*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Ashan­ti and I’m from Mis­sis­sip­pi.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
Well, for many rea­sons actu­al­ly. I was inspired by many new­ly-nat­u­rals and want­ed to try some­thing new. Also, I want­ed to show my younger sis­ter who was going through a tough time with her hair that hair doesn’t define who we are. That’s why I did the BC.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
I would describe my hair as being most­ly coarse and dense. The major­i­ty of my hair falls under the 4b cat­e­go­ry.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
A:
Well, I wore a puff for about 2 and a half weeks. I did this because it’s very hot where I’m liv­ing right now and I didn’t feel like being both­ered with my hair. Every day I will slick back my puff with water, a shea but­ter and oil mix­ture, apply a leave-in con­di­tion­er (Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk) and then seal with an oil (Mega Care’s Vit­a­m­in E Oil mixed with some coconut oil). I tie my hair down with a scarf so that my hair will set. After a few min­utes, I remove the scarf and I’m ready to go.

I’ve recent­ly flat ironed my hair (It’s my 2nd time!). I washed, con­di­tioned, blow dried, and flat ironed my hair using (Burt’s Bees Güd Sham­poo / Pan­tene Pro V’s Relaxed and Nat­u­ral Con­di­tion­er / Gold Bird Blow Dry­er with comb attach­ment / FHI Flat Iron / Hair Oil and Tresemme’s Heat Tamer spray).

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I use the same sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. I sham­poo my hair twice. I detan­gle with a wide tooth comb under­neath the water as I rin­se the sham­poo out. Then I apply con­di­tion­er and a plas­tic cap and let it sit for at least 30 min­utes. After, I’ll remove the cap, detan­gle with a Den­man or pad­dle brush, twist hair and rin­se while the hair is twist­ed. Once my hair is rinsed, I’ll style (usu­al­ly twists) and let air dry dur­ing the day or overnight.

Prod­ucts I use:
— Burt’s Bees Güd sham­poo
Pan­tene Pro V’s Relaxed and Nat­u­ral Con­di­tion­er
Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk
Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie
Shea Moisture’s Deep Treat­ment Masque
Kinky Curly Curling Cus­tard
Mega Care Vit­a­m­in E oil
Shea but­ter and oil mix­ture
— Water

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
A:
A puff, or bun­ny tail as I would call it! You real­ly can’t go wrong with it.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I wear twist-outs or braid-outs. When I want even more length, I’ll use the ten­sion method on a twist- or braid-out.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
A:
I have to avoid styles that encour­age the for­ma­tion of sin­gle strand knots. They are a has­sle to get rid of.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
Do wash my hair at least every 1 and a half weeks. Do pro­tec­tive style (twist or braid) night­ly to main­tain and retain mois­ture.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
Don’t stress over the many tex­tures of hair on my head. At the end of the day, it’s just hair. Don’t sleep with­out a sat­in bon­net. I will regret it every time.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
You can find me along with my best friend at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePolkaDotLounge. I’m also on tum­blr at: http://therapeuticrain.tumblr.com.

Meosha

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

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33 Comments on "Ashanti // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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miss jay

ur hair is inspi­ra­tional!!!! I just love ur twist outs!!!

Sieta

I love the hair under the cap, I would love to do that style myself when i grad­u­ate =)

Carla

Beau­ti­ful hair and beau­ti­ful girl! I imag­ine that it is hot in Mis­sis­sip­pi lol :)

Yoshi

I’ve been won­der­ing who this per­son is. Seen her face on my tum­blr dash a few times!

CuteKinks

You are gor­geous!

warmcaramel

will love a tuto­ri­al on the pho­to with her in the cylinder…it looks like a chunky twist out

Andria Fyffe

Her strong soul­ful voice caught the notice of indus­try insid­ers and she imme­di­ate­ly signed on with a orga­ni­za­tion team and began show­cas­ing her tal­ent with per­for­mances at the Soul Cafe, Chi­na Club, Madis­on Square Gar­den, Caroline’s Com­e­dy Club and Greek Fest 2000 at Jones Beach to name a few.;

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