Exclusive ‘Tress Talk’ Interview with Donedo

September 29, 2014 in Interviews, UNCONDITIONED ROOTS by mkabba

Hair Talk with Donna Neddo AKA Donedo

Hey Curlies, this week we had the pleasure of interviewing the beautiful Ms Donna Neddo, greatly known to many as Donedo on her profound social media platforms. Donna was kind enough to engage in an exclusive and exciting interview with myself, 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!

Hey! I’m Donna Neddo aka Donedo and I’m from Commerce, Michigan which is a suburb of Detroit. I currently reside in Chicago. I’m a alumna of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Psychology and Columbia College Chicago with a M.A. in Art, Entertainment and Media Management. I’m a photographer, YouTube Vlogger and Natural Hairstylist.

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

I had permed hair since I was in 3rd grade and I decided to go natural my first year of grad school. I liked how beautiful natural hair could be styled. Also, I was tired of going back to Michigan to get a relaxer since I didn’t know any reputable stylists in Chicago.

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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?

Fortunately I received an overall overwhelming positive reaction when I finally started wearing my natural hair. Everybody loved my hair at work and school. After only a few weeks of posting natural hair photos on IG I was interviewed by Black Girl Long Hair.

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

I transition for year and eight months. For the first year I wore weave. The second year I started experimenting with natural hairstyles like twist outs and updos.

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I like to call you the QUEEN of Colour *covers face* I’m in absolute awe by the colours you’ve put in your hair. How have your colour treated hair experiences been? What are your GOLDEN TOP TIPS for looking after colour treated hair? And what advice would you give to other ladies considering taking that bold and beautiful step of adding colour to their tresses?

I dyed my hair once a year ago. Keeping your hair moisturized and deep conditioning frequently is very important. For those thinking about colouring, you should think about your lifestyle and if you can manage taking even better care of your hair than you currently do. I don’t suggest people with damaged hair to add colour because it’s just going to damage your hair even more. If you want to get colour I highly recommend you go to professional and have a consultation first.

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

Detangling thick kinky curly hair is physically demanding.

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

I honestly had hundreds of products and I just recently through away at least half so I don’t have particular products that are my favorite I’m just trying to use up what I have. Three important products to have would be conditioner/deep conditioner/leave in conditioner, an oil (I personally like argan oil) and a styling product.

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

I get the most questions about how to do certain styles. A lot of times the answers are in the captions, the description box, or the actual video.

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

I try to get a trim every 3 to 4 months.

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

Low manipulation and protective styling helps with length retention.

Let’s talk Hair Typing! Necessity or Nuisance? What’s your hair type and what are your views on hair typing? What hair care advice would you give to newly naturals with with you hair type?

Hair typing can be good or bad depending on how a person is using it. You can have the same hair type with someone but a different hair texture so hair typing only helps to a certain extent. What works for one person might not necessarily work for someone else because you have different hair textures. My hair is 4a/b but the texture is very coarse (thick strands).

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

I usually cowash my hair once or twice a week and a deep conditioner each time. Then I’ll do a wash and go, braid out or twist out. I sleep on a satin pillowcase at night. So far it’s been working well for me.

Do you believe returning back to natural to be a statement? If so of what sort?

I think it shows you’re comfortable in your own skin.

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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?

I went to Mexico for a week and I needed to wash my hair and I didn’t bring any conditioner. Somehow I accidentally brought shampoo and they didn’t have any conditioner and I tried to explain to them that I needed conditioner for dry hair and they only had conditioner for straightening your hair so detangling was a hot mess.

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

It’s not as difficult to manage as companies selling relaxers would make you think.

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

This summer it has been wash n go’s. I start with clean detangled hair and I had Eco Styler gel smoothing it from root to tip, then I add more water shake my hair and go. You can check out my best wash n go tutorial on my YouTube channel.

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Coupled with your SUBLIME hair, you rock some GORGEOUS lip colours too. One of my favs being your infamous purple/pink 😀 So what’s your all-time favourite colour?

 I like to experiment with a temporary colour because it washes out. My favourite colour is purple.

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

Ladies have a lot of patience to learn your hair.

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

www.youtube.com/donedo05

IG: donedo

Facebook: donedo

tumblr: donedonaturalhair.tumblr.com

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