*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Yaya (gov. Maya). I’m from the Inland Empire, CA…Born and raised in So Cal although I also lived in Las Vegas in middle/high school. I am a full time col­lege stu­dent major­ing in Business/Theatre Arts. I am an artist, dance teacher, and aspir­ing singer/actress. I’m also work­ing on a play and a book right now. The play is some­what of a secret [; but the book is going to be a book that embraces nat­ur­al beau­ty, full of beau­ty secrets, sci­en­tif­ic facts, plen­ty of pic­tures, prod­uct rec­om­men­da­tions, and the best home-made beau­ty prod­ucts that any­body can make.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I have nev­er had a perm or chem­i­cals in my hair. My mom is Native Amer­i­can and Span­ish, and has lonnnnggggg straight, black hair. All of my friends used to call her Poc­a­hon­tas. I want­ed NOTHING more than to have hair like my moth­ers! In high school and mid­dle school I went to pre­dom­i­nant­ly white schools, where all of the pret­ti­est girls were best friends with their flat irons, and had long, stick straight hair. Peo­ple would tell me how beau­ti­ful my hair was, but I didn’t care what they said…I always wished that I had hair like my friends, and con­stant­ly pressed and straight­ened my hair as much as I could.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
After acci­dent­ly melt­ing my hair once, ran­dom­ly cut­ting bangs/uneven por­tions and my hair becom­ing unhealthy due to the blis­ter­ing Vegas weath­er, I hit col­lege and I decid­ed that enough was enough. I began tak­ing vit­a­mins and biotin, and decid­ed to keep all of the straight­en­ing to a min­i­mum. It’s been sort of hard, but since I’ve made the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al I only straight­en it when I want to trim it (every few months) and when I do, I don’t use a press­ing comb (just a low heat set­ting on a flat iron). I am always try­ing new prod­ucts out, new reg­i­mens, and new con­di­tion­ers. As far as PRODUCT tran­si­tion­ing, it’s been 3 years and although I have found some good ones, I am still on the search for the most per­fect, health­i­est com­bi­na­tion of prod­ucts.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­ur­al affect­ed you?
Going com­plete­ly nat­ur­al has affect­ed me in so many pos­i­tive ways. For one, it has giv­en me more con­fi­dence sur­pris­ing­ly! When I made the choice to go nat­ur­al, I also made the choice to eat health­i­er, hit the gym exten­sive­ly, and start going to church more. Choos­ing nat­ur­al hair was pret­ty much the cher­ry on top of my deci­sion to live more pure­ly, and to begin my adult­hood (as I was 18) in the health­i­est way pos­si­ble. I believe in the mot­to “look good, feel good”, but I ALSO believe that nat­ur­al beau­ty is the purest, longest last­ing, health­i­est form of beau­ty. It takes so much guts and patience for a woman of col­or (of ANY nation­al­i­ty) to choose nat­ur­al hair! I think that if we can mas­ter this, we can mas­ter any­thing [:

How would you describe your hair?
By text­book def­i­n­i­tion I guess I would be a 3C. My hair is medi­um length, medi­um thick­ness, extreeeeme­ly curly, tends to get dry eas­i­ly, and is prone to split ends. Nat­u­ral­ly my hair is a dark brown. I recent­ly added home­made red­dish streaks to it using a drug­store dye, but it hasn’t changed its appear­ance too much. Grow­ing up it was wayyyy less curly, more wavy and longer. It seems as though mov­ing to Vegas was the worst pos­si­ble move for my hair lol because after that it got way thick­er, dry­er, and hard­er to man­age. I think the best thing about the behav­ior of my hair is how ver­sa­tile it is. How it can go from tight sat­u­rat­ed curls, to an afro…well, at least my ver­sion of one [:

