Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Hair Journey: Thaina and her Fashionable Fro!!

NCJ: Hello Thaina! Thanks for sharing with my readers. Before we start talking about all of your beautiful hair, Tell me a little about yourself.  

Thaina: My name is Thaina Madere and I live in Southern California. I graduated from with an English degree with plans of working to go to law school. Becoming a lawyer is still in the cards for me but God is taking me on a creative journey that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with! I’m a working model, vintage consultant, blogger and vlogger.

NCJ: How wonderful! Tell us about your hair before going natural. How did you feel when you first relaxed your hair. Were you frustrated with your relaxed hair?
Thaina: To tell you the truth I haven’t had any horror stories with relaxed hair.  My hair was bra-strap length at its longest. I loved cutting it into different styles and playing with color. It was considered healthy and strong but I was always bored with the straight hair look.

NCJ: Okay, so if your hair was healthy, when and why did you decide to return to your natural texture? Did you slowly transition or did you do a Big Chop, please share your experience.

Thaina: I’ve had two big chop’s!  The first was in 2006 and I did it because I just moved and didn’t have a salon that I trusted to perm my hair. I wasn’t aware that I was going natural or that I was wouldn’t get a perm later. I’m not sure if “Going natural” wasn’t a thing back then. I didn’t learn of hair blogs and YouTube channels on hair until after my second BC so I kind of had to learn on my own. Once I realized that I was natural, I became fascinated with my kinks and curls but I really didn’t know how to deal with them so I did wash n- go’s every day (without detangling) every other day.  You can imagine the havoc that caused on my kinky tresses! In 2009 I straightened my hair without heat protection, which lead to my 2nd BC.

NCJ: What was your biggest fear about going natural? How did you overcome it?

Thaina: I really didn’t have any fears. It’s easy for me to embrace change when it comes to my hair because I enjoy the experience of learning my hair. I loved it short and I love it now!
NCJ:  What are your favorite styles, favorite hair products and a couple of pictures of your best hair days.

Thaina: I stick to braid-outs and twists 95% of the time. It’s easier to deal with my hair when it’s stretched. I love Shea Moisture’s curl enhancing smoothie, The Mane Choice deep conditioner, coconut oil and water!

NCJ: Do you have any advice you would like to give to other new naturals or those thinking of going natural.

Thaina: Have fun with your hair but remember that our hair is fragile so color and constantly having your fro out has it’s repercussions. I’m struggling with length retention now because of it.

NCJ: Great advice!! What was the Biggest lesson you have learned about yourself and your hair through your journey. 

Thaina: My hair journey has taught me the importance of overall wellness. The quality of my hair is not only topical but it improves/ suffers based on what I eat, how much sleep I get etc. Since being natural I’ve made healthier lifestyle choices.

NCJ:  Do you have any social forums that will allow other naturals to keep up with all of your fabulousness?

Thaina: Haha! Sure do J
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