1. What’s your name and where are you from?
I’m Nathaniel Thomas, from Cape Town.
2. Describe your hair a little (eg. hair porosity, hair type, hair texture, hair density, personality, etc).
My hair type is 4B and at a low-porosity texture.
3. How long have you been natural?
My natural hair journey has been going on for about 3 years now. In between those 3 years I probably cut my hair 4 times, from short to bald. Now I’m fully committed in confidence with rocking my natural look.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
At first I use to be in loooooove with people who can rock curly hairstyles. I always feared that it wouldn’t fit my appearance ’cause homeboy use to be heavily influenced by people’s opinions but once I went for it I fell in love with it, after all deep conditioning day is the most therapeutic day.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
I wouldn’t say that returning back to my natural hair was the hardest thing, actually it was less admin cause let’sface it, the longer your hair the moreleave-in conditioners you use and these things are hella expensive.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
I try and wash my hair twice a week. One day would be a normal wash day which consists of a basic shampoo, conditioner and leave-in conditioner. My next wash day is what I call my D-day (deep conditioning day) my normal wash day is added with a deep conditioner and oil treatments for control. On some days when I feel extra I even lay my edges (sticks tongue out).
7. What do you love most about your hair?
What I love most about my hair? Uhm, I haven’t really thought about it but I have to say scalp massages are liiiiiffffeeeee!!! Oh, I also love that I’m always learning something new about what works and doesn’t work for my hair. I lowkey feel like a scientist cooking up something.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
People walking up to me wanting to touch my hair (so annoying) that time they so rough, now I know how bread feels like in a supermarket just minding its own business.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
I have to say at the moment Organics shampoo and conditioner (let’s just make this one item ’cause I can’t let you miss out on the next two), My Natural Hair – Deep Conditioner, Cantu – Leave- In Conditioner.
10. What are your top 3 hair tips?
Don’t use burning hot water to wash out products, always lukewarm or even cold water.It gives your hair that extra definition.
Keep leave-in conditioners in for about an hour to get better results.
Don’t forget to massage your scalp while shampooing your hair to open up the hair follicles.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
Always be PATIENT if you are just starting out, every one’s process is different. What may work for me may not necessarily work for another person, this said, use as many products as you can to find out what works for you.
There’s a new phrase trending on social media “Keep it flowing like the water” by that said, drinks lots of water.
Finally, just ENJOY the experience! You’ll honestly learn so much about how your body operates.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/YouTube/Facebook, etc.)?
Facebook: coming out soon