Aida [Hug My Hair] - #Hair Crush of The Month - March 2013
H: What's your name and where are you from?
A: My name is Aida and I was born and raised in London. No I'm not half Jamaican and half Irish lol, my mum is Tanzanian and my dad is half Kenyan and half South African.
H: What's your hairstory? (have you always been natural? did you do the big chop?) A: I was natural up until Year 11 (aged 16), I then relaxed and cut my year into a short Rihanna-like style. After experimenting for a few years I shaved both sides of my hair and went to the barbers for some crazy patterns. I rocked my mohawk through the summer holidays and the begining of university. My last relaxer was in October 2011, and without realising it I transitioned until the sides of my hair were long enough to cut the rest to that length. So I chopped off my relaxed ends in June 2012, I've been natural ever since! H: Tell us one 'Do' and one 'Don't' for your texture A: DO - Spray with water before combing or styling. It just makes it that much easier to handle, and it feels pretty good. DON'T - Wear your hair out too often. I love to rock my 'fro but find that I get endless amounts of single strand knots
H: How do you like to use Hug My Hair hair? A: I LOVE IT! I started using Shea Butter once I found out about it, and I also use olive oil in my hair. I'm one of those people who like to use natural products as much as possible as I just think that nature knows best. So Hug My Hair has definitely combined my love for Shea Butter and naturalness. I first used Hug My Hair's 'Vintage' as a sealant after I had washed my hair, so it was still damp. I applied it onto my scalp and then canerowed my hair. I rarely moisturise my scalp so I can say that it was jumping for joy, it loves the mixture and I have been applying it ever since, even when my hair is dry. I have also recently discovered that it can be used to slick down the sides of my 3c/4a hair, which is good for me because I've always hated those pesky white flakes that gel produces. H: How often do you wash your hair and what does 'wash day' look like? A: Erm, I don't really have a hair washing schedule. I wet my hair daily, and wash it probably once a week. I must admit that when it comes to washing my hair I don't know too much about rinse out/ leave in conditioners, co-washing and all that jazz. I am still experimenting with conditioners. But as for shampoos I usually use one that I won from Keracare (yay me) - Natural Textures Cleansing Cream, I use this weekly and once a month I use a clarifying shampoo (Motions Neutralizing Shampoo) to just get all the junk from my hair. I didn't choose this one in particular, it's only because my mum has always used it on my hair and since learning about shampoo ingredients I decided to use it only when necessary. H: How do you love to wear your hair? A: I love many different styles, but they all have to do with my hair being out. I either rock my combed out afro, do a braidout or canerow my hair for the week and take it out, or even a flat twist out with bantu knots. They all give different outcomes which I love.
H: What do you find challenging about your hair? A: I love doing braidouts or flat twistouts but my issue is that once I step outside or have a shower at night (even with a showercap) the curls start to lose definition and my hair basically becomes a fluff ball. Sometimes this can be an advantage if I want the style to change during the few days I wear it but if I want to go out with my curls for the day then it can be a bummer. H: If you could go back in time to AVOID a hair choice what would that be? A: Well I don't regret cutting and relaxing my hair as I feel that it is growing back much better, but I would have probably actually done a big chop rather than just cutting off my relaxed ends seeing as I notice a lot of heat damage in the front from where I used to straighten it. The front of my hair is completely different to the rest to the point where I often feel as though I still have some relaxed parts even though I know I don't. H: Is there a website or blog where we can find you? Nope, I don't have anything dedicated to my hair. My youtube channel is too embarrassing to give out lol but you can have my instagram; StarryEyed_Ahh
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