Tell us your name and where you are from?
My name is Rebekah McCollin and i currently live in London, working part-time and studying full-time.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for 2 years and 4months.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
Many things made me look at being natural. Constant rejection of my own hair began to feel like self hatred and I was not raised to hate myself therefore I was behaving contrary to who I actually am but for who's benefit? Bad relaxers and damaged hair are the reasons that I put in braids; not realising I was 'Protective Styling'. While my hair was braided I looked around me at people I knew or was related to, some of them had virgin hair which was beautiful, healthy and alive. At that stage I acknowledged that it was laziness and miseducation that made me not care after my own hair in its natural state.
What is your hair type/texture?
I have discovered that I am a 4 hair type. My texture ranges through a,b&c; I have all 3 textures of grade 4 type hair which has been a revelation due to thinking I was 4c only.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of a week.
I don't have a weekly styling regimen, I just do what I feel. Wash and condition when needed, but I do aim to protective style for the majority of the week.
Describe a typical wash day.
A typical wash day consists of an oil pre poo and finger detangle, diluted shampoo wash, followed by a conditioning treatment which is normally left overnight. Wash out conditioner with water only; then finally rinse with almond oil and water. I then t-shirt dry my hair; at this stage I will do the L.O.C method and twist up my hair to lock in the moisture.
What is your favourite go to hairstyle?
My favourite go-to style would be my 'up puff'. Because I have 4a hair around my edges I am able to achieve a nice smooth finish therefore this look is quick and easy to achieve.
List your top 5 products
My top 5 favourite products that I use to make up the basis of my own mixtures are:
- Shea Butter (Raw)
- Aloe Vera Gel
- Castor Oil
- 100% Coconut Oil
Can you recommend any websites/blogs that are great for providing hair advice, styles and inspirations?
YouTube has been my friend for information or sources of research. I think that blogging and websites are great but there is nothing better than personal experience. Inspiration is needed for many of us and I have too been inspired; Kimmaytube, Beautiful Brown Baby Doll and the Greenchannel have been of upmost help during my natural progress.
If you could give advice to someone currently transitioning or thinking of transitioning, what would it be?
I would say, have fun and do research. Understand your own texture and to not spend to much energy on wishing for the hair texture or type of others. In general I would advise them ALL to not define their beauty by other races standards.