*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
V:
My name is Von­treesa. Most peo­ple sim­ply call me “Von” and I am def­i­nite­ly grow­ing to be known as “Kiss­MyKinks”! I cur­rent­ly live in Tuscaloosa, Alaba­ma. Home of the Nation­al Cham­pi­ons (foot­ball). Roll Tide!! I’m rep­pin’ the small town Eufaula, Alaba­ma, which is my home­town. I attend The Uni­ver­si­ty of Alaba­ma where I am a full time nurs­ing stu­dent. I am a part-time hair styl­ist and I spend a lot of my time blog­ging about nat­ur­al hair, fash­ion, and beau­ty! I enjoy pho­tog­ra­phy and I also design my own jew­el­ry!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
V:
When I was relaxed I was nev­er fond of my hair. It was thin and life­less. My mom is a cos­me­tol­o­gist so she main­tained my hair all my life. Once I was a senior in high school I decid­ed it was time for me to try some­thing new and I imme­di­ate­ly stopped get­ting perms. I def­i­nite­ly didn’t have a plan, I just knew I hat­ed perms. Also, I must admit I was very ner­vous about rock­ing an afro, but my boyfriend encour­aged me to embrace my roots. He is respon­si­ble for me real­iz­ing that nat­ur­al hair is beau­ti­ful!!

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
V:
I start­ed my tran­si­tion in May 2010 and I big chopped on Novem­ber 13, 2010. So I tran­si­tioned for about six months. Dur­ing my tran­si­tion I wore micro braids the first full 3 months, then I wore sew-ins for 2 months, and the last month I wore braid­outs and rod sets. Even­tu­al­ly, I grew frus­trat­ed with the stringy ends and chopped it all off by myself!

In what ways (if any) has going nat­ur­al affect­ed you?
V:
Hmm, I could go on and on, but going nat­ur­al cer­tain­ly boost­ed my con­fi­dence lev­el. I have learned to accept all stares and long faces as com­pli­ments! My style is now more orig­i­nal because I have a bet­ter sense of self. My nat­ur­al jour­ney made me more aware of not only the things I do to my hair, but also the things I do to my body. I try to be a health­i­er per­son all around. I take vit­a­mins, drink water more reg­u­lar­ly, and I strive to work­out rou­tine­ly to gain con­trol over my lifestyle.

How would you describe your hair?
V:
My hair is very coarse and thick. I have a loose curl pat­tern in the front and crown of my head. The sides and the back nape areas are tight and coily! I would say that my hair is extreme­ly stub­born as far as behav­ior goes. It stays man­age­able as long as I keep it tamed and stretched out.

What is your reg­i­men?
V:
I sham­poo my hair every two weeks using Shea Moisture’s Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo and I use TRESemme’s Lux­u­ri­ous Mois­ture Con­di­tion­er as my rinse out con­di­tion­er. I co-wash every week using some sort of cheap con­di­tion­er. Some of my favorite con­di­tion­ers include: Hel­lo Hydra­tion, Suave Almond and Shea But­ter, Vo5 and Gio­van­ni Smooth as Silk. I also try to deep con­di­tion at least once a month! When I deep con­di­tion I usu­al­ly just mix up some con­di­tion­er and essen­tial oils. Oh yeah, coconut oil is my favorite oil! Now that my hair is longer, it is a must that I wash in sections/twists. After wash­ing, I apply Kinky Curly Knot Today to detan­gle. Final­ly, I use Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie or Jane Carter’s Nour­ish and Shine for twistouts and braid­outs. Eco Styler gel is my favorite gel for puffs and slick­ing my edges.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
V:
My hair col­or is the result of bleach­ing my hair to have high­lights. I col­ored my hair only a month after big chop­ping and that’s one thing I am not proud of. I wish I would have wait­ed until I was more famil­iar with my nat­ur­al hair first. I went to a pro­fes­sion­al styl­ist who hap­pens to be my mom because I knew she would han­dle my hair with great care. She used Clairol Kalei­do­col­ors Neu­tral Pow­der. Unfor­tu­nate­ly I can­not remem­ber which vol­ume of devel­op­er she used. The end result was hon­ey blonde high­lights.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair, espe­cial­ly now that you have col­or?
V:
The col­or didn’t change my tex­ture, but after col­or­ing my hair I’ve had to con­di­tion my hair much more fre­quent­ly. That’s why I deep con­di­tion as much as pos­si­ble and co-wash every week to ensure that my hair is mois­tur­ized. I wear twists a lot and I wear bean­ies and scarves in attempt to keep my ends pro­tect­ed. I believe fre­quent trims also help me to retain length and mois­ture. When­ev­er my ends look raggedy, I trim them.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
V:
I’ve learned to not be lazy and do what­ev­er it takes to keep my hair healthy. The col­or­ing too soon taught me to take extra care of col­or treat­ed hair because it DOES break off! The most impor­tant thing is to accept my hair tex­ture. Try not to use every prod­uct I see and stick with what works best for me!

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
V:
I think drink­ing a lot of water is the most effec­tive thing!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
V:
Yes! kissmykinks.tumblr.com, kissmykinks.blogspot.com, and my YouTube chan­nel is: v1l2f3

Any­thing else you want to add?
V:
To all the ladies tran­si­tion­ing, stay encour­aged and know that this may very well be one of the best deci­sions you will ever make. Be bold in every­thing you do! Nat­ur­al hair is beau­ti­ful regard­less; all we have to do is ROCK IT!!!!

Meosha

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

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13 Comments on "Von // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jill

Great post! Her hair is beau­ti­ful!

Zyaran

Very pret­ty lady and I love the hair­col­or as well. It’s so nice and thick.

Ms. Sassy

First…Roll Tide Baby! Von, you are is beau­ti­ful and looks very healthy. Love how your col­or turned out. Glad to see the nat­ur­al com­mu­ni­ty is steadi­ly grow­ing here in T-town.

CuteKinks

You have a beau­ti­ful smile! : )

mypnappy

Your hair looks great, my fam­i­ly is also from Eufaula, small world!! Dont sweat the neg­a­tive looks or com­ments its about time the nat­u­rals come to town, hope­ful­ly you will be a trend­set­ter.

Von

Thanks and it’s such a small world lol! You are so right! It’s def­i­nite­ly get­ting bet­ter for Eufaula. More women are open­ing up and try­ing new things!

Bamagirl

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Great arti­cle. Your hair is fab.

Patricia Kayden

Gor­geous hair and nice smile.

Sirrena

Great Tips!

Calencia

Yayy fel­low Alabami­an as well!!! Beau­ti­ful woman, hair, and style!

Amma Mama

Your real­ly pret­ty and you have such a nice smile! I am DIGGING your style too!

Von

Von, you are beau­ti­ful!

I’ve been exper­i­ment­ing with hair col­or for the past two months (my tips are red), and it’s pret­ty true that col­or-treat­ed hair dries faster. I’m going with your advice, and con­di­tion­ing fre­quent­ly, as well. I’m also not a stranger to trims to keep the frizz at bay! :D

Nita

Beat­i­ful hair! Beau­ti­ful girl!

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