Rockin Naturals You May Not Know But Should: Lesa
My name is Lesa and I’m 36 years young. I have worked in the HR field for over 10 years and I really enjoy working with all types of personalities. My first encounter with a “relaxer” occurred when I was around 8 or 9 years old. While visiting relatives for the summer, one of my aunt’s put a perm in both me and my sister’s hair because she felt it would be easier to care for- unbeknownst to my mom who did not receive the news well. As the years past of continuing to relax every 3 months, I went from having long thick ponytails to thin shoulder length hair. I have been natural since 2008 so almost 7 years- and it’s been a Rollercoaster Ride! I have big-chopped a total of 3 times (2008, 2010, and 2012). In 2010, I went to the salon for a trim on my almost BSL length hair and the stylist cut off half of my hair into a neck-length bob because she “felt it looked better on me”. My hair was professionally colored again for the first time since becoming natural in late 2010. I decided to cut all of the color off myself in 2012 due to boredom.
What or Who inspired you to go natural? Did you bc or transition?
I have always had an affinity for curly hair- I adored Freddie Brooks from A Different World, Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-air, and Denise Huxtable from The Cosby Show. However, I decided to stop relaxing my hair after a horrible experience with blonde hair color. Basically, my hair was double processed and within 48 hours of getting the color professionally done, patches of my hair fell out from the root. So, I said no more relaxers. I big-chopped in February 2008 and mostly wore wigs/braids/sew-ins for about a year. I would experiment with my natural hair in-between my protective styles. This was a TOTAL learning process for me because I had always gone to a hair salon. Nonetheless, I watched countless hours of youtube videos and read anything related to natural hair in order to figure out what worked best for me.
Top three products and prices.
- EDEN BODYWORKS All Natural Coconut Shea Leave In Conditioner $9
- VIVA LABS Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, $18
- ECOSTYLER Moroccan Argan Oil Styling Gel $6
Fave go to hairstyle.
Wash and Go! My hair is dense and full of tight coils & small s-waves. I’ve had plenty of trials and errors but I’m finally able to rock my wash and go’s between 5 to 7 days (with minimal single strand knots). Yayyy!
If you had to give your hair a name what would it be?
Freddie- I’m still inspired to this day by the natural curly looks and unique styles Cree Summer wore on A Different World.
Have you ever tried hair shadowing? Deep Conditioning Color? Splat washables? Or any of the other methods I use for color?
Yes, I have tried hair shadowing once- only the tips of my hair with blue eye shadow. I’ve also used Roux Color Mousse and Beyond the Zone Color Mousse from Sally’s (black, purple, and copper).
If your hair is colored what do you use to do so?
I used a L’Oreal box color in Fall 2013 to add some highlights to the crown area of my hair…..I heart color☺
Sum up your natural hair journey in three words.
A Memorable Adventure!
Any advice to the natural newbies?
Don’t get caught up in the hype of what your hair is supposed to look like. All textures, curl patterns, etc. are BEAUTIFUL. Try different things until you figure out what works best for you. Also, look at the actual ingredients listed in products- just because a particular brand is popular and/or expensive, doesn’t mean it’s great.
What was favorite compliment someone has ever given you on your hair?
I was in a store and a little girl was peeping at me. I heard her whisper to her mom that she wishes her hair would look like mine. The mom came over to me and stated that she had naturally straight hair and didn’t know how to manage/style her daughter’s naturally curly hair. After I gave them some tips, the little girl smiled really big then said, “you and your hair are so pretty”.
If you could only watch one natural hair vlogger on youtube who would it be? why?
It would definitely be Naptural85. She has an honest and genuine spirit which makes it easy to watch and believe what she’s saying. Also, she has a fantabulous head of healthy hair!
Finish this sentence:
I Rock My Natural because I LOVE the hair that grows from my scalp…every kink, curl, & coil! Hopefully I inspire others to do the same.
Keep Rockin Lesa!!