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FEATURES Sep 3 2013 10:12AM
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Transitioning Beauty of the Week: Katrina West

How long have you been transitioning and what made you decide to do so?

I started transitioning from relaxed to natural in the Fall of 2009. One of the many reasons I decided to go natural was because a close friend of mine started having damaging effects from her perms. So I began to spread my perms further apart and finally stop getting them period. At this point in time I had no idea about all the YouTube channels, blogs, or anything so I had no idea of how to style my hair through my transitioning phase so I continued to get my hair straightened. I had no clue how to properly deal with my two textures, and cutting my hair was NOT an option. I’m very attached to my hair! But about two years ago I paid $70 just to get my hair pressed! I was in college and not working so no way was that about to become a habit. From that day forth I decided to just wear my hair the way it grows from my scalp and I have since loved every minute of it!

If your hair had its own personality, how would you describe it?

I would describe my hair as wild and free. Even when I think I've created the perfect twist-out my hair has a mind of its own and does exactly what it wants to do.

What is your hair regimen and what are your care essentials?

I wash my hair every two weeks. I like to pre-poo with coconut oil. Some of my favorite products are the Co-wash and leave-in conditioner from the As I Am hair care line. To clarify I like to use the Shea Moisture Organic Coconut & Hibiscus Curl and Shine shampoo and I absolutely love their African Black Soap Purification Masque (It does wonders to my scalp!). For deep conditioning I normally use EDEN BodyWorks Jojoba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner. For styling I use Miss Jessie's Baby Butter Crème or Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and I finish off with oil (coconut or EVO). I also love making DIY conditioners and masques (MUCH cheaper!).

What has been the best part and hardest part of your natural hair journey?

One of the best parts of my journey is how much I've learned about my hair. It's so versatile! The hardest part of transitioning is the mental thought accepting your hair especially when natural hair isn't really seen in my area. It took me awhile to finally let my hair free and rock what was God-given.

Who is your hair icon, and why?

I would say that Solange Knowles is my hair icon. Her hair is just as care free and spirited just like her personality. Whether she’s rocking a TWA, braids, or an ultra-fluffy ’fro, her tresses are always glamorous and inspirational!

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