Featured Naturalista: Iknowlee
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This week's Featured Naturalista is none other than Iknowlee. If you are natural for more than a month and ever searched for videos on Youtube, then you know who Iknowlee is. See below what she has to say........
My name is Helecia otherwise known as Iknowlee and I was born and raised in Houston, Texas.
How long have you been natural?
I have been natural since May 2010. It has been about three and a half years.
Did you Big Chop or did you transition to natural hair and When?
I did a big chop due to my personal battle with patience. I shaved my entire head on May 14, 2010.
What made you decide to go natural?
I was somewhat inspired or rather convinced to go natural. I didn't mind experimenting with my hair and I was interested is rocking a curly fro. I also wondered what my hair texture was like and how I would look with curly hair.
Did you have a support system? Explain the level of support that you had.
The only person that supported me in my initial journey was my sister. She was the one who convinced me to go natural in the first place. My best friend was also natural at the time, so she was down for however I wanted to wear my hair. Everyone else was extremely negative about the changes I was making.
Do you have hair length goals or is hair health is more important to you? Elaborate if you like.
When I first began my journey I was concerned about the health of my hair. As time progressed and I noticed that my hair was growing at an active rate, I became more interested in experimenting. I wanted to try various styles, methods, products, and colors. I began to notice breakage and a decrease in the amount of length that I was retaining. Now the most important thing for me is length and hair health.
What are your favorite hair products?
When it comes to hair products, I seldom switch things up or forget about sertain products. Instead of focusing on my favorite hair products, I have favorite brands. My favorite brands are Carols' Daughter, Oyin Handmade, Afroveda, Jessie Curl, Shea Moisture Kids and Hairveda.
What is your natural hair regimen?
My regimen is extremely simple. I don't really wash my hair much anymore but if I do, I cleanse it with Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar and water. I do this maybe once a month. In the mean time, I co-wash my hair weekly and primarily do twist outs. Through out the week I either re-twist my hair or pineapple it nightly to maintain the style. If I notice dryness during that time period, I moisturize with coconut oil and water.
What advice would you give to someone who is considering to go natural or a newly natural sista?
You will never know what its like until to you do it so give it a try. If things turn out badly for you, go back to what you are used to. Be patient and don't be afraid of trial and ERROR. Notice the error because it will probably be more of that than anything.
Where can we find you?