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.
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.
- 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.
- Shea Moisture Jamaica Black Castor Oil Leave in Conditioner. This leaves my hair super moisturised without weighing it down. Jamaica black castor oil.
- Peppermint essential oil. Love this little bottle of magic! Teamed with my carrier oils this is a great scalp stimulant.
- Eco Styler Gel Aloe Vera – this is very reliable and gives me that sleek look without flaking. I use this on my edges too.
- 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