*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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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 »
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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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