Andrea main­tains Fly, one of the most pop­u­lar graph­ic design blogs on the Web which fea­tures a dai­ly mashup of fash­ion, art and design. I’m hap­py to have her here on BGLH!

Where are you from and what do you do?
I’m orig­i­nal­ly from Mary­land but now call Philadel­phia my home. I am a graph­ic design­er, illus­tra­tor, and blog­ger.

Some of Andrea’s designs

Your blog is amaz­ing. Where did you get the idea for it?
I dis­cov­ered blog­ging back in 2006 and thought it was such an amaz­ing way to share my design inspi­ra­tion. At the time I couldn’t find too many blogs that spoke to wom­en of col­or and felt I could help fill that void.

How do you find all this ran­dom­ly cool stuff?!
I find my posts by doing research online, read­ing mag­a­zi­nes and news­pa­pers, and talk­ing to oth­er cre­atives. A lot of the times I don’t have to look, I get a lot of links and info sent to me which is always great.

I hope that any­one can vis­it Fly and feel they can find some­thing they love enough to come back for more. But my main tar­get is wom­en of col­or inter­est­ed in cre­ative inspi­ra­tion. After work­ing in cre­ative indus­tries for years I often found that I was the only per­son of col­or in the room. We need more diver­si­ty in cre­ative fields. There­fore, I hope that Fly can expose those who don’t often see them­selves in the­se roles and help them real­ize that they can pur­sue the­se won­der­ful, lucra­tive oppor­tu­ni­ties of cre­ative expres­sion.

When did you go nat­u­ral and why did you do it?
Unlike many oth­ers, I didn’t have too many prob­lems with my per­med hair; my hair wasn’t vis­i­bly dam­aged, it looked healthy, and I did it myself so I didn’t spend a lot of mon­ey or time at the salon. But who knows what it was doing to my sub­con­scious, so after hav­ing a perm for most of my life I felt it was time to allow my hair to do it it’s nat­u­ral thing. I went nat­u­ral in 2001 after being tired of wear­ing the same flat-ironed wrap that I felt made me look like every­one else. After about a year of inde­ci­sion, I walked into a bar­ber­shop and said “I’m ready.” Min­utes lat­er I was walk­ing out of there with a low-cut and a sharp shape-up. I just want­ed to look and try some­thing dif­fer­ent and also be good to myself and my hair.

What’s your reg­i­men?
Every week I wash my hair, twist it wet, and wear it like that for a few days before doing my twist out ‘fro. Some­times I’ll pin-up my twists for a lit­tle vari­a­tion. Quite hon­est­ly I need to exper­i­ment with new hair­dos. I miss when it was short and didn’t have to do much of any­thing, I might make that move again soon.

Andrea’s fro tuto­ri­al:

Do you prefer nat­u­ral to relaxed?
I prefer nat­u­ral because it’s health­ier and more unique. To me, it takes a lot more work and patience to deal with nat­u­ral hair (espe­cial­ly if it’s long) but it real­ly is worth it because it’s beau­ti­ful. AND it’s ver­sa­tile, I can get it pressed and wear it like that for a while and then go back to the nat­u­ral (the press only lasts a week for me, after that week I’m always over the hair being in my face). With that said I don’t knock any­one for get­ting a perm, a hair jour­ney is per­son­al and although I can try to inspire some­one to go nat­u­ral, it’s some­thing they have to decide and feel com­fort­able enough to do on their own.

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I am lov­ing my NATURAL EMBRACE! Sev­en months and COUNTING!


WOW I’m so geeked to have found anoth­er African Amer­i­can wom­an in the graph­ic and web design field like me!!!!!
A PLUS is I’m also nat­u­ral-so lit­tle of us in the field but with net­work­ing and shar­ing this com­mu­ni­ty will grow!

Thanks for shar­ing BGLH!

Hap­py Graph­ic & Web Design­er

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I love the pic­ture of her right after her Big Chop. She makes me want to cut mine off!


She’s fly and please do share the make­up information…her face looks so nat­u­ral and pret­ty.


I love the hair. The fro is fab­u­lous!


