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!