*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly
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Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Ayan and I live in Atlanta, Geor­gia. I am a styl­ist by trade. 

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
Wasn’t much of a deci­sion, I’ve always been nat­u­ral. I did how­ev­er decide to start wear­ing my hair out in high school. It made me seem most like myself and unique.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
A:
It was the great­est con­fi­dence boost! It gave me a sense of iden­ti­ty and made me feel beau­ti­ful in my own icon­ic way.

How would you describe your hair?
A:
My hair is actu­al­ly real­ly soft! It gets poofy after a cou­ple of days and picks up smells in a sec­ond!

What is your reg­i­men?
A:
Since I start­ed my work­out regime, my hair rou­tine has shift­ed for the bet­ter. I wash my hair twice a week after I work out, then leave a thick con­di­tion­er in and step into a steam room for 10–15 min­utes where I allow the con­di­tion­er to real­ly infuse into my strands. It’s like a free steam treat­ment! My hair always comes out super silky and nour­ished. Then I wash the con­di­tion­er out and dry my hair with a soft cloth, air dry until semi-dry, then blow-dry as the last phase of the dry­ing process.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
A:
This blonde unfor­tu­nate­ly is not my nat­u­ral hair col­or. My moth­er is a hair­styl­ist and she has been dying my hair ever since I was 16. This is the blondest I have ever been, and I’ve had it ever since this past sum­mer. Going blonde has def­i­nite­ly been a grad­u­al process and I have dyed my hair sev­er­al col­ors in the mean­time (red, cop­per, etc.) but I always return back to blonde! It is a very dras­tic col­or so I have to make sure to treat my hair as much as pos­si­ble. It is a priv­i­lege.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
I cut my hair because I want­ed an asym­met­ri­cal bob. I thought I would keep up with con­stant­ly straight­en­ing my hair and I didn’t. It was a young and ama­teur move, lol. But in ret­ro­spect it real­ly gave me an oppor­tu­ni­ty to grow with my hair, fig­ure her out and appre­ci­ate her once she returned to full length.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
A:
Using real­ly thick con­di­tion­ers and olive oil for mois­ture.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
THEWHOLE-HEARTED.TUMBLR.COM

Any­thing else you want to add?
A:
Artis­tes, amoureux, life-lovers and whole-hearts, stay in touch with THE WHOLE-HEARTED, due to release a Cre­atives Project soon!

Meosha

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

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43 Comments on "Ayan // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Felicia

Hi Ayan I’m. An cos­me­tol­o­gist of 30 yrs I admire your hair tech­niques for healthy hair care I just want­ed to get your option on the safest way to lift nat­u­ral tex­tured col­or treat­ed hair from lev­el 4 to lev­el 9 with apply­ing a ton­er to achieve cop­per blonde ?

jayjay

She’s inter­est­ing. She looks Soma­li or Eritre­an, def­i­nite­ly an E.African beau­ty with such soft hair and slen­der fea­tures!

nicole

hi my daugh­ter is 1years old and her hair is very dry any ideas ir advice on what to use car­ol daugh­ter and miss jessie arent work­ing i was using coconut oil ear­lier on some­one sug­gest­ed cas­tor oil and apply it to her scalp she does­nt have a lot of hair its very tight­ly curled and low just wan­na get her start­ed off to a good nat­u­ral start thanks in advance

nicole

is this meosha from bham alaba­ma

Candis

I think she looks FAB! =o)

brunettefury

Peo­ple here can be real­ly igno­rant and nasty. 

Great hair and I love the colour! I wish I could bleach and dye my hair turquoise, but my career wouldn’t allow me to do so lol.

maralondon

It’s not true that there are no black peo­ple with nat­u­ral­ly blond hair with­out being albi­no. It’s not the most com­mon thing but i have come across a few peo­ple like this. There are also dark skinned Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nes whose nat­u­ral hair colour’s blond.

Tamika JOnes

It’s so fab­u­lous. I love it!

