It’s daring but those who can pull off an undercut hairstyle for natural hair stand out from the crowd. Luyanda, our Beauty of the Week, is definitely one of those people. Add to this her effortless sense of style and you have a style icon in the making. If you like what you see and want to take a page out of her style book visit her clothing site RevoltClothing.net. Below we get the scoop on how she learned to love her curls.
1. Why did you go natural? How long have you been natural?
I decided to go natural because I wanted to see what it would be like to have a different textured hair or rather my original texture. From there it became more than just a change, I started to embrace my full pledged blackness. Being kind to my hair, my skin and body which in turn made me kind to my soul. It helped me become more conscious or rather “Woke” and that was an epic moment.
I actually do not remember how long I have been natural. I have always been someone who has short hair. So one day I would be bold, grow my hair out then relax it, then do it all over again. So I actually don’t remember the day of my big chop (so sad).
2. Can you summarize your current hair regimen?
I have my hair in different protective styles because I love to switch up my look. But when it is free I will wash it once a week with my husband’s shampoo and conditioner.
Every second Sunday of the the month I will do an apple cider vineger and water cleanse, deep condition my hair (using no heat, just a shower cap on my head for 30 min), rinse with cold water to lock in moisture, put my hair in a 2 strand twist, a braids or bantu knots depending on the curl pattern I want using Cantu curl cream infused with coconut oil.
Once a month I will do a hot oil treatment with whatever oils I have in the house at the time. I have not used heat on my hair in a very very long time.
3. What are your staple hair products? Which could you not live without and why?!
My staple hair product is coconut oil. I could not live without it because I use it on my hair, body, and my teeth if I want to do a whitening. I am queen of coconut oil. (They should endorse me really).
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4. As a influencer, do you find hairstylists in the industry know what they’re doing with your hair?
As an influencer I am always doing my own hair and styling. Looking at other models that constantly have to change their hair I would say that no hair stylists don’t know what they are doing when it comes to natural hair. Unless they specialize in it.
5. What are your hair goals for 2017?
I would like my hair to not get so dry at the ends where I can have it out in no protective style for more than a few days. I love my bantu knots but I also want to see my hair in its full length. I would also like to bring in more house hold products to my hair, more essential oils and see how that works. Definitely get more familiar with different styles I can do with my hair, I have to train my brain first lol.
6. Who is your celeb curl crush?
Loooorrdddd I have so many, but if I had to pick one I would say Cipriana Quann and TK Wonder, because they have the same curl pattern as me, and that length is insane. I love the way they style their hair as well.
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)?
My Curls Understood moment was when I realized that my hair will never be like “hers or his” to embrace my curl pattern, my length and my journey and no one else’s. Advice I wish I knew before: the items in your kitchen can do wonders for your hair.