Today we will be featuring one lovely lady who possesses beauty on both the inside and out. She is one of the most kindhearted people you will ever encounter and she always has your back;) We are glad to be able to call her our sister and very grateful that she decided to share her hair story with us. Meet Ms. Kimberly Brown…
- When did you decide to go natural and why?
I decided to go natural around April 2010. One of my linesisters, Kara, was natural and convinced me that I didn’t need a relaxer. I was hesitant, because relaxers made it easier to for me to do my hair, but at that time, I had not had a relaxer since around September 2009, as I only got them 2-3 times a year, so I went for it — and haven’t looked back! 🙂
Umm… I never really know how to answer this question. I’d say my hair is naturally curly and moderately thick… but I included a picture to help you get my terribly dry description!
- What’s your hair routine?
- I typically wear my hair straightened. I have not mastered styling my hair, so this style proves to be the easiest for me. However, I only apply heat to my hair once every week and half to two weeks to prevent heat damage. I use Organix Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil shampoo and ALWAYS apply some form of shine serum before I blow-dry my hair and before flat ironing it, again to prevent any heat damage. Nightly, I wrap my hair so that in the morning I can just comb it down, style it, if I please, and get going with my day!
Occasionally, I like to add some curl to the end of my hair when I am flat ironing it. After, I pin curl my whole head and wrap it. In the morning, I have a nice set of curls and it provides a new look instead of bone straight hair. This also helps my hair last longer so that I don’t have to add more heat before the two-week period is over!
Another routine I like that can be considered a protective style is using flexi rods. I follow my normal wash routine, however, instead of blow-drying and flat-ironing it, I comb through my head of wet curls then rod small sections. Before I rod each small section, I apply Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie OR Curl and Style Milk (not both at once) making sure every bit of the hair has some product on it. If I have the time, I like to let my hair air dry with the rods in it. If I have less time, I will begin by allowing my hair to air dry (maybe an hour or two) then I take a blow dryer to my head and finish drying it. Once dry, I remove the rods and pull apart curls to make my hair “big”. With this style, I sleep with a bonnet instead of the normal scarf, and try to sleep as “pretty” as possible. If curls are flattened in the morning, I just tug at them to give them more “life” and continue to style my hair as desired.
- Do you have any hair goals?
I would love to define my curl pattern. I’ve been told this is a process, not the easiest or prettiest, but I would love to take the time and really get to know my hair. I’ve been trying the “wash-n-go” look (I’ve tried with and without a diffuser), and sometimes I am IN LOVE with my curls, others…..ehhh not so much LOL. Those days I hope I have a hair tie and bobby pins in my purse so I can bun it up real quick!
- What is the greatest lesson that you have learned through your natural journey?
The greatest lesson I have learned during my natural journey is that not everyone’s journey is the same. The process that one person has may not be the same process I experience. The same products and methods that one girl uses may not be the solution to my hair problem.
- Where do you find inspiration to rock new styles?
I find inspiration from one of my best friends who is also natural (Instagram: @apriltiara ) and started her process by shaving her head and I follow @frenchyfatim on Instagram as well. Both of these girls have tutorials on YouTube, just like Charla and VeCoya, that help me style my hair and determine which products to try.
- Some new naturals may be slightly intimidated about rocking and trying new styles. What’s your advice to them?
Don’t give up! This process is not the easiest and can some times become costly, but be sure to make it a fun journey and in the end I’m sure you’ll be glad you stuck it out!
How can people contact you?
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram at @kmichelle_31
You’re hair is gorg! Thanks for sharing your story with us love.