This Houston based beauty is a Nurse in training by day and a naturalista on the rise in her spare time. Loredana aka TheMindOfMunity on her social channels, has been garnering a lot of attention recently. Not just because of her striking looks and amazing hair but her photos on Instagram and Tumblr are awe inspiring. Essence magazine just featured her in their latest issue along with other ones-to-watch on Instagram. We caught up with Loredana to find out more about here hair routine in the hopes that it’ll help others achieve her length.
1. Why did you go natural (assuming you haven’t always been natural)? How long have you been natural?
I’ve never really had chemicals in my hair, so I guess I can say I’ve always been natural. However, I did have heat damaged hair once upon a time.
2. Can you summarize your current hair regimen?
I get a trim every three months. Every 3/4 days I co-wash with Cantu Shea Butter Products. I diffuse my hair after saturating with a number of conditioners and oils. My hair products depend on the status of my hair at the moment. I actually have a YouTube video of my complete regimen.
3. What are your staple hair products?
I love any coconut based conditioners. My favorites are Au Naturale and Cantu Shea Butter. Olive and coconut oils are a must to keep my scalp saturated. I live in Texas and it is pretty hot down here! Water, water, water is a must. I can’t get enough of it. Stay hydrated.
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4. What are your favorite hairstyles?
BRAIDS – I’m a nursing student so I’m always on the go. This has to be a favorite of all. And sometimes not having a hairstyle at all is always good. Rocking my hair in her natural state is the beauty of being natural.
5. What was the last compliment you received about your hair?!
“It’s so big!” I was at the bar with a friend, and an elder lady came up to me and asked if my hair was all mine. I told her it was and in shock she responded, “It’s so big, I’m jealous!”
6. For many naturals it’s a journey to fully understand their hair. It’s a process of trial and error. What was your “Curls Understood™” moment (the moment you felt like, “I’ve got this!” or any essential advice you wish you had known at the beginning of your hair journey)?
In the beginning I was so obsessed with wanting my hair to grow. At one point I just stopped and accepted my length for what it was at the time. And within a blink of an eye it grew so much. Looking back I can say I enjoyed every stage of my hair growth. It’s like having a baby and then the next day he/she is an adult. Enjoy the process. I apply this lesson to life as well, everything is a process. Appreciate the moment, rather than reflecting on the memory.