When Girl Meets Curls: Rashida Mary
TN: What is your hair story?
Rashida: Natural hair for 8 years: I began getting relaxers when I was 14 years old and decided to go natural when I was 21. During my senior year in college I began to feel that my outward appearance regarding my hair did not reflect who I was. I stopped getting relaxers and let my hair grow out for about 6 months. I knew I wanted dread locks so I went to the salon to have the relaxed hair cut off and my natural growth twisted to begin the locking process. I didn't have much hair to work with but it only took about 4 months for my hair texture to lock. I continued to grow my locks until I was 26 when I had my daughter. Several months after giving birth a lot of my hair fell out in the front and several locks were only holding on by a strand. I decided to cut off my locks and wear my hair natural. I had a decent size afro to work with but after several blow outs I was unhappy with what my hair had become. Blowouts and flat irons drastically changed the texture of my hair and after only one year, I decided to cut all of my hair off again to begin the locking process for a second time. I am now a year and a half in to my locks this time around and I have NO plans on cutting it off again.
TN: What is your hair routine?Rashida: Dread locks are very low maintenance which is why I love it. I wash and condition my hair every 3-4 weeks and color it every 3 months. Washing more frequently than this will not allow your hair to lock. After conditioning, I twist my roots with locking gel, pin it down and sit under the dryer for an hour. Once dry, I will add oil or grease my scalp where necessary.
TN: What is your hair routine?
- Organic Camomile Shampoo
- Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner
- Organic Root Stimulator: Lock and Twist Gel
- Nature's Blessings: Hair Pomade
- Tea Tree Oil
Rashida: Patience! I try to encourage a lot of people to wear their hair natural because relaxers are unnecessary but the most frequent response I get is fear of the transition period. Just know that once you are there it will be well worth it. My first time around I transitioned during the winter so I could wear a lot of cute hats and head wraps. There are a lot of options to get through the awkward transitioning stages so be patient and keep your eyes on the prize.
Thank you Rashida for sharing your hair story with us!