Imani // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
I:
My name is Imani (pronounced E – MON – KNEE). I’m from Detroit. I am a writer; motivator for aspiring women of all corners of the world. I am a creator with a mission that I’ve been fulfilling through numerous lifetimes.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I:
I realized that creamy crack was just not my thing anymore. I didn’t want to keep stripping away my identity and running away from my kinks.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
I:
I started to actually get more into my spiritual side once I moved out of my parents. I wanted to feel beautiful in every way NATURALLY, so I became natural 2+ years ago. One of my best decisions and accomplishments.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
I:
My transition wasn’t butterflies and rainbows, but it was worth all the awkward stages, broken combs, thousands of different products and all the crazy that comes along with it.

How would you describe your hair?
I:
Well my hair is very absorbent, meaning it absorbs water and never wants to let it go at least for a while. My hair has major shrinkage when water hits it. It’s very thick. Most times I HAVE TO do a two-strand twist or else I’ll be fighting with dry, stiff hair for weeks.

What is your regimen?
I:
I like to come up with my own good formulas such as spritz with lemongrass and water for the mornings when I forget to wrap my hair with my silk scarf (laughing). I use Olive Oil “Organic Root Stimulator” Replenishing Conditioner and Creamy Olive Oil Shampoo, Argan Oil from Morocco; also my one of my favorites, which is a dry shampoo from Black Earth Products. It has a nice scent, really helps relieve the itchy sensation and cleanses the scalp very well. I use different products for moisturizing such as virgin coconut oil (cold pressed), Organix products, eggs, mayonnaise, etc.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
I:
Two-strand twists, pin-ups, silk scarves, satin pillow cases, bottle of water and a nice light oil like grape seed.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I:
I’ve learned to be gentler as far as what products I use; most of them that display “Organic” or “Natural” aren’t always the truth.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
I:
Up-dos and twists.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I:
http://imanismith.tumblr.com/

Anything else you want to add?
I:
Keep loving you and uplifting yourself in the positive natural way. Whomever you believe to be your creator created you with natural intentions; you’re amazing and unique. Women stand out, so let’s stand out as strong, independent NATURAL WOMEN :)

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Meosha

Meosha

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

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  • Pat

    She’s adorable. Such thick hair…

  • http://Latishashomedaycare.com Home Daycare

    You are tooo cute!

  • http://facebook.com/mangoesndumplings Antoinette Stewart

    Yesss shes has the thickness like me…

  • Nimota

    HAIR TWIN! Beautiful girl, just lovely

  • http://ghanaianemprezz.blogspot.com/ Aby

    your pictures are gorgeous

  • sageequaliti

    variety is the spice of life, and imani is sho-nuff spicy! love the versatility, young queen. your natural beauty is radiant!

  • Annie L.

    Girl, you are just adorable! Great photos, fun interview!

  • D.A.

    She’s repping Motown like a BOSS.

  • Thelly

    nice and spiritual :-)

  • ViCkY D.

    She is adorable, somewhat of a modern day Lisa Bonet love it!

  • Sherine

    I’m not feeling this. I love the thickness but I don’t understand the comments about versatility. Her hair seems to need rescuing, perhaps it’s just me or the quality of the photos but I’m so-so about this Imani, sorry!

    • Nyahuro

      Waht do you mean ‘rescuing”? I am so-so about your comment.

  • Monz03b

    I love the texture of her hair!!

  • Monz03b

    I’m not sure I get the ”rescuing” part??

  • Dominique

    She is cute!

  • Jo Somebody

    Lovely! So thick and lush! Love your hair texture and the fact that you don’t seem to be a slave to protective styles.

  • http://menospeaky.tumblr.com Jeressia

    I loveee her hair and her quirky style! It makes me so happy to see people be truly happy in their own skin! LOVE THIS!!!