I am in absolute awe each time I come in contact with the lovely Brayzil. She’s been featured on Essence.com and is an avid supporter of our community. When she’s not in the salon whipping up a fresh hairstyle, she can be found spearheading and hosting an event created to benefit a community in need. Brayzil is a true interpretation of beauty and brains. I am so excited to have her featured on the blog for curl talk! Check out her story below.
1LB: How long have you been natural?
Brayzil: I have been natural for 6 years.
What method did you use to embark on your natural journey (transitioned or BC’d immediately)?
I transitioned. When I decided to go natural, I still flat-ironed my roots and trimmed my hair about every 3 weeks. Then, when there was about 4 inches of relaxed hair left… I cut it!
What is your current hair regimen?
My current hair regimen involves a weekly shampoo and condition, bi-weekly overnight deep condition, monthly oil-treatment, and daily moisturizing.
What are your hair staples?
My hair staples are:
Shampoo & Conditioner: Pantene Curly Hair Series
Deep Conditioner: Palmers Coconut Oil Formula Protein Pack
Leave-In Conditioner: Ouidad Moisture Lock
Moisturizer: One ‘n Only Argan Oil, Proclaim Natural 7 Olive Oil, or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Other Products: Proclaim Foaming Wrap Lotion with Olive Oil
What are some of the misconceptions you’ve experienced?
Managing natural hair is easier than managing relaxed hair! Maintaining healthy, natural hair takes just as much time as maintaining relaxed hair. Especially if you are a natural woman, like me, who likes to change up her hairstyle every few days.
What motivated you to go natural?
I decided to go natural mainly because my hair was becoming brittle and weak from over 10 years of relaxing it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that God created me with kinky/curly hair and I should appreciate it! If I wanted to straighten my hair I could always get it blown straight and flat-ironed, but permanently straightening it was no longer appealing to me.
Do you have any hair struggles?
For the most part, my hair is pretty tamed, but when I color my hair I have to up the conditioners and moisturizers so my hair does not become dry.
Any advice you’d like to share and where can we find you online?
If you are thinking of going natural… DO IT! Many women want to take the leap to being natural, but talk themselves out of it. Try it… if you don’t like it you can always relax your hair again.