Happy Sunday! We’re featuring Lianne today, hope you’re inspired.
Tell me about yourself.
Hi! I’m Lianne, a 30-something Physician Assistant from Danville, Virginia. I am a proud Air Force wife and mom to a very busy 2 year old. We currently live in San Antonio, TX but hope to move back to the east coast soon!
Describe your hair before going natural.
My hair was relatively easy to take care of, I relaxed my hair every 10-12 weeks and flat ironed almost every day. It “looked” healthy, but would never grow past my shoulders. I also had this patch of hair in the front that constantly broke off and never reached past my eyebrows. I would cut my hair every once in a while just because I would get bored with the length, but I pretty much wore my hair the same way everyday.
I debated several times to kick the creamy crack over the years, but I was scared! So when I became pregnant with my daughter, I was unsure of the affects the relaxer would have on my pregnancy. My hairstylist at the time said “When my wife was pregnant her hair grew so fast … she would relax her every 4 weeks.” That’s when I knew: #1 I needed to find a new hairstylist and #2 if i wanted stronger, longer hair then I needed to kick relaxers to the curb. I also knew I wanted my daughter to grow up embracing her natural hair too, that was my biggest motivator!
I transitioned. I didn’t really know what I was doing so I set mini goals for myself and would then reasses at that time if I wanted to keep going. Around 6 months, I did a mini chop, and at 9 months I finally stopped flat ironing my hair.
I made it almost 12 months!
How long have you been natural for?
3 years since my last relaxer and 2 years since cutting off all of my relaxed ends.
I have a love-love relationship with my hair. It’s mostly 4a and 3c in the back and sides, very dense, with medium sized strands. It’s also low porosity. Now that I’ve figured out a regimen, my hair is relatively easy. “She” stays moisturized using the L.O.C. (leave-in, oil, cream) method and prefers low manipulation styles.
I wash and deep condition my hair every week. For washing I use, Eden Bodyworks coconut shea co-wash and then I detangle in the shower with Trader Joe’s Nourishing Spa conditioner. I’ll deep condition with whatever dc I have on hand and add avocado oil and sit under the dryer for 30 minutes. After rinsing, I apply Paul Mitchell the Conditioner leave in and more avocado oil to seal. After letting my hair air dry for about an hour or so, I’ll proceed to twisting or braiding with Eden BodyWorks curl defining creme and Olive oil Ecostyler gel.
Products listed in hair regimen.
How often do you wear your hair out?
Most days of the week, if the weather is bad or a few days before wash day I’ll tuck it away.
I can honestly absolutely not!
Any tips or tricks you want to share? We’re willing to learn!
Style on damp (not wet) hair to make sure your hair is dry by the morning. For my low porosity, it has a hard time getting on moisture and products tend to sit on my hair. So I will allow the leave-in and oil to “sit” for a bit before I add any styling creams or gels. This gives my hair a chance to soak in those moisturizing ingredients, instead of “suffocating” my hair with the products all at once.
YouTube channel – chronicurls.
Lifestyle blog – www.chronicurls.com.
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Bea-uti-ful hair! Fellow 4a chick dance! (lol)
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