Hey Ladies, today’s Hair Talk features the beautiful Vashti of The Hodge Podge Files
Have you been natural all your life, if not why did you choose to return to your natural tresses?
For the first 14 years of my life I wore my natural hair. I did have my hair relaxed one time when I was about 7 or 8 years. I don’t recall much about the experience but I do know that it was very short lived. A little over three years ago, I decided to “go natural” again because I was bored with my relaxed hair and wanted a change. I curiously ventured into the world of natural hair, and I can say it is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I just LOVE my hair
How did family & friends react to your decision to go natural?
Most of my friends and family were very shocked that I had cut all of my hair off. After the got over the initial shock, they did ask the “why did you cut all your nice hair off?” questions. Many of them were surprised at how brave I was. It was a very bold for me, but I was happy I did it. Since then, many of my friends and family have decided to wear their natural hair as well.
My husband was the only person who knew of my decision beforehand and he was, and continues to be my biggest cheerleader. I’m just happy he loves my hair as much as I do.
Do you have a hair regimen, If so what does it consist of?
My hair regimen is pretty simple, at least I think so. I may switch up the products, but the routine remains the same. I think consistency is very important in maintaining healthy hair. I generally cleanse/co-wash my hair once a week.
I always do a pre-poo/hot oil treatment prior to cleansing my hair. Coconut oil is my first choice for pre-pooing, I may add conditioner sometimes, but it depends on what I feel my hair needs at the time.
I detangle and twist my hair up prior to washing, and I’ve found this method helpful in reducing tangles.
I deep condition my hair weekly, then proceed to moisturize, seal and style my hair for the week.
I also like to incorporate special treatments such a Henna/Cassia Glosses, Amla Pastes, Rhassoul clay treatments and Tea Rinses as well. I only shampoo/clarify my hair about twice per month at most. I just really enjoy taking care of my hair. Sometimes it’s a task, but it’s worth it.
3 of your favourite hair products?
I absolutely love Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque (as a styler), BASK Palm Tapioca Hair cream and Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. Lately, I’ve being loving the Nubian Heritage Grown & Strengthen Masque for my twist outs. Sorry, I know you said 3 but I had to stick that one in there
Your go-to hairstyle?
I wear my hair in twists most of the time because of the styling versatility they offer. During the week, I generally wear them in various updo/pinned styles, and wear “out” styles on the weekends. I do this more in the cooler months. As it warms up, I tend to wear my hair out more. I really enjoy trying new styles and just like having fun with my hair.
Have you made any mistakes/faced any major challenges with your natural hair? If so what? and what advice would you give to other naturals?
I had issues with highly porous hair early on in my journey. Once I figured out that was the problem, I took steps to remedy it. Incorporating Ayurvedic treatments, Apple Cider vinegar rinses and other treatments/methods that help smooth down/fill-in the gaps in my cuticles, were very helpful in allowing my hair to retain moisture.
My advice: If you have issues with retaining moisture, one of the many culprits can be your hair’s porosity. I honestly feel that everyone should know their hair’s porosity. I think it can be a very helpful piece of info that can make caring for your hair easier.
One useful haircare tip you’d pass on to other naturals?
A very simple tip that has proven valuable for me, is to keep a log/record of your product usage/style results. I keep a “hair calendar” where I record what products I used, in what order and the results I received. This is not only helpful when it comes to recreating a certain style or look, but it can also be a way to narrow down a product or ingredient that you does not agree with your your hair, or you may be allergic to.
Any words of encouragement?
It’s important to love and learn your hair. We all know our hair has a mind of it’s own sometimes, but if you take care of it, it will cooperate…most of the time.
Remember that healthy hair starts on the inside so it is important to eat a balanced, healthy diet and stay hydrated. It sounds so cliché, but it is so true.
Also, be patient and enjoy each stage of your journey because it goes by quickly. Draw inspiration from others, try new styles to keep things fresh and interesting, but most of all have FUN with your hair, but don’t allow it to control your life.
Where can we find you?
My blog can be found at www.thehodgepodgefiles.blogspot.com.
I’m also on these social media platforms
I am also the co-organizer of Bella Glam Naturals meetup group based in Dallas.