Loving My Natural Hair™ Presents: ToriSaturday, April 16, 2016
Introduce yourself! what's your name? where are you from?
My name is Tori. I was born in Kingston, Jamaica. I moved to Dallas, Texas when I was 16 years old and have been living here ever since.
How would you describe your hair? What's your hair type?
My hair would be type 4 according to the hair typing system, primarily 4b/c, with looser textures in the front and back sections.
When did you start your natural hair journey? What is your hair regimen? Share a few of your favourite "go-to" hair products.
I started my hair journey in 2009. My relaxed hair was really damaged so when I first started my hair journey, I simply wanted healthier relaxed hair. I stumbled upon YouTube videos of ladies who had beautiful, healthy relaxed hair and I wanted to see if some of their tips would help improve my hair. In 2010, I began transitioning back to my natural texture. After transitioning for a year and a half, I big chopped in 2012. My current regimen is pretty simple. I shampoo and deep condition my hair every two weeks. I usually keep my hair in large braids or twists, moisturizing and re-braiding as needed. I moisturize my hair once or twice a week and I will occasionally co-wash if my hair needs a midweek refresher. Some of my favourite hair products: Any of the Shea Moisture Shampoos Camille Rose Naturals Deep Conditioners (all of them) Oyin Hair dew, Kinky Kurly Knot Today, Sweet Almond Oil
What #1 hair tip you would pass on to other natural haired ladies who are currently Transitioning or about to Big Chop?
My #1 hair tip would be to keep things simple. The wealth of information on YouTube and hair blogs can often be overwhelming. But, I have learned to not get too caught up with what every one else is doing. Focus on what works for you, find a simple routine/regimen and stick with it.
I made the final decision to go natural after being diagnosed with Alopecia Areata. I also fell in love with my natural roots in between my relaxers. I absolutely love that more and more ladies are making the decision to return to their natural textures; I think it’s very empowering. In a society where young girls are constantly made to feel like they are not beautiful, I think seeing others boldly rock their beautiful natural hair is something that our younger generation can definitely look to for motivation and encouragement. The thought of relaxing again has crossed my mind, but I probably wouldn’t. Relaxers were really damaging for my hair. Plus, my natural hair offers a bit more versatility.
I was diagnosed with Alopecia Areata, an autoimmune condition that causes hair loss and/or bald patches. I was treated by a dermatologist and have not had any known problems since.
What do you absolutely love about your natural coils? And why?
I love everything about my hair to be honest, but after my experience with Alopecia, I have learned to appreciate the thickness of my hair even more than before.
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