Nelda // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
N:
My name is Nelda. I currently live in Sacramento, Cali but I rep “mi pais” of Panama City, Panama and BK, NY! I am just beginning my career as an R.N.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
I started asking myself why did I continue to relax my hair. I believe that is when I started to toy with idea of becoming natural. I started to realize those reasons for relaxing my hair were not very healthy either physically or mentally, so I went natural!

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
N:
I have been natural for almost seven years!!! I know it’s crazy because when you look at the length of my hair it obviously does not seem so. That is because I have BC’ed (big chopped) THREE TIMES! (haha) I laugh every time I think about it. The first time I BC’ed was Dec 04′ and the last time was Jan 07′. The first time I BC’ed I was quite embarrassed by natural hair and did not feel very attractive so I just relaxed again. When I did relax I did not feel like I was being true to myself so I BC’ed again. The second time I BC’ed I had this false idea that natural hair was “resilient and tough”, it could withstand anything, so I dyed my hair three or four times and finally I texlaxed. The texlax of course ruined what little healthy hair I had and I BC’ed again. I wore my hair in a very short caesar like curly cut for a couple of months just to prove to myself that I was beautiful with or without hair and finally began growing it out in Jan 07′. There, you have my WHOLE hair history, haha!

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
N:
Natural hair has made me even prouder of the skin I am in ;)

How would you describe your hair?
N:
Hmmm… I’m 4a/4b. Kinks and curls around. Very think with medium/fine strands and a few dense ones here and there.

What is your regimen?
N:
To wash I use Aubrey Organics White Camilla Ultra Smoothing Shampoo or Aubrey Organics Island Naturals Replenishing Shampoo. I also use the same Aubrey Organics conditioners. The shampoos are amazing!!! They never leave my hair stripped. A staple conditioner for me is Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner. I use this as both a deep conditioner and leave-in. It is BOMB!!! I have used this conditioner for 3 years straight and it has not failed me yet. As for moisturizers I use Knot Today Leave-In, a coconut oil/shea butter mix, and Shea Butter Leave-in by Shea Moisture. You can hear more about my regimen on my YT channel.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
N:
Simply said, I keep my hair in protective styles 70% of the time. I know most naturals hate hearing this because twists and braids do not seem as sexy or glamorous, but this is the best way for me to maintain length and moisture.

I like what kimmaytube said in response to a question several youtubers asked her. “How can I have “cute styles” all the time AND grow my hair longer?” Kim responded with this ” I do not need my hair to be glamorous all the time because I do not see my hair as being the only thing that I have going for me, so
my hair does not have to be glamorous. I can be glamorous in the way of my dressing. There are so many ways to be glamorous and feminine.” I partly agree with this only because I do believe protective styles can be both glamorous and
sexy as well.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
N:
Hmmm… That would be coloring and texturizing my hair. Both caused me to cut off many inches of hair. If you do decide to color your hair never dye it more than 3 shades lighter than your natural hair color.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
N:
Protective styling and deep conditioning. My hair would absolutely fall apart if I did not do both of these things on a bi-weekly basis. I am also very gentle when handling my hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
http://www.youtube.com/user/Nellybly18

Anything else you want to add?
N:
Natural hair is so versatile. I love it! There is no other racial group with hair quite like ours. This is truly a gift that should be nurtured, appreciated, and held in high esteem.

– Make patience your best friend because you will definitely need it on this journey.
– Do not compare your hair with anyone else’s.
– AND HAVE FUN!

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Meosha

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

 
  • Tess

    Awesome!! Your hair looks fabulous :)

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  • hassan

    oh wow! your hair is soo beautiful it doesn’t even look real!

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  • Eboni

    Woah! gorgeous haaiiirrr! lol but seriously, she looks amazing :D

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  • a

    You and your hair are FAB!!! I love all the styles.

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  • Aina

    OMG, I LOVE Nelda! I came across her through NC.com and used to stalk her fotki when I first went natural in ’09. Hadn’t checked her out in ages, so thanks for this. Beautiful, as always. Wow!

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  • http://www.rachelyvonne.com Rachel-Yvonne

    NELDA!! I’ve admired your hair and overall beauty from the very first time I laid eyes on you. You’re such an inspiration on my natural hair journey. You help being natural in California, so much easier…because I look at your hair and see how great mine could be. I promise, I’ll stop bleaching my hair one day! Haha! Love you.

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  • anastasia

    Awesome hair and a beauty of a woman!

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  • kamille

    OH MY GOODNESS!!! We used to work together at Billabong a couple summers ago….the world is hella small!

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  • Zyaran

    Her hair looks gorgeous and I love the outfit attire in the picture with the orange beret hat.

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  • keisha

    love your hair! such a beautiful lady!

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  • Natural Panamena

    Aww, check out my fellow Panamena. So gorgeous!

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  • Nelda

    BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO COMMENTED!!!!!!!!!!!! <3
    Yes Rach pls stop bleaching, lol
    Kamille! How are you?? Haha!
    p.s. I need to get that fotki up and running ;)

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  • http://www.thelimericklane.com Toya | The Limerick Lane

    Her hair is gorgeous!

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  • http://www.twitter.com/king_zsazsa Laureen

    First off Nellz…I had to come on This site to find you?!!!!!! And when did you end up in Cali?!…the whole ime I’m waiting to run into you in BK. lmao!

    Your hair is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!! I remember when you did the BC in ’04 and I always admired you for taking that risk, especially because we were so young, and during college, that’s when a lot of girls are best friends with weaves, relaxers, and color (like myself). You always stood out on campus, yet you were always humble and quick to give anyone advice (whether they wanted to hear it or not). Although I didn’t use all the tips you gave me then, I do now (4 yrs natural baby!). Stay beautiful and sweet, and I hope to link up wih you one day so we can really catch up on life. Congrats on the career move too. Oh…and FYI: I wil be stalking you on your YouTube page. Miss you love!

    ~~Laureen

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  • Marsha

    Yay, another Panamanian. Que hermoso es su cabello.

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