Gwladys in Paris // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
G:
My name is Gwladys! I’m originally from France, Martinique and Senegal, but I now live in Marseille (France), a picturesque city thanks to its melting pot. =D I’m studying law at the university. It’s my first year and even if it’s hard I don’t regret my choice at all!

What is the natural hair scene like in France?
G:
You can find every type of natural hair! As I said, Marseille and France are in general places where you can find people from all around the world, so natural hair from all around the world too!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
G:
To be honest I‘ve never changed my hair. Since I was a tiny girl I’ve had the same type of hair; a mix between my mother’s stiff and thin hair and my father’s frizzy hair! I’m proud of my hair because it symbolizes in a certain way an encounter between two different cultures :). I love my curls and I wouldn’t change them for anything.

How would you describe your hair?
G:
My hair looks voluminous, but in reality it is very thin (if you see my strands one by one). My curls are defined and people who touch them always say “Oohh! it’s so smooth!”

What is your regimen?
G:
I usually use the “Ultra Gliss” range from Shwarzkopf for dry and curly hair. First I use the shampoo, brush my hair, then apply the mask. Every day I put Elseve cream on my hair by L’Oréal. It’s a cream for curly hair and I usually apply it to wet hair.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
G:
By doing my regimen. ;))

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
G:
Brushing my hair too hard when dry…But now I just brush it when I’m in the shower.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
G:
Letting my hair air dry. Putting on my hair mask, leaving it on overnight and rinsing it in the morning. I also create masks with natural products such as avocado, shea, oil, egg…

What would you like to see in France in terms of hair care?
G:
Low prices!! (joke) Maybe I’d like to find real shea butter as we can find in Africa. In Marseille it’s hard to find it!

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17 thoughts on “Gwladys in Paris // Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. Thank you Gwladys! I’m in the PACA region as well! You just made my day by stating that you use Ultra Gliss by Schwarzkopf. I’ve been buying Herbal Essences each time I’m in Germany (because it’s not sold in France). I lived in Germany for over two years and never tried the Schwarzkopf brand until recently (except for the hair dye, which was a horrible experience)…they have a terrific leave-in spray called Total Repair. I will definitely try this series once I’m done with my Herbal Essences conditioner.

    • I too use Schwarzkopf ( the bliss range) and my hair adores it.

      The leave-in conditioner smells so good and does wonder to my hair.

      There are a lot of really good European products and I don’t know why some of the European hair icons claim that they have to import everything from the US?

      A lot well known brands cater to dry, curly etc hair, you may not have a black face on the packaging product but they do work great.

      • I agree with that.

        However, being a European yes we do tend to import a lot of things from the U.S. or… we feel we ‘need’ to b/c some of the products for specific hairtypes aren’t available over here. I suppose it has to do with being influenced with what a lot of these natural hair bloggers and vloggers use and also their success with those products.

        While we can use the regular stuff like VO5 and Schwarzkopf etc, some of us want to explore the natural products arena for our specific hairtypes. But yes I agree, some of them may not be specific for black people or some hairtypes, but can still work great!

        • I’m from the US, but live in Europe and I agree with you…but I have had bad experiences with a number of product lines here so I just became apprehensive about them since I had no other natural to vouch for these products. I’m not going to lie…there are things from the US that I love like Kinky Curly Knot Today…there is nothing on the market like that leave-in. But there’s no way one can rely on importing things like conditioner…it’s just too much money and ever since I found Herbal Essences in Germany, I’ve been content. But a lot of products in the US are not catered to black hair (as I write this, I’m like, what the hell does that mean???), but towards curly hair in general.

    • Herbal Essences is also a good regimen =) But to keep talking ’bout Shwarzkopf, the mask is really effective. My hair is really smooth after its application. As I said it drying the hair in the air is as to me the best solution to keep beautiful and defined curls =)

  2. Beautiful! I am not familar with the Schwarzkopf line at all. I want to make an order but don’t know what type of Shampoo and Conditioner to use on my hair. I think my hair is thicker and a tighter curl than yours. What do you recommend? Total Repair, Hair Active, or Asian Straight? I’m attaching a pic so you can see sorta what my hair looks like! Thanks so much! :)
    [img]http://blackgirllonghair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/boo121.JPG[/img]

    • Amber,
      I use the total repair the shampoo and the mask.
      But what also makes my curls beautiful and that you can do is : when i prepare me on the morning I wet my hair (not totally ) and I now use a cream from FRANCK PROVOST for curly hair with shea and coco oil and after its application you don’t have to rinse your hair. :) hope my pieces of advice will help you !

    • C’est vrai ! Mais bon disons que c’est un bon entraînement pour apprendre l’anglais avec son vocabulaire…capillaire !

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