Hola peeps! I hope that you had a great Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends (I surely did). Today is the first installment of a new segment on SNC—Curlz Star. As we will feature a natural hair chica or chico and let them tell you their personal journey. Continue reading to find out about Mai…enjoy!
1. What is your name, where are you from and how long have you been natural?
My name is Marianne (Mai) and I African/European. I have been natural since the end of 2010.
2. Tell us your curlz story—why are you returning to natural? Or if you have always been natural what has it been like in a world where relaxers once ruled?
I use to have my hair relaxed (by my mum) from when I was about 14 till about 25. I begged her until she caved. Around the same time I started to dye my hair (by myself.) By mid-2009 I decided I wanted to stop using relaxers. I wish it were some “Romantic Story” of “wanting to go back to my roots” but my decision was not that well planned. I was tired of having hair that was brittle, dry, thin and lifeless. I did not take proper care of my hair while it was relaxed and using both relaxers and Hair Dye within months of each other did not help my lack of Hair care. I did not big chop as I was not brave enough to cut all my hair off in one go so I would just trim my ends as my hair grew and slowly transitioned. By mid – 2011 I also decided to stop using Commercial Hair Dyes to try to stop using harsh chemicals all together.
3. Name three products you can’t do without and why?
Water, Deep Conditioner and Leave-in conditioner.
4. What is your favorite go to hairstyle that never fails you?
Twists/twist-outs seem to be my “no fail” hair styles. Whenever I decide to twist my hair I usually put them in medium-sized twists and after wearing them for a while I will rock a twist-out till it is time to wash my hair again. I use to be a Wash-n-Go fanatic (I still love wearing my hair out) but as my hair started to grow I get more tangles and more single stand knots (I hate them!) So if I wear my hair out I try to make sure to have my hair stretched as this helps with the tangling otherwise I wear my hair up in updo’s.
5. What advice would you give to a transitioning or newly natural chica?
Do research, ask questions, get onto forums, watch YouTube videos etc. Keep in mind that at first you will want a general understanding of natural hair; but what you really need to know is YOUR hair. So after you have done your research you need to then find out what works for you. I think patience is another important point. It will take time till you know what your hair needs, likes and wants. I learnt that I needed to be patient, gentle, not to stress or give up! I also think it is important to know that you do not need to go out and buy every single product your “Hair Idol” might be using or follow an exact carbon copy of the routine she/he does. No two sets of heads/hair are the same therefore just because someone’s hair looks/reacts a certain way does not mean you will get the exact same result and that is OK! I think we need to love the curls that grow on OUR head. It is great to look up to someone or get inspiration from someone because that is how we learn but at the end of the day you will need to love your own hair, build a routine that works for you and use products that your hair thrives on.
6. Where can people follow you on social media?
Thank you Mai for sharing your story and lovely curlz with us! Do you want to be a Curlz Star? Well email me firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to check it out. Thanks!