1. What is your name and where are you from? My name is Lee-Ann De Vries and I’m from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa.
2. What would you consider your hair type and hair porosity to be? Wow, I’m actually really bad at this technical stuff LOL! I’m probably a mix between 4a and 4b… and low porosity (well that’s what it was the last time I checked).
3. How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural for almost 6 years now. That’s including the time I took to transition.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
I was just really exhausted with long salon trips… spending hours and hours trying to ‘fix’ my hair with chemicals and excessive heat. The constant need to look a certain way and never actually being happy with it because, let’s be honest, our hair was never meant to be straightened. I felt suppressed in a way… like I wasn’t truly me. I’m happy to say that I am now more comfortable in my own skin and I think it shows. Being natural has been rather life-changing for me… it’s been quite therapeutic. I’ve got that internal yaaaaas-girl-you-look-fine glow 🙂
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
Transitioning was the hardest part. Trying to figure out what works on your hair and trying to manage two totally different hair types. I eventually got over that struggle and ended up cutting the relaxed/heat damaged ends and rocked my first TWA (and loved it!).
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
I’m generally not too crazy about strict regimens. I just go with the flow… if my hair feels like it needs a deep conditioner, I do it. If I feel like I have product build up or my hair feels dirty, I wash it. I stick to sulfate-free shampoos with no parabens or mineral oils and products that are designed for natural hair.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
I love everything about my hair! The kinky-ness of my strands is absolutely amazing. I’m not really keen on twist-outs and trying to get really defined curls. I feel like there’s a lot of bias in the natural community to curlier hair types, so I’m going to represent the version of natural that I am, which is not particularly curly. I love my kinky hair! I love the frizz and lack of definition. It’s a personal preference I guess.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
I don’t think there’s anything that I dislike about my actual hair. I’m at the weird stage between a TWA and huge ‘fro, so that’s the only struggle I have. The only thing that I’d say I’ve disliked is how some people react to naturals and constantly find it necessary to touch our hair just to see if its real… but I guess they’re just ignorant. In the words of the great Solange, “Don’t Touch My Hair!”.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
Aunty Jackie’s In Control conditioner is heaven-sent! The Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing & Detangling shampoo and conditioner are amazing… really pricey, but worth it. Other than that I stick to my usual oils which are Jojoba oil, JB Castor oil, Argan Oil and shea butter.
10. What are your top 3 natural hair tips?
1. Don’t let the need to find a strict hair regimen and following other naturals’ choice in products/routine overwhelm you. What works for someone else may not work for you. Understand your hair… Enjoy the journey! Being natural shouldn’t be a burden. 2. Moisturise 3. Moisturise again.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
Watch loads of YouTube videos on natural hair by people with a similar hair type, follow other naturals on Instagram/Facebook BUT don’t allow yourself to believe that what they say is the gospel. They are a guide, not the law. Figure out your hair and what it requires. And lastly, never believe that Expensive Products = Good results. Cheaper products can be just as good (if not better).
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)? You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @leeann_devries and on Facebook – please like my page LeeAnn De Vries (not natural hair related, I’m a budding performing artist) xx
I'm Chisomo, a Communication Science graduate in my mid-twenties who lives on endless cups of tea. I'm also a natural hair enthusiast, a stay-at-home daughter, a sister, a wanderer and lover of all things pretty who loves Jesus on so many levels I can't even explain.
Oh, fro! began as a result of a simple expression used by a girl in love with, you guessed it, her fro. This is just my tiny space where I share about my hair, regimen and all things hair...and a few tidbits of things I love. So find a comfy spot, settle in and I hope you enjoy every bit of this bumpy ride as much as I do!