Tress Talk With Tri

July 6, 2014 in Interviews, UNCONDITIONED ROOTS by mkabba

Hair Talk With Tri

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Hey Natural Nubian… Kindly introduce yourself!

Hello there, my names Tri, Co-founder of Curltureuk.

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 have been natural all my life. During my teens I experimented a lot with my hair, using hair dyes (but not bleach), straightening and blow drying constantly causing severe heat damage and breakage. Therefore I still consider myself a transitioner, as I wanted to get my hair back to its original condition. The main factor that spurred me on was length. I couldn’t believe how short my hair was, the shortest it’s ever been and that’s when I knew things needed to change.

Do you receive immediate acceptance when wearing your Kinky, Curly, Coily Crown? How is your natural self-received by others?

I am fortunate enough to say yes. I have always received great comments regarding my hair, even when I think it looks awful. I’m a style junkie, so amongst my friends who are predominantly black I would always get complements and questions on how I styled my hair. In addition to this at work, where my colleagues are predominantly white the acceptance is almost overwhelming. They love it, the pure fascination, complements, and amazement is never ending, as my hair is different every day. It gets me noticed, everyone knows me as ‘the girl with the big hair’, which doesn’t bother me at all, It allows me to stand out!

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

I do believe this exists 100%, however I personally have not been exposed to this much. I witness more stereotypes to black women and weave.

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

Both! It is very important that you change your mind set, but not only change it, continue to stimulate it. And it’s physically demanding as it need TLC.

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

This is quite hard but, hmm…I guess I’d say

  • Hawaiian Silky healing oil
  • Cantu Leave in Conditioner
  • Muzuri, Hair Mayonaise: Steam Treatment

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

“How do you get it so soft?”

“What do you use in your hair?”

“You have nice hair, are you mixed?”

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

It took me a while to understand the importance of trimming, I didn’t trim my hair for years…yep years! Now I currently trim my hair every 6 months or so, but I always check if it actually needs it instead of working by the calendar.

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

  • Regular protein deep conditioning treatments
  • Moisture, keep that hair hydrated (mix water and oil in a spray bottle)
  • No/ minimal heat applied

What is your hair goal?

I can honestly say I have no hair goal at present. I am more concerned with the health of my hair, but of course I like to see progress to know that I am doing something right.

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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?

I’m not sure if it’s a necessity for people to ask what your hair type is, just because. Why does it matter?

However, I do believe that it is helpful for you personally to know your hair. Not necessarily hair type by number, but simply knowing your hair. Is it curly, kinky, coily? This may just help with regimes, styling and which products you purchase.

It is important to remember not all hair types fall into one category and some people may be in between.

I would describe my hair as 4a- kinky.

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

Conditioner: Palmer’s Shea Formula Moisture Repair Curl Conditioner

Deep Conditioner: Muzuri hair mayonnaise: Steam Treatment

Sealant: Argon Oil

Scalp: Castor oil

Pre Poo: N/A

Shampoo: Palmers coconut shampoo

Protein Treatment: Muzurihair mayonnaise: Steam Treatment (I add oil, keratin, and eggs)

Styling: So many to chooseI would sayCantu leave in conditioner

Heat Protection: N/A

Other (if applicable): Dry Shampoo: Organic herbal cleanse dry shampoo

Cleanser: Miss Jessie’s crème de la curl

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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 shampoo/co wash my hair and air dry. I began to dislike drying with a towel
  • I next create my Deep Conditioning Protein mix using Muzuri, Keratin, Eggs and oil. I apply this, cover with a shower cap and leave overnight.
  • I rinse this out my hair and then apply conditioner and massage into scalp. I proceed to rinse out the conditioner with cold water.
  • Again, I air dry and apply castor oil to my scalp (sometimes mixed with another oil such as Argan or Olive as it’s so thick)
  • I separate my hair into sections and distribute Cantu leave in condition or any new product that I am testing out, be it conditioner, moisturiser or lotion
  • I next seal with Hawaiian Silky healing oil, again or any light oil such as Argan oil and often twist/ braid my hair to define my curls.
  • Voila! I undo after a approx 15 mins and go.

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

I do! I believe it to be a statement of self love!

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

Dying my hair! I done this myself at home and my hair became so dry and brittle, and all the ends just broke off. To be fair at the time I was young and clearly clueless, so my advice would be to research care regimens before going fourth and also consider going to a professional to achieve to look you want, as they can also provide advice.

Regardless of care taken, hair dyes still contain harsh chemicals so my other advice would be to consider less damaging products such as henna dye.

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

I will admit I am one of millions of women who believed my hair simply ‘doesn’t grow’. But then I changed my mind set. I can only describe it as becoming a new woman.

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Who is your ultimate hair crush/inspiration?

Erykah Badu! Her hair and style is just…uhhh…Flawless!

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

I guess when I dyed my hair. Because looking back at pictures I can’t believe what a mess I looked. No care what so ever… ahh young age!

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

Afro style! Big and Bold! I spritz my hair using my water bottle which contains water and Argan oil, and use my afro pick to fluff out. I tend to fluff my hair with my afro pick whilst my head is tilted down (hair facing the floor), then once I bring my head back up my hair is huge. I call this Sunrise!

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

I would admit that it can be hard work and requires a lot of patients; however I would reinforce the fact that they are worth all that hard work, and expose them to the many outlets that can help them on their journey.

I would also encourage them to change their mindset and disregard myths regarding afro hair, and instead learn and know their own hair.

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

https://www.facebook.com/curltureladies

http://instagram.com/curltureuk

https://www.curltureuk.wordpress.com

https://www.youtube.com/user/CURLtureUK

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