Hair Talk / Nadine Golding

Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Nadine, a small town girl originally from Nottingham. I moved to London three years ago for my dream job in marketing. 

How long have you been natural?

I’ve always been natural. I’m too much of a chicken to do anything too drastic. I traditionally wore my hair straight with the use of the hot combs and then straightening irons. I started wearing my natural curls on 1st October 2014 and I’ll never forget it, it was the start of an amazing journey. 

Why did you make the decision to wear your natural curls?

I decided to go ‘all out’ natural and embrace my curly tresses after I saw the incredible and at the time irreversible damage I was causing to my hair due to heat. Literally, my hair was breaking off leaving piles of strands on the floor. 

What’s the best thing about being natural?

For me it’s the learning. Not just about my hair, her texture, her type, her porosity level and what she likes and dislikes. But about myself too. I’ve learnt more about myself in this past year and four months than I ever have before. It’s really weird to say but my hair has changed me. I see me in all my naked, curly glory – lol. My hair (I like to call her Divine), and I have truly arrived! I’m stronger and more confident than ever and I love it!

What is your hair type/texture?

I’ve got a few. I'd say I’m a 4a at the back and a 3c everywhere else. I also have extremely low porosity hair, so my strands don't absorb water very well and takes ages to dry. I use heat to help with absorption when deep conditioning - I couldn’t live without my portable hooded dryer. And I seal the moisture in by rinsing out my co-wash and conditioners with cool water. My hair strands are fine but I have a lot of them!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

Normally it’s a wash and go now my hair has a little length and my hairdresser has cut my hair into a proper shape. On a Saturday I’d set my wash and go using the LOC method and seal with a little Eco Styler gel (the aloe vera one is my fave). Wash and gos last for about three to four days before I have to pull my hair into one and pay close attention to just the right amount of flick on my edges. I spray my hair night and day with water – that’s a must!

Describe a typical washday.

Erm, correction – wash days! Lol. So I start off on a Friday night with a coconut pre poo. I drench my hair with coconut oil, finger detangle, twist up my hair loosely into four twists then sit for an hour with a plastic cap on. Then I co-wash my with As I Am Coconut Co-wash and finger detangle. Once my hair is clean and thoroughly rinsed out, I apply my deep conditioner of choice (I love the Shea Moisture‘s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Treatment Masque), wrap my hair with cling film, add a towel and sleep.

In the morning I wash the masque out, apply my leave in conditioner of choice (Shea Moisture’s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Leave In Conditioner), add my home made oil mix to my scalp and strands and then coat my hair with my conditioner of choice (Shea Moisture’s Jamaica Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow and Restore Conditioner). Finally I add Eco Styler Gel.

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

I’d say my twist and curl outs! This style I can rely on. The results are always consistent and it’s really easy to do with minimal manipulation.

Nadine - Left: Wash n Go / Right: Twist out with perm rods

What’s your favourite protective hairstyle?

High bun defo. It’s just super classy and again effortless. Just got to make sure those edges are on point! 

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. As I Am Co-wash Conditioner – leaves my hair feeling super clean without making it feel dry. There’s a lot of slip which makes detangling for me a doddle.
  2. Shea Moisture Jamaica Black Castor Oil Leave in Conditioner. This leaves my hair super moisturised without weighing it down. Jamaica black castor oil.
  3. Peppermint essential oil. Love this little bottle of magic! Teamed with my carrier oils this is a great scalp stimulant.
  4. Eco Styler Gel Aloe Vera – this is very reliable and gives me that sleek look without flaking. I use this on my edges too.
  5. I use this with a mix of oils really for my scalp massages and when doing the LOC method. I believe this is the secret ingredient for hair growth and I use this on my eyebrows too.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

Don’t give up and be patient. Remember healthy hair has to come before the length!

Describe your natural hair in three words.

I can name it in just one – DIVINE!

Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

Of course – tweet me @QTgolding 



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Hair Talk / Shereen Billings


Tell us your name and where you are from?

