Top Notch ‘Tress Talk’ with Baroness Countess

October 21, 2014 in Interviews, UNCONDITIONED ROOTS by mkabba

Hair Talk with Lichelle AKA Baroness Countess

Hey Curlies, this week we had the honour of interviewing the Beautiful Naturally Glam Lichelle, profoundly known to many as Baroness Countess on her globally well recognised social media platforms. Lichelle was kind enough to engage in an exclusive and exciting interview with myself, and thus I am able to grace you with first hand insight into her ‘Hair Chronicles’ whereby she openly expresses her views on natural hair, gives us insight into her hair journey, daily regimen, product favourites and spares words of encouragement. Happy Reading Ladies!

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Hey Natural Nubian… Kindly introduce yourself!

Hi! My name is Lichelle and I currently live in NYC. I consider myself a free-spirited and overall artistic person. I love anything artistic! And I can find the beauty in any and everything!

Have you worn your Natural Hair all since birth? If not how long have you been natural and what spurred you to return to you natural tresses?

I returned natural for a total of 4 years now. The first time I ever got a relaxer, was at the age of 5. Returning natural happened sort of suddenly, as I didn’t even realize that I would be “going natural”. When I chopped my hair, I chopped it because it was damaged. Little did I know that I’d embark on a journey that would change my life.

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Did you receive immediate acceptance having been newly natural? What were the reactions of those around you? How was your newly natural self-received by others?

Many people couldn’t understand what I’ve done to my hair. I don’t believe being natural then was as popular as it is today, so of course I’d get weird looks, and the occasional snicker. But as a person who didn’t allow others to define who I was, I was perfectly content with the decision I chose. I loved my hair, and anyone who didn’t like it… really didn’t have to like it…

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Tell us about your hair stages! Did you transition? Did you big chop? If so tell us about your TWA stages!

I Big Chopped! My TWA stage was quite challenging, as I didn’t know how to take care of my extremely short, and dry hair. I really struggled with my hair being so dry, I remember just hoping moisture would just stay in my hair for more than a hour Lol! I wore lots of wash and go’s ( which my Co-workers at the time called “Jheri Curls” Lol, why Jheri Curls though?…)  It took me months to figure out how to actually do a twist out ( Thanks to Youtube ) and the lovely ladies who made tutorials. Youtube was such an amazing thing when I had my TWA. It helped me out so much at that stage and I’m forever grateful!

Do you believe there to be stereotypes and misconceptions of black women and their natural hair?

I do believe there are stereotypes on black women and their natural hair. But I also believe those stereotypes are definitely fading away as we prove them wrong, each day.

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In you experience would you say managing natural hair is mentally and or physically demanding?

Yes! You have to actually want to style your natural hair. Many people feel that they “Can’t” go natural or couldn’t “Handle” being natural. But I believe that any and everyone can be natural. It just takes will!

Kindly tell us your 3 most HOTTEST must have hair products?

Entwine Couture “Butter Cream Hydrator” Crème of Nature “Pudding Perfection” Dark and Lovely Anti-Breakage “Hair Butter”

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What’s the most popular questions you get about your natural hair? Pros & or cons?

Trimming. How often do I trim my hair. This question is always answered the same. I trim every 3-4 months.  I always trim my own hair to get rid of SSK and Split ends, as well as keep the shape to my hair! I trim to keep my hair healthy and full. This is how I keep my volume!

*SNIP SNIP SNIP* How often do you trim your hair?

Every 3-4 months

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What are your TOP TIPS for healthy, lengthy, successful hair growth?

My tips are pretty easy!

1.Protective Style

2. Keep ends mostly free of split ends

3. Wear a satin bonnet when sleeping on hair

4. Low manipulating styles

5. Try to keep hair stretched

6. Co-wash in-between washing

7.Always keep hair moisturized

8. Never comb hair fully dry

9.Rotate your products

10.Eat a balanced diet

That’s it!

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What is your hair goal?

My hair goal is healthy, thick, long hair

Let’s talk Hair Typing! Necessity or Nuisance? What’s your hair type and what are your views on hair typing?

I don’t really have a view on hair typing. I think people should use what works best for them. And if hair typing helps them, then that’s what’s best for them!

What are your favourite MUST HAVE staple products for the following:

Conditioner: LUSH “Retread”

Deep Conditioner: Ouidad “Melt-down Repair Masque”

Sealant: Coconut Oil

Let’s talk HAIR REGIMEN! What does your current/staple hair regimen consist of? How does your hair respond to this?

I keep it simple! I wash my hair once a week and deep condition once a week as well. I co-wash in-between washes. I try to style my hair with a heavy product in the winter and a light product in the summer. I mostly keep my hair stretched in the winter and I style it once/twice a week.

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Have you made any mistakes/ experienced any natural hair disasters? If so what? And what advice would you give to other naturals?

Heat-Damage. Heat is bad. End of story Lol

Has being natural dispelled any myths you previously had of “black hair?”

Nope! I never had any myths on natural hair and or black hair.

Who is your ultimate hair crush/inspiration?

Teyonah Parris is a great inspiration!

What has been the most memorable part of your hair journey?          

Being able to help others is my most memorable part of my hair journey

What is your go-to hairstyle and how do you achieve it?

My curly puff! I just put my hair in a pineapple!

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What one piece of advice would you give someone who’s considering going back to their natural hair?

Do it! It’s worth it! 🙂

Latterly where can our readers find and reach out to you (Online)?

Readers can find me here!

www.instagram.com/baronesscountess

www.facebook.com/baronesscountess

www.baronesscountess.com

www.twitter.com/baronesscountes

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