Saturday, December 10, 2011

Distinguished Naturalist of the Month

Meet the Distinguished Naturalist of the month, Lacoya

CB:Who are you?

Lacoya: My name is Lacoya and I'm 24. I'm originally from Huntsville, AL but have lived in Fredericksburg, VA for a little over a year now. (about an hour south of D.C. and an hour north of Richmond, VA)

CB: What inspired you to go natural? How long have you been natural?

Lacoya: I have been relaxer free since February of 2010. I went natural as a result of hair that never flourished. I grew up in a household where relaxers were a must every 4 weeks (5 was a stretch). I would get SO irritated when I felt "naps", and because my hair would get harder to comb when it came time for me to do my hair. I flat-ironed my hair every morning, due to not knowing much about wrapping, protective styling, etc. I did not know that my hair was suffering so much as a result of that. I just kept chopping my hair off every 1-2 years and starting over. During graduate schools, one of my best friends was natural. It made me did she get her hair like that? Did you tease it? (I was VERY ignorant about natural hair). Eventually, I began to ask questions, and she told me EVERYTHING (albeit, alot of it wasn't the BEST advice now that I look back on it, but it broke the mold of thinking for me). Shortly after, I watched Good Hair....was totally disgusted with myself for being so darn ignorant, and immediately began to transition. My hair has flourished since then, and I could never seriously think of going back. If I want straight hair (which I rarely do), I'll flat-iron my own.

CB: What were the responses you received in response to your natural hair decision?

Lacoya: My b/f then, fiancee' now did NOT like it. It was more the length than the texture. He favors longer hair. But he didn't give me too much of a hard time with it. :) I think he likes locs since he mentions them every time I wear two-strand twists My family was o.k. with it, but like my b/f, they just said they couldn't wait for it to grow back. My friends were the most supportive and they all loved it! Now that it has grown, they love it, although my fiancee' still doesn't like the amount of time that I spend on it (5-6 hours per styling due to me usually doing two-strand twists)

CB: What is your current regimen? How do you maintain length? Moisture? How do you protect your coils at night?

Lacoya: Every two weeks, I wash/condition my hair using Eden Body Works Peppermint Tea Tree Shampoo/Conditioner combo. Afterwards, I use a deep conditioner. (Sometimes I use a homemade mix or other times I use a commercial deep conditioner just to try something new). I do all of these steps while my hair is in loose twists. After DCing, I detangle while I style my hair using a creamy leave-in, a light oil, and a styling butter to top it off. Protective styles help me to retain length as my hair shrinks and tangles very quickly when wearing it out for prolonged amounts of time. I maintain moisture by steaming my hair in the shower every 3-4 days and re-applying a leave-in and sealing with shea butter. At night, I just cover my twists with a satin cap and sleep on my satin pillowcase.

CB: What products do you use in your hair?

Lacoya: I'm a PJ. It changes by the day. Among my favorites are the ENTIRE Eden Body Works line - they carry a shampoo, conditioner, hair milk, hair oil, and a pomade. The really don't use the pomade or the oil, but the prior 3 are AMAZING!!!! I also stay stocked on shea butter, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil. I am trying to find a commercial deep conditioner because I do NOT like mixing up stuff at home. I use the leave-in -- oil --- styling product order of products on my hair.

CB: What would you tell a new natural, or transitioning diva?

Lacoya: Research regimens, and importance characteristics to discover about your hair including hair porosity, hair density, strand thickness, hair dryness, etc. Transitioning to natural is an excellent, fun, exciting journal. There's SO much information out there, it's hard to take it all in, but it will all come together in time.

CB: What's the best thing about being naturally beautiful?

Lacoya: It helped my confidence in knowing that this is all of ME. Nothing fake about it. What you see is what you get and I don't hide any facets of my physical body and/or personality from anyone. That's a great feeling.

CB:What mistakes have you made in your journey? What have you learned?

Lacoya: Only cut/trim your hair with HAIR scissors. I trimmed my hair with regular house scissors in February and the ends were dull, which resulted in uneven ends and when I tell you my ends rebelled....that's being polite. It was impossible to style my hair because detangling was nightmare, sometimes lasting 2 hours. My ends were ALWAYS tangled up on each other and just would not say yes to the comb.  However, about a month ago, I finally purchased some HAIR shears, flat-ironed my hair (which lasted for about...20 hours), and trimmed my ends. My hair was in heaven. Since then, I have been able to detangle alot quicker, and my twists look awesome, and it just looks and feels healthy.

CB: Please name three products that you cannot live without.

Lacoya: Water(moisture), Shea Butter(sealant), and a denman brush(detangle). What else do I need? lol

CB: Where can you be located on the Web? Youtube?, Blog?, other natural hair websites?

Lacoya: I have been featured on other blogs including College Curlies, Strawberri Curls, and Kinky Curly Coily Me! However, you can DEFINITELY find me on the links below:

My Blog
My Facebook Page
 My Twitter Account


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