Monique

Black wom­en with blond hair looks sooo unnat­u­ral.
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Vanisha

What a sil­ly opin­ion. Enjoy :)

vanisha

What an opin­ion —reguard­less of how unnat­u­ral you think it looks, there ARE black peo­ple with nat­u­ral­ly blonde hair

Monique
Ok usu­al­ly when you see blacks born with. Blond. Hair they usu­al­ly albi­nos. Which means when you are an albi­no your body lacks cer­tain nutri­ents like the lack of melan­in in the skin, hair, and eyes. Oth­er than that you will nev­er see a black per­son with blond hair or may­be it can be a shade of brown. And its some­thing that’s not a per­son born with albinism’s fault. Any oth­er time you see a black per­son with blond hair its by choice. Its my opin­ion and think it just look ridi­cious espe­cial­ly hav­ing brown skin. Peo­ple can col­or their… Read more »
RAHEL

@Monique that is not absolute­ly true look up Melane­sian peo­ple. They are black and their hair col­or ranges from light to dark blonde and they are beau­ti­ful peo­ple.

dee (durelene)

Monique its great to see you on here I LOVED YOUR FEATURE ON HERE. Con­grats on the baby (if his yours)

I learn to stop com­ment­ing on here there are peo­ple just wait­ing to attack attack attack. I wish peo­ple would just com­ment on the arti­cle and keep it push­ing.

Monique

Love the hair but not feel­ing the col­or at all.

Bridget

Absolute­ly beau­ti­ful hair!

Courtney

Don’t know how I missed this but ♥LOVE Ayan’s hair and per­son­al­i­ty! She’s tru­ly a sweet­heart, and I’ve admired her hair near (seats away in class) and far (on the streets, pass­ing by). Great to see her fea­tured!

telekendall

awwwwww my lil sis­ter from high school!!! i love you Ayan!!!

Vanisha

Aww my best friend! African queen! All they see is hair when we come lol

Miz B

I’m not sure I under­stand her com­ment of it “being a privilege?”…to be blonde?? Just won­der­ing.

Stacey

I read it as, it is a priv­i­lege to be able to make so many dra­mat­ic col­or changes to her hair with­out it all falling out, so she con­di­tions it well as thanks…

Annie L.

‘It is a very dras­tic col­or so I HAVE TO MAKE SURE TO TREAT MY HAIR AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. It is a priv­i­lege.’

I assumed ‘it is a priv­i­lege’ meant being atten­tive to and car­ing for her hair or main­tain­ing healthy locks and her dra­mat­ic and beau­ti­ful hair col­or at the same time which is dif­fi­cult for some.

Asley

The beau­ti­ful girl from Tum­blr!!!! I would con­stant­ly see her pho­tos but nev­er a link to her page.

Cyn
I think peo­ple need to stop over­re­act­ing. First things first. The lady is beau­ti­ful and total­ly owns her style which is inspi­ra­tional. I per­son­al­ly love any­one who dares to beat their own path.  No one should come here and tell any­one their hair needs to be styled this way or done that way or what­ev­er. That would be a bit too hitler-like and we’ve all come far too ahead to do that, and that wasn’t the point in my line of ques­tion­ing. But at the end of the day I come to this web­site because it is ded­i­cat­ed to the nur­tur­ing… Read more »
Dana

At first I dis­agreed with you Cyn but if we want to be intel­lec­tu­al­ly hon­est being nat­u­ral means noth­ing that alters the tex­ture AND col­or of one’s hair. How many Cau­casian wom­en have said “she’s not a nat­u­ral blond she’s a bot­tle blond”. But at the end of the day a wom­an is free to do what she pleas­es with her (col­or, relax, texlax, etc.).

CuteKinks

Love her hair and the col­or! I want to dye my hair blonde so bad­ly but too afraid of the poten­tial dam­age. She’s rock­ing it though!

