Most recently, the popular hair vitamin company Hairfinity® announced Keshia Knight Pulliam as the new face behind their brand, noted for her thick, healthy, and natural mane. I had the pleasure of speaking with Ms. Pulliam to get the scoop on her new partnership with Hairfinity®, her experience with using the Hairfinity® vitamins and of course, how she cares for her natural hair both on and off-screen.
Recently, you were named as the very first Brand Ambassador for Hairfinity. Tell me about your partnership with them and why you decided to say yes.
Health and Beauty is definitely an industry that a lot of people have had interest in me working with. For me, I’ve been very protective of my brand and very specific with the different things I choose to do. It was important to make sure that it was a product that I believed in, that I would use, and I did use. I used it before becoming a brand ambassador to make sure that I could wholeheartedly put my name, face and everything behind it because I would never promote anything that I would not use myself. I’m always taking vitamins and I’m into organic, whole foods. My non-profit actually just did a really great fundraiser with Whole Foods, so the whole healthy lifestyle and healthy living is very much a part of me.
How long was it before you started noticing results from using the Hairfinity Vitamins?
I tried the Hairfinity vitamins for about 2 months and I definitely saw a difference. My hair became a little thicker, and I could see a difference in growth because and it had only been two months. I’m really excited to see the difference between now and the next six months. I also noticed less shedding and for me, these are things that are important. Health and beautiful hair, beautiful skin, nails; all of it starts on the inside. It’s not just whatever oils and shampoos you use.
What advice do you have for other women caring for their natural hair?
At the end of the day, it’s all about embracing what you have. It’s crazy because natural hair comes in so many varieties and shapes. I’m still learning stuff, and I’m like, I didn’t know about this curl pattern and that curl pattern. I just know what works for my hair and my lifestyle.
I know you wear your hair straight often. How do you care for your natural hair to protect it from damage, over-manipulation, etc? Do you follow a specific hair regimen?
Hair is fun for me, it’s an accessory. I’ll wear it straight, curly, etc. I live in Atlanta, GA and it’s all kind of hot, especially humid in the summer so it’s more a function of ease. It’s harder to fight to keep it straight during the summer than to just let it be. It’s also about caring for my hair from the inside out. I drink tons of water, and eat lots of really great leafy greens and organic foods.
I take my Hairfinity vitamins daily in addition to other vitamins that I take. I shampoo my hair a lot. My hair is kinda greasy, or my scalp rather. It’s a really weird combination. I can’t put a lot of oils and stuff in my hair because it would become so greasy so fast. For my hair to be fresh, and fluffy and nice when I flat iron it, I would have to flat iron probably like, I wash my hair. And that’s another thing.
When I wash my hair, I blow dry and flat iron it but I really don’t put too much heat on it. There is minimal heat on my hair in between the next washing. I feel that it’s important, and I also give my hair a break. Sometimes I’ll wash and flat iron it and other times or if I’m just home by myself, my hair will be curly all over the top of my hair, pulled up in a bun, pulled back however!
You mentioned your non-profit organization earlier, Kamp Kizzy where you mentor young girls.
My Kamp Kizzy girls are 11-16 and of course, some of them have graduated and aged out but I still keep in contact with all of my girls. This year was the first year we had girls that graduated from the program actually come back and help assist as counselors, so that was really exciting.
This past year, we did a camp in the summer and we’ve grown to 105 girls, and the camp is free for all the girls to attend. We did it on Clark Atlanta’s campus this year and the last two years we did it on Spelman’s campus. We work from the model of our body being our temple, and everything we do and what we put into it is a mirror reflection of what we receive and what we get out of it.
Is there anything else you wanted to let our readers know?
I’m also working on a project called the A-list experience, which is basically a party in which all of the proceeds go to charity, so it’s like a party with a purpose. It gives you a once in a lifetime experience that you may not normally be able to have. A girlfriend and I were talking while we were in London last summer at the Olympics and we were thinking that we have all this access to all these wonderful life experiences that most people would not be able to enjoy, and we were thinking how we could turn this into something that could also help and benefit people. We’re getting our talent together now for the coming months. In the past, we’ve done projects with K. Michelle during the Grammy awards, Kevin Hart during the Essence festival and I also did a pamper party to benefit Kamp Kizzy here in Atlanta this summer.
Special thanks to Hairfinity, Melanie Mitchell and Ms. Pulliam for the interview.
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