Healthy Curl Spotlight: Alexandria of Sporty Afros!
I’m so excited to have Alexandria of Sporty Afros as today’s Healthy Curl Spotlight! With her co-founder Whitney, Alex runs a great blog that gives tips on fitness, nutrition, and natural hair care! I truly believe that hair health is directly related to physical health, and Whitney and Alex have really done a great job of combining those topics, and helping natural women put their health first! I could go on and on, but without further ado, let’s get into Alex’s journey!
1.) Tell us about yourself! Where do you live? What do you do?
I am from and live in Dallas, Texas. By day, I am a Media Relations Manager, by night and mobile, I am the co-founder for Sporty Afros. I also am a certified sports nutritionist and motivational speaker in which I encourage and educate women on how to live a healthy life from the inside out.
2.) What influenced your decision to be natural?
Whitney Patterson, the other co-founder of Sporty Afros, went natural 6 months before I did. As she went natural, she joined me at the same time when I began training for my first triathlon. 6 months later as we completed our first triathlon together, I decided to go natural too. I guess you can blame her for me going natural as she blames me for being a triathlete. lol
3.) How do you take care of your hair?
The biggest way I take care of my hair is focusing on the inside out. Taking care of the outside of my hair must start on the inside, so I make sure to incorporate a variety of healthy meals that will also aid in hair growth in addition to exercising But of course CurlRehab readers already know this!
My specific hair regimen varies during the year. When I am training for a triathlon, I have a simple and religious routine because I am dealing with a variety of difference exercises such as swimming, biking, cycling and yoga. When I am not training, I have a more relaxed routine and play around with various products and styles. I am avid on keeping things simple and focus on 3 basics: oil for scalp, moistening my hair and sealing my ends. Outside of this I take an organic multi-vitamin, B-complex and Biotin.
Oh yeah, and you know a sista loves some wigs! It’s the perfect protective style and keeps me looking refreshed after a 2 hour bike ride.
4.) For the product junkies out there (almost all of us), what are some of your favorite products to use?
I am really anal about the products I use so the ones use, I LOVE!
First things first, you know I love our Sporty Afros products. Seeing the hair growth on Whitney’s hair from her using Ayverdic hair oils sold me. Thus, I started to use them and haven’t looked back. After people saw the growth of our hair and kept asking about the oils, we began selling them because they worked! Plus, as you know making Ayverdic hair oils is like baking a cake!
Unfortunately, I used to have very dry hair thanks to the good ole Texas heat. So after researching and testing, I came up with G+ spray. Whitney saw how shiny and refreshed my hair was looking one day and she became hooked. Like her, so did other folks.
Outside of our own products, I am a huge lover of 2 other main lines. I love everything by Amazing Botanicals. Their pomade, gel and Black soap are staples for the past year and half. I also fell in love with BeautifulBrown Baby Dol’s Body oil and Conditioner. I personally know the owners too, so I feel better knowing they make their products with love, care and passion.
I also like a few other products such as: Aveeno deep conditioners, Cantu Leave in conditioner, HairRules shampoo and Miss Jessie’s deep conditioner. I secretly have 12 year relationship filled with the LOVE for Aveda products but they are very expensive. I purchase a product once a year as a birthday treat.
5.) Have you encountered any problems with your hair? (breakage, dryness, etc) How did you deal with them?
Girl Yes! Here are my main 3.
1- Transitioning – This process was a hot mess and my hair couldn’t take it. So I just cut it all off and kept my hair refreshed and moisturized under a wig. This helped me out a lot!
2- Dryness – I experience a lot of dryness from Dallas/Texas heat. Man was my hair dry like wheat! As I stated before, I ended up creating the G+ spray to add in moisture back into my hair. I think it’s the one product I cannot live without. I keep a bottle with me at all times!
3- Bald Spot/Broken Hair- Thanks to increase of stress and being busy, some of my hair was falling out and I learned I had a slight bald spot. That is not a good look especially when you are on TV and speaking to people about hair care!! But it happens. I made sure to have a weekly scalp massage and increase my hot oil treatments with our Ayverdic hair oils and mixed in some castor oil to stimulate my scalp. I also simplified my hair routine and left my hair alone. It’s grown back so much!
6.) In what ways, if any, has your natural hair changed the way you view yourself, or how others view you?
I think this journey has taught me to take better care of myself and show others how to do it. I really think about what I put in and on my body in a completely different way. Being natural has helped me, along with Whitney, to stop caring so much about what people think and do what we want to do. If you follow us on twitter, facebook or on our blog you can tell we take chances and go to the beat of our own drum instead of the norm. Sporty Afros was founded in this manner as we were the first and only site that connected the dots between hair care, fitness and nutrition.
7.) What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned about your hair or yourself since being natural?
The biggest lesson I have learned is to how to have healthy thick hair while training for a triathlon. Lol
YAAAAYY! Thank you so much Alex for agreeing to be featured! Your answers were SO informative! I’m gonna have to check out some of your links myself! Ladies and gentlemen, make sure to check out Sporty Afros for tips on fitness, healthy eating, and MOST importantly, keeping your hair right and tight while you stay fit!
If you would like to be featured, all you have to do is let me know! Send me an email at CurlRehab@Yahoo.com, or tweet me @CurlRehab!