A Tale of an Island Princess & Her Natural Hair Journey
Once upon a time on a beautiful Island in a faraway place, there lived a gorgeous Island Princess,
Her name, Kerdisha St. Louis, a self-described #Carefreeisland girl from the nature Isle of the Caribbean, Dominica.
Journalist by profession and holds several other caps such as youth advocate, media personality and blogger.
Let’s listen in as she takes us through her journey by means of a once in a lifetime Interview:
What made you return and remain Natural?
Going natural was something I decided to do in college. I was all about discovering myself and loving myself for who was naturally, so embracing my natural hair felt right at that time. I have been natural for about five years now and transitioned for about six months.
Describe your Hair Care Maintenance for your 4C tresses.
My hair is what I would call unique. Now I know everyone says that about their hair but mine really is. It’s very regimented so it expects certain things like me moisturizing my hair twice a week using the LCO method as well as deep conditioning regularly. I love thick natural products that have very little chemicals. My hair is also really thick and tends to knot up really easily so I often keep it in stretched styles.
Can you name some of the challenges you have faced with your own hair?
A major problem that I faced (and sort of still face today) is patience. I have a lot of hair and it takes time to gently detangle which sometimes I do not have the patience for. But slowly but surely I’m learning to only touch my hair when I have the patience to handle it.
Why do you truly love your Natural Hair?
I love my natural hair because I think embracing it allows me to embrace myself totally. Too often in the past I felt like my natural hair was not good enough and not what society perceived as beautiful. Now that I’ve learnt to properly manage my natural hair and find styles that work for me every day I feel amazing about my hair and what it represents as a black woman. Especially one from the Caribbean.
Have you ever dealt with a hair tragedy, how were you able to recover?
The biggest hair tragedy I faced was earlier this year when I inadvertently caused heat damage to my hair. Although it was not a large portion I had to be very gentle with that area of my hair and concentrate a bit more product on it in whatever I am doing. I plan to grow out the heat damage and cut off the damage bit by bit. All I can say is lesson learnt.
How can girls learn to properly care for their own unique 4C tresses?
My advice to girls out there who have no clue about natural hair or want to get better is research, research, research. Don’t be afraid to try out different techniques or style until you find what works for you. Another useful tip is to find bloggers or Youtubers with a similar hair type and see if some of their favorite products or techniques work for you. Remember your hair is unlike any other so find what is best for YOUR hair.
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And she lived happily ever after and her Natural Hair continued to flourish due the Princess utmost care of her Beautiful Tresses.