Danielle // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
D: My name is Danielle. I am a full time college student and fashion blogger. I currently live in Mobile, Alabama, but I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I miss home and all the beautiful and loving people there!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
D:
I decided to go natural my freshmen year of college because I was going to be playing D1 basketball. We worked out for 6 hours a day, which was a dramatic increase from high school. There was no point in trying to perm or straighten my hair because I would sweat it out by the end of the day. Even though my natural hair is a wholeee lot of work, I only have to deal with my hair when I wash it versus messing with it every single day when it’s straight.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
D:
I stopped perming my hair my senior year of high school. I continued to straighten my hair a lot, but I mainly wore it curly. When I entered college I was playing basketball and our workouts were insane. No point in me trying to straighten my hair, so I only wore it curly. I have been natural for 4 years, but it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I got a haircut. I cut off about 4 inches and now it has grown all back and some. I try to cut my hair every 6 months now.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
D:
When I finally chose to go natural (which means no straightening or processed hair to me), I was also doing some self-reflecting. I changed my look, my persona and my hair reflected a new me. I am more in tune with myself so I try not to alter my natural beauty, and that includes my hair.

How would you describe your hair?
D:
I have super thick hair and it can easily triple in size depending on how humid it is. When I cut my hair the beginning of this year my curl pattern completely changed. My curls are really tight now, but I noticed they are loosening up because my hair is getting longer :)

What is your regimen?
D:
Sooooo my hair care regimen is kind of long, but here it goes. First of all I wash my hair every 3 to 4 days. The night before I wash my hair I put oils in it. Before I get all squeaky clean, I wash my hair with Shea Moisture Shampoo. I put in Lush Retread Conditioner and brush through my curls with a wide tooth comb.

I finish taking my shower and before I get out I wash out the Lush Retread, dry my hair, and put in Lush R&B Conditioner. I then put in Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which adds moisture, body and shine. I concentrate that on my ends. After all of that I put in Kinky Curly Curling Custard throughout my hair and scrunch it a little. Most of the time I diffuse my hair, but I have been styling it a lot more lately (doing twist and braid outs) so it doesn’t get extremely frizzy and matted in between washes.

Tell us about your hair color.
D:
My hair color is crazy lol. I did not get it professionally done. When I cut my hair, I also colored it the brownish color you can see on my ends. All of the dark parts are hair growth since the beginning of this year. I don’t mind the contrast and I kept it this way because I originally thought I would be straightening my hair more; I was going for the ombre effect. I am going to get it colored very soon though and am getting it professionally done! I’m keeping my new color a mystery…you’ll have to wait and see :)

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair, especially now that you have color?
D:
First of all I drink A LOT of water. I really don’t like juice or soda, but I love me a tall glass of ice water. Water is extremely important for our bodies. It is vital for our cells, organs, and our hair! When it comes to my beauty regime I only use organic products. There are sooo many chemicals put into the products that are mass-produced. Even some organic producers are questionable, so do your research. I use 3 different types of conditioners and I also use 3 different types of oils. I also stay away from any type of shampoos that have sulfates in them… they are extremely drying.

It actually wasn’t until a couple a months ago that I really started taking care of my hair. I also damaged my hair when I colored it. My hair’s natural color is very dark and I had black dye in it, so I had to strip my hair. My curls were really dry so I started deep conditioning whenever I had a chance. I deep condition every time I wash, which is 2 times a week. I detangle my hair with rich, moisturizing conditioners that I wash out. If you want to retain length you must detangle your hair properly. My hair sucks up all the moisture in the conditioners and I can detangle my hair without getting frustrated.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
D:
I will never do a color session at home, and I learned I have to wash my hair within 4 days of the previous wash. Even though a lot of people wash their hair once a week, you need to understand your hair is not the same. If I go a week in between washes I would have to cut my hair off because it would be dreaded. You have to find what works for you…trial and error!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
D:
Since I started to deep condition my hair my curls are softer. I also spend less time and lose less hair when I detangle.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D:
Fashion Blog and Hair Talk: everybodydiesss.blogspot.com
Things that I find interesting and inspiring: everybodydiess.tumblr.com

Anything else you want to add?
D:
For those who are going natural and don’t know how to coordinate your outfits…you don’t have to dress bohemian or ethnic if you have nature hair. Natural hair is a statement, so your style should be as well.

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Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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  • Ebony

    Great interview!… Beautiful hair and even more beautiful young lady!

  • http://bijoubluerose.blogspot.com gigi

    I love your wisdom & sincerity. You are right about because you have natural hair you don’t have to be disheveled or unkempt looking.Your message is very timely.

  • Dee (durelene)

    You have beatiful hair. I enjoyed your interview I like the fact that u listen to your hair and do what it likes thats very important part of properly caring for ur hair. Drinking alot of Water advice is so true, I wish I loved water as much as u did but I dont care to much for the taste so I add flavor powder like crytal light to it. I started drinking a galon a day and I can already see a diffrence in my hair and skin.

  • Circus Mom

    Your hair is magnificent!! Very interesting interview!

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    Great interview..lovely hair.

  • Amma Mama

    Beautiful hair,and beautiful girl!
    I like her style & her scarves, nice.
    I like her advice at the end, WELL said.
    I hope to see pics of her secret color :-)

  • Amma Mama

    P.S.
    All I drink is water too! and it def helps my skin.

  • Porsche

    She goes to my school & I stare at her & her sister’s hair everytime I see them!

  • http://ibombastic.tumblr.com Antoinette Stewart

    Love the contrast in your hair color! Its growing out nicely!

  • honeybrown1976

    I love her hair!

  • Lin

    Oh, you live in Alabama, too? I’m from Calera. (Wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of it, haha.) I hope this interview is permission to gawk if I randomly see you one day.

  • Kay W

    I love her hair and style. This was a good interviewed.

    • Kay W

      *Interview*

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