|Karmen sporting Curlformer curls on natural hair|
Name: Karmen aka xCin75x
From: Chicago, USA
Natural Since: 8/7/10
|Karmen’s hair dyed with manic panic purple hase|
KiK: Hey Karmen. I notice that you mostly wear your hair straight but don’t have a relaxer. What made you decide to wear your natural hair?
Karmen: I decided to go natural because I wanted to continue colouring my hair. I didn’t start wearing natural styles till about a year after my big chop. I started wearing natural styles because I wanted to use less heat on my hair
|Karmen’s purple and blue flat-ironed natural hair|
KiK: OK, so what is your natural hair regimen?
Karmen: I wash once a week and the products I use frequently change. My regimen changes often to but this is what I always go back to. I do a hot oil treatment for about 30 min before I shampoo and once a month the oil treatment is replaced with a mayo treatment for protein. After the treatment I wash with shampoo twice, the shampoos I like to use usually have sulphates to clean my hair but are not stripping. After I shampoo I detangle with a rinse out conditioner. Once detangled I rinse out the conditioner then apply my deep conditioner with a little bit of oil on top and leave that in for at least 30 min sometimes with heat (depends on my mood). After that I rinse it out and style.
|Karmen has retained a lot of length despite regular colouring and straightening with a flat-iron|
KiK: What do you think is the number one hair mistake that black women make?
Karmen: They don’t moisturise enough. I find my hair is always happy when it is moisturised.
KiK: What are your favourite hair products that you need to survive?
You: I always need 3 things, deep conditioner, leave in conditioner and an oil. All of those things keep my hair moisturised.
KiK: Have you had any issues with colouring your natural hair?
Karmen: I have changed my hair colour just a few too many times and it is now dry and delicate but I have figured out a new way to remove colour without extra damage. To take care of the dry and delicateness, I am more gentle and I just keep it moisturised.
The video below shows Karmen’s last colour removal and dye job.
|Karmen’s Heat-Altered Hair Texture|
KiK: It is no secret that continuous heat causes the alteration of your natural curl pattern. You, however, seem to experience impressive length retention and minimal breakage. How do you do that?
Karmen: My curl pattern is altered but I’m not entirely attached to my natural curl pattern, but, recently I decided to try and grow out my natural curl by using less heat but I will still be straightening my hair just not as often. I retain length but keeping my hair moisturised and and getting trims when needed.
|Wash n’ Go on Karmen’s natural hair|
KiK: Thanks for doing this feature. Where can we keep up with your natural hair journey online?