Your hair is? Relaxed (this includes texlaxed)
When did you start your hair journey? What inspired you?
My sisters and I started our hair journey on January 20th of 2013. We always wanted long hair and always did crazy (and wrong) things to make our hair grow, but we had recently moved from Angola to the UK, so we didn’t have our regular stylists and salons anymore. Also, we were on a student budget, so we couldn’t really afford that lifestyle anymore hahah. So we googled ways to take care of our hair at home and then we came across a youtube video, and then another, and the rest is history.
Describe your hair for us.
I have texlaxed type 4A/4B kinky hair. My hair is not thick but seems like it because I have a lot of it although my strands are fine. My hair has medium to high porosity and is very much fond of protein treatments.
What is your current regimen?
My current regimen consists of dry deep conditioning on Wednesdays and pre-pooing with coconut oil, co-washing (or washing whenever necessary) and deep conditioning my hair on Sundays. After every time my hair gets wet (on Wednesdays and Sundays), I do a cold water rinse and use the LCO method to air dry. I wear a bun 90% of the time and only straighten (and trim my ends simultaneously) two to three times per year. I moisturize and seal every other night, unless I have straight hair, and I also oil my scalp with JBCO on occasion. I alternate between a moisturizing and protein DC depending on my hair needs.
Do you have any hair goals? Have you achieved them?
My ultimate hair goal is for my hair to reach Full Waist Length. I still haven’t achieved this goal but I hope to reach it by the end of this year or the beginning of the next.
How did you achieve them? How are you working to achieve them?
I’m working on achieving this goal by sticking to my hair regimen and trying to stay motivated, especially during the colder months, by watching youtube videos or by checking my progress through old pictures. I’m also constantly in protective styles and I try to keep the manipulation to a minimum.
Have you had any setbacks? How did you bounce back?
I had a small setback in the beginning of last year, when I first moved to London, but luckily I caught it early. My hair was used to the soft water in Luanda and the sudden shock of London’s hard water made my hair start thinning a little bit. I immediately got a water filter and started growing out and cutting my ends. It’s been a year and I am almost fully recovered.
How has your hair journey impacted other parts of your life?
It made me more aware of my body and how I’ve been taking care of it. It made me think twice about the “common” ways that we are taught to take care of ourselves, there are so many things, just about hair, that I was doing incorrectly. So I started researching more about everything and anything. I started drinking more water, watching what I eat and attempting to exercise regularly.
What are your favorite protective styles?
My favourite protective styles are buns, buns and more buns. I occasionally do braids, but buns are my go-to.
What are some of your favorite products?
Some of my favourite products are: ORS Replenishing Conditioner and the Creamy Aloe Shampoo, Macadamia Moisturising Deep Treatment, Kinky Kurly Knot Today, Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Coconut and Olive Oil.
How do you deal with people who doubt you? What motivates you to keep going?
In the beginning, it used to bother me a lot, but I always had the support of my sisters, so I didn’t pay it much attention. Now, since the people that used to doubt me can see the difference, they don’t bother me at all anymore, they mostly just ask for advice hahah.
What advice would you give someone just starting out on their journey?
My main advice would be to not pay much attention to people that are doubting you and just remember that first they laugh, then they copy. But most importantly, enjoy yourself. I used to be so into my hair journey, that I got severe tunnel vision and missed out on fun experiences. Like, I used to sometimes not go out with my friends because I had to deep condition or I wouldn’t go to the pool or the beach sometimes because it’s “damaging” lol. Just remember that at the end of the day, it’s just hair and one day of fun or one missed deep conditioning session won’t make you go bald.
If you were stranded on a deserted island, what 5 things (e.g. conditioner, bobby pins) would you wish you had?
- Macadamia Deep Treatment
- ORS Replenishing Conditioner
- Creamy Aloe Shampoo
- Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk
- Jamaican Black Castor Oil
What do you love most about your hair?
I love the way that my hair is exactly how I dreamed and hoped it would be. I obviously want it to be longer, but if it didn’t grow or change in any way from what it is now, I would continue to be very happy with it.
Where can we find you on the web?
You can find me on the blog that my sisters and I started at www.dielleci.com. You can also find us on Instagram @ di.elle.ci or Twitter @dielleci.
Thank you for sharing your story and your beautiful hair with us, Daisy!