The Writers Talk Mane

Q/A with the writers discussing their favorite hair products, their hair journeys, they favorite hairtubers, etc. 

IMG_3165Ziera

1. What was the best decision you’ve ever made in regards to your hair?

I would have to say that the best decision I’ve ever made in regards to my hair was definitely cutting it off!

1a. To the care of your hair?

Using natural products…better yet, MAKING my own products. I thought it would be difficult, but there are so many resources to help you create concoctions.

2. Name one product you use that has completely transformed your hair for the better

Silicon Mix & Crece Pelo deep conditioner. They made my hair soooooo soft and manageable after I cut my hair and during the transition of it growing wild.

3. Name one style you’d like to try but have not yet tried

Shaving one side of my head 🙊. I’ve always wanted to try cutting a cool design into my hair to express my wild side! Haha

4. What does your hair say about you?

I think Lola let’s others know I’m carefree and versatile! I can go from Long to Short; Curly to Straight; Wild Pineapple to Elegant Low Bun…It just says, “I’m Zie!”

5. Name someone (friend/blogger/vlogger) whose mane you admire

Oh! I have so many! If I could pick a top 5 it’s:
1. Naptural85 (Whitney)
2. Va_Slim25 (Kiara, I actually got to meet her 😃 She’s such a personable woman)
3. Maquita Donyel (THAT Mane!!)
4. Brittany Jones
5. Traci Ellis Ross

6. What websites do you use to assist in the care of your hair

YouTube is my best friend, hands-down!

7. Finally, tell the readers about your hair-stimony (hair journey).

I honestly didn’t care much about my hair..well, what I did to it. I use to dye, fry, bleach…I use to do whatever I felt at the time. OVER time, it did so much damage to my hair. It began to thin, break, and had a mind of its own. In 2006 I decided enough was enough. I did my first Big Chop.

Oh so many mixed emotions after it was complete. I was relieved to have evenly thick hair, yet so self conscious b/c I felt ugly, bald, less of a woman. I fell into that stigma that you weren’t pretty if you didn’t IMG_3462 (1)have long hair. It depressed me. Not many women were wearing their natural tresses yet. Then one day I was literally listening to “I Am Not My Hair” by India Arie and it was an honest wake up call…I was NOT my hair. My hair didn’t define my beauty nor did it done well I was as a person. I began to embrace it. My mom was actually the only person who helped me during this transition. I would sit on the floor between my mom’s legs and she would moisturize my hair and finger coil it (LOL). It reminded me of my childhood.

From then on, I’ve been natural…experimenting with making concoctions to finding muds to wash my hair with! I’ve embraced every moment of it. Well…most moments. Lol. Sometimes Lola gets defiant and then I get scissor happy…I mean hey…it’s just hair, right?!

Alexa-PolishedPistil
Credit: Imani Photography

Alexa

1. What was the best decision you’ve ever made in regards to your hair?

Best decision I’ve made for my hair was to stop dying it.  I’m having fun watching my hair transition to it’s natural colors (including the grays!)

2. Name one product you use that has completely transformed your hair for the better

One product that has COMPLETELY transformed my hair for the better is Coconut Oil!! I use a little every day and my hair looks so healthy!

3. Name one style you’d like to try but have not yet tried

One style I’d like to try is a Curly Mohawk.

4. What does your hair say about you?

My hair says I embrace my naturalness and my ethnicity.

5. Name someone (friend/blogger/vlogger) whose mane you admire.

IMG_3456I admire Maquita’s hair!!

6. What websites do you use to assist in the care of your hair

Polishedpistil.com  is honestly the only place I’ve been getting hair tips from.

7. Finally, tell the readers about your hair-stimony (hair journey).

My hair-stimony (lol) has been (over the past 2 years) to just let it do it’s thing! I’ve been loving allowing my hair to be natural and wild.  Every day I notice how healthy my hair has become.  When I was a teen I was completely clueless on how to handle my hair and resulted to wayyy to much gel and mousse.  I had crispy waves.  Today I have volume, bounce, spirally long curls that I LOVE!

IMG_3185Liz C.

1. What was the best decision you’ve ever made in regards to your hair?

The best decision I’ve ever made for my hair is deciding to go relaxer free. I don’t think my hair has stopped thanking me yet.

 

1a. To the care of your hair?

As far as care goes, one of the best decisions I’ve been making is getting regular trims and letting a professional do them. My hair requires trims every 3-4 months in order for me to retain length. If I don’t get trims it becomes a tangled mess that causes split ends and breakage. I used to trim my own hair, but at the end of the day professionals do it much better so I leave it to them now.

