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May 16, 2011

A Hair Story: Beautiful Eureka


I first met Eureka at "Let's Talk About Hair" ...a hair forum in my hometown, please be sure to "Like" them on Facebook. When I saw her hair, I thought to myself. Her hair is so lovely, and I cannot wait for my hair to become more healthy and to her length. She is a lovely person with gorgeous hair, and I am honored to feature her on my blog. I know you will be inspired, I definitely was...I made this an exclusive hair story, because I know her personally and she's my local hair idol. Ha! 
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Natural Expression Interviews Ms. Eureka

How long have you been natural?
Eureka: This will be my 11th year of my natural journey but May 2011 will mark the 3yrs of healthy hair care practices.  Which basically means 3yrs ago I incorporated TLC and started seeing results in my growth.


What made you decide to go natural? Why?
Eureka: During undergrad I really couldn't afford to get my hair professionally done anymore, so I started getting sew-in weaves by my roommate (first mistake, lol).  Over time I started to notice that my hair was thinning but I brushed it off and continue on the "weave train" for 2 more months.   The end result left the crown of my head completely bald and that was the catalyst needed to begin my natural journey. 


How did you go natural? BC..transition..locs 
Eureka: Transitioned for 1 yr by washing and deep conditioning my hair every week and pressing my hair using a old school pressing comb, the stove version, child :-).


What is your Hair Type?
Eureka: For some reason hair typing is not a concern for me, haven't discover yet why I am not concerned.  But looking at my hair some 4a & 4b.


What are your thoughts about Natural Hair?
Eureka: My thoughts about being natural are constantly changing.  In the beginning of my journey I was discourage because I didn't have a clue about how to take care of my hair and I lived in a area where you could count the number of naturals on one hand. 
Now, from my experience the natural community is supportive and always willing to help anyone who desires to start taking steps toward becoming natural.  In 2011 we have a multitude of outlets to express our frustration and receive support, transitioners and naturals today have a advantage that I didn't have in the beginning.  For me to see heads of hair in all shades, sizes, and textures creates a new standard of beauty that is nonparallel.  When I was growing up, the belief was to be considered beautiful meant you had long straight hair and today there is a new standard of beauty that the natural community has created and I love every part of it. 


Did going natural change you in any way?
Eureka: Becoming natural has definitely change me in so many ways spiritually, mentally, and physically.  Mentally at first the experience help me to become completely comfortable with who I was at the time. For a period of time the only look I wore was an afro on daily basis, but I learned that natural hair is versatile and there are many looks that can be achieve.  I am able to create different hair styles and my hair has taught me to always think outside the box and if I do not like it start over and that is the same concept  that I apply to my life.  Physically I changed because I was starting to take of my hair but my health was on the back burner.  I said to my self this is backwards and that is when I made a change for the better and lost 50 lbs.  Spiritually, I was starting to see myself from a Godly perspective and learned  to appreciate my authentic self.   A lot times I was judge for being natural in positive and negative ways and I said I would never imposed those standards on people by the way their hair looked.


What would you tell someone who's considering natural hair? And why they should?
Eureka: Be patient because your hair is in the drivers seat and you are just along for the ride, it is ok my hair punks me on a daily basis too.  Your hair will constantly change and the more length your hair retains the more you must be willing to listen to what your hair needs.  The needs begin with treating hair like fine silk and giving it constant TLC.  Anything I feel that will damage my hair is a deal breaker and I am on the hunt to find other avenues.  Start a hair journal to track your hair progress,  to keep a log of products that worked for your hair, and any vital information.  Do your research by joining different hair boards  and becoming members of blogs online,  also find a local hair forum that meets in your city, and talking to other experienced naturals and experience is not always based on hair length or years of being natural.  Surround your self with positive people  who will support an not discourage. And for the newly naturals shrinkage is part of the game so embrace it and know that the health of your hair far out weighs length.  Above all relax do not stress, when our hair is treated with love surprisingly your hair will show you love in return.


What products are you currently using?
Eureka: Shampoos:  I switch between Dr. Bonners castile and peppermint (mixed together) and shikakai shampoo bar. Conditioners:  Mane n tail (used as a prepoo or pre shampoo), Yes to tomatoes(deep conditioner), Suave Naturals, Redken anti-snap, Knot today (leave in). Oils:  Jojoba, coconut, Castor (my fav), almond, amla, vatika, and olive oil(2nd fav). Essential oils:  rosemary and lemongrass.  Misc:  Aloe vera juice, honey, apple cider vinegarAVC (final rinse).


What's your hair regimen now & your favorite hair style?
Eureka: Once a week or every two weeks I pre-poo hair with Mane n tail, coconut oil, olive oil, and Castor oil (for the ends of hair). Apply in sections, then twist and baggie for desired amount of time.  Step 2 detangle hair under water and shampoo. I always shampoo my hair in sections and apply shampoo directly to my scalp.  Step 3  apply conditioner in sections and let sit for 1 hr or desired time.  Step 4 wash out deep conditioner and apply ACV (apple cider vinegar) rinse. Acv mix consist of a pint of COLD h20, 4 table spoons of AVC, honey, and 5 to 10 drops of rosemary and lemongrass. Directions pour mixture on hair as a final rinse.  Tip the cold H20 serves as a cold water rinse to close the hair cuticles.


What are some of the challenges you’ve had with your natural hair? Have you ever regretted going natural?
Eureka: The only challenges encountered are the ones I created for myself.  It took years for me to realize that just  because my hair is natural now doesn't mean it is any less fragile then when my hair was permed.  A lot of times natural women and men think no perm equals stronger hair that it will be able to withstand abuse, WRONG!   This is the reason why my hair for years didn't retain any length.  After the conclusion that my hair growth or lack of was cause by my unhealthy hair care practices, I started doing research and realized there is a plethora of information on the Internet that has aided in my current regimen and length.  The information gathered saved my hair from near death.  The only regret is that I wasted so many years not properly taking care of my hair.


What have you learned about your hair? What mistakes have you made?
Eureka: My hair needs a balance of moisture and protein for optimal growth.  Water is the best natural moisturizer on the planet, it is and always will be best friends with my hair.  When I was permed I was taught to run from water by any means necessary but my natural hair craves water and mixing in aloe Vera juice is another added benefit. Overall health is a big factor in the growth of my hair, healthy on the inside yells healthy hair on the outside.  For years I would bleach, detangle my hair bone dry, would not wrap at night, and wash once a month all of which was a recipe for disaster, honestly I am lucky to have any hair after years of abuse.


Where can you be found (e.g., blog, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)?
Eureka: Facebook


If you would like to add anything, feel free! Afterall, It's "Your Hair Story"
Eureka: As much as I love being natural I am advocate for healthy hair first.  Thank you again for the opportunity and wishing you all the success you deserve in the future.  God is Love so I will love!!!

Big Thanks to Eureka for letting me tell your hair story girl!
I'll see you soon... :-)
-Shren, Natural Expression

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