What is your reg­i­men?
As pre­vi­ous­ly stat­ed, my reg­i­men changes every so often. Right now I wash my hair every 3 days and I am using Pantene’s Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er for Col­ored Women. Every two weeks I use Dr. Miracle’s Deep Treat­ment for­mu­la (the one in a lit­tle pouch). It only costs a cou­ple of bucks and it makes my hair so soft and man­age­able. After a nor­mal wash and con­di­tion, I use Luster’s Pink Oil Sheen Spray for my scalp. The one that I use comes with a lit­tle pink straw, and it makes my life SO much eas­i­er because I don’t even have to part my hair. I just run the straw along my scalp and it’s good to go. After that, I mix a lit­tle tea tree oil with Palmer’s Olive Oil For­mu­la Mois­tur­iz­ing Hair Milk through­out my locks. I always comb my hair out with a wide toothed comb espe­cial­ly made for curly hair.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
Since I moved back to So Cal and out of the desert, main­tain­ing my hair’s length doesn’t take much. GROWING it is the hard part lol. As long as I stick to my reg­i­men and keep my ends trimmed, main­tain­ing length and mois­ture isn’t tough, but there is ONE major prob­lem that I have. Because I work out and I am an ath­lete I find myself just throw­ing my hair up into messy buns, and the after­math is usu­al­ly wear and tear because of the hair ties. This is the only time I expe­ri­ence a lot of break­age. I’m not sure if there is a way to change this, but I now use met­al free elas­tic bands and instead of dou­bling up I found some hair ties that are extra big and thick, made espe­cial­ly for long/thick hair. I also put it up as lit­tle as pos­si­ble (even though I hate my hair in my face) and let it hang free as much as I can. All of those things helped to reduce the break­age.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
Check the damn tem­per­a­ture before you put a press­ing comb on your locks, smh. Dumb­est thing I have ever done…and sec­ond­ly STRESS LESS! Often times while we are search­ing for the per­fect prod­uct to beam down from heav­en the cure is right in front of our eyes. Healthy hair as well as skin and nails can be a bite away (eat­ing right) a nap away (get­ting enough sleep) and a yoga mat away (stress­ing less).

A while ago, I was going through a very rough patch in my life. I was expe­ri­enc­ing school prob­lems, fam­i­ly prob­lems, boyfriend prob­lems, and a trau­mat­ic car acci­dent. When I would show­er, lit­er­al­ly CLUMPS of my hair would come out at a time /: I have learned that stress is per­son­al­ly my #1 cause of hair damage/loss, and I have learned mech­a­nisms to cope with it, and to pret­ty much let go and let God.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
THIS IS SIMPLE. Exer­cise, a healthy bal­anced diet, and vit­a­mins. Most of my prob­lems have been helped/solved with these adjust­ments. Anoth­er thing that I DREAD doing is trim­ming my ends, but keep­ing them trimmed has helped tremen­dous­ly.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
http://twitter.com/#!/YayaStrangelove, http://eclectricityyy.tumblr.com/, www.Youtube.com/CaramelxxDelite


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

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Kaci Leathers

I am not sure if my sub­scrip­tion info came by means of to you nor am I clear how to pay the $5.00.
Thanks this is often a good idea if I’m able to con­nect! Judy


Inland Empire in the house! Ran­cho Cuca­mon­ga over here!


Sim­ply beau­ti­ful!! Rep­pin’ Ran­cho ova here!!


LOL @ col­ored. That term was used by whites back in the day to sep­a­rate whites vs blacks (think, Jim Crow) at a time where we were treat­ed as less than. His­tor­i­cal­ly taint­ed term and a bit dated…Whatever, Great hair!! :)

Annie L.

Great post, you and your hair are GORGEOUS! Very glad you men­tioned diet, exer­cise and stress — focus­ing on that has helped my hair and over­all health.


I noticed the ‘col­ored women’ thing too.

Antoinette Stewart

Yay! Go Yaya!! Im from Ontario, Cal­i­for­nia. :)
(909) lol! You look great, and have such a pret­ty glow about you — go ahead girl!

Chantel B

Yaaaaaa!!! Rep­pin the IE!!!! your a beau­ty YAYA!


Very pret­ty hair and I enjoyed the inter­view! Many bless­ings with your future projects! Looks like you have a lot on the hori­zon!


You look beau­ti­ful Yaya! Keep up with what you’re doing!


Nice post.
You look like Tara­ji P. Hen­son.
I total­ly agree with a com­pre­hen­sive approach to hair health- nutri­tion, exer­cise, spir­i­tu­al health. Not only is this approach good for the hair, it is excel­lent for the mind and body!

Pan­tene Sham­poo and Con­di­tion­er for ‘Col­ored Women’???
Ahem, would that be the Pan­tene Relaxed and Nat­u­rals line?


I did­nt think it was a big deal for her to say for “col­ored women”, lets face it thats who the prod­uct is made & mar­ket­ed for black/colored women!


Per­haps she meant coloured hair? Great post, nonethe­less. A holis­tic approach has got to be thebest, but a lot of us prob­a­bly don’t want to hear that. It’s hard­er and takes patience.


Actu­al­ly, the bot­tle says for “Women of Col­or” so she just may have for­got­ten the order of the words and mis­tak­en­ly wrote “Col­ored women”. I don’t think she meant any­thing by it