2. Name one product you use that has completely transformed your hair for the better

I don’t believe there’s a single product alone that I can credit for completely transforming my hair. There’s a combination of products I believe have helped with the continued health and growth of my hair. The one product I will say that’s had a great impact on my hair has been shea butter. My hair loves it!

3. Name one style you’d like to try but have not yet tried.

I would like to try the faux dreads protective style I’ve seen girls do! I just haven’t gotten around to getting them done.

4. What does your hair say about you?IMG_3190

I would hope that wearing my hair natural shows that I’m a person who’s on the road to complete self acceptance!

5. Name someone (friend/blogger/vlogger) whose mane you admire

India from My Natural Sistas

6. What websites do you use to assist in the care of your hair?

Youtube is the GOAT!!

7. Tell the readers about your hair-stimony/ hair journey.

Decided to go natural in 2010 with one of my good friends. Really was just trying something new as I always hated how thin my relaxed hair looked. Ended up loving it and now I’m here. 🙂


Maquita Donyel

1. What was the best decision you’ve ever made in regards to your hair?

To go natural. It feels like letting a bird, or in my case a lion, out of its cage.

1a. To the care of your hair?

Moisturizing! Hands down.

2. Name one product you use that has completely transformed your hair for the better

Ah, Cantu Leave in Conditioner,  its done wonders for keeping my hair moisturized. Now my favorite product may change,  I’m still learning, but as for now… my hair responds very well to cantu.

3. Name one style you’d like to try but have not yet tried.

Hmmm… flexi rods?

4. What does your hair say about you?

My hair, Camille,  says that I’m ever changing, ever growing, and that even in my silence I am heard… even in a distance I am felt.

5. Name someone (friend/blogger/vlogger) whose mane you admire

Hera are a few someones 😀
1. Erykah Bad (drool)
2. All of the writers!
a. Liz C – I’ve watched Liz C.’s journey from the very beginning, during a time when hardly anyone went natural, she did the big chop. Her journey has been admirable. She was one of the forces behind my decision to go natural.
b. Ziera – Z naturally has a way with caring for hair. I’ve watched Ziera’s hair transform in so many different styles and shapes…each one screams “eat your heart out”. Flawless.
c. Alexa – I LOVE how she embraces her hair however it decides to come out of her head; curls, blondes, browns and greys. I call her my modern day hippie… and the soft, dirty-blonde, curls totally speak to that.

6. What websites do you use to assist in the care of your hair?

Youtube! I go to google, type in whatever I’m looking for that day, i.e. “hairstyles to wear to the gym” or “how to keep your hair moisturized” and search through the videos until I find one that I like.

7. Tell the readers about your hair-stimony/ hair journey.

Below, I’ll provide you with some of the amazing hairstylists I worked with along the way and their contact information.

2008
Went natural (transitioned, didn’t big chop)
2009
Relaxed my hair again in 09. There weren’t a lot of products out there to encourage naturals to be natural. My hairstylists didn’t even know what to do. I was over it.
2010
Decided I wanted to go short. I met a lovely stylist by the name of Shavonda (click to contact). She  transformed my hair from a bob to as short as you can get wit scissors.
2011
Met a wonderful stylists by the name of Michelle (click to contact). she was introduced to me by one of my favorite makeup artists in the Hampton Roads area, Kim. Not only is Michelle extremely sweet, she’s truly one of the BEST. She’s the owner of Versus Hair Salon in Virginia Beach. When I wanted to add a “orange” strip of color to my bang that was also work appropriate, she colored my hair so that if I wore the bang to the right, it was hidden. When I wore the bang to the left it was bold and visible.  Some of the best coloring I have ever received.
2012
The year I decided I wanted to be short , sleek, and natural. I was told over and over again this was impossible to do. After a bit of yelping, I found G Patton Salon in Norfolk, VA. I asked for a stylist very experience with shears and natural hair. They assigned me to Monique. She had done training in France. She made my mohawk…my natural mohawk. Wavy on the sides and straight in the middle. She’s truly a genius. Monique no longer works for G Patton Salon but still takes appointments. To make an appointment with her, email us and I’ll forward your contact information. Jeff (click to contact) did a wonderful job maintaining the style Monique did for me. He still works at G Patton Salon.
2013-2015
In love with Camille, her new length and all her sass.
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