What’s your name and where are you from/where do you live?
My name is Kabrina Willis, and I am from Houston, Texas.
Have you always worn your hair curly/natural?
I haven’t always worn my hair naturally curly. A few times in my life, I relaxed my hair with chemical straighteners. The first one I used was at the age of 13, and maybe once again during that year. I began relaxing my hair again during my senior year in high school. It seemed to get me more attention from the guys. I mostly did it to release some of the tight curl from my hair. I didn’t keep up much with relaxers after that until I was around 20 years old. When I was 21, I decided to never relax again. It was pretty much pointless, since my hair was still curly, as I was not one to maintain straight styles with heat tools. Call me low maintenance! I remember looking at a picture of myself a couple of years after my last relaxer and realizing how lopsided my hair looked, as well as somewhat stringy and unevenly curly. So I finally got a great layered haircut when I was about 23 or 24, and I have loved my curls since then!
How would you describe your curl type?
My curls would be classified as type 3c. I have never been one to classify its porosity, but I do know that it absorbs and holds water very easily. Some parts are coarser and frizzier than others, but my ringlets are generally well defined. I experience a usual amount of shrinkage.
What’s your hair care routine?
I shampoo my hair once a week, with co-washing every 2 or 3 days. Wash n’ goes are my thing. I have begun to deep condition once a week, after each shampoo. I am now using sulfate free shampoos to see if there is a difference in the condition of my hair. Previously I was using Neutrogena T Gel shampoo for itchy scalp, but now I am sticking with the sulfate free cleansers, which are working well for my itchiness. For cowashing, I usually buy a big bottle of conditioner with a good amount of “slip” to it, as my hair can tangle very much if I wear the curls loose for days at a time. I am pretty simple with my hair care routine. I usually apply coconut oil and then a creamy leave-in conditioner that doubles as a styling cream. For the times when I style my hair in twists, I use a heavy moisturizing creme and a leave-in. I also occasionally apply oil directly to the scalp to keep away dryness and dandruff. At night, I “pineapple” the loose curls, and the same goes for the twists. I refresh the next day with refresher spray and/or oil.
When you wash your hair what is your routine and how long does it take?
I wash my hair in the shower. I wet it, apply shampoo, lather and massage, rinse, and repeat. I follow up with a deep conditioner by sectioning the hair into fourths and coating the hair, remembering to focus on the tips and the underside, and center of my hair. I let it sit while I wash my body, then detangle with my fingers first, then a wide tooth comb. Rinse. Finished. I’ve never timed this!
What products couldn’t you live without?
Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner is a product that has always worked for me, for many years. I also can’t live without coconut oil, and really any brand of conditioner that comes in a big bottle, especially if it has a pump on it, is my best friend!
How often do you get your hair cut and where do you go?
I was once able to get my hair cut/trimmed 3-4 times a year, but the past few years, I have not been so faithful to that practice. Now, I will say twice a year. I go to Janae Miller Salons here in Houston. She’s got curls too.
Any tips/words of wisdom about your curls that you want to share?
Be who you are. Curly hair does require a certain level of maintenance and care that other hair types don’t, so be aware of that if you are deciding whether or not to commit to a curly/coily/wavy lifestyle. Do what works for you! While it is ok to have hair “idols” or hair “crushes,” know that there isn’t a magical combination of products, tools, or techniques that will make your hair look and behave exactly as another person’s does. Every head is unique. Accept it. Love it.
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