – home made products. I just think moisture and hydration is key so washing your hair, letting it get that moisture it needs, will strengthen it. My hair has got weak from when I haven’t really been conditioning it often enough. Also – seal your hair with moisture.

Where can we find you on social media?
On Instagram here.

I hope this helped some of you that might have hair similar to Danielle or that this just gave some of you something resourceful to read.

If you’re interested in appearing on something like this, feel free to send me an email and I will get back to you.


* Teenie Weenie Afro (Natural Hair term)

 

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