Dakotah Aiyanna, aka Kody A., is a full time student at the University of North Carolina studying public relations with a minor in journalism. When she’s not studying, she’s creative writing on her blog Hello Kody. It’s a place where you can spend a day in the life of Kody – a place where she shares her DIY natural hair and skin tips. Below she gives us insight into her natural hair journey so far which includes wearing your natural hair straight sometimes.
1. Why did you go natural? How long have you been natural?
I don’t have a super cool story on why I stopped getting perms. I went natural because I loved my cousin’s hair. My family has a pretty nice curl pattern and I wanted to be like them. I got perms once a year or even every other year it just really depended on how many hair ties I broke or got tired of breaking. My hair was tailbone length and thick as molasses and way too much for my younger tender headed self to handle. I have been natural since about 8th grade (I think), but I didn’t take being natural seriously until my freshman year of college in 2013.
2. Can you summarize your current hair regimen?
As of now I’ve hit a hard place. Before my daily regimen was a wash and go using the Devacurl line. Devacurl’s one condition worked the best and I would use the mint almond oil from Mielle Organics as well as the mint babassu deep conditioner, once a week to refresh my scalp.
Then I got stuck trying to figure out how to retain moisture. I have officially over colored my hair (in my opinion) and although it’s “beautiful” to everyone else to me it’s just “blah!” So now I wash my hair with Keracare straightening line and flat iron my hair once every week and a half #stillnoheatdamage. On the bright side I have found a curly hair specialist who is going to help me and my curls out…so stay tuned!
3. What are your staple hair products? Which could you not live without and why?!
My staple hair products are Grapeseed oil and Sunflower oil. Grapeseed is good for smoothing so when I want to wear a bun it works SUPER well at achieving the “slick back” look. And Sunflower oil because it acts like Castor Oil but it’s not as thick nor heavy. It also protects from UV rays and you can get heat damage from harsh UV Rays, and this summer was HOOOT!
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4. As a blogger/YouTuber do you feel pressure to always have your hair perfect?!
As a blogger I do feel the need for my hair to ALWAYS look up to par. I honestly have gotten a few women to tell me I’m their hair crush or goal and I’m like dang thanks but yikkes!
5. What are your hair goals for the rest of 2017? Are you on track to reaching them?
So my goal for 2017 is to get the color out my hair as well as getting my hair to be at it’s healthiest state and relearning my hair. I cut a lot out now me and my new stylist are going to work on the rest without dying it or cutting too much of it. So yes, I am half way there. As far as relearning my hair, I’m 1/4 there. So, I honestly hope that my stylist will put me on the right track again.
6. Who is your celeb curl crush?
My celeb hair crush of course is TRACEE ELIS ROSS. I just love her whole life!
7. 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)?
The moment I understood my curls was last year when I figured out the perfect regimen and my hair was just growing and flourishing. But the longer my hair grows the more it changes so I had to figure it out again. One thing I will say is, patience is key, nothing happens overnight. And do NOT compare because that mentally sets unrealistic goals for yourself, and focus on hair HEALTH not length. When you focus on over all health your hair will grow long and strong!
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