It’s been ages since I did a feature on someone with great hair. I came across Tabitha, a blogger, on Instagram and I was hooked! Not only does she have great hair but she shares beautiful pictures. I thought I’d ask her a few questions about her hair and share the responses with you.
1. Where are you from? Where do you live?
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya. At the age of 17 I left Kenya for further studies and have since lived in South Africa, England and the United States.
2. What is your hair type?
I am 4b/4c. The hair at my crown is immensely thick, but the hair at my neck is more curly rather than coily.
3. Please share your hair regimen.
I like to keep things very simple. I wash my hair once a week as follows: pre-poo overnight with coconut oil, co-wash with a shampoo/conditioner from Shea Moisture, deep condition with Spiral Solutions Deeply Decadent, rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar, rinse with cool water, air dry and seal with Olive Oil. For protective styles, I keep my hair is in two-strand twists for three weeks in a month or I switch things up using wigs. I do protein treatments, henna and clarify once a month too.
4. Do you have any staple products?
I love coconut oil! That is a must-have in my stash. I would also vouch for Kinky Curly Knot Today’s Leave – In Conditioner.
5. Please share your favourite hairstyles.
I am quite the lazy natural I have to admit! My hair loves to be in two strand twists, but once in a while I will wear it out in a twist out. I also wear wigs – both curly and straight ones that mimick blow-dried African hair.
6. Have you ever had a setback with your hair?
Not quite to be honest. *Knock on wood! *I really really baby my hair and I stay very far from heat. Also, because my regimen is so simple, my strands tend not to suffer from mechanical damage.
7. How long did it take you to get to your current length?
I first came across natural hair care in July 2011. I transitioned till February 2012. When I big chopped I had about 3 inches of hair. I have been natural ever since and will celebrate my 4TH year anniversary in June.
8. Any ‘hair secrets’ you’d like to share
My main secret to length retention is that I never comb my hair. I literally comb my hair once a year on my anniversary. During the year, I simply use my fingers to detangle. Combs do a lot of harm to our strands and quite frankly we do not need them – I’m living proof!