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Dorianne: Healthy hair should be considered good hair

IG: @justdorianne

“I’m Dorianne (pronounce door-ree-anne), I’m very particular about the correct pronunciation of my name. I was named in memory of my late grandmother, Doreen. I am an introverted, quirky (yet sassy), petite young lady, who is family orientated and big on morals and values.

Growing up as the last born, I always had to strive to do better in everything I do and doing so made my parents proud. And with their unfailing support I believed I could achieve anything I set my mind to. I was thrown into the big corporate world, working a 9-5 straight from finishing my National Diploma in Business Management. However, this experience taught me a lot about myself and what I’m capable of. I had to overcome a lot of fears and insecurities; I grew into my own. I’m very passionate about personal growth and building a better life for myself, I believe that there is always room for improvement, room to grow and learn.”

When did your natural hair journey begin? My journey started in December 2017.

What is the one thing you think the natural hair community is hesitant to admit? Texture discrimination does exist. The natural hair community has some sort of standard for natural hair textures; your 3b-c curly/wavy hair are considered “good” hair textures and they get more exposure on a simple explore page and the same counts for 4c hair. I am aware that 4c hair have been at the bottom of the radar for years and has now found its way back up, however, the rest of the type 4 hair chart does not get the same amount of recognition because it does not “coil” the same way. Healthy hair (meaning all textures) should be considered good hair.

What, in your opinion, is the biggest misconception about natural hair? Your hair does not have to curl or coil a certain way for it to be “natural”, your hair does not have to have a curl/coil pattern.

Name as many black girl owned hair brands off the top of your head. A-Z Imani Cosmetics (@az_imanicosmetics) – they are a local Cape Town based brand, who recently came out with their own line of Chebe hair products. Bonnets on a Budget (@bonnets_on_a_budget) – handmade satin bonnets and accessories. Ruutos (@ruutos). Afromare (@afromare). Love Kinks (@lovekinks_za)

Do you agree with the notion “I AM NOT MY HAIR”? I do agree with the statement and like India Arie sings “I am not my hair, I am the soul that lives within”. This comes down to the standard of beauty in society; what we’re supposed to look like to be considered beautiful. Beauty should not be defined by your hair, your make up or what you have on. Beauty comes from within yourself, how you are as a person and how you treat people. My hair might’ve contributed to my confidence and how I feel about myself, but it does not define who I am as a person.

If you met someone who was thinking of or had just returned natural, what tips would you give them about natural hair care?

  • Get to know your hair (hair type & porosity) – this will help you better understand how to manage, treat and care for your hair.
  • Protective style as much as you, especially in the beginning – it promotes growth and gives you a chance to do your research, save up for your products and build your patience, you’re going to need a lot of it.
  • Protect your hair at night (satin/silk scarf, bonnet & pillowcase)
  • Get rid of your relaxed/damaged ends
  • Always keep a spritzer mix of water and/or oil/conditioner, this especially good for naturally dry hair

What product or regimen would you recommend for winter? I have low porosity hair so I tend to install a long term (2 months) protective style (e.g box braids) during winter. If I’m not, I deep condition my hair on a weekly basis and follow it up with the LCO moisturizing method and protective style (short time e.g mini twists/braids).

UNPOPULAR OPINION: Your texture determines how “natural” your hair is. All naturals are product junkies.

Twists, threading or braids? Braids.

High puff, space buns (two puffs) or no puff? High puff.

Braids (micro/box), cornrows or twists the whole day? Box braids.

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