*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
B:
Hey guys, I’m Bian­ca! Liv­in’ and rep­pin the town known as Chi! I like to do a lot of things. I’m fin­ish­ing up my last semes­ter of study­ing graph­ic design, but I am con­stant­ly audi­tion­ing in my free time.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
B:
I got tired of see­ing clumps of hair in the show­er from hours of dai­ly straight­en­ing.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
B:
It sort of hap­pened on its own. Before I start­ed col­lege I thought it would be a great idea to get my hair relaxed so it would be eas­ier to main­tain. It only made it dry and rough. In my sopho­more year I also thought it would be fun to sign up to be a hair mod­el at Vidal Sas­soon, also anoth­er bad idea! The stu­dent styl­ist buzzed off all my hair! I still insist­ed that wear­ing my hair straight made me more alter­na­tive, but it wasn’t until 2010 that after hav­ing green, blue, pur­ple, and hor­ri­fy­ing orange dur­ing an at home attempt to be blonde, did I final­ly give in and let my hair be itself.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
B:
It’s allowed my own sense of style to come out. I always hid behind my hip­ster girl swoop bangs for 5+ years and stuck to skin­nies and iron­ic tee shirts. But when I final­ly allowed myself to just…”be” my con­fi­dence grew. My hair is so big there’s nowhere to hide. Might as well dress equal­ly as loud.

How would you describe your hair?
B:
Well I just learned today that my hair is not very porous. It takes HOURS, near­ly a whole day to air dry. I also have lots and lots of thin hair that appears thick because there’s so much of it!

What is your reg­i­men?
B:
I have der­mati­tis, so I get pret­ty dan­druff-y if I don’t wash my hair often. I use Ther­ma­Neem on the der­mati­tis and it works dreams ladies! It gets rid of the itchy dry­ness in a jiff! AND NO STEROIDS (which has caused some dis­col­oration in my skin in the past).

As for sham­poo­ing, I love any­thing with tea tree oil cause it also makes my scalp feel tingly and clean. I wash with Ren­pure, Organix, and Shea Mois­ture. I love con­di­tion­ing with Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals or Ren­pure. (I switch around brands to keep my hair from get­ting bored.) As for after show­er­ing, I use Mixed Chicks Leave-in Con­di­tion­er, Jane Carter Solu­tion Leave-in for touch ups and Moroc­can Oil for dry­er days. I have to wash often to keep der­mati­tis at bay, so I wash 2 times a week and co-wash 1–2xs.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
B:
DEEP CONDITION and pleeease ladies ~ TRIM YOUR HAIR. I had to get some length cut off from try­ing to hold on to it. The dam­age is not worth it. Trim your hair and your hair will thank you!

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
B:
Self dye­ing. I am the dye queen! I think I was try­ing to make up from all the times my mom said no in high school. I recent­ly self dyed and was remind­ed why I don’t do this any­more. My hair got real­ly dry and I had to cut some of it off after all my work. If you want to dye your hair con­sult a pro­fes­sion­al. I got my ombre done at a Paul Mitchell school. It cost 12 bucks and I LOVED IT FOR A WHOLE YEAR!

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
B:
Let­ting it air dry when I don’t have school/work. I can’t go out or sleep with wet hair unless I want pneu­mo­nia, so when I don’t have to be out in the ele­ments I always try to air dry.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B:
Yes yes yes! Check out my fash­ion blog: avantblargh.blogspot.com, tum­blr: avantblargh.tumblr.com…and tweet me if you like @avecbianca

Any­thing else you want to add?
B:
Your hair is like your skin, if you treat your­self well on the inside it will show on the out­side!

Meosha

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

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17 Comments on "Bianca // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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[…] Bian­ca was fea­tured as a Nat­u­ral Hair Style Icon on Decem­ber 22, 2011. […]

Nosi

Hi Bian­ca, I was won­der­ing if you went to any salons in Chicago con­cern­ing your hair . Because I am from Chicago too.

Bianca

Nope I do my own hair watch­ing youtube videos…Taren916 is my fave!

Amanda

This is THE most styl­ish chick EVER!! I’ve been lust­ing after get style ever since she appeared on black fashion’s tum­blr page. I’m a bud­ding thrifter & this fea­ture gives me life. Awe­some!!!

Bianca

THIS ARTICLE IS AWESOME!!!!

Thanks so much ???

tianna

Hi, which Ther­a­neem sham­poo do you use?

Bianca

Hi Tian­na!

I use Ther­a­Neem oil leaf and bark soap. Just lath­er up the soap on your scalp and itchy spots! IT WORKS LIKE A DREAM! Also neem sup­ple­ments help inter­nal­ly too :)

You can get it online or if you’re in the Chicago area you can get it at Her­itage Health Food Store. If not, they also car­ry it at some Whole Foods.

http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=thera+neem+oil+leaf+and+bark&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=9393187199677238368&sa=X&ei=fCv2TqqvMoriggfh7ryJAg&ved=0CIYBEPMCMAE

Hap­py Hol­i­days :D

tianna

I have der­mati­tis too. I’m gonna try that Ther­ma­neem. I love your style!!!!

Gerpha

I think she goes to Uni­ver­si­ty of Chicago. (Whoot, whoot!)

LaDonna Daniels

I love your style very inspir­ing!

CandyceNoelle

CHICAGOOOO STAND UP! Lol She’s pret­ty awe­some man…looks like an art stu­dent here. Loves it…wonder if she goes to Columbia..hmmm

Amiya

Omg I absolute­ly love this young woman’s hair and style! I got­ta go shop­ping lol

Ed Howard

Man­age­able your hair with the African Amer­i­can Comb Brush.
http://www.kakakiki.com/landingpage.html

kia

I find her to be quit awe­some too. Great hair and style.

Nika

I love her hair!!!

Eboni

It’s nice to see peo­ple from Tum­blr & Youtube being fea­tured :D It’s like we get to know a lit­tle bit more about the peo­ple we fol­low on oth­er sites, lol. This wom­an is amaz­ing! She’s my new style inspi­ra­tion!

Monique

Bianca’s hair and style is so fun! I love that she now dress­es as big as her hair!

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