When did you do your big chop?
I did my big chop in 2015 and like most people, I struggled to find products on the local market that could cater to my needs. I’d walk in cosmetic stores only to find products for relaxed hair. That’s when I started relying more on the Internet for information and recommended products for natural hair. Once I gained enough knowledge, I started my Instagram page, Honour Your Crown, which is aimed at sharing my natural hair journey – from what products I use, my hair routine, DIY mixtures and much more. This was my way of assisting women who might be experiencing challenges with their natural hair journey.
Please tell us about your hair routine
My hair regime includes moisturising twice a day. In the morning I use water (sometimes I mix the water with lemon grass, lavender or tea tree oils) to hydrate the hair, then I follow with either a butter or oil. In the evening I apply the Dark and Lovely Au Naturale Afro Moisturising Butter as I do twists or three knots to stretch the hair.
I also make sure I use a satin scarf to cover my hair before going to bed, or sleep on a satin pillowcase. Cotton sucks out the moisture in our hair, which causes breakage and thinning. Plus, satin is good for skin.
I wash my hair using the Dark and Lovely 3-in-1 Cleansing Conditioner once a week.
I trim every month because, for now, I’m comfortable with the length and volume of my hair.
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What three hair products do you swear by?
· The 3-in-1 Dark and Lovely Cleansing Conditioner. It’s a time-saver and by far one of the best products I’ve come across. It washes, conditions and detangles all at once, making #washday much simpler.
· Castor oil. I sometimes mix it with lavender and lemon grass to keep my hair moisturised.
· Unrefined shea butter to seal in the moisture.
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What are some of the misconceptions black women have about natural hair?
· Women think it’s difficult to maintain natural hair. Caring for natural hair isn’t rocket science, you just need to find a regimen that works for you, your lifestyle and hair type.
· Another myth is that it’s expensive. If your budget is tight then DIY! Also I advise ladies to stick to products for at least three months before switching. Changing your regime too many times upsets the scalp’s pH levels, which may result in your hair not growing.
· Another popular stereotype is that black hair doesn’t grow. Our hair isn’t meant to grow long, but rather grows in volume and width. You need to be patient, love and nurture it.