My name is Shereen, I’m 32 and based in London. I work for a Leading Retailer in IT Technical Training, Freelance Scriptwriter / Production Manager and Founder of Natural Notions by Shez.

How long have you been natural?

I have been natural for three years and 4 months.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?

I had worn a relaxed, short pixie cut for many years and wanted to experiment with a different hairstyle. One of my options was to transition to natural, but I always talked myself out of it because of my fears of trying something completely new. However, the turning point to natural was when I was commissioned to write a Play called LITE (Living in Their Environment), which was based on skin bleaching and self acceptance. As part of my preparation I had to research the perception of beauty within the UK Afro Caribbean and Asian community by travelling the UK and Europe. It reminded me that I hadn’t seen my hair in its natural state since I was 13 years old, so I figured if I was going to write about self acceptance and love with conviction, I needed to live by my words and face some of my own self accepting challenges (and hair was one of them). In April 2011 I had a Big Chop and I’ve never looked back since. It was the best thing that ever happened to me and I love it.

Shereen / Before

Shereen / Before

What is your hair type/texture?

Some of my stylists have said that it is around the 4a/b type, although I don’t really break my hair down to a science/ type because I believe our hair is very individualistic. For example, my hair definitely has a mixture of textures and curl patterns. 

What’s the best thing about being/going natural?

It’s so versatile and less restrictive as I can wear it curly, coiled and straight. It can withstand all weathering conditions so no more hiding indoors fearing my relaxer will mess up when the heavens pours haha. Plus It’s so much cheaper to maintain, it's home grown (yes Monique I’m using your phrase lol) and it feels so liberating and carefree, I love it.

Shereen / Start of her natural hair journey

Shereen / Start of her natural hair journey

Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.

I usually manipulate my curls at the beginning of the week so that the style lasts longer (see tutorial below) and I co-wash every 2 days. I use bobbie pins to neaten it for work and hair accessories when I’m going out. 

Describe a typical washday.

I usually do wash and go’s every 2 days (Organix coconut conditioner) and I always shampoo and deep condition every 5-7 days using Organix coconut conditioner with honey and olive oil which i wrap and leave in overnight. 

What is your favourite go to hairstyle?

Wash and go with the tightly coiled afro for sure. It’s quick, easy and I’m busy so that works perfectly for me.

Shereen / Current

Shereen / Current

List your top 5 products and why.

  1. Organix coconut conditioner - This softens my hair and loosens my curls ready for detangling.
  2. Coconut Oil - It adds shine and retains moisture by penetrating and binding the hair to its internal proteins. 
  3. Olive Oil - Waitrose Extra Virgin. Weightless on hair and adds some serious shine as above.
  4. Jamaican Black Castor Oil - Seals my hair before adding gel.
  5. Ecostyler Gel - Olive Oil medium strength defines my curls without drying my hair.

If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?

If you want it, then go for it, what have you got to lose?  At the end of the day, its hair which you can change at any point. Also, I would highly recommend that you research beforehand for tips on how to nurture your hair as it transitions. Or if your inpatient like me, do the Big Chop and start from fresh ha ha. But again ensure that you research as its best to be equipped and prepared for the changes to your hair care techniques and styling. As the saying goes, “if you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done...”

Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?

Colored Beautiful. She’s amazing and the first You Tube tutorial I watched when researching. I still follow her to this day because you get no nonsense advice and tips on hair regiments, colouring styling and beauty. Taren Guy is also amazing; so inspirational and Natural Sisters too. They're the main channels that I follow, but there's so much more, so research and find the best ones for you. And err well you can visit the UK based Natural Notions by shez too (cough cough yes I’m self promoting haha).


Do you have a webpage/blog/twitter account where people can find you?

You Tube Channel -  Natural Notions by Shez
Facebook - Natural Notions by Shez 
Instagram - @naturalnotionsbyshez
Twitter - @nnotionsbyshez
Email - nnotions1@gmail.com 

 

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