Dana's Journey

9:16 PM Keenya Kelly 0 Comments

"The Domestic Naturalista"
How long have you been natural?
 I started my natural hair journey in 2007, but I didn’t actually start taking care of my hair until 2008.
     What made you decide to go natural?
 I decided to go natural because I was tired of the chemicals and my hair would remain the same length. My hair was never thin, but it was always dry and dull to me.

What did you do to transition to Natural?
 I honestly didn’t transition the correct way.  My way of transitioning was getting it straight every 2 weeks. I don’t recommend anyone to do that. However, I gradually clipped the relaxer off. A year later, I realized that I still wasn’t seeing results. I started watching You Tube videos and researching ingredients, and wearing styles that required no heat.  I would wash and deep condition my hair once a week and wear styles that didn’t require heat. 

Why did you opt out of the Big Chop?
There were many times that I would get frustrated with the two textures and wanted to chop everything off, but I  thought I would look funny with no hair since I have a big head, lol! I like longer hair, so I didn’t mind doing a long transition.

What did and do your friends and family think about you going natural?
My Mom and Grandmother were not supporters of it at all. They feel that hair looks better when it’s straight. Now that they see my hair getting longer and looking healthier, I think their starting to have a change of heart.
    Did it matter to you?
At first it did matter to me, but my hair loves me for making this change. No one can ever change my mind about getting a relaxer.

Have you ever had self esteem issues?
 Yes, I’ve had self esteem issues like every other girl out there. I have 2 other sisters and their hair was always long, so people would ask what happen to my hair.  Hearing those comments, would make me feel as though I wasn’t pretty enough or good enough.  I always felt that if you weren’t light skinned with long hair then you weren’t pretty. As a little girl, I would always tell my Mom that I wanted to be White. I was super excited about getting my first relaxer, because all I could think about is that it would be straight like White people.  Now I realized that I am beautifully and naturally made and I am happy with being me.  I wouldn’t change anything about myself.

Do you have any challenges in your professional environment with your natural hair?
Everyone is pretty receptive about natural hair in the work place, but I do have a Black coworker who can’t stand my hair. He thinks natural hair is not professional and it’s just a fad. I actually get more compliments from other races in the professional environment.  There are so many styles you can do that looks very professional. 

What does your husband think about your natural hair vs relaxed hair?
My husband is very supportive of natural hair. He’s the one that talked me into going natural.  He sees the results, so he would never want me to get a relaxer. He’s always telling people about my hair and how they should convert as well, lol!
What's your favorite thing about being natural?
My favorite thing about natural hair that it’s so versatile!! I can wear it straight or curly.  Natural hair is like an added accessory. It makes your outfits look better than ever!!

Least Favorite thing?
Natural hair is hard work! The longer your hair is, the more work you have to do. Twisting and shampooing the hair is my least favorite, but it’s worth it!

What products have you been trying out on your hair?
Products I’ve tried are Jason Tea Tree oil shampoo, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner, Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose, Aubrey Organics GPB, Shea Moisture, Kinky curly custard, Komazza Hair pudding, Miss Jessie’s curly pudding, Eco Styling Olive oil gel,  The Generic brand of Paul Mitchell leave in conditioner which can be found at Sally’s, Giovanni Direct leave in conditioner,  Unrefined Shea butter, Castor oil for deep treatments, Jojoba oil, and Coconut oil. 

What's your Fave?
My favorite would be the Herbal Essence, Generic brand of Paul Mitchell leave in conditioner, Shea moisture, and Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle rose conditioner.
Least Fave?
My least fave would have to be the Miss Jessie’s curly pudding.

How often do you deep condition your hair?
 I deep condition my hair every other week. It’s a must that I deep condition on every wash day. My hair loves a good deep treatment. 

What do you use?
I use Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose for my deep treatments and Alternate with Aubrey Organics GPB Protein treatments.
    What is your weekly regimine?
 My Hair Regimen is pretty simple. I co- wash and deep condition my hair every other Sunday and I shampoo once a month. I like to separate my hair into 4 sections before cowashing or shampooing. Before co washing, I apply the generic Paul Mitchell leave in conditioner to each section and detangle using my tangle teezer (purchased from Sally’s). I cowash each section with Herbal Essence conditioner. If I have a lot of residue, I like to use Apple Cider Vinegar or a sulfate free shampoo (I’m still looking for a good shampoo).  After cowashing, I deep condition with Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose. I apply the conditioner and Castor oil to each section and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. After that, I rinse the hair with cool water. After that, I wear my hair in a bun. I like to do my twist out a couple of days later. Once my twist out is done, I like to retwist it every other day sealing in the moisture with coconut oil or jojoba oil.
What would you say to someone considering going natural or one struggling with their natural hair?
 I would tell them to do research on natural hair, and look to Natural hair blogs and Youtube videos where they can get loads of tutorials and information on products. People are going to have their opinions, but as long as you’re confident no one will be able to tell you anything.
I see you have a beautiful daughter….what are you using on her hair?
Awe, thank you! For my daughter’s hair, I like to use the generic Paul Mitchell leave in conditioner! Her hair loves coconut oil and unrefined shea butter. I like to cowash her hair with Herbal Essence Hello Hydration as well. If I shampoo, I like to use the Aveeno products. I detangle her hair with the tangle teaser, which can be found at Sallies.
Tell us about “The Domestic Naturalista”
The Domestic Naturalista is a blog that will inspire and help women or busy Moms with natural hair.  I also share ideas and tips for your family as well as yummy recipes. Domestic Naturalista wants the world to know the importance of family as well as the Love of God.
Ladies, there are many different aspects of Dana besides her hair...so I am learning, so stay tuned as I will ask her more questions regarding her blog, recipes and I hear she LOVES to stay fit!!!!
(Got that from a Inside Source)