TALK TIME with SASHA

My name is Sasha Hayles. I am currently a senior English major attending Florida A&M University. I am a writer, and I love writing poetry. My personality is very bubbly, but I tend to be quite shy. I like to enjoy life, and travel. I am a simple person.


Q:
How long have you been natural and what made you decide to go natural?

A: I have been natural for about three years now. I decided to go natural because I could not keep up with the relaxed life anymore. My hair was dry and it started to break. 

Q: What was your natural hair journey like? Did you transition or big chop?

A: It was easy for me to go natural because I was used to going months to a year without a relaxer. I transitioned because I was too scared to do a big chop. 3fcf8-sashah

Q: What is your current regimen like? Do you follow the Curly Girl Method?

A: I wash my hair with a shampoo once a week, I usually use Crème of Nature. I love this shampoo because I do not lose any moisture when I use this product. I deep condition with Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioning Mask, this is the BEST deep conditioner I have ever used. After deep conditioning, I always twist my hair and leave it in for a few days, that way I do not have to worry about my hair for a week. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today and the Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter. I find that these products allow my hair to maintain moisture more than any other products I have tried. Once a month I use a clarifying shampoo like Carol’s Daughter Rosemary Mint.

Q:  What are your staple products?

A:  I cannot live without Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter and Kinky Curly Knot Today! My curls are so perfect with these products. 

Q: What is your “go to” style? Do you wear protective and/or low manipulation styles? If so, how often and why?

A: I twist my hair every week. Twists are my go to style because it is so versatile. I can pin them up, wear them down, or take the twist apart for perfect curls. I tend not to comb my hair too much before twisting it that way I can still preserve my natural curl pattern. 

Q: How do you sustain moisture on your tresses?


A: I retain moisture by spritzing my hair with water daily. Occasionally I will seal my hair with olive oil, or jojoba oil.

Q:  Is shrinkage an issue for you? If so, how do you deal with it?

A: Shrinkage has never been much of issue for me, but when I want elongated curls, I pin my twist to the opposite side of my head to stretch my curls.

 

Q: How do you handle the issue of frizz?

A: I live in Florida so frizz has always been an issue for me. If I know it is going to be humid I leave my hair in twists or I use Camille Rose Natural Aloe whipped Butter Gel to hold my curls with a little less frizz.

Q: Do you have any regrets about going natural?

A: No! I absolutely love being natural. Straight hair can easily become boring, it is so much easier to maintain my natural hair. I can do so much more with my curls.

Q: Do you have a hair crush? If so, who?

A: I have many hair crushes but my favorites are Victoria Queen, Naptural85, Mahogany Curls, and Mel. 

Q: What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or is becoming discouraged with their natural journey?

A: I know not everyone feels as though natural hair is for them, but being natural is not just a style. Natural hair is an expression of a persons connection to their culture and acceptance of who they really are. I always encourage people to go natural because I do not think there is anything more beautiful than someone embracing the way they were born. Natural hair is not as hard as some people make it seem. 

Q: What do you enjoy and/or love about being/going natural? Has the journey taught you anything about yourself?

A:  I love being able to do ANYTHING with my hair. I feel like my natural hair gives me so many more options. My hair really makes me happy it fits my bubbly personality. I am not afraid of getting my hair wet, like how I was with a relaxer. I feel free in a sense. Growing up around people that always felt as though black women should relax their hair, because natural hair was nappy made me feel as though I needed to relax my hair. I have learned to accept who I am. I embrace the natural beauty that was given to me. 

Q: Who do you follow online?

A: I am a frequent youtube watcher. I watch Naptural85, TarenGuy, and Mahogany Curls the most.

Q: Are there any hair styling tips and tricks you would like to share?

A: If someone wanted defined curls, I always suggest doing braids or twists on wet to damp hair and be patient.

 

Where to find Sasha:
Instagram: Sasha Tania
Facebook: Sasha Tania
Twitter: Sashisuwoo
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