Name: Vanessa Roseway
From: Kingston, Jamaica
Natural Since: July, 2013
KiK: When and why did you go natural?
Vanessa: I went natural at the end of my last year of high school. I made this decision because I was unsatisfied with how my relaxed hair looked. It had gotten to the point where I’d always decline going out because I had major stress about fixing my hair. So essentially I did it because I wanted to feel better about my appearance and because I really missed my natural hair.
KiK: How did you go from relaxed to natural?
Vanessa: I relaxed my hair for the last time in December of 2012 and after that I just kept on cutting off the trashy ends of my relaxed hair. Then in July I did a big chop and cut my hair to about half an inch.
KiK: What is your current hair regimen?
Vanessa: I’m wearing a protective style at the moment and I have been doing so for a couple of months. I wash my hair every two weeks and I get it twisted (most times I do it myself). I try to use products that are natural hair friendly. So I shampoo, condition, then I apply oils and moisturizers and eco styler gel before getting it twisted. Since I keep in the twists for two weeks, I apply oil and moisture a few times a week if they start to dry out.
KiK: What are your favourite products that you use?
Vanessa: I love olive oil and Cantu Shea Butter, Eco Styler Gel, Mango Lime lock Gel (Weird choice I know), Curl Enhancing Smoothie, just to say a few
KiK: What is your favourite hairstyle and how do you achieve and maintain it?
Vanessa: My favourite hair style would be a twist out or a pineapple updo, I love them both too much to decide.
KiK: Have you ever coloured your hair?
Vanessa: I have actually never coloured my hair.
KiK: What advice do you have for others who are newly natural or struggling to stay natural?
Vanessa: My advice would be to do a lot of research before you even decide to return to natural hair. Youtube videos help a lot but remember that different products work for different people. The products and hairstyles featured on YouTube and natural hair blogs might work for these bloggers and not necessarily for you. So experiment until you find a style and products that work for you. Also alternate between protective styles and the cute twist out ones. Don’t obsess over the length of your hair, because health is more important than length. If you’re newly natural, avoid combs. Finger combing is always better but if you must, use wide tooth combs that won’t rip out your hair. And most importantly, be patient with yourself and with your hair. It can be frustrating at times but it’s worth it. It’s always worth it. And most importantly love your hair and have fun with it. Good luck
KiK: Thanks for doing this feature. Where can we keep up with you or your hair journey online?
Vanessa: You’re most welcome :). I really only post personal pictures on Instagram and Facebook, so that’s msvanessaroseway (instagram) and my Facebook name is my full name