1. Tell us about yourself
Hi! First I want to say how honored I to be featured on your blog. I am currently an Administrator at a very well-known university in New York City. I recently completed my second Master’s Degree at Columbia University, Teachers College. I am now exploring taking classes in design and brand strategy to help improve the PrincessLinzz brand. I love school, clothes and of course hair!
2. What is your hair like?
I would describe my hair is wavy/curly, in the 3/a or 3/b category. It’s easy to manage when curly or straight, so I will say I’m pretty lucky. However, while transitioning it went through a period of coarseness craziness. I can’t even describe it, I would sometimes not comb my hair and the inside would be insanely matted. I had no idea what I was doing, clearly.
3. What made you decide to go on a natural hair journey?
Well, I never knew I was on any “journey”. All that I knew was that I was tired of my hair breaking off from my kiddie perms (Just for Me relaxers). My hair just did not like chemicals and I always succumbed to severe breakage in the nape area. I had finally had enough and decided to let the relaxer grow out, because I was not brave enough to cut all of my hair off. So essentially, I transitioned.
I have been natural for 10 years; however, I learned how to care for my hair about 5 years ago.
5. How would you describe your hair journey & goals?
While transitioning I would just wear my hair in a bun, mostly. I didn’t do much, but I knew that my hair looked absolutely crazy with the straight pieces. Can you say a freaking mess?!! That is why bunning was essential aka protective styling.
6. What are your go-to styles?
My go-to style is my wash n go or what I call my “fake” wash n go where I style my hair the way that I would style my wash n go but using perm rods on my ends. I do this to achieve 6-day curls and so I do not have to wash my hair to refresh it every 3 days, which I typically do.
7. What are your staple products?
For cleansing my hair BeKekoa Products are my staples! The shampoo and conditioner have honestly saved my hair’s life. I deep condition weekly, mostly using TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask (when I need moisture) and Aphogee 2-Minute Keratin treatment (when I need protein). When styling my hair it is a toss-up between Kinky Curly Custard or Lotta Body Shape Me Gelee.
8. How do you feel about being natural?
I love being natural, because I like the versatility. Most days I wear my hair curly, but then I am able to straighten my hair and let it blow and flow in the wind. I love the ability to switch it up.
9. How did people/ your loved ones respond when you decided to go natural?
It was so long ago, that I think people were more so confused as to what I was doing to my hair. The guys I dated always expressed that they preferred my hair straight and so did my father. It was kind of annoying. I found that I straightened my hair just to appease them. I soooo regret that!
10. Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Do you have any tips for new transitioners or naturals?
My number one tip is to make sure you have the proper protein and moisture balance! Develop a regimen that includes protein and moisture. Most of the time naturals are so worried about moisture that they forget about protein, which is also very essential to fortifying and strengthening the hair. For those of you who are scared of protein or claim to be protein sensitive, start off with a light protein like Aphogee Two Minute Keratin treatment and then follow up with a moisturizing conditioner so that the hair stays balanced. Too much of anything is never a good thing, everything should be equal so that you can prevent breakage, and increase length retention.
11. Where can we find you on social media?
You can find me on Instagram and Twitter @princesslinzz or on my blog princesslinzzslair.com. When I am not advising students on what courses they should take per semester, I try to find a few minutes in my day to post on Instagram or write a quick piece on my blog.