My name is Maivolnique and I’m 21 years old. Growing up - I have an African mother so my hair was always cornrowed and what not. I always had a lot of hair. I had thick hair. Even now my hair is really thick but growing up it was like “Oh my gosh! You have so much hair!” For the most part, for my childhood it I was natural. I was also very tender headed, so doing my hair was a struggle. So eventually my mom was like “Maybe we should relax your hair” So, the first time I got a perm I was in second grade. My aunt owns a hair salon so I went and we put the perm in my hair. Ooh, the pain. Oh my gosh and you can’t even scratch. I remember going through all that. And for the most part my hair was healthy because it was getting treated at the salon. I’d get it permed then my mom would braid it. Over time the perm did break down my hair. I remember that my mom went out of state so I was staying with my grandmother and she was taking care of my hair and it was like - no more protective hair styles. It was perms, box braids, micros, not treating it at all and that definitely broke my hair. So I probably had perms from around the age of 8 to about 11 or 12. My last perm was in 7th grade, I think. I think I stopped getting them for a while. I didn’t really have a Big Chop, it was more like I transitioned out of it. I just stopped getting perms and grew it out natural. I cut off all the permed ends. Overtime, in high school my hair was natural. I always wore weave from seventh grade up to now and I wore sew ins. But I did not know how to take care of my hair. I had leave out and a lot of heat damage - it was bad, bad, bad. My hair was fried. It took me a long time to really know how to take care of my hair. I really had to figure it out all on my own. I watched a lot of videos - YouTube played a big part in that. Seeing girls that have hair like me and seeing how they take care of their hair - that helped a lot. With age comes wisdom you know - you learn what you should and shouldn’t do for you. For the most part I’m natural and I wear weaves. Right now I have this frontal going on. It’s a wig - I just started wearing wigs last year. I got my first wig - a closure. I like that I can take care of my hair underneath - wash it, oil my scalp, all of that. So that’s working for me. I’m in school so I really don’t have the time to change my hair that much - about every two months. The frontal is good. I like it but the maintenance is a lot *laughs* I struggle but I’m getting the hang of it. It’s all about figuring out what works best for you. I want to try different things with my hair - different colors and styles. Being on my Instagram explore and seeing all these beautiful black women and how they do their hair definitely gives me a lot of inspiration.