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Intro­duce your­self!
K:
Hi! My name is Kia and I am from Vir­ginia Beach, Vir­ginia. How­ev­er, I cur­rent­ly live in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia as a col­lege stu­dent study­ing fash­ion mer­chan­dis­ing.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
K:
I went nat­u­ral by tran­si­tion­ing to nat­u­ral for five months after watch­ing a video on YouTube and falling in love with the YouTuber’s nat­u­ral hair. I final­ly just decid­ed to big chop Jan­u­ary 18, 2011. I have been com­plete­ly nat­u­ral and relax­er free for one year and 8 months.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
K:
I have nev­er real­ly delved into what exact­ly my hair type is as I find it to be of very lit­tle impor­tance to me, but if I had to make a guess I would say that it is pre­dom­i­nant­ly some­where between a 4a and 4b. My hair is extreme­ly dense how­ev­er my strands dif­fer in dif­fer­ent sec­tions of my hair. For instance, in the major­i­ty of the back and mid­dle of my head my hair is very coarse with extreme­ly tight curls while on the out­skirts of my head my hair is much less coarse with looser curls.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
K:
Over the course of the mon­th I usu­al­ly just stick to a basic chunky twist out. It is the eas­i­est style for me to do as well as my favorite. I am a col­lege stu­dent, I work, and I also have an active social life so a chunky twist out is easy and quick for me to do at night. I can also do almost any style I want to do start­ing with a basic twist out, if I have extra time and find myself in the mood to do so.

What does wash day look like for you?
K:
A typ­i­cal wash­day for me starts ear­ly in the morn­ing and nev­er at night because my hair takes forever to dry. I wash my hair while in twists and in sec­tions. As my hair has grown I have found that this is the eas­i­est and quick­est way to go about wash­ing my hair. I begin by sham­poo­ing my hair in four sec­tions. I have yet to find a sham­poo that I am in love with, how­ev­er cur­rent­ly I have been using Mixed Silk by Silk Ele­ments Gen­tle Cleans­ing Sham­poo pret­ty con­sis­tent­ly.

After wash­ing that out I con­di­tion my hair in the same sec­tions with Trader Joe’s Bal­anced Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er, which is a pro­duct that I am in love with. I will most like­ly be using it for the rest of my life. After wash­ing the con­di­tion­er out I apply leave in con­di­tion­er (Carol’s Daugh­ter Tui Mois­tur­iz­ing Leave-In Con­di­tion­er and/or Kinky-Curly Knot Today Nat­u­ral Leave-In/Detangler), oil (Soft Sheen Car­son Opti­mum Oil Ther­a­py), and hair mois­tur­iz­ing lotion (Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Olive Oil Mois­tur­iz­ing Lotion). I apply the­se in sec­tions and one twist at a time while fin­ger detan­gling at the same time (I no longer use combs or brush­es). I have found that by wash­ing my hair in twists my hair gets much less tan­gled in the wash process. After doing all this I’m done, but my hair will most like­ly not be dry until the next morn­ing so a cute scarf is always a must for wash­day.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
I real­ly don’t do a lot of hair­styles so my favorite go-to hair­style is a chunky twist out, and like I stat­ed before it is real­ly quick for me to do. How­ev­er, on the rare nights I fall asleep with­out twist­ing my hair the next day you can usu­al­ly find me rock­ing a very high puff, which takes almost no time to exe­cute.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
K:
I pret­ty much can tell by the weath­er that day if I am going to get a lot of shrink­age. For instance my hair hates real­ly hot weath­er, rain and humid­i­ty. So I usu­al­ly just will not wear my hair out those days. I will instead wear a cute scarf style, high puff, or some kind of updo.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
K:
I would say that my major prob­lem areas are the ends of my hair, which can get extreme­ly tan­gled and stringy if not trimmed reg­u­lar­ly. My scalp can also get very dry so I do my best to mois­tur­ize my hair when­ev­er I find it nec­es­sary and to con­di­tion often as well.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
K:
Two do’s for my hair are mois­tur­iz­ing night­ly and twist­ing and prep­ping my hair every night. The­se two things make my life so much eas­ier.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
K:
Two don’ts for my hair are going to bed with­out twist­ing my hair or at least putting it in a high puff or pineap­ple. This leads to extreme­ly dry and tan­gled hair as well as a bad hair day. Anoth­er don’t would have to be over mois­tur­iz­ing. I say this because there have been times I put too much oil or mois­tur­iz­ing lotion in my hair and this not only makes my hair look greasy but weighs it down as well and caus­es it to loose all of its bounce.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
I have a fash­ion blog. I don’t update it reg­u­lar­ly unfor­tu­nate­ly, but I am try­ing my best to devote more time to it. So you can find me there at imitatingkia.blogspot.com. Or you can also fol­low me on Twit­ter, twitter.com/imitatingkia, and last but not least Insta­gram, @imitatingkia.

Meosha

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

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33 Comments on "Kia // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Mgiga

She is gor­geous. Love her hair.

AstonishAshton

You and your hair are both very beau­ti­ful. I love your ener­gy. Keep doing what your doing girl

yvonne

Love your hair Kia!!! You are love­ly.

