Thursday, September 19, 2013

Hair Interview: Eddie

Bobi Curls Blog Feature Interview



Tell us a little bit about yourself?


 

My name is Eddie Lee. I am an entrepreneur and single mother of two beautiful children. My 18 year old son has locs and my 10 year old daughter has the most beautiful head of thick, super coily 4c hair! Everyone in my home is educated on hair; keeping our hair healthy is as important as keeping our bodies healthy. My children know how to read labels; they are aware of the importance of hydration and protein; they have an in-depth understanding of growing healthy hair.




Briefly describe your hair journey:

I reluctantly started my natural hair journey because within two days of having an allergic reaction to bonding glue, I suffered a devastating bout of severe hair loss, balding, thinning and excessive shedding. Although going natural was the last thing on Earth I wanted to do, after fighting it for years, I realized it was the ONLY thing I didn’t try in order to grow a complete head of healthy hair! I had planned to go natural for only a year and then start relaxing again, but after discovering my true texture and having a baby with super fine hair, that I didn’t think would ever be able to withstand a relaxer, I decided I would give it a try a little longer than a year. That was almost 9 years ago. Now, my business is to empower women through seminars, workshops, consultations, and providing them healthy hair care products and advice to help them understand, embrace, and fall in love with their natural hair.




If you had to give one what would you say your hair type is?

My hair type is all of the 4 family…It’s very coily and dense.

Please tell us some ways you encourage others with naturally curly hair:
I tell my story and I am absolutely honest about all aspects, the good, bad and ugly! I provide pictures of our progress, styles, and ideas on how to care for naturally curly hair. Embracing my natural hair has changed me from the inside out. I am more patient (dealing w/my hair type, you have to be very patient); I am more confident (I don’t worry so much about what people think any more) and starting with loving the one part of me with NO conditions has given me the courage to love every part of who I am little by little; and now I am completely in love with the person I have become. That in itself is worth any downside of being natural.



Please share your hair regimen with us:


I wash my hair every 10 days or so with Sweet Nature by Eddie (SNBE) Sulfate Free moisturizing shampoo, follow it up with SNBE, peppermint infused deep conditioner. I usually do two strand twists with (SNBE) Wisdom, heavy moisturizer. Lately, I’ve been wearing braids, so I wash and deep condition my hair weekly, and moisturize it daily with Growth Moisturizing Spray. I always do a henna treatment before getting braids because it strengthens the hair, which is needed with the tugging and pulling of getting braids.




What products proved disastrous to your hair and how?

ANYTHING with mineral oil, paraffin, petrolatum, sulfates or other synthetic chemicals
known for drying out the hair! They make my hair feel like a Brillo pad; dry and wiry

What are your favorite products and why?


I’ve only used one line for the last 7 years; Sweet Nature by Eddie. First of all, this is the product line I created because I couldn’t find products that gave me the results I wanted for my hair type; secondly it leaves my very dense, thick, coily hair soft and manageable, yet strong. It’s packed with vitamins, minerals, and herbs that have allowed me to grow my hair longer and healthier than ever before. The line has several different moisturizers for all different hair types.



Are you treated differently when your hair is curly versus straight?

I have worn my hair straight once in 9 years; I can’t say I was treated differently, but I sure felt different. I actually felt uncomfortable, almost like I wasn’t being “true” to myself. When I look back on when my hair was straight, I was treated differently, but I think it’s because I was a different person.



What's the most difficult thing about having curly hair?

The time and energy it takes to style it. The longer my hair gets, the more difficult it is to manage, so I cut if often.



What's the coolest thing about having curly hair?

The endless versatility!






Hair Interview: NaturallyFreeToBeMe.com




Bobi Curls Blog Feature Interview


Tell us a little bit about yourself?





My name is Ebony .I am the founder and creator of
NaturallyFreeToBeMe.com I’ve been married now for 10 years to my wonderful husband Paul who is my biggest supporter. I am a woman who has accepted my purpose in life which is a life of service, first to God and then people. I am very committed to helping people see that they can in fact live a life of FREEDOM! I am motivated by seeing people realize who they are and living the life of their dreams.  I live by this quote “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, and kindness in your smile.” ~ Mother Theresa


Briefly describe your hair journey:
 

I wore my hair very short for years and I decided that I didn’t want to wear it short anymore, and I’ve always liked curly hair so I told my husband that I was going to let my hair grow and wear it long and curly that was it. It wasn’t until about 7 months of wearing my hair in braids that I decided to not braid it again. I turned 30 that June and I was ready for a completely different look. I wanted to look like “ME” so in August I took the braids down and I ended up doing a Big Chop. And I’ve loved my journey to having healthy hair ever since!


If you had to give one what would you say your hair type is?

