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Apr 12, 2011

A Hair Story: Nayomi @MyKinksandCurls

Nayomi - @mykinksandcurls

I am happy to feature, my new friend, Ms. Nayomi's "Hair Story". 
The face of the blog My Kinks And Curls
She was so kind to let me interview her on her lovely Hair Journey.
You will be inspired! Please be sure to visit her website, and follow her on twitter.
Information located below.
If you would like to ask Shila anything, you can reach her through FaceBook.


Natural Expression: How long have you been natural?
Nayomi: I've had natural hair for a year now. I cut my relaxed hair in March 2010 but I had my last relaxer in August 2009.

Natural Expression: What made you decide to go natural? Why?
Nayomi: There are several reason why I decided to become natural. My mum had gone natural before me and I was secretly jealous, so she inspired me. Also I was becoming more aware that worldwide there is a bias to western beauty ideals like straight hair, lighter skin etc. And that really shouldn't be so because should be seen as diverse beauty is diverse. In addition my hair wasn't so healthy it was damaged, breaking and not retaining length.

Natural Expression: How did you go natural? BC..transition..locs.
Nayomi: I tried to transition but it really wasn't for me - I just never had the patience for it. So eventually, I got sick of my relaxed ends and took scissors to it at home and the next day I went to the hairdressers to get it cut properly.

Natural Expression: What is your Hair Type?
Nayomi: I think I'm probably a 3C/4A but I don't really know because I find the whole hair typing thing, really confusing being that hair is just so individual and vast in texture and properties.

Natural Expression: Did going natural change you in any way?
Nayomi: I gained confidence and I started seeing myself differently. It's like going natural was the start of a journey of self-discovery. Before I went natural, I felt like I had to conform to a certain image or wear certain fashion to feel good about myself but now that's not necessary at all. I changed my whole style like clothes, etc but it wasn't
a conscious decision more like me just growing and changing naturally.

Natural Expression: What would you tell someone who's considering natural hair? And why they should?
Nayomi: Go for it and do it for yourself. You'll have ups and down on your journey but that happens with most changes and believe it all becomes worthwhile.

Natural Expression: What products are you currently using?
Nayomi: I'm looking to start buying only organic/natural products but recently I've been using:
Conditioners:
TIGI Bedhead Foxy Curls Conditioner
Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Conditioner
V05 Clarifying Conditioner
Shampoo:
Samy Pure Smooth & Shine Conditioner Sulfate Free Shampoo
Body Shop Rain Forest Moisture Sulfate/Paraben Free Shampoo
Deep Conditioners:
Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner
Protein Treatment:
Motions Protein Reconstructor
Leave-In Conditioner:
Organic Root Stimulator Elastic-I-Tea Herbal Leave-In
Mixed Chick Leave In
Styling Products:
Eco Styler
Curlz Whipped Cream
Taliah Wajeed Curly Crème
Oils:
Castor Oil
Olive Oil
Natural Expression: What's your hair regimen now & your favourite hair style?
Nayomi: My favourite hairstyle is a puff and flat twist style. I shampoo then deep condition my hair every other week. And on the alternate week I shampoo then protein treat. I shampoo often because I use a lot of gel styling my hair but because I use SLS it prevents my hair from getting dry. I co-wash in between shampoos for curly styles. After I co-wash, I apply leave-in and seal the ends with oil. I use gel to define my curls by applying it to section - smoothing, raking and scrunching. In between co-washes with I spray my hair with a water/leave-in/glycerin spritz. At night I use a satin bonnet or scarf.

Natural Expression: What are some of the challenges you’ve had with your natural hair? Have you ever regretted going natural?
Nayomi: I had issues when I first went natural, styling my TWA was an up hill struggle. Also growing out my TWA was a pain too. But I managed to find so many resources to help me at through those difficult stages and it worth going because I love being natural now even though at those times a relaxer felt like the better option.

Natural Expression: What have you learned about your hair? What mistakes have you made?
Nayomi: I have made so made mistake on my natural hair like using the same hair product from my relaxed days, thinking my hair was somewhat invincible because it was without chemical and getting heat damage. I know now to choose my product wisely - to look at ingredients and use product catering to my hair texture, to take the utmost care of my hair whilst manipulating and especially when using heat on my hair.

Natural Expression: Where can you be found (e.g., blog, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)?
Nayomi:
Nia X

Thank you Nayomi for letting me encourage other naturals. You're hair is beautiful and stay on your lovely journey lady. Oh yes, and my story is on the way! :-)
-Shren, NATURAL EXPRESSION

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