*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Aun­dria. I cur­rent­ly reside in South­field, Michi­gan, but I was born and raised in Detroit. Above all things, I love. I write and I cre­ate. Pro­fes­sion­al­ly I am a Sales Infor­ma­tion Man­ager for your favorite retail­er.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral because it was easy, also because it feels good. There is an elec­tric sense of free­dom that comes with my nat­u­ral hair, it’s fun.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
A:
Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2009 a friend chal­lenged me to run back­wards down a hill. I did and I fell, leav­ing me with a stiff back, neck and sev­ere headache for sev­er­al days. One of those days I went to an out­door con­cert that end­ed ear­ly because of a rain­storm. We all know what hap­pens when rain meets hair. The rain left my hair in its nat­u­ral curly/frizzy state. Being that I could bare­ly move there was no way I was going to try flat iron­ing my hair before work the next day. I liked the way it looked, so I kept it that way. Crazy sto­ry, but that’s how it hap­pened.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
A:
I have always tried to main­tain some lev­el of dis­tinc­tion in my appear­ance. If going nat­u­ral has affect­ed me in any way, I would have to say that it has helped rede­fine my indi­vid­u­al­i­ty.

How would you describe your hair?
A:
I would describe my hair as ver­sa­tile. It’s thick, but man­age­able. Even though it can be very wild at times, it’s real­ly easy to tame. While I do love my nat­u­ral­ly curly hair, I love that I can blow it out and flat iron it if I want to.

What is your reg­i­men?
A:
In order to keep up my nat­u­ral look, I sim­ply wet my hair while I’m show­er­ing. I typ­i­cal­ly brush it thor­ough­ly every oth­er day while it’s wet in order to keep it from get­ting too tan­gled. I use Pantene’s Curly Hair Series Dry to Mois­tur­ized Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er. Every once in a while I blow it out, flat iron and trim it.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
A:
I have learned that brush­ing or comb­ing my hair from the bot­tom up helps reduce break­age and retains the length. I retain mois­ture by using a con­di­tion­er dai­ly.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
I have learned that chem­i­cals — bleach­es, dyes, and perms don’t work for me. It’s been over 15 years since I’ve had a perm and I have exper­i­ment­ed with col­or, but even­tu­al­ly they made my hair dry and bro­ken.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
A:
The best thing I do for my hair is keep it mois­tur­ized. There are times when dry­ness and split ends inter­rupt my plans of just let­ting my hair grow but I’ve nev­er been afraid to cut it off if it’s dam­aged.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
aleighscreations.blogspot.com

Any­thing else you want to add?
A:
Every day, with­out thought, the sun ris­es. Even when you can’t see her through the clouds, she shi­nes… Keep shin­ing!

Meosha

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

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12 Comments on "Aundria // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Anne Hill

Nice hair. I live in detroit also. Do you know some­one hir­ing

Courtney-hi

fun­ny story.….great hair, so beau­ti­ful nd full!!!!!!

Amma Mama

Such a cutie and her bun is EVERYTHING!

lillian mae

I love BIG hair! Her hair looks mois­tur­ized and full! <3 it!

Comb­ing my hair from the bot­tom up is the only way to detan­gle my hair. That prac­tice along with fin­ger detan­gling, has allowed for length reten­tion since I’ve been tran­si­tion­ing.

Monz03b

She is a cutie pie! LOVE LOVE LOVE her hair!!!!

Jaslene

I want to hear more about run­ning down a hill back­wards? You can’t just gloss over a sto­ry like that I need deets.

Li

+1

tbaby

what do you use in your hair to pre­vent heat dam­age?

Coco

Pic­tur­ing some­one run­ning back­wards down a hill is flip­ping hilar­i­ous! Love­ly hair, BTW. Also, has she always been nat­u­ral then? She doesn’t men­tion BCing or grow­ing out a relaz­er.

krenea

Hi Aun­dria! I loved your sto­ry about going nat­u­ral! Also, my broth­er lives in Ann Arbor and is inter­est­ed in meet­ing you after see­ing your post here. NO CREEPY STUFF! He’s a pro­fes­sion­al who doesn’t do the club scene and finds it dif­fi­cult to meet NICE wom­en. If you’re inter­est­ed in learn­ing more, send me a note on YouTube at kim­re­nea65. He’s cute AND cool AND smart! :-)

Nichelle

the def­i­n­i­tion of cute.

Rosco Spears

yay!! love her & her gor­geous hair ;)

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