Natural Hair Profile: Kiera from Barbados

Kiera's natural hair at the beach

Name: Hey my name is Kiera

Occupation: Right now I’m an Account Executive at an Advertising company

From: Where I’m from…such a tricky question! LOL! I was born in New York but I’ve lived most of my life in Barbados so I’m Baj-american as I like to call it! Lol.

Natural Since: I have been Natural since January of 2012!

Kiera's Natural Side-shaved Hairstyles
Kiera’s Natural Side-shaved Hairstyles

KiK:  When and why did you go natural?

Kiera: Well, I realised no matter what I did, my hair just wouldn’t stop breaking! It would reach a certain point and certain thickness and then it would start behaving most emotional LOL. So, one day I was like this can’t work anymore, I want to go back natural with the intention to texturise it but I fell in love with  my natural hair so here I am!

Kiera's natural hair - out and about
Kiera’s natural hair – out and about

KiK:  How did you go from relaxed to natural?

You: I used braids and weave for a year straight! No breaks in between these protective styles and within a year, when it reached a certain length I cut off all of my relaxed ends.

Kiera side shaved design natural hair
Kiera side shaved design natural hair

KiK:  What is your current hair regimen?

Kiera: My regimen is pretty basic, I’m a lazy natural! I only co-wash, I swear by it! I wash my hair every week -two weeks and deep condition it. After that I moisturise it and then either put it in big plaits or twist to let it dry. However,recently I’ve been doing a lot of wash and gos.

Kiera's stylish natural hair
Kiera’s stylish natural hair – out and about

KiK:  What are your favourite products that you use?

Kiera: My Tresemme Curly Hydration conditioner! I’m so in love with that thing! I also love me some Olive Oil Organics Moisturiser and Optimum Oil Therapy! and of course my natural oils- olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil! I just mix those up those 3 oils in a bottle and WA-LAH Heaven in one bottle!

Kiera's natural hair – by the beach
Kiera’s natural hair – by the beach

KiK:  What is your favourite hairstyle and how do you achieve and maintain it?

Kiera: I love buns! High buns! Low Buns! Middle Buns ! haha I also love  the pineapple and this little side pineapple pin up thing I do! And recently my undercut! Which I refresh every two weeks.

Kiera's hair color
Kiera’s hair color

KiK: Have you ever coloured your hair? If yes, how did affect your hair and what advice do you have for others who want to colour their natural hair?

Kiera: Yes, my hair is coloured as I write this! Well, because I’m so big on making sure my hair is moisturised and I deep condition it, I haven’t had any major issues. The only thing is I find right after I dye it, Beauty( my name for my hair) tends to be a bit dryer than usual.

Advice – If you want to dye your hair, you have to be committed to actually taking care of it as well as knowing which brands of dye work for you! That plays a huge part as well!

Kiera's natural hair
Kiera’s natural hair

KiK: What advice do you have for others who are newly natural or struggling to stay natural?

Kiera: Just give it time, everything is a journey and your hair is no different! It will be worth it in the long run.

Kiera's natural hair – Barbadian and proud
Kiera’s natural hair – Bajan and proud

KiK: Thanks for doing this feature. Where can we keep up with you or your
hair journey online?

Kiera: You can follow me on instagram – @alexisolivia4 and my Facebook page – Kiera Shepherd

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