*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
E:
My name is Eliz­a­beth. I am a Jer­sey Girl, a Wyoming Cow­girl, a Flori­da Gator, and a Geor­gia Peach. I am a wife and a moth­er, so that means I pret­ty much do every­thing and it’s a joy! I also do a lot of writ­ing because I’m work­ing on a PhD in art his­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
E:
My quar­ter-life cri­sis, which was basi­cal­ly me wak­ing up one day and real­iz­ing that I had not reached the mile­stones that I set for myself. I want­ed to be pub­lished, fin­ished with school, tenured, run­ning a small busi­ness, and train­ing for a marathon. I real­ized that there was noth­ing done – only bits, pieces, and phas­es of things. Going nat­ur­al was some­thing I had always want­ed to do. I stopped and start­ed tran­si­tion­ing at least three times. But in the mid­dle of my “cri­sis” I looked in the mir­ror and was not sat­is­fied with my hair. It was time for a change.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
E:
I got my last relax­er in the Spring of 2009. By Fall the raggedy unruly stringy mess was out of con­trol so I got two-strand twists with exten­sions. I kept them in until Decem­ber (rotat­ing them every few weeks at the shop). Unfor­tu­nate­ly, when I tried to take the twists out my hair was a mat­ted tan­gled mess. Any growth I had attained was lost. I had to cut the twists off in Decem­ber 2009.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­ur­al affect­ed you?
E:
Ditch­ing chem­i­cals has sim­pli­fied my groom­ing rou­tine. It’s not eas­i­er, just sim­pler.

How would you describe your hair?
E:
I would say my hair is thick and kind of wooly and soft. The tex­ture is hard to describe because it’s dif­fer­ent all over. In oth­ers’ eyes it’s unre­al because by the end of the day I have to tal­ly how many peo­ple ask me if my hair is real. I get some of the nas­ti­est side eyes after I respond.

What is your reg­i­men?
E:
It took me a year to fig­ure out which prod­ucts worked best for my hair and I’m glad that I did not give up through the frus­trat­ing (and expen­sive process). Once a week I detan­gle with Suave Almond + Shea But­ter Con­di­tion­er. I get it at Sam’s because I go through a lot! Once detan­gled and in six­teen sec­tions I wash, con­di­tion, and style with Kinky-Curly prod­ucts. I air dry as much as pos­si­ble, but I usu­al­ly have to use the dif­fuser too.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
E:
I am very method­i­cal and slow when I wash my hair. Once I apply the Curl­ing Cus­tard I keep my hands out of my hair until it’s dry—not even a tow­el. I retain length and mois­ture by mak­ing sure that my ends and edges are pro­tect­ed at night and my hair is steamed in the show­er in the morn­ing. I think I retain the most length by just leav­ing it alone. I rarely style my hair. The only manip­u­la­tion it gets is at night to apply Kinky-Curly Per­fect­ly Pol­ished before I pin my hair up. I only trust my sis­ter-in-law to braid or twist my hair at this point in my life.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
E:
I thought I had to deep con­di­tion the way I saw oth­ers do, but it didn’t work for me. It added an extra step of manip­u­la­tion, which led to bro­ken hairs. Also, I’ve learned to take the advice of oth­ers with a grain of salt—just “Nod & Smile”.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
E:
I leave it alone between wash­es. I do not manip­u­late my hair unless it’s wet.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
My Blog: http://afroartnerd.blogspot.com/, Twit­ter: https://twitter.com/#!/AfroArtNerd, Face­book: https://www.facebook.com/afroartnerd, Pin­ter­est: http://pinterest.com/afroartnerd, and I’m on Insta­gram: afroart­nerd.

Any­thing else you want to add?
E:
Thank you BGLH! I lit­er­al­ly did not know how to comb my hair when I start­ed this jour­ney. I appre­ci­ate what y’all do!

Meosha

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

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31 Comments on "Elizabeth // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Tenisha

drool­ing.… wish my hair was this volu­mi­nous from all angles

Charlene Cooper

Great Style, love the hair! You Rock!

evadiva

Love­ly head of hair.

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Tasha

I love your thich Gor­geous hair! Your style swag is on point too. Go girl!

Elizabeth

Thanks?

Kitty

Love it! You hair and fash­ion sense are both fab­u­lous! Werk!!!

Elizabeth

Thanks, Kit­ty!

Avanti

She is SO cute! Reminds me of a black Pene­lope Gar­cia (from Crim­i­nal Minds). :-)

Elizabeth

LOL! I had to look her up & when I did I was like “that lady has my clothes on!”

Journey

LOVE IT!! You have tons of growth since 2009! The Barbie—I want it!!!! Your style is very unique it goes per­fect­ly with your hair!

Keturah

Beau­ti­ful hair! Love it!

faren

Did my under­grad at the J school at UF. Go Gators!

Elizabeth

The gator nation is everywhere…Go Gators!

hassan

you have hair & style for days!! i love every­thing i see!lol

Sweet T

I love her hair. And yes she MUST be fea­tured for a clos­et raid. I’m going to Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da this Fall. What’s the nat­ur­al hair scene like down there?

Elizabeth

There is a salon that spe­cial­izes in car­ing for tex­tured hair the site is: http://www.anutwist.com/index2.html. I haven’t been to a styl­ist in Gain­seville, so I can’t give you my opin­ion. Peo­ple have the prices are not fit for a col­lege stu­dent.

One of my UF cohorts has a site on black women’s body image includ­ing nat­ur­al hair. She’s very, very pas­sion­ate about the issue: http://www.bodyimagecentral.com/

We must keep in touch.

nelle

love the bar­bie shirt! Where can i get it?

Naelle

I think you can get that Bar­bie shirt at Hot Top­ic!! On their web­site as well :)

Elizabeth

Yes, my hub­by got it at Hot Top­ic. Also saw some at For­ev­er 21.

Ogo

So I’ll be the first to say that Ms. Eliz­a­beth should prob­a­bly do a clos­et raid on here.…

Love your style Ms. E — I would steal that wrap half-sleeve thingy you’re wear­ing over the purple/fushia dress in a MINUTE — con­tin­ue to werk! *snaps*

(Also, I love that you’re so smart! Best of luck on your dis­ser­ta­tion!)

Elizabeth

Thank you so very much!

Sieta

A whole lot of hair! Beau­ti­ful, I like her style, so sim­ple.

O0oro0O

Beau­ti­ful ! And woaw your hair / hair acces­sories and your col­or­ful style me likey ^-^

Elizabeth

I’m so hum­bled. Thank you.

Nadia

Love your hair and your blog!

nellboogie

Your hair and style is REDIC!!!!!!!!! Bra­vo, Ma!

Alexandra

Beau­ti­ful!!!!

Elizabeth

Thank you.

treece

Whoo. Lot­ta hair

Ogo

Rii­ig­gh­h­h­h­h­h­htttttttt!!!!! Now this is some hur­rrrr!

Sigh, I wish mine was thick. <_<

Elizabeth

LOL! Thanks Ladies.

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