Tell us your name and where you are from?
Hi my name is Rozanda… (aka RocStar according to Mighty Mo) from the sunny parts of South East London! Currently on maternity leave looking after our gorgeous bambino!
How long have you been natural?
Difficult question to answer straight so bear with me… All will be revealed!
August 2008 was the last time I had relaxed my hair… Until I was convinced that I needed to texturize (relaxer really) my hairline ONLY for my wedding 2010. So technically since 2010/11.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
August 2008 went to my usual hairdresser for a relaxer only to be told she had left and therefore I'd been left in the hands of a stranger! (My sisters and I only ever went to hairdressers based on recommendation i.e. – “good looking hair”) so here I was faced with a predicament I had a major interview for a blue chip company the following morning and my hair was in need of a relaxer (3months old growth). The lady that was scheduled to do my hair said wow you have alot of growth! So she offered me some magazines to read and started. Bit by bit before I knew it she had pulled the relaxer to the ends of my hair! We all know what damage that could do... She basically over-processed and weakened the already relaxed hair. That was it I called my sisters crying my eyes out and said “I ain’t relaxing no more!” I was sick of having to find a good hairdresser that didn’t want to burn the life out of my hair! Sick of the ridiculous prices they wanted to charge etc. Anyway my hair took a bashing but thank God I was not left with bald patches.
What is your hair type/texture?
Oh boy… Hard, thick and very nappy! I think its 4B very tight coils.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.
Hair styling is very basic! It’s usually styled in chunky twist which are either pinned up or let down for one week then the following week I will rock a twist out… which usually last the whole week. However if I have been lazy and slept without tying my hair down I’d have to use Eco Styler and pull it up into a high puff or bun with a pompadour.
Describe a typical wash day.
Fortnightly I start on a Thursday night by thoroughly wetting my hair, section, oil with Avocado, Olive and Almond, comb and brush (Denman) into loose large chunky plaits cover with shower cap until Friday night, wash and condition with Karen’s body beautiful. Detangle the sections oil and twist with Shea Moisture curling gel soufflé and use the smoothie on the ends for extra moisture.
What is your favourite go to hairstyle?
Chunky Twist – So versatile.
List your top 5 products
My top 5 favourite products that I use to make up the basis of my own mixtures are:
- Karen’s body beautiful Naturally Chic shampoo & Conditioner
- Shea moisture Curling Souffle
- Shea moisture Smoothie
- Almond, Olive & Avocado oil mix
- Water/Rose Water
Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?
TBH don’t have time these days , just google natural hair… actually I did get some hairstyle inspiration from SimplYounique on YouTube.
If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?
Go for it…. Don’t be fooled it is a very difficult journey especially if like me all you know is straight hair. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing! There were a few times I wanted to go back but the support I got from my husband really helped! You don’t have to go for the BC although it would help because as a good friend said new year! new hair! – You are reeducating yourself and getting to know your new natural hair. TBH I kinda took the easy option, I kept getting my hair pressed so I still had straight hair until I realised this was just as bad as relaxing, the heat damage your hair sustains cannot be rectified unless it’s chopped off. Whichever way you decide to go there’s heaps of videos available online from people that have already walked this path.
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