Lexi

Love your hair, brows & skin! What do you do to main­tain your brows? Mine are a tad sparse & dis­ap­pear when I take pics with flash -.- I’m putting cas­tor oil on them in hopes of them grow­ing thick­er x)

Kia

Thank you!!!! Hon­est­ly I can’t offer much help in the eye­brow depart­ment. I actu­al­ly just have nat­u­ral­ly very thick and dark eye­brows so i get them waxed about once a mon­th so they don’t get too thin from over wax­ing but that is real­ly all i do to main­tain them. I’m sor­ry I wish i had more help to offer :-(

Niah

Kia! Your hair is gor­geous and I’m so look­ing for­ward to retain­ing as much growth as you have. I also love your fash­ion. I went to your blog and was sad it hadn’t been updat­ed, but I will fol­low you on twit­ter. Ques­tion, your skin is as beau­ti­ful as your hair. Do you fol­low a cer­tain reg­i­men and what are your prized prod­ucts to keep it so mag­nif­i­cent?!

Kia
Thank You!!!!! yea i have been sooooo behind hop­ing to get more time for it soon :-( As far as my skin goes i real­ly don’t do too much. I wash my face with clean and clear (the basic orig­i­nal one, not foam­ing) morn­ing and night and I actu­al­ly use aveeno eczema ther­a­py lotion as a mois­tur­iz­er. I have tried oth­er things and my skin nev­er reacts well. How­ev­er, if you have oily skin this may not work for you unless you use real­ly small amounts. Thats pret­ty much all I do con­sis­tent­ly, but I do use facial masks spo­rad­i­cal­ly… Read more »
Niah
Kia girl, your fash­ion sense is super cute and I want to go shop­ping with you. If I wasn’t 2 hours away (i’m near DC), I would total­ly take a trip to splurge on some new threads you picked out. If you’re in the DC area any­time soon, hit a sis­ta up! Lol! As far as Aveeno, I have used their prod­ucts and love how gen­tle they are. I was just too impa­tient when I didn’t notice a fast change. I still have their ton­er, so I will start using it again. Any­thing to make my skin look as flaw­less… Read more »
Che

http://www.12tribes.net –You are an israelite…w
Deut 14:1 Ye are the chil­dren of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut your­selves, nor make any bald­ness between your eyes for the dead

Jo Somebody

Wow! Talk about beau­ti­ful hair and beau­ti­ful lady!
And that’s aston­ish­ing growth con­sid­er­ing when you chopped!

Landry

By gol­ly, I believe I have found a hair twin–my one year nat­u­ral hair anniver­sary is today! 

Beau­ti­ful hair, style, and smile, Kia–keep it up and be blessed!

AnaDion

Dare i hope that there is anoth­er VCU Fash­ion stu­dent nat­u­ral?!?!?! I hope so!!!

Kia

There is indeed!!!! :-)

Catherine

Ayeee 2up 2down! Lol. I live in Chesa­peake, 10 min­utes away from VA Beach…Your hair is aston­ish­ing! Keep up the good work neigh­bor! I just did a twistout on my four inch hair for the first time and so far I’m lov­ing it.

Carla

Lov­ing your big hair and full eye­brows! Beau­ti­ful :)

mlank64

Great style and very beau­ti­ful. Hair is real­ly long for just BC from Jan/2011. I BC’d in August/2011. Can’t wait to get that full­ness. Real­ly love­ly!

Coconut And Cream

Gor­geous Lady!

Curiosity

Beau­ti­ful lady. May I ask what acces­so­ry you use on your hair for your updos? I can’t seem to find that one-trick won­der that will just hold up my hair with­out hair clips, etc. Please let me know.

Kia

I use elas­tic hair bands for puffs and styles where i want to usb all my hair to one par­tic­u­lar side. How­ev­er, for oth­er styles I real­ly like the long curved hair pins, which just look like long bob­by pins, but they hold a lot more hair so you only have to use a few and they dis­guise them­selves pret­ty well in your hair.

Kia

“where I want to push”

Madison

Hair twin!

Candice

Such a nat­u­ral­ly beau­ti­ful wom­an! Love her hair and her whole vibe!

E.A.

Beau­ti­ful hair and eye­brows!!

Jasmine

OMG I was think­ing the same thing because I was like I know we are sup­pose to look at her hair but I would kill for fierce eye­brows like that lol

Avanti

I nev­er style my hair the same way twice (life is just too short!), but it’s refresh­ing to see some­one who has a cou­ple of sta­ple styles and wears them con­sis­tent­ly and hap­pi­ly with­out ‘get­ting bored’ to the point of threat­en­ing to apply chem­i­cals as a solu­tion to an appar­ent lack of cre­ativ­i­ty. Girl you are SO beau­ti­ful! Keep on keep­in’ on!!!

Tia

what a gor­geous lady!!!!…that skin is to die for!!! her hair is amaz­ing and I like that her reg­i­men is sim­ple and seemigly care­free.

abi

my thoughts exact­ly when I saw those pics

Eboni

Woooo! I found my hair twin, lol. Geor­geous hair & style!

keisha

beau­ti­ful hair!

kem247

“…my hair hates real­ly hot weath­er, rain and humid­i­ty.” I guess you can’t live in Flori­da lol, jk but I love your hair and your style is fly!

Kia

LOL…yea you might be right I would nev­er know what to do with my hair! Thank you :-)

Toya

Beau­ti­ful young wom­an and hair! Love your sense of stlye.

evadiva

Fab hair!

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