*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
Hey every­one! My name is Alo­dia and I am orig­i­nal­ly from BK NYC, but live in the DC area now.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
A:
I stopped relax­ing my hair back in Novem­ber 2009 and tran­si­tioned for almost 19 months, doing my Big Chop in May 2011. So I’ve been grow­ing out my nat­ur­al hair for almost 3 years (Novem­ber 2012 will make 3 years) and have been ful­ly nat­ur­al for almost 1 and 1/2 yrs.

My hair was sooo unhealthy! I had dry­ness, break­age, split ends and a hor­ri­bly itchy scalp! Since 2007 I real­ly want­ed to go nat­ur­al so I would stop relax­ing my hair every August, but as soon as the next sum­mer rolled around and my hair start­ed get­ting frizzy from the heat and humid­i­ty I would run back to the hair salon and slap in anoth­er relax­er. Novem­ber 2009 was my very last relax­er and I haven’t looked back since! It’s tru­ly the BEST deci­sion that I have every made for my hair!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
My hair is pre­dom­i­nant­ly 3C, but the back and the top of my hair are 3B. I have medi­um to coarse strands and my hair is very dense.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
A:
I pre­dom­i­nant­ly wear wash and gos. This is by far my favorite hair­style because of its ver­sa­til­i­ty (depend­ing on the prod­ucts you use you can have an unde­fined huge afro or tamed curls). The mois­tur­iz­ers I love to use are either Kinky Curly Knot Today or Paul Mitchell -The Con­di­tioner. What I will use over the mois­tur­iz­er as my styler is my whipped shea but­ter mix, Eco Styler Gel, home­made flax seed gel or IC Fan­ta­sia Hair Pol­ish­er Styling Gel.

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash my hair every Sun­day (Unless my hair is in a pro­tec­tive style like 2 strand twists then it’s 2xs a month). The prod­ucts that I use are:
1) Cleansers: Devachan No Poo (3 Sun­days out of the month) and Trad­er Joe’s Tea Tree Tin­gle or Nour­ish Sham­poo (1 Sun­day a month to clar­i­fy my hair).
2) Deep Con­di­tion­ers: I will use 1 of these con­di­tion­ers so that my hair doesn’t get used to them: Jane Carter’s Nour­ish Reten­tion Con­di­tion­er, Tre­semme Nat­u­rals Nour­ish­ing Mois­ture Con­di­tion­er (sil­i­cone free) and Pro­tein Con­di­tion­er “Curl Junkie Repair Me” (because my hair is col­ored I use this once every 6 weeks).
3) Leave in Con­di­tion­ers: Paul Mitchell The Con­di­tion­er, Kinky Curly Knot Today and Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie.
4) Sealants or Stylers: If I’m doing a pro­tec­tive style I use raw shea but­ter and if I am doing a wash and go I use the stylers I men­tioned in the ques­tion about my styling reg­i­men. Also to refresh my hair dur­ing the week I will use one of my leave in mois­tur­iz­ers fol­lowed by Jane Carter’s Nour­ish and Shine.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
My favorite go to hair­style is a wash and go just because it is real­ly fast for me to do and because I now know what prod­ucts work for my wash and go rou­tine. There are no sur­pris­es as to how my hair will turn out.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I don’t- I just work with it! How­ev­er, I haven’t always. The right side of my hair is a tighter curl pat­tern and shrinks more than the left side of my hair. When I first became nat­ur­al I was freak­ing out because all I pic­tured was me rock­ing a lop­sided afro lol! So I was faced with a deci­sion to blow dry the roots of the right side so that it could match the left side or just work with what I have. I decid­ed to do the lat­ter. So now for exam­ple, I nev­er part my hair in the mid­dle when wear­ing a wash and go because it empha­sizes the dif­fer­ence in shrink­age on the right and left sides. Instead, I always wear a side part and by doing this I don’t real­ly notice the dif­fer­ence in shrink­age too much.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
A:
Back in Feb­ru­ary 2012 I got a lit­tle bored with my hair and decid­ed to put col­or in it. I decid­ed to go to Hair Rules Salon in NYC to get it col­ored. Since I did pre­vi­ous hen­na treat­ments (hen­na is a per­ma­nent red­dish toned plant based col­or) the styl­ist used her pro­fes­sion­al judg­ment and mixed col­ors togeth­er so that when com­bined with the red­dish tones that were already on my hair, I would get the col­or that I want­ed which was dark brown hair with caramel high­lights. The col­or has not changed the tex­ture of my hair and I think the main rea­son for this is because I col­ored my hair when it was extreme­ly healthy.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
The mid­dle of my head has always been a prob­lem for me even back in my relaxed days. It was always much short­er than the rest of my hair. Now that I am nat­ur­al, I real­ize the best thing that I did for that sec­tion was to stop putting relax­ers in it. Although it is still the most unruly part of my hair, it is now just as long and healthy as the rest of my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
Because I have coarse hair my hair requires a lot of mois­ture so one “do” is to put in a deep mois­tur­iz­ing treat­ment every week fol­lowed by using a steam­er or heat so that it can deeply pen­e­trate the hair. Anoth­er “do” is to mois­tur­ize my hair and seal with but­ter or oil often dur­ing the week.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
Because my hair is very thick it’s very rare for me to use a brush. I most­ly use my hands and a scarf to smooth my hair. Also because my strands are coarse I don’t use pro­tein treat­ments very often. When I didn’t have col­or in my hair I would rarely use pro­tein, but now that I am col­or treat­ed I use pro­tein every 6 weeks.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
I am on YouTube: Alo­di­a80: (http://www.youtube.com/user/alodia80?feature=mhee) and I have just opened a Face­book page Alo­di­a80: (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alodia80/340387936045197?ref=hl)

Meosha

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

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31 Comments on "Alodia // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Jacky

Beau­ti­ful hair on such a beau­ti­ful girl.I keep see­ing so many peo­ple rock­ing their nat­ur­al hair,love it,their all beau­ti­ful.

jenna marie christian

beau­ti­ful girl!! love her hair!

