My Selfie Journey: Dr. Nia Malika Pole

Dr. Nia Malika Pole started her natural hair journey eight years ago when she became very ill. Taking care of her relaxed hair wasn’t a priority. One day she walked into a stylist's booth in Atlanta and the stylist cut off her damaged, permed hair. It was the most freeing and scary thing she had ever done.

Deena Campbell Nov, 12, 2014

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Dr. Nia Malika Pole started her natural hair journey eight years ago when she became very ill. Taking care of her relaxed hair wasn’t a priority. One day she walked into a stylist's booth in Atlanta and the stylist cut off her damaged, permed hair. It was the most freeing and scary thing she had ever done.

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My hair is…natural and loc'd!

I started my (loc) journey… October 6, 2011.

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My current hair regimen includes

• Going to my loctician every 4-6 weeks for a wash, condition, color, re-twist, and style

• Spraying my roots and hair with water and lightly with leave in conditioners

• Washing and setting my hair with curlers to get it curly between re-twists

• Sleeping on a satin pillowcase or in a bonnet

My favorite hair products include

• WATER! WATER! WATER!

• Jamaican Mango and Lime Sproil Spray Oil

• Carol's Daughter Hair Milk Refresher Spray

• Jamaican Black Castor Oil (for my edges)

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The secret to having healthy hair is... Moisture! I try to make sure my locs don't get dry by spritzing it with water. Sleeping with a satin bonnet or on a satin pillowcase is important because cotton dries out our hair.

My biggest hair challenge is… Remembering to wear a bonnet every single night! Honestly, I’ve gone to sleep many nights on my cotton pillowcase with no bonnet, scarf or any other hair protection. My sister recently gave me a silk pillowcase and now I don’t have to worry about that as much.

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I love my hair because… It makes me (feel) free! I’m not afraid of rain, wind, or working out. I don't have to sleep cute. Accepting an invitation to an event is not succeeded by me thinking, “I have to get my hair done” My hair is always done! I truly understand how fabulous my natural hair is!

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