Again, I love seeing these beautiful young ladies discovering their natural hair while on the cusp of adulthood. Helena, I love your hair and I hope you continue to discover the joys of being natural! Congrats!
How long have you been natural? How long did you transition?
I got my last and only relaxer for 3 years ago, and I have been fully natural for two years this Christmas. At first I really didn’t think much about if i was transitioning or not. My relaxer was failed, my hair was unhealthy and I just thought that I didn’t wanted to relax it again but I did just leave it like it was. After some time I started to care a little more about its health.
I’m bi-racial, my father is African and my mother European so I did not know much about my hair texture and how to treat it, and there are not many naturals in Denmark were I live. But I started to find blogs and websites on the internet such as Curlynikki, Newly Natural and many others were I learned about how to treat my hair and I got inspiration to try hair styles.
Now I have also started my own blog called curlycoilyhead.com. So some months after I started learning about how to care for my hair I chopped the straight ends off and I loved my hair! I’m so happy that I did it.
What have been your biggest obstacles to overcome?
As a teenager you always think more about what other people will say, especially when it’s something that stands out. But again I’m happy I did it. I feel like it stands out in a good way, this is me and that is cool not just to follow the crowd. And people from my school are so sweet and compliment it.
What are your favorite styles to wear?
Twist and braids out are my farvorite, together with pinned-up up dos. The first year I wore wash & go afro puffs and ponytails nearly all the time, and I also really like that.
What are your favorite products?
I have found out that i love Laveras conditioners for co-washing and dc’ing. My favorite leave in conditioners are Kinky-Curly Knot Today and Komaza Califa Leave-in. My favorite styling products are Kinky-Curly Curling Custard, Komaza Care Coconut Hair Pudding, Aloe vera gel and Bee Mine Curly Butter. For sealing, I just use what oil or butter I now have on hand and I really like both coconut oil, jojoba oil, Komaza Moku Oil and shea butter.
Any advice for the newly natural ladies out there?
I dont think that there is really a “miracle” product, but good routine with gentle care, deep treating, moisture/sealing, natural ingredients and patience is a good way to growing healthy hair. Also natural hair comes in all lengths, colors, curl types and textures and that is so unique – natural hair rocks!