Imaan // Natural Hair Style Icon

Where do you live?
I am a high school student in Memphis, TN. I am reppin’ Memphis! I am half African American and half Somalian, most people say I get my hair from my Dad! I have not been to Somalia yet, but I will most likely be traveling there this summer with my father. Somalians’ family, religion (Islam), and work are very significant in their life. In Somalia, most women have natural hair but it is not usually seen because of their religion which requires their hair to be covered. Alot of Somalian women tend to color their hair with henna.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
All my life I have wanted to be different from everyone else, and going natural was one way I could be unique since almost everyone in Memphis has perms. When I was about 8 I just stopped getting my hair done and went natural.

Going natural has made me feel unique, it has also brought me more attention; when I go out I am always complimented on my hair.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
Two mistakes I have learned were cutting my hair by myself :( and constantly straightening my hair which caused split ends.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
The best thing I do for my hair is conditioning my scalp.

What’s your regimen?
I condition my hair with a Dominican Republic conditioner called Lafier and I condition my ends with DAX pomade. Every night before I go to bed I comb my hair out gently with a wide toothed comb and braid my hair into 6 braids; 3 on each side. I put a little of DAX pomade on my scalp and on the ends of my hair. This is so when I wake up my hair will not be tangled/dry. It also defines my curls and makes my hair more manageable in the morning.

How does your hair express who you are?
It represents my uniqueness and my Somalian heritage.

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43 thoughts on “Imaan // Natural Hair Style Icon

    • Nat, Black people have the right to nationalities just like any other group. Half Japanese and Thai lol that’s Asian. Irish and Italian lol that’s white. Black is too general and broad a term for hundreds of millions of people.

    • Half african American half somali is Somali you call yourself Black behause you Share your Country with whites while Somali people are on a fully Black Country therefore there is no need to say Black we are somali ; and black but first somali
      Aaand its called mother Language ans Fartherland ! So actually she is online Somali

  1. Some of you sound uneducated and ignorant. She’s human period. What does it matter where she comes from. No other group of people in the world puts such emphasis on race and hair than those from African decent. Stop we all are one. You are beautiful young girl btw.

  2. Superb website you have here but I was wondering if you knew of any message boards that cover the same topics discussed here? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get feedback from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Cheers!

  3. Waowwww,

    Not only her hair is gorgiouse, but everything about this young lady is gorgiouse .!!
    The hair of ure father but the beautiful/pritty face of ure mother!

    -xx- ure cousin

  4. You are as black as they come! There’s no such thing as half-african-american half-somali, you are one heck of a beautiful BLACK AFRICAN GAL period! Anything beyond thjis is pure hogwash. Stand up as a beautiful and confident black gal and forget about too much balderdash!

    • There is no such thing??? Im sorry but just because you dont know where u originated from doesnt mean that all black people dont as well. I am NIGERIAN NOT african american, and ill be insulted if someone referred to me as the latter because it strips me of my culture. Sorry but Nigerians have different weddings, wear different attire, eat nigerian food and speak a different language, igbo, yoruba, etc. So how can I call myself an african american when u guys dont have any culture other than thinking black people history starts in the south? If I go to Africa I know where I can go to see my family, if african americans go to Africa, where do u guys go???

      • You sound stupid and uneducated.
        Black people in America could careless about what goes in Africa.
        The black people who hard a long history here in America is calling America their home, why? because we were born here, why? Because AMERICA IS OUR HOME, we blacks have made history here in America that benefits many of the Lowlife losers immigrants such as yourself.
        Without Blacks making a difference in this country YOUR AFRICAN ASS wouldn’t be here. You can sit there in your poop hut blaming slavery for blacks not knowing where we’re from all you want but BLACKS are better than AFRICANS. I bet you love your green card lol are you even here legally? Or should I deport your ass?
        that girl is BLACK ok? Now go your monkey HIV disease war that black don’t care anything about. Oh and black do have culture, it’s called being an American. And black’s do know where their from, its called America you imbecile.
        why would blacks a place they’ve been and call it home? America is their home and its their culture. I guess your American tutor didn’t teach you anything. Ans they can call themselves whatever they want rather it be black or African American. And why.are you on a BLACK website? ?? Shouldn’t you be on a Nigerian website complaining?

      • Black people have culture and its called being an American and we know where we are from and its called America. Your on a black owned website complaining about something that should be discussed in your Nigerian websites. News gosh foreigner! No one will agree with anything you say as well as care. Only Africans are jealous about the benefits and lavish lifestyles that we black’s have here in America, or you angry because our lives are better than yours in war torn hiv ridden country? Atleast blacks can play with water while you probably wish you had some. Sorry but bathing in cow poop is a big no no lol
        Africans are always hating on black people in America and that’s why blacks don’t come to Africa to help feed your asses nor do we adopt your abandon babies. The white people do all of that so leave us alone and start kissing their asses. That’s why blacks don’t care about booty scrathinh Nigerians because you all want attention from black in America. We see this and walk away. I.gave you attention now get out of black America and off of this black website.

        • oh my god. you sound so sad and … pathetic. Goodness, you do know that your ancestors originate from West Africa right? AKA your blackass that’s complaining here could originally hail from Nigeria.

          Black = African is the same shit. You’re in denial.
          and by the way, did you know that even if you diss your fellow black folks, white people wont adopt you as their own. You’re actually stupid. I feel sorry for your mother. *Sends you virtual hug*

      • Amy lol Ew why do you care? Your not even Somali you some stinky gorilla face hard hair baboon lol.. shamuurto your a jareer wallahi please don’t defend Somali ladies because you are too ugly and will never look Somali

  5. i think u’ve defined african beauty,imaan.with that pretty little face and that long cascading black hair,your my first option,ma’am.My mum is also half- somali and my dad is ugandan though am not an african american.

  6. They never were shit on the continent. They come to the us and arent shit. They tried in England and the Islanders were there running tings! So they got angry with them.


    And they are jealous of Black Americans.

    • At least us Africans have countries we belong to where we can walk around and not be racially discriminated, called ugly names or shot and killed because we look threatening to white people. You guys belong to a country that hates you and still treats you like slaves.
      And let’s not talk about the hair envy you black Americans have especially towards us with REAL silky long hair like the young lady posted above. Why do you guys feel the need to hide your hair under someone elses but claim that everyone envies you? LOL!

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