A Hair Story: @Fleurdecurl








I am honored to feature Kimba for this week's "Hair Story".




She was so kind to let me interview her on her lovely Hair Journey.




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@Fleurdecurl





Natural Expression: How long have you been natural?
Kimba: I’ve been natural a little over 2 years now.





Natural Expression: What made you decide to go natural? Why?




Kimba: I was always a natural at heart. Growing up…even in the height of my addiction to relaxers, I would love to look at naturals—especially those who had fros and locs. There was a point in my life where I said I wanted to look like that… I wanted to have natural hair. In 2003, I transitioned for a year and fell to the pressure of relaxing my hair again 9 months later. In 2009, I finally stopped being scared of what I thought people wanted of me and started transitioning into natural hair in late December2009/Early January 2010. I had my hair in a relaxer at the time and my hair was thinning out and very damaged. It got to the point where I could only wear certain styles because my hair was losing length and thickness.








Natural Expression: How did you go natural? BC, transition locs




Kimba: I transitioned for about 9 months and BC’d on my birthday which is Halloween 2010.





Natural Expression: What is your Hair Type?





Kimba: 3C…3B in the Nape areas.






Natural Expression: What are your thoughts about Natural Hair?




Kimba: Natural hair is so versatile and it is who I am. (Personally) It’s awesome to see black women walking around in their natural hair with confidence. It gives me pride in myself and makes me proud of all of the others who chose this journey with me.








Natural Expression: Did going natural change you in any way?




Kimba: I am a totally different person. My eating habits have changed, I am more active, and I am more holistic and open-minded. I even write more than I did before. I feel like chopping off my relaxed hair opened up a new Kimba that had been hiding for years.








Natural Expression: What would you tell someone who's considering natural hair? And why they should?




Kimba: If going natural is something that you don’t like or are not comfortable with, then it is just hair….it will grow back. Being natural forces you to have self love and confidence. Your hair is something that isn’t perceived as beautiful in general society and you display its beauty while feeling beautiful inside. Going natural opens doors for many other changes in your life also and you will become a stronger, better person once you start to wear your natural locs.








Natural Expression: What products are you currently using?





Kimba: Avocado & Honey Whipped Hair Puddin’ by Isabis Naturals, Avalon Organics Nourishing Lavender Conditioner & Nourish and Shine by Jane Carter Solution






















Natural Expression: What is your hair regimen now & your favorite hair style?























Kimba: Now, I basically wear protective styles during the week and wash and deep condition my hair on the weekends. I protein condition every two weeks and always rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar. My favorite style is the roll tuck and pin protective style, but…I tend to wear my hair in twist outs a lot if I am going out.























Natural Expression: What are some of the challenges you’ve had with your natural hair? Have you ever regretted going natural?























Kimba: I’ve never regretted going natural. The only challenges I’ve encountered were dryness and not being able to find protective styles for my fine/thin hair. My hair is very thin in the nape, which makes some styles hard unless I blow out my hair.























Natural Expression: What have you learned about your hair? What mistakes have you made?























Kimba: I’ve learned that my hair is thin in the nape. I have to take special care of that portion of my head. Even when I BC’d, that part of my head was always the finest, thinnest and is wavy instead of curly. I’ve made the mistake of treating that portion of my head the same way I treat the other portions which can cause breakage if I am not careful. Because I have so many textures, I’ve learned to treat one texture a certain way and not try to cause too much stress to thinner textures.























Natural Expression: Where can you be reached (e.g., blog, twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.)?























Kimba:























BLOG: www.fleurdecurl.com























Twitter: @fleurdecurl























Facebook: www.facebook.com/fleurdecurl

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