Today’s curlista is Alextiana from Jamaica. She shares her hair care learning process through transitioning to the big chop.
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Tell Us a Little Bit About Yourself
I’m from Kingston, Jamaica. My dad is Indian and Jamaican and my mom is Jamaican. I moved to Florida in 2011 where I attended south Plantation high and graduated with my diploma in 2014.
Currently, I’m attending Florida Southwestern State College, majoring in respiratory care.
My favourite colour is royal blue. I like to play tennis, read, and cook plus watch my favourite shows like Hit the Floor, The Royals, The Magician and Scandal.
Throughout the year, I achieved a lot like my basic life support/CPR, heat saver first Aid/CPR, health science/allied health assisting certificate and certificate of participation in POETT teen summit healthy decision. I’m currently working at Tropical Smoothie.
Tell us about your hair journey so far, your challenges, etc.
My hair journey started when I moved to Florida in 2011. Prior to then, I permed my hair when I lost my biological mom at ten years old in 2006.
I moved to live with my dad who had no idea how to handle my hair.
My dad had to figure out a way to comb my hair, because I didn’t want my stepmother to do it. Plus my dad and sister had straight hair, so they did not know what to do with my hair.
I didn’t know what a perm could do to your hair healthwise; all I knew at that time was my hair was bone straight and it made everyone happy, including me.
When I moved to Florida, I had a chance to visit one of my favourite cousins, Dana, and we were talking about hair.
She decided to stop getting perms but I wasn’t ready. I continued with perms and colouring my hair, which led to several hair disasters.
My hair began to break and fall out. I didn’t know what to do until I spoke to a cousin who’s natural.
She advised me to stop getting perms so I could grow my hair out. I didn’t know how to take care of natural hair though. Thank God for YouTube and my older cousins.
I started growing my hair out with twist outs, bantu knots and perm rod sets until I got tired of transitioning.
I then went to my aunt’s hairdresser for my big chop my senior year in high school. I had to learn how to style and take care of my hair and that is a learning process that continues to this day.
What does your regimen look like?
I work in a smoothie place, so most of the time I get smoothie sediments in my hair. In this case, I only use the conditioner to co-wash.
I make sure I wrap my hair up with a satin cap every night. For drying, I just let my hair air dry because it’s short as I keep cutting it.
I don’t use the LOC method very regularly, because it’s too much product for my hair. This is where Cantu became my favourite hair care product.
It moisturizes and gives my hair that healthy shine that it needs.
When I wash my hair, I towel dry, apply one of my favourite product such as Cantu coconut curling cream to my hair then I section into four parts. I let my hair air dry and go about my daily life.
What are your favourite oils and how do you use them?
My favourite oil would have to be extra virgin olive oil (EVOO). The smell and the shine it gives to my hair and it really locks in that moisture my hair needs.