BGLH: where are you from? where you rep­pin?
ALICIA
: I was born and raised in Arkansas and I’ve been migrat­ing between here and Texas over the years. But I’m back in Arkansas..for now..lol.

BGLH: when did you go nat­ur­al and why?
ALICIA
: Well I went nat­ur­al in ’03 after tran­si­tion­ing 5.5 mos [was orig­i­nal­ly gonna be 2 years but I got impa­tient and frus­trat­ed with the tex­tures at WAR!]. It was kin­da like a hap­py acci­dent how it actu­al­ly was put into action. I got laid off from this job and kin­da fell on hard times which lead to me not being able to pur­chase anoth­er relax­er! So fun­ny! I’ve been want­i­ng to go nat­ur­al for­ev­er but I was too afraid. I was help­ing my friend with her tran­si­tion at the time and she gave me a wealth of info and encour­age­ment. At the time I was already frus­trat­ed because one perm [try­ing a new brand] gave me hor­ri­ble baldspots with ooz­ing scabs, thin­ing and severe shed­ding. I switched back to the perm I used for years, but THEN my hair start­ed rebelling! After the first sham­poos it was like I need­ed anoth­er perm, I was so frus­trat­ed and fed up!!! So when I went so long with­out the perm, which was like three months, it was NOW or nev­er for me. So I’m glad I made the tran­si­tion. :D I don’t regret it for noth­ing! I used to always look at pix of my fam­i­ly and be in AWE of the whole 70’s era. They were known for their fros!

BGLH: what products/ingredients do you use? why?
ALICIA
: Right now I use what­ev­er works for me and my hair! So I guess I’m not a ful­ly con­vert­ed nat­ur­al yet…I’m gonna real­ly work my way to get there though..when i get my mon­ey right..lol!

But I can name some of my FAVS: [a] WATER! A must need­ed ingre­di­ent! [b] Parne­vu T-Tree Leave-in. [c] Hol­ly­wood Beau­ty Cas­tor Oil Hair Treat­ment. It smells so good and makes my hair soft and shiny! [d] I also have a show­er comb i just bought and [e] a boar brush…got­ta keep the edges smooth! lol

BGLH: what products/ingredients do you stay away from? why?
ALICIA
: Too much oil and grease. Fine toothed combs. I haven’t used heat on my hair in years! And scis­sors when I’m not in a good mood! lol Also rub­ber bands that are too small or have met­al clamps on them..BIGGGG no-no!

BGLH: what mis­takes have you made in your nat­ur­al jour­ney that you’ve learned from?
ALICIA
: Wor­ry TOO MUCH about what oth­er peo­ple think about my hair! Too much heat [ESPECIALLY the first year]. Going col­or crazy. Comb­ing too much or not enough espe­cial­ly with the lack of mois­ture. Lack of pro­tec­tive styles. Being too obsessed with length and tex­ture [my hair is mul­ti-tex­tured I think due to relax­ers but I love it now because that’s what makes me unique]. Being afraid to try new things includ­ing extensions/pieces [yeah I know..lol].
Don’t be afraid of that! It’s not like you’re neglect­ing who you are! Some­times your hair and scalp needs a break plus it’s convenient…STILL keep them main­tained underneath..dig?!

BGLH: what tech­niques do you use for comb­ing and wash­ing your hair?
ALICIA
: I always comb my hair when it’s wet. Some­times I do a co-wash first. Also when I sham­poo my hair, I plait it in sec­tions before then scrub my scalp and bring the sham­poo down the shaft of my hair. After­wards I rinse and repeat if nec­es­sary. I condition/detangle or wait til I take the sec­tions down to detan­gle when I apply my leave in and oils, keep­ing a water bot­tle handy. Last, twist or plait in sec­tions in var­i­ous sizes depend­ing on my ener­gy lev­el! lol…

At night 99% of the time I have a cap on it and 89% of the time I twist it or plait it in large sec­tions before bed. I also keep it mois­tur­ized, not greasy. And if it feels gross…off to the sham­poo I go. And i keep my ends trimmed. I don’t have a set time, but when those ends feel bad I know it’s time. So don’t keep the length just to say you have it if it’s a HOT MESS!

BGLH: are you more a style per­son or a free-stand­ing hair per­son?
ALICIA
: What­ev­er I’m feel­ing at the moment. But I most­ly style because I like try­ing dif­fer­ent things.

BGLH: how is your growth?
ALICIA
: Well my hair nat­u­ral­ly grows fast! It runs in the fam­i­ly. :D At first I was impa­tient when I first went nat­ur­al, but after the 2nd big chop I was cool and actu­al­ly appre­ci­at­ed my short­er hair..plus it was so cute. I nev­er real­ly got the chance to cel­e­brate my short­er hair dur­ing the 1st big chop because I was so obsessed with length and try­ing to ‘grow’ it. But now I just care for my hair and let it do wat it do! :D And the longer it gets the more you have to change up your reg­i­men so that def­i­nite­ly takes alot of patience as you have to try new things. The main thing to stay patient is just to know why are you nat­ur­al. Not to try to impress no one with the length. The com­pli­ments are nice though..but late­ly I been think­ing about a 3rd big chop..dun dun dun…ha! Well maybe not too much this time, maybe half..I don’t know..well maybe not! *sweat­ing*

BGLH: what’s the best thing about being nat­ur­al?
ALICIA
: Being nat­ur­al is the BEST thing I’ve ever done for myself and YES I did it for me inspite of all of the naysay­ers and opposers and fun­ny looks, even from my own fam­i­ly! It’s versatile..pretty much what­ev­er I wan­na do to it I CAN! Plus I LOVE BIG HAIR! I always have. It’s fuller and fluffi­er, much soft­er and body­FULL. Most of all, it’s unique­ly ME!

