Hey guys! So I’m back with another post in my everyday inspiration series! This time, the beautiful Regal Fro joins the many women on here sharing her inspirational story and advice for natural hair. So sit back and relax and get to know Regal Fro!
“Regardless of how you choose to wear your hair, remember you are a naturally beautiful woman.”- Regal Fro
1. Tell me about yourself- where you were born, your name, age what do you do?
I am a 34 year old, mental health advocate/inspirational speaker from Mississippi.
2. Where there a lot women with natural hair from your hometown/ where you were born?
I no longer reside in my hometown. However, I see women who are wearing their hair in its natural state daily.
3. Ok, with this in mind, did you find it any easier or more difficult to transition to natural hair?
It was only difficult because I didn’t have anyone I knew personally to turn to for hairstyling tips. Once I realized that I could get styling tips from naturals on YouTube, things became easier.
4.Now the big one- why did you choose to transition? Can you remember the date? How long has it been?
I began my transition because my daughter wanted to know why her hair wasn’t “flat” like other girls. I transitioned for 16 months. I began in August 2011, and I cut off my relaxed ends on Dec. 31, 2012.
5. Did you feel that making that decision was hard for you especially when most of the women around you had silky straight hair?
I made the decision to return to natural hair because of my daughter. As a result, I really was not concerned about how other women around me wore their hair. In addition, I never felt criticism from those around me regarding my decision to return to natural hair. I had to remember that I was once one of those women who had “silky straight hair”.
6. Cool, now let’s talk hair products, hair routines- did you have to change any of your hair products?
Yes. My transitioning hair was totally different from both my relaxed and natural hair. When my hair was relaxed, I only used shampoo, conditioner, and oil once a week. During my transition, I keep the same shampoo and conditioner but had to switch oils. I also had to apply oil more frequently and use styling products. The products I used were: Garnier shampoo and conditioner, almond oil, and flax seed gel.
7. What products have helped you maintain your natural hair?
Currently, I use the following products on my hair:
-Clarifying: Apple Cider Vinegar
-Conditioning: Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition Conditioner & 3-Minute Undo Dryness Reversal Treatment
Moisture: Cantu Natural Hair Coconut Curling Cream
Oil: Cococare Castor Oil
Stylers: Eco Styler Gel with Argon Oil, Homemade Flaxseed Gel, and Garnier Curl Calm Down
8.Has there been a change in your hair routines? Like the number of times you wash your hair a week, how you protect your hair when you sleep? Protective styling? ( weaves, braids, ponytails)
My routine is simple. I clarify and co-wash my hair once every 15 -17 days. I deep condition once monthly and moisturize daily. I protect my hair at night with a satin bonnet or scarf. I am not a big fan of protective styling because I enjoy wearing my hair out. However, during my transition, I wore mini twists for the last few months.
9. A lot of women I have spoken to say they want to go natural but find there are hardly any products for them. Can you recommend good hair products and if possible where to get them?
I rarely recommend products to people because I keep the products I use to a minimum. In addition, I do not switch products often. I would say that I companies have done an excellent job in developing products for natural hair. Product accessibility is probably better than it has ever been. If you are in an area that does not have retailers that carry natural hair products, then I recommend that you search the websites of large retailers such as Walmart, Target, and Walgreens. If you are unsure about what products to use, or would like to try various product, I would recommend a natural hair subscription box service such as Curlbox or Curl Collection. With your subscription you get products sent to you and you are able to test out the products. This can be helpful in saving time and money.
10. Would you advice any women to go natural? And why?
I believe that deciding to return your hair to its natural state is a personal decision that a woman should be allowed to make without pressure. In my opinion, it is a matter of respect. I wanted people to respect the fact that I wanted to transition back to natural. Therefore, I want to respect the decision of any woman who decides that having natural hair is not for her.
11. And finally what the best piece of advice you would give to a woman who has just decided to go natural?
Connect with other naturals as soon as you can and utilize social media outlets. Never be afraid to ask a natural via social media about products, styling tips, or just to vent. Normally, you will find someone who has tried the products, will tag you in a style photo, or experienced something similar. In other words, CONNECT, CONNECT, CONNECT!!!! You do not have to go on this journey alone.
12. If you want to add anything else please feel free to do so.
Regardless of how you choose to wear your hair, remember you are a naturally beautiful woman.
If you want to connect with me, you can check out my YouTube channel Regal Fro or follow me on Instagram @ regal_fro
That’s all folks! Make sure you check out her YouTube and Instagram profiles! You can also find her on Facebook. Take her advice and CONNECT, CONNECT CONNECT! Trust me it makes such a big difference and helps! A LOT! She has some beautiful hair and rocking it to its full potential!
P.S- CurlBox and Curl collection are only available in the US to my knowledge. And I am waiting that the Good Lord will touch the owners’ hearts so they can start shipping across the pond to the UK too. (LOL). But if you’re in the UK and want to check out any new products or try any Regal mentioned, PaksComestics is your best chance or online at britishcurlies.com. Of course there is always Amazon/EBay and the others
I’m out of here as I have to go to uni now for my final business presentation( wish me luck!) but I will catch you guys soon! So wherever you are Good morning, good afternoon or evening!