Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Romona, I’m 16 years old. I was born in Jamaica, but raised New York. As any oth­er city girl I’m deeply in love with fash­ion and stand­ing out. Hair has always been my thing, I always styled my family’s hair since for­ev­er, it was always some­thing I was nat­u­ral­ly good at doing!!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
Well I’ve been nat­ur­al my entire life, thanks to my par­ents for band­ing me from get­ting a perm. But even though I was nat­ur­al I nev­er real­ly cared for my hair’s health, it was always straight­ened so I could still feel like all the “cool” girls with perms. But when I real­ized my hair wasn’t grow­ing as fast as it use too, I decid­ed to com­plete­ly stop straight­en­ing my hair and I slow­ly clipped my heat dam­aged ends. My jour­ney is bare­ly one year old so there’s a long way to go!! The nat­u­rals on YouTube also had a huge impact on my deci­sion, I wasn’t aware of the poten­tial my hair had, to be hon­est I nev­er even knew my hair was so curly because it was so dam­aged from the heat to the point where even when it was wet it was still straight.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
Well I think my hair type is 4a/4b, I love my curls!! My hair is more on the soft­er, fluffy side. When its straight or stretched its very fluffy and frizzy. My hair was nev­er coarse or “nap­py” as some peo­ple say, but it’s always eas­i­ly affect­ed by the weath­er since it’s so frizzy!

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
Well I usu­al­ly do a major pro­tec­tive style once a month that can last for at least two weeks, for the remain­der of the month I love rock­ing wash n go’s or high buns/puffs. In terms of wash­ing I only wash about once a month right before major pro­tec­tive styling and co-wash twice in between my wash n go’s. I’ll prob­a­bly only oil my scalp once a month (after its washed) because my hair gets a bit oily on its own.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My favorite to go-to style would have to be my wash n go puff. Lol because wash n go’s don’t always turn out so well, some­times it doesn’t dry fast enough and when it does it looks crazy !! But when I have no time I just throw it in a high puff and add a head­band or some­thing!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Ugh! My worst ene­my. Well for a curly look I apply gel in the show­er and when I get out about 10 mins lat­er, I take small sec­tions and I squeeze and stretch them like a sponge (not apply­ing any­more gel). I find that since the hair is not wet but damp at this point it stays in place when you stretch it and by squeez­ing the sec­tion togeth­er the curls look more defined. If I’m stretch­ing my hair to be straight I’ll do a twist out right after wash­ing my hair, and wear high buns for a week and my hair would have a blow put look!

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Hmm. Do #1 would have to be trim­ming because 4a/4b hair is a weird mix between curly and kinky so the hair gets knots more often than oth­er tex­tures, for me a good trim makes my curls bounce and gives my afros a lot of vol­ume. Do #2 would be always pro­tect­ing my hair at night, I see a major dif­fer­ence when I wear my silk scarf its much eas­i­er to han­dle in the morn­ing and less detan­gling.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Not detan­gling!! I think this is one of the most impor­tant things for me because it pre­vents fur­ther tan­gling which can lead to more hair loss and split ends in the process of try­ing to get the tan­gles out after so long. Don’t #2 would be over wash­ing, when I wash my hair more than twice a month it gets real­ly dry and starts to break, peo­ple need to real­ize that we pro­duce our own nat­ur­al oils but if you keep wash­ing your hair too much you’ll nev­er actu­al­ly see it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Insta­gram: asaperi

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Hair­CRUSH. Enough said.


+1 , I was think­ing the exact same thing , she’s also real­ly love­ly


Love­ly girl with love­ly hair!