I’m asked this quite often. I don’t really get into “Hair Typing” but I understand for a lot of people it helps them with finding the right products. But like a lot of natural curly people I have several different curl patters, I have some 3c curls and mostly 4A



Please tell us some ways you encourage others with naturally curly hair:

On my website and other social media pages I post DIY recipe tips, post pictures of various curly and other natural hair styles. I offer as much support as I can by answering questions etc.. and helping people to see themselves the way God sees them as Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. I try to help people understand that each of us were created differently so we all have different textures, and learn to LOVE the texture you’ve been given because it’s beautiful.


Please share your hair regimen with us:

I try to keep my regimen as simple as possible; I co-wash weekly sometimes twice a week depending on my style. I deep condition on a regular basis. I have a Huetiful HairSteamer that I also use especially when my hair feels like it needs a little extra TLC, for clarifying I will use a bentonite clay treatment. Nothing too complex for me:-)

What products proved disastrous to your hair and how?

I’m more a scent and ingredient person so I usually stay away from products that have minty or vanilla scents. I stay away from products with mineral oil because it just stays on my hair and ends up causing build up (everyone is different).
Recently my hair has seemed to become quite sensitive to protein or to heavy amounts of protein. so I’ve been researching more products that are protein free.




What are your favorite products and why?

My favorite products are HoneyChile Hair Love Products which can be purchased online:

Shea Moisture Products-I really love the deep conditioning treatment

Coconut Oil,Olive Oil,Almond Oil,Jojoba are my favorites as well

I LOVE a good shea butter whip mix


What's the coolest thing about having curly hair?

For starters I can go out in the rain lol. It’s very versatile...you can do so many styles with having natural curly hair. I love wearing my hair curly because I always stand out, when I look in the mirror I don’t see anyone other than Ebony and I LOVE that.



 
Understand that each of us were created differently so we all have different textures, curl patterns etc. and learn to LOVE the texture you’ve been given because it’s uniquely yours and BEAUTIFUL















Please attach 3 photos of you. One with hair before washing and immediately after washing and another with it styled. You can actually post unlimited about of pictures of your hair styled.

Hair Interview: Sisterlocked Diva






BOBI CURLS BLOG FEATURE INTERVIEW


 
Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello Naturalistas! My name is Lauren Francis-Jackson and I am The Sisterlocked Diva! I am a natural hair blogger/vlogger who focuses on the sisterlocks/locs community in providing tips, information, inspiration, events, and more! I live in Silver Spring, Maryland with my two dogs, Max (a pug) and Roxy (a Boston Terrier). I work as a speech pathologist for the early intervention program under the school system in Maryland.


Briefly describe your hair journey:

I began my journey by questioning what is in a relaxer and is that what is good for me and my body! I decided to transition that very day after learning more about the harmful effects of relaxers on our bodies. I transitioned for 5 months before doing the big chop. I went completely natural in April 2011. I loved my short fro, but was not into the daily maintenance as my hair got longer. I knew I was ready for sisterlocks (that was the goal when I decided to go natural) at that time. I began my sisterlock journey in May 2012 and have been loving it ever since!

If you had to give one what would you say your hair type is?

I have kinky, tightly coiled hair in its loose natural state! It shrinks up as soon as water hits it and appears much shorter than its true length. My personal philosophy with the hair typing system is that it is not so helpful (e.g., 3a, 4b, etc.). You can have the exact same type of hair as someone else, however your hair can behave very differently. The only hair type I care about is healthy hair!


Please tell us some ways you encourage others with naturally curly hair:

Since I speak to the locs and sisterlocks community primarily, I talk about how to care for new locs and sisterlocks with healthy hair care routines, product recommendations for your loc’d hair including hair products and accessories, encouraging messages about locs, posting inspirational pictures featuring different styles, hosting events focusing on hair care and information on locs from bloggers and locticians/sisterlock consultants, and interviewing locticians and consultants as well as followers about their locs & sisterlocks.


Please share your hair regimen with us:

Daily Maintenance: I spritz my sisterlocks as needed with water for moisture (usually every few days). My sisterlocks stay moisturized well with eating a well balanced diet with fruits and vegetables and water. I freestyle my sisterlocks a lot, meaning that I choose low manipulation styles. I do style my sisterlocks ranging from curls to flat twisted updos. I am the updo queen as my locks are getting longer and it is hot as always this summer in the DMV.

Wash Day: To prepare my hair to get wash, I braid (twist) and band my sisterlocks. In small sections of 10 locks, I two strand twist the section loosely to the ends. Then I tuck the ends under and secure with a rubber band. I do this to prevent my sisterlocks from unraveling since my ends are still open. I will do this until my ends are sealed. Then, I shampoo my sisterlocks every two weeks with the Getting Started Sisterlock Shampoo. I shampoo twice and rinse thoroughly. Afterwards, I undo all of the bundles and separate lock by lock to avoid locks bunching together.


