Thursday, June 9, 2011
Getting Down To Frizzness: Ingrea!
Tell us about you: My name is Ingrea, and I’m a mother, model, singer/songwriter, host, and actress.
How long have you been rocking your frizzness?
I’ve gone back and forth between having my hair relaxed and natural several times, but I’ve been rocking my frizzness continuously for 5 years.
Did you desire a second date following your BC/End of transition, or did you make reservations for a party of ONE?
It was a party of one.
Natural Hair doesn't define who you are BUT.....it shows that I accept me for who I am and what I look like.
What was the moment of epiphany in your journey?
I can’t remember a specific moment, but I remember feeling so free after the last time I decided to get my relaxed hair cut off. I didn’t have to worry about if my hair got wet or having to gel it down and tie it down to keep it straight. All the hassles were over.
Because natural manes are so unpredictable, how do you combat feeling defeated on days when your crown seems less than stellar (based your OWN criteria)? My hair does have it days. And when it does I simply put it in a puff or put a hat on.
Do random people attempt to lay hands in your mane?
No, not too many. I’ve had hairstylists do some interesting things to my hair for photoshoots, but that’s about as random as it’s gotten.
Do you find your mane becoming the grand topic of conversation?
Sometimes my hair does get a lot of attention. It’s usually people with straight hair who ask me a lot of questions.
CONFIDENCE CHECK: Has natural hair allowed you to dance as if no one is watching, or has your aurora remain unfazed since your relaxed days?
I don’t do too much dancing until I sweat, but anytime it has happened I’ve had no worries about my hair.
Share some secrets leading to a fabulous, happy, HEALTHY mane...promise we WILL tell!
Drink plenty of water and eat fruits and vegetables. Diet plays a big role in the health of our hair. Use products that will moisturize and that are curly/frizzy-friendly. Low/no shampoo and conditioner washing are also great for naturally curly hair.
What was the WORST mistake you’ve made along the way?
The worst mistake I made was getting a straightening product put on the ends of my hair. It made them very coarse and tangled.
What advice can you bless new, transitioning or frustrated kinky curly queens with?
Be patient with your new head of hair. It takes some getting used to and you have to learn how to care for your hair in a different way from how you would care for relaxed hair. Try different products and have fun doing it. You’ll get to know a lot about your hair along the way. There are many websites that offer tips on styles, products, and even how to do deal with different stages of going natural.
What natural experiments put the glam in your crown? Which ones ended up filed under Campaign EPIC FAIL?
I love doing a baking soda or apple cider vinegar rinse and using a good deep conditioner. My hair feels really soft afterward. I haven’t had too many failed experiments, but I have had a few products I wouldn’t try again.
What's the most fabulous part of your journey to frizzness?
Instead of giving up and getting a relaxer like I’ve done in the past when my natural hair has grown out I stuck with it and learned how to take care of it. I did my research online as I advised other curly queens to do.
Outside of your gorgeous mane, what inspires you? Great music of any kind
How can our beautiful readers find you on the web? You can find me on Facebook (facebook.com/ingrea) and/or follow me on Twitter (twitter.com/ingrea).
Many thanks & blessings for getting down to frizzness!