LOVING MY RELAXED HAIR™ PRESENTS: LAKEVIASunday, September 27, 2015
Introduce yourself! what's your name? where are you from?
My name is Lakevia Rogers. I'm from South Carolina.
How would you describe your hair? What's your hair type?
I've been relaxed pretty much all of my life. My hair is currently a little past mid-back length and my hair type is 4B.
When did you start your relaxed hair journey? What is your hair regimen? Share a few of your "go-to" hair products.
I started my relaxed hair journey in 2012 when I was a little past shoulder length. Throughout the years, I’ve had a few set backs due to prescription medication, pregnancy and just simply trying to find the right products for my hair. My current regimen is pretty simple. Right now I use Mizani Butter Blends relaxer and my hair has loves it. I only trim my ends after I relax, which is about every 12 weeks.
I've been sticking to the whole Pantene for Relaxed and Natural product-line, which I find is good for my textured hair. I'm not one of those ladies who co-wash every other day or twice a week. I do not co-wash at all because I feel like my hair isn’t clean when I do it. I only wash once a week and sometimes every other week. I clarify my hair every single time I wash. I follow up with a moisturizing shampoo by Pantene as my last wash. Secondly, I use my Pantene for Relaxed Hair Moisturizing Conditioner - this portion of my regimen changes according to my hair needs. Sometimes I use my Pantene Moisturizing Conditioner or I'll do a deep condition. I like to mix conditioners together or I use my Shea moisture deep conditioner and let it sit for at least an hour under a hooded dryer for better penetration. Finding that balance between moisture and protein has always been a challenge for me. I do a protein treatment once a month using either the Aphogee 2 min Reconstructor following a moisturizing conditioner or I'll use the Organic Root Stimulator Olive Oil Hair Masque. I typically detangle my hair, with a wide tooth-comb, while rinsing out my conditioner.
My “go-to” protective style consists of a part down the middle of my hair with two (2) braids down the side. It’s very simple. I wear this particular style because it's low maintenance and should I choose to wear it out, it leaves a very pretty wave pattern that only has to be finger combed. I moisturize and seal maybe twice a week but I always mist my hair daily with water and a little bit of glycerin. I apply a little bit of oil to my ends. I tie my hair up at night using my satin bonnet.
What #1 hair tip you would pass on to other relaxed haired ladies who are starting their hair journey?
For ladies who choose to remain relaxed, my number one tip for you is to not get discouraged or impatient. Everyone’s hair grows at a different pace. As long as you're moisturizing and sealing and, most of all, protective styling - you too will retain healthy lengths!
Nowadays it's becoming more uncommon to see relaxed hair or products geared towards relaxed hair. Do you feel the pressure to go natural? Why or why not? What are your thoughts on the natural hair movement?
So as far as feeling the pressure to become natural, I don't think that will be happening any time soon. I love, love, love natural hair and I love my natural coils. I love feeling them when my new growth comes in; however, I just choose to remain relaxed.
Why do you choose to remain relaxed while many are transitioning back to their natural hair?
With my hair being so thick, with very tight coils, it's just easier for me to manage it while it’s relaxed. I believe that if you are relaxed, you should love your relaxed hair! Find some good products that your hair loves and trust me, your hair will let you know whether or not it likes a certain product. Stick to a good regimen and let your hair do its thing!
What do you absolutely love about your relaxed tresses? And why?
Some areas of my relaxed tresses are a little kinkier than others due to some under-processing. I don't mind the areas that are under-processed because it gives the appearance of a natural look with looser coils. The versatility without all the extra maintenance, is what I love about my hair!
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