*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 :)

Meosha

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

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17 Comments on "Imani // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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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!!!

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.

Dominique

She is cute!

Monz03b

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

Monz03b

I love the tex­ture of her hair!!

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.

ViCkY D.

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

Thelly

nice and spir­i­tu­al :-)

D.A.

She’s rep­ping Motown like a BOSS.

Annie L.

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

sageequaliti

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

Aby

your pic­tures are gor­geous

Nimota

HAIR TWIN! Beau­ti­ful girl, just love­ly

Antoinette Stewart

Yesss shes has the thick­ness like me…

Home Daycare

You are tooo cute!

Pat

She’s adorable. Such thick hair…

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