4A Natural Hair Journey | Lenise

 

How long have you been natural and when did you BC?
I’ve been natural for 6.5 yrs.  I did the BC in May 2005 and then again every summer for like 4 yrs until I started letting it grow out.

What are your staple products and hairstyles?
I’m hair stylist (I do natural and relaxed hair) so I go through tons of products so I can make recommendations for my clients. I always seem to recommend something in the Shea Moisture line, specifically the Curl Enhancing Smoothie and the Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Style Conditioning Milk. I also LOVE Moroccan Oil products.  I switch my hair almost daily but my staple style is a twist out.  With the conditioning milk, I can retwist it every night…quick, simple, and cute.

What is your regimen?
I shampoo & condition weekly with Moroccan Oil and deep condition every other shampoo w/a cocktail of the Moroccan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask & their Restorative Hair Mask.  I use the Mixed Chick Leave-In Conditioner and mix it with the Curl Enhancing Smoothie (but I play around w/different leave-ins), and then seal with olive oil.  Detangling starts with my fingers to cut down on breakage, and then eventually with a wide-tooth comb. Then, I do chunky, individual twists and roll the ends.  (If you use perm rods, don’t forget the end papers! Those rods can be super harsh on your ends.)

What are your natural hair goals?
I just want to continue encouraging new and transitioning naturals by experimenting with my own hair.  There’s so many fun things you can try…you just have to be comfortable.  Like I tell all my clients, your transition begins on the inside!

How do you keep your hair intact overnight?
Most times I retwist my hair but I always use a satin bonnet or a silk scarf.

How do you maintain length?
Consistent trims and maintaining moisture…those are key for me.  When your hair is dry and brittle, it breaks with ease.  I also challenge myself to go at least a month or 2 at a time w/no heat before I blow dry or straighten it.

Name 1 reason you went natural and why you love being natural.
I actually did it by accident. I chopped it b/c that was something I had always wanted to do, but I loved it so much I never went back. Once it started growing out, I had so much fun with it, I knew relaxers weren’t for me anymore.  Being natural makes me feel bold and confident, and that’s contagious…we should all feel a little bit of both.

SEE ALSO: How I Helped My Client Regrow Her Edges In 6 - 7 Months!

 

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  1. Lenise, I love, love, love your photo #2 — that’s exactly the look I’m going for, but, it’s not working at all. I’m on the verge of giving up. P.S. I don’t like twists and I refuse to get braids to “grow my hair out” (which has been been suggested) — am I a loss cause? Any suggestions while I work with my hairdresser?

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