1. What’s your name and where are you from?
Omphile Sharon Mon. Botswana.
2. Describe your hair a little (eg. hair porosity, hair type, hair texture, hair density, personality, etc.)
I am not into typing hair but I do believe my hair type to be 4C. I have no idea what my hair porosity is (hides face). To be honest I have not taken the time to do the test. Thanks for the post that you did on the subject, I will be consulting that post when I do the hair porosity test.
3. How long have you been natural?
For some reason I always find it difficult to answer. It probably stems from the fact that I transitioned. I re-started my journey again by transitioning from March 2015. Two hair textures can be so frustrating so I kept my hair in a protective style often. I cut off the relaxed ends in October 2016.
Side Note: I had been natural from late 2012 – April 2014. But I didn’t know much about the natural hair journey then, so my hair was not well taken care of. I ended up relaxing in April 2014.
4. Why did you decide to go natural?
I have always loved the thought of embracing my roots and loving the hair that God chose would be fit for me. Even though it gets crazy, I love everything about natural hair.
5. What was the hardest thing about returning natural?
Tangles, knots and struggling with styling.
6. What does your hair regimen comprise of?
This is something of a joke as I am such a lazy natural but when I want to do something I do it. I finger detangle my hair with coconut oil and a spritz bottle mix (water, ACV, aloe vera, etc.) and then proceed to put in in twists. This makes sure that it won’t tangle up easily and makes washing it bliss.
I try to wash my hair bi-weekly (if not in a protective style), but this ends up being once every three weeks or once a month. My hair loves water, so I usually soak it in.
I did use Dark & Lovely Au Naturale shampoo, and my hair loves it. Then I deep condition with their conditioner or Tresemme conditioner, mixing with olive oil, coconut oil, ACV, Aloe vera and whatever else I find (I love experimenting). But of late I have been testing the Saru Organics range of products. Then I use the Cantu Leave-in. I have a spritz bottle that I mix and use on my hair every other day to add in moisture. I use the comb sparingly, and blow dry once a year.
Usually I plait my hair in singles, or twists. I rarely go to the salon.
7. What do you love most about your hair?
The versatility. The fact that I can have stretched hair one day and curly hair the next. Mostly I love the thickness and richness of my hair.
8. What do you dislike most about your hair?
The tangles… It tangles so easily. Sigh.
9. Which 3 products do you swear by?
Water, shea butter, Growth Oil Mix (from Clicks), Cantu Leave-in Conditioner/ Tresemme Conditioner.
10. What are your top 3 natural hair tips?
Be gentle with your hair. Though sometimes construed as “hard”, natural hair is very fragile.When you don’t feel well to deal with it, just bun it or throw on a head wrap.Own your natural. By finding your regimen, re-discovering your hair and loving it.
11. Any encouragement for rookie naturals?
The journey can get crazy, you will love and dislike your hair all at the same time. But the journey is also beautiful. I have never seen a woman more radiant than when she embraces her natural hair (with exception of pregnant women of course ). Keep at it because your hair is just like a baby. You have to learn what it likes, dislikes and how best to maximize health, length and growth.
12. Where can people find you online (Instagram/Twitter/Facebook, etc.)?
Facebook Page (Number one): Theelyricwriter – This page comprises of all things natural hair. Poetry, and motivation/inspiration.
Facebook Page (Number two): Poetic Baker – This page houses all things food.