Hi everyone I hope you’re having an awesome week!
Today Paulah is here to share her some of her experiences and secrets to her beautiful hair.
I came across her instagram after seeing her gorgeous twist out reposted on one of the natural hair blogs I follow, and she was more than willing to tell us her story. Be inspired. Check it out!
1. Introduce Yourself
Hi! My name is Paulah and I’m from Ann Arbor, Michigan
but I’ll be moving to ATL soon to start grad school.
2. How long have to you been natural and what inspired you to do so?
I’ve been natural for 4 years. I was inspired to go natural by my best friends in college. I did a lot of research and saw how much healthier black hair looked without a relaxer and I knew that I had to at least try it.
3. What is the biggest struggle you face being natural and how do you overcome it?
The biggest struggle I face with my natural hair is figuring out appropriate hairstyles for different occasions. My ‘fro is getting bigger every day, so it doesn’t usually make sense to wear it out when I’m going to work or any other time when I don’t want it to possibly be a distraction. Sometimes a puff doesn’t look right, or it doesn’t want to cooperate to make a bun. Just figuring out what to do with this mane on a daily basis can be really difficult. But I try new things and accept the bad hair days along with the good and it all works out in the end.
4. What is your signature hair style?
A twist-out on blow-dried hair is my favorite style, but lately I’ve been keeping away from the heat and braiding the roots and twisting the length to stretch my hair more.
5. What is your natural hair regime over a months time?
I try to wash my hair once a week. I’ll pre-poo with coconut oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil, wash with As I Am Coconut Cowash, and deep condition with ORS Hair Mayo and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Sometime’s I’ll do an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse, protein treatment, or henna, depending on what my hair needs. Then I’ll do a twist out during the week, incorporating protective styles like a puff or bun. I also do the Greenhouse method 3 times a week, where I put coconut oil and rosemary oil on my scalp, put my hair in loose twists, cover it in a plastic cap, and tie my scarf around it and go to sleep. In the morning, my hair is really moisturized and it’s also supposed to increase the hair’s growth rate.
6. What is the greatest lesson you have learned over the course of your journey? What advice would you give others?
I’ve learned that I need to just accept my hair for who she is. It seems like when I’m feeling good about my hair and letting her do her thing, she grows faster and my twist outs look awesome. My advice to other naturals out there is to be patient and don’t feel like you need to know it all in order for your hair to grow. It’s been 4 years for me and I learn new things that my hair likes all the time. Just take it one step at a time.
7. Do you have an instagram or a blog where we can find you?
Definitely! My Instagram is @DownAzzJawn and my YouTube is youtube.com/downlikejawn. Thanks!