Elizabeth // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*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!

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Meosha

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

 
  • treece

    Whoo. Lotta hair

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    • Ogo

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

      Sigh, I wish mine was thick. <_<

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      • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

        LOL! Thanks Ladies.

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  • Alexandra

    Beautiful!!!!

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    • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

      Thank you.

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  • nellboogie

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

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  • Nadia

    Love your hair and your blog!

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  • http://moih-aunaturel.blogspot.com O0oro0O

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

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    • http://Afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

      I’m so humbled. Thank you.

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  • http://modernemeid.blogspot.com Sieta

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

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  • 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!)

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    • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

      Thank you so very much!

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  • nelle

    love the barbie shirt! Where can i get it?

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    • Naelle

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

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      • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

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

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  • 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?

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    • http://afroartnerd.com 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.

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  • hassan

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

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  • faren

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

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    • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

      The gator nation is everywhere…Go Gators!

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  • Keturah

    Beautiful hair! Love it!

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  • http://2blessedaka.blogspot.com 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!

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  • Avanti

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

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    • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

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

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  • Kitty

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

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    • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

      Thanks, Kitty!

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  • http://www.sassynaturals.com Tasha

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

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    • http://afroartnerd.com Elizabeth

      Thanks?

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  • evadiva

    Lovely head of hair.

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  • Charlene Cooper

    Great Style, love the hair! You Rock!

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  • https://www.facebook.com/digitalrevolve Tenisha

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

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