As you know I started the “I AM Fierce Naturally” segment of my blog is to spread love to all of my fellow naturals from all different walks of life and ethnic backgrounds. I wanted to give them a platform to share who they are not just because they have natural strands, but I wanted to spotlight them because they have a story to tell and inspiration to share.
For the month of September I will be shining the light on Danyelle Milton, a 21 year old diamond living in NYC.
Danyelle decided to go natural because relaxers were breaking herhair off badly. Whenever she would have growth of her hair, she would always have to do a drastic hair cut because her ends were breaking as fast as her hair was growing. Danyelle always returned to relaxers thinking “Maybe this time will be different!” The situation would always start off good and end terribly, she stated. She just got fed up with not seeing any length because of breakage, so she decided to just go natural.
When I asked how do you feel about your natural hair? She had this to say, “I love my hair! When I was relaxed, like most women, I thought “I can’t go natural! Not with this hair!” I mainly said that because the new growth I would get would be so thick! But now that my hair is fully natural, I love my hair. Its soft, and thick. My hair is bold, fierce, and beautiful!”
I also asked Danyelle what products did she use on her natural tresses? This is what she shared, “I’ve switched up my regimen a little based on how my hair responds to products. I used to be a die hard Shea Moisture fan. Shea Moisture was the first product I tried when I decided to wear my natural hair out after growing it out for seven months. I used the Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retenetion Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Deep Treatment Masque. I also used the Purification Masque from time to time, and I’ve also tried out the Yucca and Baobab line as well. I feel like my hair has changed in the past year, so I had to change the products I use. Now, I use the Suave Professionals Almond and Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditoner. I also use the Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture & Vibrantlly Smooth Conditioenr as well. I use these as rinse out conditioners and as co-washes as well. These conditioners leave my hair super duper soft and moisturized. And the slip in these conditioners is ahhh-mazing! As far as deep conditioners go, I’ve been a bit of a mixtress in the kitchen! I haven’t used a store-bought deep conditioner in a few months. I’ve been using cheapie conditioners like Tresemme Naturals or Herbal Essences, and I mix those with oils, honey, and aloe vera gel. Sometimes I’ll even mix them with an egg or mayo for some added protein. I also make my own deep conditioners using eggs, mayo, coconut oil, honey, etc… Whatever my hair needs, I listen to it, and make my deep conditioners accordingly. This has saved me lots of money!
For my leave in conditioners, I use Shea Moisture’s Raw Shea Buttter Restorative Conditioner from time to time to time. I’ve been using this as a back up in case I run out of my other stuff. I also use my Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Condtioner as a leave in as well (I love products that can be used for multiple purposes!). I also use the Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream as well. It all depends on what I feel like using at the time, but I reach for the Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Condtioner.
As far as stylers, I use the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. The definition this stuff gives my hair is bomb! I only use this in the winter, though, because it’s very thick and tends to be a little heavy on my fine strands, so it’s perfect for my winter regimen. I also use the Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Curling Cream. Definition for days with this product!!! Something else I discovered that can be used as a styler for my hair is my Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner! I did the L.O.C method with this (water as my liquid, coconut oil as my oil, and the conditioner as my styler), and let me tell you!! I had good definition and my hair felt super moisturized.
I’ve been using coconut oil this summer to seal my hair, and I love it! I also use JBCO on my scalp sometimes and on my edges to thicken them up. Coconut oil, EVOO, and JBCO are, by far, my favorite oils!”
Danyelle’s current hair regimen is to
wash her hair every week (usually Friday or Saturday). Sometimes She will wash with shampoo, and sometimes she’ll just do a co-wash with either of the products listed above. Sometimes she will do a pre-poo with oils and wrap her hair up and sit under a hooded dryer for a hot oil treatment. She also DC every week as well.
I asked Danyelle if she felt there are certain “rules” for natural hair that one must follow? She stated, “Not necessarily. I think there’s certain hair “basics” that women should follow to achieve optimal health for their hair, like making sure to keep their hair moisturized and limiting the amount of tension you put on your hair, etc… As far as rules, no. You know your hair best, so you do what works for your hair. If that means using a product with silicones and sulfates in it because that’s what works for your hair, then do you boo! Some women feel that the only way natural hair can thrive is if you do this or you do that, but everything doesn’t work for everybody. Everyone’s hair responds differently to certain things, and I think that’s something all naturals, especially newly naturals, should keep in mind.”
When asked, What are your favorite hairstyles? Danyelle had this to say,
“I love rocking twist outs. I also like rocking puffs when I don’t have time to do my hair or if I’m having a bad hair day. I also wear two flat twists as well. When I don’t feel like doing my hair for the week, I’ll make sure it’s moisturized really well and rock the flat twists for the whole week, and my hair stays moisturized the entire time!”
I had to know what was Danyelle’s inspiration for returning back to natural? She shared that her inspiration was watching Youtubers like Jenell of KCCM, and Naptural85. Just looking at their luscious, beautiful hair made her take that step towards going natural. She felt it was something she should do because of the breakage she had been experiencing with relaxers, but seeing how beautiful natural hair was inspired her.
When asked, What has been the hardest part of your natural hair journey? Danyelle had this to share,
“The hardest part of my natural hair journey is dealing with breakage and single strand knots. I’m still dealing with it, and I’ve figured out some methods to combat it (like finger detangling and eliminating combs, washing my hair in sections, being more gentle with my hair, etc…). Earlier this year, my hair would break off so bad, and I wasn’t understanding why because I felt like I was doing everything I should be doing to my hair. I’ve grown a lot more patience with my hair.”
She also says that being natural has taught her to love and embrace her natural hair and her natural beauty. Danyelle feels society portrays natural hair as something that’s ugly and unkempt. She states, “Natural hair is beautiful and fabulous honey!”
Danyelle offers these tips to other new naturals and transitioners,
“Love and embrace Your natural hair, not someone else’s. Don’t covet someone else’s hair texture, because you’ll never enjoy what God has given you. Learn your hair, love it, and embrace it, because it is beautiful!”
Yes, I do agree with Danyelle! Love the hair God gave you. It is beautiful and uniquely made just as you are!!
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