*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
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?
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?
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?
Nat­ur­al hair has made me even proud­er of the skin I am in ;)

How would you describe your hair?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?

Any­thing else you want to add?
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.


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

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Yay, anoth­er Pana­man­ian. Que her­moso es su cabel­lo.

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… Read more »
Toya | The Limerick Lane

Her hair is gor­geous!


Yes Rach pls stop bleach­ing, lol
Kamille! How are you?? Haha!
p.s. I need to get that fot­ki up and run­ning ;)

Natural Panamena

Aww, check out my fel­low Pana­me­na. So gor­geous!


love your hair! such a beau­ti­ful lady!


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


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


Awe­some hair and a beau­ty of a woman!


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.


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!


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


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


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


Awe­some!! Your hair looks fab­u­lous :)