Michelle

love your hair!!

alodia

Thanks so much!

NikNak

The fact that she thinks this is 3b hair and it looks like 3c/4a hair to me, reminds me what a load of crock the hair typ­ing sys­tem is. It’s point­less, and clear­ly not any deter­mi­nant on how you should care for your hair, since peo­ple don’t even know what clas­si­fies as one type and not anoth­er.

She has beau­ti­ful hair regard­less of where it falls in the sys­tem, cre­at­ed by a White per­son, nonethe­less.

AC

Her hair looks 3C/3B to me & she said she had a small amount of 3B some­where, if you hate the hair typ­ing sys­tem that’s fine but don’t tell some­one else what their hair is or isn’t because to me she got it right. 4A has small to tiny curls btw.

rrstyles

I’d just like to say that this hair typ­ing sys­tem was NOT cre­at­ed by a white per­son but by Oprah’s BLACK hair­styl­ist. Also…how the hell can some­one else tell what your tex­ture is by look­ing at a video or pho­tos!! SMDH!!

TINA SMITH

THE SYSTEM SUCKS. IT STATES TYPE 4 HAIR SHOULD BE RELAXED

Cia

I have watched Alodia’s videos for a long time. Love her hair! The col­or is just love­ly.

alodia

Thanks for your sup­port! I appre­ci­ate it :o)

Alisha

I love the high­lights. Looks beau­ti­ful on her.

alodia

Thank you!

pp

Yay!!! I love Alo­dia and her youtube chan­nel. It’s so nice to see her featured…gorgeous girl with gor­geous curls!

alodia

Aww- Thanks so much for your sup­port :o)

cb

I don’t under­stand, how is 3b/c hair coarse? Am I miss­ing some­thing? some­one please explain

pp

If I’m not mis­tak­en, the term coarse sim­ply refers to the cir­cum­fer­ence of the indi­vid­ual strands of hair. The mis­con­cep­tion is that coarse hair means “bad hair”, or wiry hair, or dry…it does not. Although coarse hair may be more sus­cep­ti­ble to the afore­men­tioned things, they are eas­i­ly reme­died w/proper hair care. 

Alo­dia, in my opin­ion, does have coarse hair, just as some­one who is 4a could have fine hair (the cir­cum­fer­ence of the the hair is small­er, it appears thin­ner and maybe even silki­er). These 3a/b/c, 4a/b/c things refer to curl diam­e­ter only…not hair tex­ture (coarse, medi­um, fine). HTH!

alodia

Great expla­na­tion! Thats per­fect :o)

B

@PP..every time some­one on this board ques­tions some­ones hair type you need to post this..lol…seriously hair type is the ele­phant in the room in the nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty!!

rrstyles

Yes that was explained per­fect­ly! There are three things that make up ones tex­ture. The amount of curl(wavy,curly,excessive amount of curl…), the cir­cum­fer­ence of each strand as pp men­tioned and the amount of hair strands grow­ing out of the hair per square inch. This one is nev­er men­tioned.

LBell

Exact­ly. I have most­ly 4b hair strands that are any­thing but coarse. But for some rea­son peo­ple still want to asso­ciate coarse­ness and fine­ness with com­ba­bil­i­ty.

I think a LOT of type 4s are like me: Their tex­tures are assumed to be coarse and tough and are treat­ed accord­ing­ly, i.e. rough­ly. I didn’t real­ly under­stand why my relaxed hair nev­er retained length until I went nat­ur­al and saw how tru­ly del­i­cate my strands were. Know­ing this has made all the dif­fer­ence; my hair is now longer than it’s ever been.

louloumatou

you explained it per­fect­ly!

Anon

Did she find her hair was dri­er because of colour­ing? I’d love chest­nut or brown caramel high­lights but I’m afraid of changes in poros­i­ty or extreme dry­ness that leads to break­age.

Love the vol­ume of her hair and colour.

alodia

Thank you!! Ini­tial­ly I did find that my hair was dri­er and it was actu­al­ly break­ing a lit­tle bit but it was because I need­ed to change my hair rou­tine. Once I start­ed to put pro­tein in my hair as well as mois­ture my hair got much bet­ter and is very mois­tur­ized now

Anon

Found her hair colour video.

Rachel Natalie

Beau­ti­ful hair!

alodia

Thank you!!

Annie L.

THAT is the most stun­ning col­lec­tion of caramels, hon­eys and auburns I have ever seen on curly hair! And let’s not for­get that moun­tain of beau­ti­ful, fluffy curls — gor­geous! The WnG style and the twists are sen­sa­tion­al, thanks for the detailed inter­view and the crush-wor­thy pics to add to my col­lec­tion.

PS What you NEED to do is a thor­ough skin­care vid because your bronze glow is mak­ing me inse­cure :/

alodia

You are way too kind! Thanks so much! I have made a vid on what I do for my skin on my youtube page if u want to check it out ( I have dark marks that Im work­ing on get­ting rid of)

keisha

absolute­ly gor­geous! do you trim your hair your­self or go some­where to get it done? i live in sil­ver spring which is y i’m ask­ing.

alodia

Hey- Thanks so much! I usu­al­ly get my hair trimmed at Hair Rules Salon or Devachan Salon in NYC. Havent found any salons yet in the DMV area

Alodia

Hey- Thanks so much! I actu­al­ly get my hair trimmed at the Hair Rules Salon or Devachan Salon when I go to NYC. How­ev­er I dont get it done often usu­al­ly every 6 months

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