MsLizzia’s Hair Story
Thank you so much to MsLizzia for sending in her story. Check out her Fotki- she keeps it updated with several cute styles and she has a blog.
1. How long have you been natural? (If not all your life, Why did you decide to go natural?… If all your life, why did you decide to stay natural? )
I first transitioned in 2007 but I actually started to wear my natural hair in 2008. I didn’t really haven any special reason for going natural, I just did it because i wanted to lol. I had no clue what I was doing and I ended up texturing my hair. I liked it but it was too tedious.
Eventually I relaxed my hair and immediately regretted doing that so I just transitioned directly after. That was in Feb of 2009. I BC’d in July 2009 and I have officially been natural for 9 months now!
2. How would you describe your curl pattern?
From a classification stand point, I would say a 3b/4a. But as far as how they fall, oh they are all mixed together. The are like little strawcurls all over my head.
3. What is your daily regimen? Do you have a winter hair routine?
My daily regimen consists of doing what i feel like. LOL . No but seriously I have a weekly regimen. As long as i get everything in during the week, I don’t really get hung up on what I do daily. My weekly regimen consists of co-washing 2x or 3x a week, DCing 2x a week with my hair steamer, moisturzing , sealing and baggying 3x a week.
This past 2009 winter was my very first winter actually wearing my natural hair out so I learned a lot. I used a lot of pure unrefined shea butter in the winter so that really helped my hair stay moisturized. I did a lot of styles that would last my awhile like twist outs, braidouts, or just wearing twists because I couldn’t do my wash and go’s like i usually do. It was very cold in New Orleans this winter strangely enough so I just adjusted to styles that would last me about 1 week and a half.
4. What are your favorite products? Styling tools?
Fav products: Aussie moist conditioner, Aubrey’s Organic Honeysuckle Rose, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Eco Styler, Shea Butter, and Oyin Handmade’s Burnt Sugar Pomade, Sabino Moisture Block , and last but not least Baking Soda
Styling Tools: Denman Brush, Wide Tooth Comb, Maxiglide, RSessions Root Control, and my Paddle Brush
5. What is your go-to hairstyle; and what are the steps?
My go-to style is the Pushed Back Puff. All it basically is is spraying your hair with conditioner and water, using a wide tooth comb or paddle brush to push it all back, take a headband and push the hair back and shape your hair with your hands and go!
6. How is the natural hair scene where you live?
Dead really, lol. I live in New Orleans and you don’t see many natural heads around here. I see more than I used to see when i was growing up but they are very scarce. Im in college and i go to school with about 2 other naturals that i have seen anyway. Thats about it. I have a close friend who is natural and a much older lady that I attend church with that is natural but that’s about it.
7. What advice would you give someone going natural?
My advice to someone going natural would to be very very VERY patient. Stay away from heat. Do braidouts or twistouts. If you don’t know how to do those than get a sew-in or do what i did and transition with braids( i did this for a whole year). Learn as much as you can and try different products to see which works for your hair. Most importantly, rock your curls with confidence! This is what you are born with and don’t ever let anyone make you feel ashamed to wear with what you were created with!