*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
H:
My name is Hele­cia. I’m from Hous­ton, Tex­as [H-Town].

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
H:
I real­ly had no desire to wear my hair nat­u­ral until my sis­ter intro­duced me to it. I have always been a fan of rock­ing new styles and try­ing dif­fer­ent things with my hair. I was open to just about any­thing when it came to hair. My sis­ter would con­stant­ly talk to me about nat­u­ral hair, make me watch videos, show me pic­tures and urge me to tran­si­tion. I gave in and went for it!

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
H:
I big chopped. For me, there was no oth­er way. I didn’t have the patience to tran­si­tion. As soon as that six weeks passed, I itched for my creamy crack. My hair all of a sud­den seemed dry and unman­age­able. I end­ed up get­ting a sew in, but that only last­ed for about two months. I was done! The day after I took my weave out, I told my sis­ter I was com­ing over so she could cut my hair. That didn’t work out so well either. She cut it alright, and I cried. It was ter­ri­ble. I called myself try­ing to be Rihan­na and keep my hair long and per­med in the front but short and kinky every­where else. After that tragedy, I noti­fied one of my friends and asked her to just help. The next day, she shaved my head with clip­pers. All I remem­ber her say­ing is, “Please don’t cry, LeLe!” I had shed enough tears in one week­end already. After that big chop, a sham­poo, con­di­tion­ing, and col­or I was good to go. Truth is, I real­ly loved being bald head!

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
H:
Hav­ing nat­u­ral hair has opened up so many oppor­tu­ni­ties for me. It almost seems as if I hopped on the band­wag­on right before it took off. I have always loved to inter­act with and meet new peo­ple. Nat­u­ral hair has done that for me. I would have nev­er expect­ed that nat­u­ral hair would be such a huge trend that con­tin­ues to last. Nat­u­ral hair has also built my con­fi­dence. I didn’t expect for so many peo­ple to react neg­a­tive­ly to it when I first cut it. My relaxed hair mat­ters more to oth­er peo­ple than it did to me. I had to learn to deal with the neg­a­tive com­ments, which made me a stronger per­son.

How would you describe your hair?
H:
My hair is beyond thick. It has always been thick and I am ten­der head­ed. Even my moth­er had issues with my hair as a child. I got my first relax­er at the age of five. My hair has always been strong. I could col­or, relax and apply heat dai­ly and it wouldn’t break, thin out or stop grow­ing. When it comes to clas­si­fy­ing my hair into a “TYPE”, I would just say it is some­where in the range of type 4. The back of my hair is tight­ly curled, the mid­dle is loose­ly curled and the sides and front are wavy. Some parts of my hair are even fair­ly straight. There is no con­sis­tent curl pat­tern. I can say that my hair behaves very well, but it has been trained. I have forced it to do what I want it to do. Through tri­al and error I fig­ured out what worked for my hair and what didn’t.

What is your reg­i­men?
H:
My nat­u­ral hair reg­i­men is fair­ly sim­ple. I wash once a week with with Chargin Val­ley Sham­poo bars, and deep con­di­tion after­wards. I usu­al­ly use Oyin Hand­made Hon­ey Hemp Con­di­tion­er or Hairveda 24.7 Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er. I detan­gle while my con­di­tion­er is still in my hair. I rin­se out the con­di­tion­er and apply a leave in. At the moment my favorite leave in is Kinky Curly Knot Today, but I also love Oyin Hand­made Hon­ey Dew. After that process I style, usu­al­ly doing a twist out, and apply a but­ter as I go. I have over 15 but­ters that I use. There is a “Prod­ucts, Prod­ucts, Prod­ucts” video that will cov­er that through. From that point on, every night I retwist my hair and untwist it the next morn­ing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qR19b3m_Jqk

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
H:
There is real­ly no trick to retain­ing length. I sim­ply take care of my hair. When I first big chopped my hair was super dry. On a dai­ly basis I would apply oil direct­ly to the strands of my hair. After a cou­ple of months the dry­ness stopped and I didn’t need to apply oil dai­ly. Now I usu­al­ly apply one pro­duct a week. I rarely remois­tur­ize because my hair doesn’t real­ly need it.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
H:
The only mis­takes I have encoun­tered are usage of cer­tain prod­ucts. I have fig­ured out what prod­ucts work for me and which ones don’t. For exam­ple, olive oil is the worst oil for my hair. It does not soak into my strands, instead it just sits on top of my hair.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
H:
This kinky bush needs to be twist­ed on a night­ly basis. That has pret­ty much ensured me that every­day will be a good hair day. When ever I ven­ture out from that rou­tine my hair reacts neg­a­tive­ly or just doesn’t last.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
H:
Cur­rent­ly I can be con­tact­ed through my Face­book Fan page and my YouTube chan­nel. I am inter­est­ed in start­ing a blog, but it’s sole­ly depen­dent on what the peo­ple want. So I won­der what the view­ers want?

Meosha

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

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14 Comments on "Helecia // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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games

I can­not cre­ate an account and I can’t find any admin emails. Any ideas?

Heather

Hel­lo, How long have you been nat­u­ral, or when did you first BC??

AfricanBeauty

I enjoy all of her videos and she is real­ly pret­ty and inspir­ing! keep it up girl your doing a great Job!

Anisa

“Per­med hair mat­tered more to oth­er peo­ple than it did to me” PREACH!

Necey

“Iknowl­ee” was one of the first YouTu­bers I found and sub­scribed to when I start­ed my jour­ney a cou­ple months ago. She seems so sweet and down-to-earth, I love her accent LOL, and her hair and make­up are always on point! I’ve got­ten alot of tips from her; hope she gets that blog up and run­ning! If you’re read­ing, Hele­cia, keep up the good work and thanks for the inspi­ra­tion!

Ogo

She’s is very pret­ty! I *love* her hair. The tex­ture is to die for! I’m gonna have to step my styling game ALL THE WAY UP!

Kym

Your hair is GORGEOUS!! But my ques­tion is what do you use on your skin it’s so pret­ty

Alexandra

I love your chan­nel! I just some referred some new­ly nat­u­rals to watch your chan­nel for ideas and inspi­ra­tion. You have beau­ti­ful hair and I love your styles! Keep up the good work! ( =

Vonne

Very pret­ty! Cute hair­styles.

treece

Gor­geous!

Viv

I love her twist-out. She’s a very beau­ti­ful wom­an.

Lyn

I just came across her chan­nel the oth­er day. I was won­der­ing why I had not heard of her before. I love her!!! She has great tuto­ri­als on hair, fash­ion, and dec­o­rat­ing. She just seems so nat­u­ral and sweet.

mangomadness

+1000

I love her YouTube chan­nel for hair­care and fash­ion tips.

crimsonpeach

I LOVE your chan­nel! I real­ly appre­ci­ate that you do styles that even peo­ple like myself who can’t flat twist, corn­row, or braid can do.

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