HOW TO SWITCH FROM RELAXED TO NATURAL HAIR: INTERVIEW WITH FOUNDER OF VELVETEENYOU


Hello, I am Dr. Jeniffer Ogolo, founder of the Velveteenyou healthy hair and all rounded effective cosmetic brand. Our aim is to merge the Nature & Nurture (instead of "VS") method. This in simple terms means working with the nature of your hair, genetics, growth rate etc. and nurturing it with proper information, right methods and products to get your hair to the very best it can be.

Thank you, Naliaka for this awesome opportunity, I am really ecstatic to spend time with you here.



-Do you need to do the big chop?

Yes and no. I am sure you are wondering what I mean by that but I would explain further in a bit. 
   Big chop for better understanding means to chop off damaged/relaxed ends when returning natural or making healthier hair choices.
   For example, if you are/ have been natural and then you consistently damage your hair with use of excessive heat or poor hair practices, in some cases, the difference between the new growth and the rest of the hair is visible,  there is an obvious line of demarcation between the two textures (this often occurs with relaxed hair as well) and you might need to big chop. The other option would be to transition but I would talk more on that later as we proceed.

-What did you use?

I actually transitioned for about a year and a couple of months and so I chopped off a little bit at a time with standard cutting shears. I still used regular products initially with a lot of diys which ended up as something else but I am glad I went through that phase.

What you did after the big chop?

Hmmm, I would say I decided to put the effort, time and lots of research in understanding my hair. One of the first things I had to do was work on my mindset. This is really important because it is interesting how most of describe their hair without realizing it .
  For example, I have heard someone say their hair feels and looks like the worst desert ever and they don't think anything good can be done to it. With this thought process, it is hard to help this person and I know for a fact because I have also thought like about my hair in the past.
  I am glad I am at the place of loving my hair, treating it right, accepting it's uniqueness and getting the best out of it.

Was it hard letting go of the split ends? 
Not exactly hard, though letting go of hair whether damaged or not meant shorter hair and of course, most people do not want to go through that process.
   However, knowing that hair grows constantly and retaining length isn't much of an issue, letting go of a little bit of split hair that would keep traveling up the the hair shaft to cause more damage, became a lot easier and so, I snip, snip, snip away!

How often do you moisturize your hair?

Initially, I started with moisturizing once/twice daily but as my hair began to adjust and respond to proper care with the right and effective products, it reduced to twice/ thrice a week. On some occasions, it could be once (mostly when life happens and a lot is happening beyond my control) but my regular routine makes up for it in the end.


Experience during your transitioning period.

The earliest stages of transitioning was extremely frustrating at some point but with more time and scientific understanding of what the process was about, like the line of demarcation (where relaxed hair meets the new growth), the difference between relaxed and texlaxed hair (a whole other discussion for another day) and how best to manage my hair with breakage and tangles. 
  Once, I got to the bottom of these processes, it was easier and not long after that, I chopped off the chemically treated ends and took a leap of faith.

Did you feel like giving up?
During transitioning, probably but it wasn't that strong as I was accidentally returning natural. It wasn't part of the original plan to be natural as I used to strongly believe there was no way my hair would be easy to manage or handle without a relaxer.
  I basically had everything going wrong with my scalp and hair, zero edges and back hair, uneven growth, stunted growth, serious breakage (my hair was always on the floor, pillows, you'd touch it and the hair would follow). 
 In essence, I was stuck with finding a way out somehow.

What regime do you follow?
I have quite a simple regime/routine as time usually does not permit me to make it complex but there are also moments that I get to take my time and pamper my hair too.
  Without going into too much details so you don't get bored,
- I prepoo ( means before shampoo and depending on the type you use, mine take a few minutes for my scalp and hair, you can follow the directions for maximum effect).
- Shampoo, conditioner or deep protein treatment masque depending on my hair needs.
The 3 step method to hydrate and moisturise which includes the hydrating and soothing daily tea mix, 7 in 1 leave in froyo milk and hydrating whipped butter to seal the deal.
I have added a scalp salve that makes a whole lot of different with my scalp issues, regular massages (it depends, I am very flexible with this).
  This process happens once in 2 or 3 weeks but can switch depending on what my hair needs based on it's response, environment etc.
  I keep saying hair needs because understanding what makes your hair tick automatically makes your hair journey a lot smoother.
Did you update your regime after a while?

Yes, I tweak as I go based on my hair needs, it could be using a scalp scrub, water only method etc.

What styles can I do while transitioning?

 First things first, avoid styles that cause tension (palpitating pain or bumps would hurt your follicles which do not give the new growth a fighting chance).
  Try out light weight styles that do not pull on the line of demarcation, your hair stylist should know better about matching the right size of extensions per cut out section.
   Treat your hair right, regularly hydrate, moisturize, use a good conditioner and a proper deep protein treatment is your friend, this would help to minimize the breakage that transitioning or even natural hair goes through during protective styling.
You can use wigs as well but make sure you don't ignore your hair underneath.
   There are no specifics here, listen to your hair and work with it.

Challenges you experienced ?
   Apart from being frustrated, finding and understanding how to manage my hair and getting the right products my hair needed was a chore but we definitely came through.

How you managed tangles?
   An awesome conditioner that delivers moisture and nourishment to my hair shaft, followed by the 3 step method above that keeps my hair hydrated and moisturized for longer periods of time.
   This means, when my hair is in proper shape, I was able to experience little to no tangles but before that, tangles were one of the hardest things to deal with as I'd end up sniping innocent and guilty strands without any thought (6 hours just to detangle shorter hair?), You know what I mean.
  In summary, if you are planning to do the big chop immediately or transitioning, I would suggest surrounding yourself with a whole dose of healthy and positive information from those who have gone ahead of you, do your due diligence because it is easy to get overwhelmed with loads of unnecessary information and know that there is no quick fix, it is a lifestyle. So, take your time, tweak as you go and enjoy the process.
 Yours sincerely holding your hand as we enjoy this journey.
                    Jeniffer .O.










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