Tress Talk With Sandeey

July 6, 2014 in Interviews, UNCONDITIONED ROOTS by mkabba

Hair Talk With Sandeey

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Hey Natural Nubian… Kindly introduce yourself!

Hello, I’m Sandeey from Nigeria. I love natural hair!

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 got a relaxer when I was a little girl and decided to stop using them 4 years ago. I returned natural because I had lost the hair on my edges and my friend advised me to stop using relaxers and see what would happened. I haven’t looked back since.

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?

The idea of returning natural didn’t sound good to a lot of people. They found it to be a weird decision. However, when I actually started growing out my hair, they changed their minds.

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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 transitioned for about 8-9 months before the big chop. I wore kinky twists a lot because I did not have the courage to rock a TWA. It was the first time having really short hair. However, when I got the confidence to rock it, it was great. I did flat twists outs a lot and everyone loved it.

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

Of course! Some associate natural hair with being deeply religious or not having enough money to maintain relaxers. I’ve heard too many weird things about natural hair. It is really all funny to me.

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

Well, I don’t think its mentally demanding but physically…sometimes. I thought having longer hair would make it easier for me to take care of my hair. For instance, I could put my hair in a bun when I don’t have any creative style in mind or when I am in a hurry after washing. I quickly learned that was not the case. It takes so much time especially when I do not keep my hair in twist outs or braid outs before styling. My hair tangles so much! As long as I don’t do that, it’s all good.

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

Number one for me would be my African Pride Shea Butter Miracle Leave in Conditioner, then my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque and the third is Coconut Oil.

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

It is really difficult to categorise questions into pros and cons. I get questions about how I could possibly comb my hair, whether I would ever use relaxers again, and whether it hurts when styling.

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

Oh my goodness. I’m reminded how I’ve cut (not trimmed) my hair too often. I’ve been scissor happy due to bad hair practices but I am trying to change my ways. Having longer hair has made me relax about good hair practices and that is not good!

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

The best tip is to treat hair like an egg and do what is right for your texture i.e. if your hair needs a lot of protective styling etc. Also, it is best to keep hair moisturised.

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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?

To me, hair typing is a necessity for styling purposes only. I like seeing other naturals with my hair type and knowing the best styles for me. I will say I have kinky hair. Probably a mixture of 4b/4c but when I see a lot of naturals with 4b/4c hair that looks very different from mine, I wonder why! So I have kinky hair and that’s the best description for me.

What are your favourite MUST HAVE staple products for the following (those that apply)

Conditioner: I don’t have any particular one I use. I’m afraid I’m quite random with conditioners

Deep Conditioner: I love Nature’s Gentle Touch Deep Conditioner but if I don’t have it, I mix oils and normal conditioners together. I recently tried mixing Nu Ade Super Hair Oil with my conditioner and it was wonderful!

Sealant: Shea Butter or Coconut Oil, depending on the weather

Scalp: Absolutely nothing. Everything I put makes it itch.

Pre Poo: Olive Oil, Coconut Oil or Nu Ade Super Hair Oil

Shampoo: Random

Protein Treatment: None

Styling: African Price Shea Butter Miracle Leave in Conditioner, Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque or Curl Enhancing Pudding

Heat Protection: V05 Heat Protect Styling Spray

Other (if applicable): I love trying new products

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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 often change my hair regimen because I find that some product combination stop working for me, probably because of the weather or some other reason I’m not sure about. For now, I use my African Pride Leave in on damp hair, followed by my Shea Moisture products (either the Masque or Pudding) and then Coconut oil (or olive oil if no coconut oil). I am heavy handed because my hair strands are super thick and need a lot of product. That’s what keeps it moisturized. It cured by dry hair problem.

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

I think it depends on how you look at it. Some of us may not want it to look like we returned natural to make a statement. I only did so because I wanted healthier but now I find that I’m so proud of my hair that I feel like I have to make a statement that natural hair is good hair…because it is! I really want people to realise this.

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

Luckily, I haven’t experienced disasters but mistakes, YES. Do not allow your hair to get tangled. Style it in a way you won’t regret when detangling time comes.

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

Yes. It grows! I never really knew that before. I thought it only had something to do with genes. I never really knew good hair practices would allow it reach its ultimate length or at least try to.

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

I love twist outs, braid outs and buns. I start from wash day and twist or braid after putting products. When I’m ready to go out somewhere nice, I unravel it. In this state, it is easy to style.

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

Do not be afraid. It’s just hair!

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

I have a blog about my adventures (or misadventures): hairoflife.wordpress.com. You can also find me on instagram @hairoflife

Thank you very much!

XOXO

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