*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Ara­ly. I live in Medellin, Colom­bia. I am cur­rent­ly a stu­dent of visu­al arts, focus­ing on the world of pho­tog­ra­phy and audio­vi­su­al pro­duc­tion.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral because I was tired of my hair suf­fer­ing from mis­treat­ment and it was time to try some­thing more involved with my per­son­al­i­ty.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
A:
I start­ed my tran­si­tion in June of 2011. I think it was one of the best deci­sions I could make. :)

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
A:
Going nat­u­ral has affect­ed me in such a pos­i­tive way. It made me real­ize how much I was hid­ing behind my hair. For years I though I couldn’t go nat­u­ral because I would look like a boy, or my hair wouldn’t look right because it is too thick and coarse. It is total­ly the oppo­site. I tried it and love it!

If any­thing going nat­u­ral has built my con­fi­dence high­er than any­thing. Also, it has given me so much patience. Before this, I did not want to spend a whole day on hair and most def­i­nite­ly didn’t want to spend half a day in a salon chair. I love doing my hair and don’t mind play­ing in it all day.

How would you describe your hair?
A:
My hair is very thick and frizzy in some areas. It is super soft in tex­ture and in some areas it’s thick as wool, but I love it all the same. My hair is very man­age­able, but too rebel­lious x)

What is your reg­i­men?
A:
I wash my hair every 8 days using sham­poo and con­di­tion­er for horse hair, and hon­ey soap. Before I wash I apply a treat­ment of avo­cado and aloe vera.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
A:
I comb con­stant­ly with a round head round brush and braid it every night. I am con­stant­ly apply­ing coconut oil for mois­ture.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
Too much heat from the flat iron and dis­col­orations from try­ing to achieve a col­or.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
A:
The most effec­tive thing I do is try to keep my hair hydrat­ed, and always doing my night­ly rou­tine.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
https://www.facebook.com/CreamStrnad and http://creamgore.tumblr.com/

Any­thing else you want to add?
A:
I just want to say that I LOVE to wear my hair the way I was born. I feel more secure and con­fi­dent now. I want to tell peo­ple who want to wear their hair nat­u­ral­ly to do so because they will love it too.

Meosha

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

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

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merry

she’s adorable.

Jack

I was think­ing the same thing!
She’s got great hair too.

Keala

Yep! love the pho­tos

Annie L.

I’m start­ing to get the feel­ing that nat­u­rals could rule the world.…

Gor­geous head of hair and love­ly pho­tos! I would love to know more about shift­ing atti­tudes towards nat­u­ral hair in Lat­in Amer­i­ca.

Nichelle

Yes…it is awe­some to see this…having nat­u­ral hair in the U.S is not always easy, but in Lat­in Amer­i­ca it is a lot harder…(when I mean hard, I mean regard­ing receiv­ing neg­a­tive comments).…I have trav­eled through­out Lat­in Amer­i­ca and racism is a challenge—-mostly due to the idea of mes­ti­za­je that has been per­pet­u­at­ed through­out the 20th century…so I love to see wom­en from Lat­in Amer­i­ca post­ing about going natural…love it..

Angela

She and her name are beau­ti­ful!

Patricia Kayden

Would have liked to have read about the reac­tion of her family/friends to her deci­sion to go nat­u­ral.

Beau­ti­ful girl.

Keyana

I am in love with her face and braces! Her hair is awe­some, too! I love see­ing new­bie nat­u­rals with short­er hair! They total­ly inspire me to just be patient ABC and work with what I have right now.

Keyana

I am in love with her face and braces! Her hair is awe­some, too! I love see­ing new­bie nat­u­rals with short­er hair! They total­ly inspire me to just be patient and work with what I have right now.

Lima

She’s adorable and looks a bit like Esper­an­za Spald­ing!

ladyluo

I was think­ing Esparan­za too. Love­ly

Monz03b

What a pret­ty girl! Love her pics!

Sieta

She’s so pret­ty, love­ly styles!

Jacky

love­ly hair,beautiful girl

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