Great choice for style icon. I have been fol­low­ing Fly for a cou­ple months now and I love it! There is real­ly noth­ing out there like it right now. And Andrea seems real­ly cool and down to earth. Keep up the good work :)


hi ladies! thanks so much for all the won­der­ful com­ments! And for those of you who vis­it Fly thank you for the sup­port. Love the fea­ture, thanks BGLH!


I am lov­ing Andrea and her blog…
And she is so right…The “nat­u­ral jour­ney” is one that is per­son­al and sen­ti­men­tal to whom that wom­an may­be and what she is going through.….I am lov­ing the recent posts…PLZ keep them com­ing. I had always seen her blog but now I know who is behind the mas­ter­piece.


Andrea is the best and I love Fly. Her hair is beau­ti­ful and glad to see her as Mon­day Style icon.


I just dis­cov­ered her blog recent­ly and I LOVE it, she’s such a beau­ti­ful, cre­ative and tal­ent­ed wom­an.


cuu­u­ute hair!
im in the same boat as her, my hair was in great con­di­tion in its per­med state.. i was just ready for the nat­u­ral look :]

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie
A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie

Andrea’s blog, Fly, is one of my dai­ly reads! She is so cre­ative and inno­v­a­tive. I always take away some­thing new from her blog every time I vis­it. She’s doin’ her thang!

Amma Mama

She is FLY!
She has just become one of my favorite Mon­day Style Icons
Just Love­ly!

Da Jadedpoet

Tru­ly dig­ging her s-t-y-l-e!!
I just caught up and found her on youtube she is killing that TWA too!!


She’s super dope. Love her style and designs!


Awe­some! I would total­ly do my hair in a fro if I could it is a favorite hair­style for me! White girl hair doesn’t real­ly do that…even if my hair IS curly haha :)


I don’t remem­ber how I first start­ed look­ing at Fly, but it’s been one of my inter­net sta­ples for a while now! 

See­ing Andrea’s nat­u­ral hair in all kinds of cute styles def­i­nite­ly made me start think­ing of sport­ing my own nat­u­ral tex­ture.

Great icon BGLH!


i love fly! andrea is pure dope­ness!


Andrea is the rea­son why I went nat­u­ral! I dis­cov­ered her blog back in 2007 and it has been my dai­ly sun­shine ever since… I start­ed tran­si­tion­ing in march when I saw one on the posters she made (“The only regret I have with going nat­u­ral is that I didn’t do it soon­er”) and I big chopped last mon­th after I saw the last one (“I went nat­u­ral for me and my daugh­ter…”). Thank you Andrea, you’re such a beau­ti­ful per­son!


Andrea is the rea­son why I went nat­u­ral! I dis­cov­ered her blog back in 2007 and it has been my dai­ly sun­shine ever since… I start­ed tran­si­tion­ing in march when I saw one on the posters she made (“The only regret I have with going nat­u­ral is that I didn’t do it soon­er”) and I big chopped last mon­th after I saw the last one (“I went nat­u­ral for me and my daugh­ter…”). Thank you Andrea, you’re such a beau­ti­ful per­son!

OMG you’re GORGEOUS!!! I LOVED your BC pic­ture. I’ve been with­out a relax­er for 5 yrs now, but I tran­si­tioned with braids and clipped the per­med ends. I nev­er had a BIG CHOP. While my nat­u­ral hair is past my shoul­ders when stretched, I’ve been itch­ing to chop my hair off. I’ve seen sooooo many beau­ti­ful low do’s late­ly. I loved it when both India Arie and Erykah Badu “cut it all off”. My mom also had a gor­geous fade when she went nat­u­ral two years agao. LOL, I dun­no I’ve always loved black wom­en who rocked very low cuts,… Read more »

i love her shirts!!!!
very fly


I’ve been fol­low­ing Fly for awhile now. It’s a great blog and Andrea is not only tal­ent­ed but has a great sense of style. Love the prints you post­ed.

Swirly T

Andrea is a unique and beau­ti­ful wom­an. It is so inspir­ing to see our wom­en rep­re­sent and do a won­der­ful job at doing so! BGLH, such a great style icon; keep up the good work!


Am I first to com­ment on Andrea’s chic-ness? She is waaay too Fly. I con­tact­ed her a few months back and she was soo will­ing and gave me the conatct for her hair­dresser in NY. We( my blog and my hair) wants to be like Andrea when we grow up!!