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Kinky Queen of the Month: Makeda

Nickie June 5, 2012 No Comments




Occupation: Professional Classical Singer/ Instructor of Voice,  Oakwood University

 Location: Huntsville, AL

 Hometown: New Castle, DE

 

TKC: How long have you been natural?

I’ve been completely natural since August of 2007, but I started my journey in October 2005.

 

TKC: Did you big chop or transition? 
Well, in my opinion, becoming natural in 2005 was very different than it is now. There was little support & research available for the process, so the actual terms “Big Chop” and “Transition” weren’t really popular. So to be politically correct we can say that I transitioned…I just say, “I grew it out.” That journey had its ups & downs. The major difficulty I experienced was that my hair broke off a lot because of color damage. I didn’t know how to take care it. My hair was damaged for most of 2006. But my salvation was that I was already in the process of going natural!

 

TKC: What’s your current regimen? 

Oh boy! Lol! Yikes, okay… I try my very best to wash every 10 – 14 days. Conditioning is a must, although I don’t always have time to deep condition.

TKC: What do you love most about being natural? 

 

I feel like being natural plays a significant role in my quest for maintaining a healthy, wholistic lifestyle, which, in turn, allows me to eliminate those products that could potentially be damaging to my hair and skin.

I also love the versatility that being natural brings. I can wear a flowy sun dress with a big curly fro one day, and two days later I can wear a long evening gown with a press. Being natural equally caters to both my mildly eclectic and “traditional” sides.

 

TKC: What’s your biggest natural hair challenge? 

Ha! Well, I’m challenged about 65% of the time. Detangling and blow drying get on my last nerve. Because my hair is long and thick, and has about 3 different textures, becoming weary and having sore arms from working is inevitable. And lest I forget the amount of time it takes!

Another minor challenge is the hot & humid southern climate where I live. Sometimes I really want to press my hair, but often times, 3 of the four seasons, the humidity level just won’t permit a fabulous “Cali” press.

I also tend to not wrap or retwist my hair every night…bad habit :/

 

TKC: Any advice to those interested in going natural or transitioning?

Yes. Focus on the benefits of becoming natural that are specific to you. There is so much information available now in print and on the web, and it can be overwhelming at times. Just pick and choose what works for your new hair diet. And EMBRACE your hair. :)

 

 

TKC: Must have products:

Extra virgin organic coconut oil, peppermint oil; Miss Jessie’s Creme de la Creme detangling conditioner, Curly Merangue (smells AMAZING), & Curly Buttercream; KinkyCurly’s Knot Today leave-in Conditioner & Come Clean shampoo; Jamaican Mango-Lime loc & twist gel; Garnier Fructis Anti-humidity spray; Organix Vanilla anti-split end serum; and Carrot juice and Biotin supplement for hair growth

These are my must haves!

 

TKC: Staple hairstyle(s):

I have 3 “go-to” styles: 1) wash/blow dry/press, 2) wash/blow dry/braid out (my current favorite), and 3) wash/twists (twist-out). The decision usually depends on how I feel & what look I’m going for for the following days. Most of these styles usually turn into a “wet & go” or an up-curly-do of sorts after the first week. I do get adventurous occasionally. It usually happens when I don’t have the time or am running late for work. Ultimately, my hair legnth goal is for it to reach BSL (bra strap level). I’m almost there!

 

TKC: Hair Idol(s): 

Audra McDonald (Actress & Broadway star) – I heart her. We have a similar hair texture in both the curly & pressed states. It also helps that she’s one of my favorite artists of all time; and my friend since college, Maeling Tapp (NaturalChica).

TKC: Any last thoughts/comments? 

Book recommendations: “Ultra Black Hair Growth II” by Cathy Howse – this book really helped me understand how to care for my hair; “If you love it, it will grow” by Dr. Phoenyx Austin – I’m still reading it.

I’d also like to thank my dear friend Shari for inviting me to share a piece of my hair journey!

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