Saturday, October 27, 2012

Aevin Dugas is Naturally Glamorous

Guess what? I got to interview the beautiful, Aevin Dugas! :)
I'm guessing most of you know who she is, but I'll still tell you who she is: Aevin Dugas is a Guiness World Record holder. Now, what's that record for? THE WORLD'S LARGEST AFRO! How big is her afro? Well, when last I read something about her (the article had been posted in 2011), it said over 4ft. WOW! :) I want hair like that :) I'll be SammyWithTheBIGHair no longer SammyWithTheBigHair, if you know what I mean ;)

Anyways, here's my little interview with Aevin Dugas:
(Sammy: "ohmigosh! ohmigosh! I still can't believe I got to do this!" *Sam stops jumping and tries to act cool, calm and collected ..... so hard to do*)

When did you and what made you decide to go natural?
I went natural 13 years ago

Did you big chop or transition?
Well, back then there was no name for it! Lol, but I guess you can say I transitioned because I let it grow for a year before I decided to chop my ends off!

How did you manage your hair while going natural?
I had a friend who's sister would cornrow it for me, I'd rod it, or find any style wher I didn't have to mess with it too much.

When did you BC?
It was the month of May during Maymester at Southern University. Thank goodness, because I probably wouldn't have remembered it.

What was the initial reaction to your natural hair?
Some loved it but others weren't too happy about it. I'm from a small town so there were a lot of closed minded ppl at that time. Natural wasn't the "in" thing to do! We laugh now but my little sister got bullied about me cutting my hair short! Weird!

How did your family and friends react to the new you?
They all loved it, it was a shock bc I went from hair to a low fro but they were very supportive. Eventually they almost all went natural!

What was your response to them?
For the ones with questions, I'd give them my reasons why I went natural and explained why they should too:-)

(Sammy: haha, I did that too :) )

What does this journey mean to you?
It means a lot, I love seeing more And more naturals! I love seeing the little girls loving their hair and I'm happy to see the commercials with natural hair women.

What is your daily regimen (including your night-time routine)?
Well.........I think because I've been doing it for so long I've gotten lazy. I shampoo and condition once to twice a week. Then I usually add argan oil and mix a bunch of conditioners and slap it in a bun!

What are your go-to hairstyles, which is your fav. and how do you achieve it?
Lol, honestly it's my bun, and my newest is my braid out. I shampoo/condition then part my hair into 4 sections and braid it. Once it's dry, I take them loose and that's it!

How do you deal with hair issues such as: breakage, shrinkage, length retention and moisture?
Honestly I've been blessed to not have to deal with breakage and length retention. As far as shrinkage I usually stretch my braids or twists with ponytail holders. But, it'll shrink after a while anyway so...... For moisture, I add a little argan oil before my conditioners and that's about it.
What products do you currently use, and how are they working for you?
I'm very simple for products, I use Pantene, Garnier Fruictis, Tressemme, Shea Moisture and KoilsbyNature

(Sammy: "I love this picture!" :) )

Hand-In-Hair syndrome an issue I have now only's not my hand (okay! sometimes it is my hand :) ). Do you have this issue?Yes, I love to feel my waves! Silly, I know!

Do people ask before touching your hair or they just randomly reach out and touch (or grab) it?
Some ask...............but most just grab

How does this make you feel? What is your reaction to this?
It's uncomfortable. I used to let ppl touch IF they asked bc they always thought it was fake so I'd let them feel for themselves. But now I realize they should just take my word for it! Now when they grab aka pull my hair........ That's a whole other situation! Not a good one either:-)

What was your reaction when you found out you had made a world record?
I was shocked bc I never win or get anything! Even now, I'll see myself somewhere and just stare in disbelief.

What have you learned throughout your journey?
I've learned that I do what makes me and my hair happy!

Any advice for those who are considering going natural, are currently transitioning, are newly naturals or "Nana" naturals?
Yes, I always say find what works for you. You can watch all the you tube product videos you want. Until you use it in your hair, you just don't know. Also, if you are thinking about going natural, you do not have to cut your hair bald. I hear a lot say that we hold onto our hair and how it's just hair and will grow back. Yes that is true, but lets be real, going bald is a hairstyle and SOME may not be comfortable with it. I say take your time, and when YOU are ready...........chop it off and enjoy your natural hair!!! It's so worth it once you do!!


Yay! So, I did it! *fan girl scream!* :)

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