1. What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Diondra and I’m from South Africa.
2. What would you consider your hair type and hair porosity to be?
When it comes to my hair type, it’s like a box of all sorts. Seeing my hair in person, you won’t find a specific ‘type’; my hair varies from 3a, 3c to 4a, 4b and 4c. Some hairs show to be looser curls than others and in some sections I have very tight curls, but the majority of my hair consists of 4a/4b. I definitely have medium porosity. Some days my hair absorbs moisture easily and other days I can see the water droplets hanging from the strands of my hair.
3. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been a natural for a whole year already – I can’t believe how fast time has flown by.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
I was inspired by the natural community to discover my own hair. As a child my hair was always relaxed, emphasis on always. Because my mom and family had naturally semi-straight hair, the only way my mom knew how to neaten up my thick afro was to relax it – it made things easier to manage especially when it came time for me to attend school. I can’t blame my mom though, she just didn’t know. J I was extremely curious to meet and discover the true nature of my hair, the hair that God gave me.
I suppose I was also a little rebellious towards society’s views on hair, which was that only straight hair was a thing to admire. Haha! Little rebel.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
One thing people should bear in mind is that I had never met my natural hair before, not even as a child, so definitely the ‘unforeseen’ and ‘mysteriousness’ of the hair type I would be. Also, not knowing what I would be getting myself into – no one intuitively knows how to nurture and care for natural hair.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
I try to keep it as simple as possible. I don’t wash my hair very often, I want those natural oils to come through and help with the growth. I deep condition about twice to three times a month, and mainly co-wash my hair. I hardly use shampoo, unless it’s an all-natural hair shampoo, like once every two weeks. I use the LOC method every alternative day. My hair loves the LOC method and I’ve been using it ever since I shaved my head. I also taught myself how to braid my hair as my scalp loves the stimulation it receives through plaiting or braiding it. You won’t find me going to anyone to put some braids in – that is a complete NO-GO. No one else is allowed to touch my hair when it comes to styling.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
I love how fast it grows and how fluffy it is. I also like the fact that I have different type of textures on my head.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
On a bad hair day – everything. Haha! But to be honest I have a lot of hair, and the thickness sometimes irritates me – my hair can use a whole tub of moisturizer and I won’t be able to determine where it all went to.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
The very first products I put on my hair directly after shaving it, was from my friend’s natural hair company called Black Gold. She advised me to use black castor oil for the healing process. So, definitely black castor oil to get them edges back on fleek, girl. The next one is not a product, but I can’t emphasise it enough – water, water, water. Hair loves water. Even just spritzing it on will greatly assist in retaining moisture.
My third product comes as no surprise, but leave in conditioner or cream is very important to help with keeping your hair nourished.
10. What are your top 3 natural hair tips?
Use the LOC method to help seal in moisture, at least 3-4 times a week.Don’t sleep with a cotton pillow case. Your hair WILL break off. Use a satin or silk (personally, I can’t afford silk, lol) hair bonnet or pillow case so that your ends won’t become dried out and break off.
Many won’t agree with me on this one, but it has worked for me and its ‘protective styling’.There are many factors to take into account when it comes to protective styles – hair longevity, hair texture, hair sensitivity are just to name a few. I braid my hair myself, because I know that if I have to go to a salon, not all of them, but I’ll end up having someone pull the living daylights out of my edges, so I do it myself, and I take my time, even if it takes the whole day. I also keep my scalp nourished while I have the braids in so any new growth will be receiving some good moisture. I also never keep my braids in for longer than a month/month and a half. The moment I feel that those braids are becoming heavy – it’s bye-bye time. You have to use your own discernment when it comes to protective styling.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
Yes! The natural hair journey is a beautiful one. You’ll cry, you’ll laugh but most of all you’ll discover yourself, you’ll grow in your natural hair and you’ll become confident in it. If your attitude is just wanting the natural hair title or just wanting the three-year growth plan, you can kick that out the window. You have to prepare yourself for the ride of a lifetime as you try to work out what works for you, what doesn’t, which method is most suitable, which products work best for your hair type, how much moisture it needs, etc. If you don’t see it that way you’ll become discouraged and feel stuck in between a rock and a wall. It’s a unique experience and you should enjoy every step, every little bit of growth and every new discovery.
It’s so worth it. Keep on.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
Feel free to follow me on: Facebook and Twitter: Diondra’s Diary Instagram: @diondrasdiary_xx Email : firstname.lastname@example.org