Stylist Anya Grant shares her natural hair journey.
NC: Were you a long-term or short-term transitioner? Any big chops?
AG: I call myself the queen of big chops in a span of 7 years I big chopped my hair 5 times. Every time I damaged my hair I would start all over again. If you are thinking of going natural, I recommend that you do a BIG CHOP. The feeling that you get after is just out of this world. Everything around me started to fall into place. More importantly I was forced to love and accept myself just as I am. I HEART my hair.
NC: How did your friends and family react to the decision to go natural?
AG: My dad loved it. Most of my family is natural, and as I transitioned into being natural, I was also transitioning with my friends. I was too busy having a love and hate relationship with my hair plus counseling other women to do the same to even care about who liked or didn't like my natural hair.
NC: What is your current hair care routine?
AG: Currently I'm a low maintenance gal. I keep my hair in protective styles so that I can retain length. I wash and condition my hair every two to three weeks, at that time I also do a deep treatment to keep my tresses soft and smiling.
NC: What are your favorite products?
AG: Oh my goodness, I'm still trying to figure this out! I'm really in love with Koils by Nature Hair and Body Butter and Koils by Nature Eucalyptus Gel. These products combined give my hair the perfect twist out. From Shea Moisture's black soap line, the shampoo cleanses my hair so gently.For really defined twist outs and amazing curl definition I like Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream.
NC: What are your favorite go-to natural hairstyles?
AG: I very rarely wear my hair out so my go to style for work, dance and normal daily activities would be my hair protective styles with twist.
NC: What are your must-have products and tools for yourself or your clients?
AG: I must have: a creamy conditioner, a wide-tooth comb, a detangling brush and a moisturizer filled with yummy natural oils.
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