Peo­ple always ask about going nat­ur­al and they have their con­cep­tions but I always give it to them straight! This is a jour­ney, it takes work and patience. And it takes more main­tanance and care than peo­ple think. So if any­one is read­ing this arti­cle and is think­ing about going nat­ur­al or is in transition…be patient, set goals, know your motives, get the facts, do your research. There’s many options and sup­port­ive sites on the net, espe­cial­ly if you don’t have sup­port like I didn’t. But if you know this is what you want to do, you won’t regret it so don’t let any­one make your step down on your deci­sion. :D

Ali­cia is a singer, song­writer, beat­mak­er, and self-described fash­ion­ista.
For more pho­tos of Alicia’s hair (and oth­er things) check out these sites:
hair: http://public.fotki.com/ButtaFlyBaby/
music: http://www.myspace.com/buttaflybaby
personal/fashion: www.myspace.com/alicia_verne
vlog: http://www.youtube.com/user/herFLYness79

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29 Comments on "Alicia // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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ahsiek1118

She Is AweSomeNess!!..I love Her Style…Her MakeUp…The Hair Is EveryThing..Natural Beau­ty.…:)

Naturelle

I love her hair. OMGood­ness, it is fly any way she wears it. LOve it, love it, loves it!!!

Anonymous

girl your hair is beau­ti­ful!

Bombchell

her hair is gor­geous!!!!!

thelady

Alicia’s hair is so full and healthy. Very inspi­ra­tional.

FindingMyWayback

Always fly, always beau­ti­ful!!

Hair design

This is a very very great arti­cle. I like this arti­cle so much. I hope that you will post more and thank you for shar­ing.

Anonymous

Ali­cia, you and your hair are absolute­ly beau­ti­ful !

-brown­jay

MissZ

The pic­tures with the the afro just grabs me in…her hair looks so healthy and soft in those pics. And her make-up is very fly as well.

Audrey Jazz

See­ing as how I just recent­ly went nat­ur­al, see­ing her hair is pos­i­tive­ly refresh­ing. And encour­ag­ing. 6 more years to go.…*sigh* lol

Sheila

Talk about ROCK SOLID!!! Every pic­ture is beau­ti­ful.

Britt

Her hair is serv­ing as today’s moti­va­tion for me to con­tin­ue my nat­ur­al jour­ney! It’s sooo pret­ty! I had to send the link to my mama so she could appre­ci­ate the fly­ness that is Ms. Ali­cia!

fool

I love love love her hair

D Alexandra

LOVE her hair. Her fro is what I’ve been want­i­ng forever­rrrrrr and can’t get my hair to do. Its beau­ti­ful.

A*E*

She and her hair is absolute­ly gor­geous!!! My hair aspires to be like hers!

jamaica

Ali­cia, you are gor­geous thanks for shar­ing your sto­ry. :)

naturallady

What a gor­geous gal, I think she is the best rock sol­id reg­i­men yet. She and her hair rock!

Naturally Leslie

Sim­ply beau­ti­ful! Such a love­ly lady with crazy awe­some hair!

SA

Her hair is, to have a Tyra moment for a sec­ond, FIERCE! So so lov­ing it.

jenteel

ali­cia,
you are a beau­ti­ful woman! your hair suits you per­fect­ly! all the best in all your endeav­ors!

Beautifully.Conjured.Up
Beautifully.Conjured.Up

I’m lov­ing her hair…hmmm, I nev­er thought about wash­ing my hair in plaits (I might try that).

His Daughter

wow i am hav­ing seri­ous afro envy. her hair is fab! i espe­cial­ly loved her advice to those who are going nat­ur­al. great inter­view!

Mzbush

You and your hair are beau­ti­ful!! Too fly!!

Kit

Man. She is mur­der­ing fools out here! Her hair is the biznezz! My hair is try­ing to be like hers when it grows up.

Anonymous

Her is awe­some and she’s so pret­ty.

Black girl with long hair
Black girl with long hair

@ every­one… yes her hair is super fresh. and she’s super sweet! i’m always impressed by the peo­ple who agree to be pro­filed on BGLH.

Miss Malorie

Oh my good­ness, her hair is so fly! Wow… when I think of hav­ing healthy hair, that’s what I think of… soft, fluffy, BIG! That is impres­sive! I’m lovin’ the ‘hawk pic­ture in the mid­dle… this gives me some­thing to aspire toward (even though I’m not sup­posed to be aspir­ing for my hair to nec­es­sar­i­ly look like any­one elses… lol ;)

msjaim

i loooove her hair!…fresh as hell

Jc

Ok, now how fly is her hair!!! I’ve not had hair envy for years
but I think it is creep­ing up now.

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