Name: Breya Bentley
HC: How long have you been natural?
BB: Technically, I’ve been natural since 2008, but I didn’t ‘big chop’ until 2010. That’s a transition for you!
HC: How would you describe your hair texture?
BB: For my curlies, it’s 3C/4A. It’s basically a little curl and a little kink. I call the middle my “rough patch” because it’s the kinkiest.
HC: What is your favorite or most convenient hairstyle?
BB: My most convenient is the good ‘ole puff, but my favorite would be a well stretched twist out.
HC: Name some of your staple products. Shampoo, conditioner (deep), leave-in, etc…
BB: I’m a big advocate for the Shea Moisture line; it’s amazing! I use their deep conditioner and styling creams. I also use extra virgin olive oil (from the grocery section, not the hair aisle). I’m currently searching for a staple leave-in conditioner.
HC: What is a wash day like for you?
BB: In short, A PROCESS. All my friends joke about my wash day being a day-long task and it really is. If you see me walking around campus with a turban on, it’s usually wash day and I’m probably deep conditioning on the go.
HC: What are some of the most common problems you face when styling your hair? How do you combat these issues?
BB: The day I can figure out how to get my twist out to completely dry, will be the day I reach natural hair nirvana. But no really, besides my styles never being dry, single strand knots are a HUGE problem. I’ve yet to find a way to get rid of them; they seem evitable for someone with my hair texture.
HC: What are two dos and don’ts when it comes to your hair?
BB: Do moisturize, moisturize, moisturize! Curly hair easily dries out and needs to be moisturized daily to prevent breakage. Also, protect your hair when sleeping. Anything cotton dries my hair out so I sleep on a satin pillowcase, but a satin bonnet or scarf works also. I never dry my hair with a towel. It roughens the hair cuticle [and] causes the hair to be frizzy.
HC: Is there anything you want to try on your hair that is out of your comfort zone?
BB: I would like to try a short haircut, but see, the way my head size is set up……. [Giggles]
HC: How does your hair make you feel?
BB: My hair makes me feel unique, because no matter how many naturals are in the room, no one’s hair is exactly alike. I love that it makes me stand out in a society that admires straight, ‘tamed’ hair.
HC: Any words of advice to ladies with the same hair type as you?
BB: I would advise anyone with my hair type to be patient with their hair. Natural hair is a full time job. Sometimes your hair will frustrate you and you’ll want to rip knots, but remain patient and handle it with care. I know we all want waist-length hair overnight, and [with] a little bit of care and a little bit of patience you’ll be there before you know it. [Crosses fingers]