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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Africans Are Jealous

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.

Eritrean Godess

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!


You look very beau­ti­ful! Thanks for shar­ing your hair treat­ments.
-You Soma­li sis­ter!


You are such a pret­tyyyy girl! Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful!

micheal oryan mubiru

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.

Pyjama Bébé

When some­one writes an piece of writ­ing he/she retains the image of a user in his/her mind that how a
user can know it. There­fore that’s why this para­graph is great. Thanks!

My web-site: Pyja­ma Bébé

Layette Bébé

I don’t even know how I end­ed up here, but I thought this post was great. I do not know who you are but def­i­nite­ly you are going to a famous blog­ger if you are not already ;) Cheers!

Also vis­it my web-site … Layet­te Bébé


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… Read more »
Hibo Elmi

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

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… Read more »

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*

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… Read more »


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

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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!

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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.


Beau­ti­ful young lady!


Half African Amer­i­can and Half Soma­lian?? That’s Black! loll


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


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.


Elyas, walaal, ur inten­tions seem gd laak­in, I think web­site where wom­en come to learn abt haircare/styles, is not the best place for you to be. Alla­hay ha inna soo wad­ha hidaayo. Ami­in


Dear Iman Ciise(Somali way of writ­ing your name)

Your a beau­ti­ful young girl…Your hair is amazing..Maasha,alaah…Besides that I would like to remind you to get in touch with your Soma­li side of the family…And I hope you have main­tained your father side’s religion…If you do not know where your father is..Please con­tact me…We will find your dad…Its simple..We just need to know his tribe…We can­not afford to lose anoth­er Soma­li child in this Amer­i­can melt­ing pot…


Heyyy imaan, I love ur hair. Its great to see u tak­ing such pride in your cul­ture! I loveeeee bglh and I’ve nev­er seen a fel­low soma­li post­ed so I’m hap­py to see u rep­pin! Keep it up xx

hamda ali

Wow so beau­ti­ful LOVE YOUR SOMALI PRIDE!

Imaan Esse

thanky­ou all for all the won­der­ful and encour­ag­ing com­ments :)


Wow — this kid has my hair! I’m ITALIAN, and she has my hair!

I should stop bun­ning the hell out and see what it does …


She is so pret­ty! and so con­fi­dent for her years!!! i love it. Keep it up girlie…


whoaaaa! beau­ti­ful! and i love how THICK her hair is. Dear, please keep­ing being you and being so con­fi­dent. Most of us only find that lat­er in life. Keep on keep­ing on. hair icon in the mak­ing!


Love­ly young girl with love­ly hair!


Oh my god! I had to do a dou­ble-take! I thought this was my friend Jojo!


So pret­ty! She’s def­i­nite­ly a Hair Icon!


What a beau­ti­ful and intel­li­gent young lady. Your hair hair is gor­geous!


What a love­ly girl! I’m glad she has found her con­fi­dence at such a young age.

Dee Lilly

she is so pret­ty!


Sweet­ie you are Beau­ti­ful! and your hair is to die for!


What a beau­ti­ful, smart and con­fi­dent young lady! Thanks for this post, I need to show it to my lit­tle cous­in!

- savvy


Her hair is beau­ti­ful!


amaz­ing. this is what i love to see young girls hold­ing their head up high in school with a head full of hair that is all theirs. amaz­ing i must say.


Imaan! You’re a beau­ti­ful young lady, and I’m proud that you rep not only your nat­u­ral hair, but your awe­some cul­ture! I love see­ing my African sis­ters embrace who they are with grace. More so, I LOVE your name. My best friend’s name is Emani, which is a deriv­a­tive of your name, but nonethe­less, you remind me of her. :D


I grew up using Dax, but I only stopped recent­ly because of the bad rep pomades with petro­le­um. But it does define my curls and I have been nat­u­ral all 24 yrs. I real­ly don’t see why it gets a bad rep it worked for me.


Same here, my mom used to use black Dax in my hair, and my hair was gor­geous. I too stopped because of the bad rep of min­er­al oils and petro­le­um. I think I may start back…