Natural Spotlight: Danell

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How long have your been natural?
I’ve been fully natural for a little over two years. I transitioned for about a year and a half.

Why did you decide to go natural?
Well, it all started with a traumatic weave experience! LOL. It was my freshman year of college and I let one of my friends install my very first weave—big mistake. When my stylist back home took the weave out, my hair was extremely thin and I had a permanent bald spot on the back of my head due to me not properly taking care of it (I grew up always going to the salon, I had NO idea how to do my own hair). I literally went home crying that day! While my stylist washed my hair, she noticed that I had gone a while without getting a touch-up (I waited to go home to get relaxers so I went months without touch-ups sometimes) and she said, “sweetie you don’t even need a relaxer your hair growing in looks so good.” My hair was so much thicker at the roots and from there I stopped relaxing my hair. Little did I know this meant I was starting the transitioning process.type 4 hair in bun

What are your favorite go to styles?
I used to be a bantu knot fanatic! Now I’ve become the lazy natural. I let the steam of a good morning shower revive my matted hair from sleeping on it. If I don’t have my hair out, it’s typically in a low bun. I do about six flat braids (I call them my A$AP Rocky Braids) the night before to smooth my hair down. By the morning, I take them down and tie my hair into a low bun which lasts about 4-5 days. Other than that, when I just need a brake, I get box braids. I LOVE box braids and they are perfect for naturals with a busy schedule like myself.
What are your favorite products?
Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, and my Water bottle with a few drops of Rosemary Oil are my staples. It makes my hair so shiny and thick while the Rosemary Oil feels really good on my scalp! Since I have color on my ends, I started using Carol’s Daughter Healthy Hair Butter and that product is like a miracle for my ends. I only use it on freshly washed hair. I use Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo + Conditioner . It’s the only Shampoo  that has ever relieved my dry, itchy, flaky scalp! For styling (perm rod sets, Roller sets) I use Kinky Curly Spiral Spritz. It’s a light hold and it doesn’t have any harsh ingredients that will dry my hair out. I just bought the Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura oil Intensive Hydration Masque and let me tell you HONEY…It’s lives up to the hype!
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What is your advice to new naturals?
Let me tell you something. Your hair belongs on your head and out of everyone’s opinions. There may be people who oppose your natural hair, but don’t let that stop you. Our hair is so different from everyone else on this planet and instead of feeling like an outcast or insecure, you should feel special! You get the honor of being a beautiful representation for those little Black girls out there who think their hair is unacceptable. That has been one of the most rewarding gifts on this natural hair journey. Cherish your differences. You are enough. You hair is a beautiful flower, now let it grow to the heavens!
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