Auty

This girl is beau­ti­ful all the way around! Enough with the nat­u­ral nazi BS she likes her hair blonde its HER hair she looks gorgeous…end of sto­ry!

roberta
Well Said!!! I am so over this what con­sti­tutes as nat­u­ral… get over it. It’s hair! As long as you have not per­ma­nent­ly changed the struc­ture of your hair, it’s still nat­u­ral. If you relax your hair you have alter the state. If you use a tex­tu­ral­iz­er, you have alter the state. And in Some cas­es, if use hen­na you can alter your state. But hen­na is a nat­u­ral pro­duct with no chem­i­cals to destroy your hair. I believe we need to stop sep­a­rat­ing our­selves by hair and hav­ing this mil­i­tant atti­tude about hair. It’s hair!!!!!!!!!! She looks awe­some and… Read more »
kiyla

kudo’s!!!!! i total­ly agree. its just hair.lol i guess peo­ple cant get that.lol

Pat

I’m puz­zled. I could have sworn this girl was already fea­tured as being from Canada. Great hair any­way

Angela

I agree with Cyn, and I’d also like to know why it is “unfor­tu­nate” that her hair is not nat­u­ral­ly as blonde as a Scan­di­na­vian tod­dler.

Annie L.

She was being face­tious. It’s an expres­sion to humor­ous­ly point out the obvi­ous, not a cry for help a la ‘The Bluest Eye’. For instance, this rare blonde col­or is OBVIOUSLY not nat­u­ral but she loves it. And she OBVIOUSLY embraces her nat­u­ral curls because she’s proud­ly let­ting them flow free and being fea­tured on this site.

Cyn

Is hair nat­u­ral if it’s been dyed to with­in an inch of its life? I know the per­ox­ide treat­ments one uses to get hair blonde are just as bad, if not worse, than relax­ers.

Dawn

they’re not as bad. i’ve dyed mine her shade and i’ve also had a relax­er (a decade ago). my hair does very well, thrives, with bleach. but the relax­er instant­ly start­ed wreak­ing hav­oc on my hair. everyone’s hair responds dif­fer­ent­ly.

EngProf
Yes it is still nat­u­ral. Her hair stills looks the way is grows out of her scalp, she just added col­or. She didn’t straight­en. For me being nat­u­ral does not equate to lim­it­ing your­self to a cer­tain hair col­or. My hair is nat­u­ral­ly dark and just last week I had it “dyed to with­in an inch of its life” because I want­ed to go to a light brownish/auburn. I’m still natural…my hair is still kinky/curly…it’s sim­ply lighter. And yes the per­ox­ide treat­ments can be bad if 1)the styl­ist has no clue what she is doing and 2) if the indi­vid­u­al… Read more »
Cyn

I agree that being nat­u­ral does not equate to lim­it­ing your­self to one hair colour, my issue is with the per­ox­ide treat­ments. I have no expe­ri­ence with it so would not know the A-Z of hair colour­ing but I do know that to get the hair blonde it has to under­go a trans­for­ma­tion process. Regard­ing the first sen­tence of your last para­graph, that’s fun­ni­ly enough what peo­ple with relaxed hair say too. Just an obser­va­tion. Oth­er­wise com­plete­ly agree with the last sen­tence.

Cyn

I decid­ed to google the process of hair colour­ing to edu­cate myself bet­ter. This sen­tence struck me: “Bleach­ing is a chem­i­cal process for removal of some or all nat­u­ral or syn­thet­ic col­or from hair. Hydro­gen per­ox­ide and ammo­ni­um hydrox­ide are com­mon bleachants. Any col­or treat­ment to change to a lighter col­or requires bleach­ing.”

Coconut and Cream

Woah insane hair!

Deega

She has to be Soma­li!! She’s beau­ti­ful and I love her hair

Sahra

Thats what i thought, if not soma­li than at least a fel­low east african.

Aiden

I didn’t think it was pos­si­ble to get nat­u­ral hair that light and still have that much vol­ume and shape to it! Impres­sive.

Dawn
my hair looks a lot like hers, but the col­or fades on me. ini­tial­ly when i dye mine blonde the col­or turns out like hers. it’s a huge mis­con­cep­tion in our com­mu­ni­ty that if you bleach your hair it must nec­es­sar­i­ly fall out as a con­se­quence. not everyone’s hair responds the same. mine is very much full and thick, just like hers, not espe­cial­ly frizzy, and is grow­ing past my armpits now that i’ve been giv­ing it extra TLC. try the col­or- you might like it. i’ve con­sis­tent­ly kept my dye up for the past 2 yrs now and haven’t… Read more »
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