1. Tell me a little about yourself and your hair journey.
My name is Deanna Dormaine Gallegos and I live in Littleton Colorado. I’ve been a registered nurse for over ten years and found it to be rewarding. Last year, I took the plunge and published three books, one young adult urban fantasy and a suspense thriller, under the pen name Dormaine G. I am presently working on three more books set to be released this fall.
2. How long have you been natural?
I have been natural for about four and half years. It was in March of 2010 that I said no to perms.
3. What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper& why?
I was a transitioner. I really had no other choice after I moved to Colorado, a dry climate, from New York a humid one. My hair turned extremely dry and was thinning out so I cut the dead parts and started straightening it. The problem was you can only add so much heat to your hair. I finally let go of the heat and discovered by hair curled up like my sister’s and niece’s.
4. How would you describe your hair?
I guess a 3C but I’m not 100% sure about all that typing stuff. I just find things that work for me and give it a go. I am a follower of the Curly Girl Method (like my sister, Sabrina from seriouslynatural.org) and love it.
5. What do you love most about your hair?
I‘ve never really been a hair person so that fact that I can wash and go is right up my alley. It’s not too much of a fuss to deal with.
6. What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
Realizing how vulnerable you feel during such a transition was challenging. The journey wasn’t easy since my hair didn’t always work the way I wanted it to. There were a lot more bad days than good at first, plus not knowing how it will look in the end made me question my decision to go natural a lot. Eventually my hair started working with me and I am grateful that I stuck with it.
7. What were some of your favorite transitioning hairstyles?
I usually wore it out as it transitioned. I really didn’t know any other styles or anything about protective styles. I now mostly still wear it out or in a ponytail most day and I usually keep it up at night.
8. What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
I used to always wear it straight so not everyone liked it curly. For the most part, it has been well received even during the transition. My friends prefer my natural hair and have even told me that it suites me better.
9. What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I use the curly girl method. I wash my hair and use a deep treatment masque weekly, co-wash most days leaving in conditioner followed up with gel or whipped butter. I use a combination of Shea moisture, Kinky Curly and an up and coming line called Nikki’s Naturals, LLC. I dabble with other products periodically but those are my main product.
10. Who is your hair crush?
Two words: Kerry Washington
11. What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTuber’s, or blogs?
Seriously Natural hosted by my sister Sabrina Perkins, Global Couture and Mahogany Curls.
12. Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
If going natural is something that you want to do then stick to it and don’t let others make you feel bad about it. Natural is beautiful in any shape or form. Love the beauty in you.
13. Where can people find you for more information?
Please feel free to read all about me and my books on my blog Dormaineblog