Hair Story Feature: Meet Christina J

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Hair Story Feature: Meet Christina J

Your hair is?… Natural

When did you start your hair journey? What inspired you?
Rewind back to 2011 when I was in my last year in college; my hair was relaxed, caramel-blonde colored, and extremely damaged. I didn’t have money to get another relaxer, so my hair grew out without me knowing that I was transitioning. I realized I had two textures on my head and once the curly roots came in with depth, it became harder to deal with two textures. I knew I had to make a decision. So that’s when I did a lot of research on what others have done in my position…so I decided to transition and really study on how to transition. I began watching YouTube videos and reading blogs for healthy hair care and even began documenting my own. Now I’ve been natural for 2.5 years! (October 2012)

Describe your hair for us.
My coily hair is arm-pit length that is fine textured with low porosity and density.

What is your current regimen?
I co wash my hair weekly with Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner and deep condition weekly with Shea Moisture Yucca Masque. I cleanse thoroughly CURLS Creamy Cleanser (sulfate-free) when needed and use Henna as a protein treatment once a month. I use Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In and Coconut Oil to moisturize and seal my hair. I stretch my hair using the African Threading Method, then style my hair for the week.

Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
My main goal is to keep my hair healthy and to conquer many, many DIY products! I would love to reach waist length, just to prove to myself and others that Black Hair does grow. I stay on track by keeping a hair diary and short-term goals to complete with a list of questions (like the castor oil challenge).

How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I always have a list of questions to answer for the week to manage my hair health and hair care regimen. I’m really serious about keeping them too.

Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
So embarrassed to say…There was a moment in the beginning of my hair journey when I got a partial STRAIGHT sew-in. You guessed it…I relaxed my edges. I had the style for 7-8 weeks, but the imprint of the relaxed edges was still there. So I cut the entire nape and hair around my ears and cut my crown to three inches of hair. It took about 9 months for my hair to grow back to the length I had again. This was the worst decision I have ever made for my hair…all for a style! I decided that I was never, ever, ever going to make that decision again. During the duration of the crown being relaxed, it was very different because my styles were limited to protective styling and not out styles. But as my hair grew, it got easy to cut those suckers off. Man, that was the worst decision ever!!

How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
I’m definitely more confident in my hair! I’ve never been so secure in myself and my hair like I am now. I read product labels on everything to make sure I’m getting the best for me, my hair, and my body (food). I also strive to be healthier from inside as well. I really let go of the sugars and bad food and focus more on the veggies and fruits.

What are your favorite protective styles?
Flat twists and high buns are my absolute favorites styles!

What are some of your favorite products?
I love Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Conditioner. Just an awesome product to co wash, condition, and add that extra moisture. It’s all natural! I also love Alikay Naturals Lemongrass Leave-In, Coconut Oil, JBCO, and Shea Moisture Smoothie.

How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
I don’t. I let them say what they say and don’t get worried about it. Now that there is a full natural hair community, I don’t need to feel bad about myself. I can just go to a YouTube video or a blog to get a pick-me-up or even go to my hubby and son to get reassurance. No need to prove anything to anybody.

What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
Wherever you are at in your hair journey, love yourself continuously. Do this for you and only you. Yes, learn to care for your own hair and stay on the path for healthy hair; but priority is to keep a positive attitude about yourself and your tresses.

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things (e.g. conditioner, bobby pins) would you wish you had?
3 bobby pins, ponytail holder, conditioner. High bun it is!

What do you love most about your hair?
Being natural is a wonderful way to see your entire glory, accepting the coils, curls, kinks, and naps God adorned and crowned you with. I love that I’m accepting my hair just for who She is.

Where can we find you on the web?
Website: | Instagram: @natural.desire | Twitter: naturaldesiree

Thank you for sharing your story with us Christina, your hair and your outlook on your journey are both awesome! If you’d like to have your hair story featured, please feel free to submit it here.

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