What products proved disastrous to your hair and how?

For new sisterlocks, you should not be using oils of any kind or conditioner. Both of these products can cause unraveling and slippage with your sisterlocks. With traditional locs, I would stay away from products that are very creamy in nature due to the buildup issues they can create.


What are your favorite products and why?

Overall, I love how “less is more” with locs and you don’t need a whole bunch of products for your hair. Keeping a simple regimen will keep your locs healthy!

For Sisterlocks: A healthy diet, water, and a cute Lilla Rose hair clip! With eating well, sisterlocks will thrive in that environment!! The only product I really use and love is for setting my locks on curlers. I swear by Taliah Waajid’s Crinkles & Curls for rod sets, flexi rods sets, and more!

For Locs: You can use a wider array of products on your traditional locs! I like a good essential oil, a good sulfate free shampoo (Giovanni Tea Tree Shampoo is good), and an apple cider vinegar rinse to remove buildup!




Are you treated differently when your hair is curly versus straight?

I was just thinking about this question! I get many more compliments on my hair if it is styled versus just freestyled (its natural state). I have noticed this trend with everyone from men to coworkers, cashiers at a store to a random naturalista! I get much more compliments from men and women as my hair has gotten longer and can do more with it!


What's the most difficult thing about having natural hair?

I don’t really see a difficult part to having sisterlocks! Whether pinned up or worn down, I absolutely fell in love with my natural hair in sisterlocks. I enjoyed my TWA and twists, but my passion got hyped when I became sisterlocked.


What's the coolest thing about having curly hair?

The coolest thing about having sisterlocks is the flexibility in styling! This was the factor that sold me because I like different looks! I have done so much more to my hair in terms of styling since sisterlocked than in the year as a loose natural. I liked that I could manipulate my sisterlocks in similar ways as a loose hair natural WITHOUT the daily maintenance!



 
If you ever have any questions about locs and sisterlocks, feel free to check out my blog www.thesisterlockeddiva.com! You can also find out more about sisterlocks by visiting the official site www.sisterlocks.com!








 

Hair Interview: Morgan

BOBI CURLS BLOG FEATURE INTERVIEW

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I'm very much a nerd. I'm into recreational math and science (Science Olympian!) and sci-fi/cult television. On top of that, I'm a dancer and cheerleader, and I also play flute competitively.

Briefly describe your hair journey:

I was lucky enough to have parents who didn't straighten my hair. My mom and I have gone on our hair journey together, though. She often flat ironed her hair and braided mine, simply because she didn't know what to do with it. When I went into middle school, I started to experiment. At first, I didn't use a styling product and detangled with a wide-toothed comb. Soon after that, I found the Mixed Chicks line. I used that for a couple months before switching to KCCC (Kinky Curly Curling Custard). It was with KCCC that I found a styling method that worked, and have since switched back to Mixed Chick's leave-in as my main styling product.

If you had to give one what would you say your hair type is?

4a curls with some 3c at the ends. Medium-fine strands, normal volume.


Please tell us some ways you encourage others with naturally curly hair:

Sharing styling techniques, hairstyles, etc. I live in a predominantly straight-haired area, but when I find someone with curls, I strike up conversation. I really don't talk much about my hair, though.


Please share your hair regimen with us:

Daily wash:

Kinky-Curly Come Clean Shampoo (every other day)

Olive Oil Conditioner

Comb through with fingers, then Denman brush

Rinse

Coat and incorporate with Mixed Chicks leave-in while dripping wet

Squeeze out

Wrap in a hair towel for 15+ minutes


What are your favorite products and why?

I love my leave-in. I take it with me everywhere, especially if I'm going to be at a pool. It's easy to work with, and gives consistent results. As far as I've seen, it holds up very well in high humidity, which is a must for my climate.


Are you treated differently when your hair is curly versus straight?

Definitely. I get near-daily choruses of

"Ohmygod I love your hair. It would look so pretty straight!"

"You should let me straighten your hair sometime."

"Do you ever straighten your hair?"

"How long does it take?"

"Are you mixed?"

"I could never get hair like that."

"Do you brush your hair?"

"How do you brush your hair?"

"Can you use your hair as a pillow?"

I feel like if I fried my hair, I wouldn't get so much surprise and lash back.


What's the most difficult thing about having curly hair?

Keeping it looking nice. My second-day hair doesn't look too good, so I often pull it back if I haven't washed that day. It's a huge pain, especially while I'm at camp and can't shower everyday. It's also tough to find styles to mix up my hair. I've resigned myself to ponytails and ballet-twist buns.


What's the coolest thing about having curly hair?

It's great to play with. I'm a fidgeter, so my hair lends me a good outlet that isn't chewing my nails.


(There's some heavy language but Morgan wants people to view this video because CLEARLY we can all relate to these reactions to our natural hair.)