*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
I am Aquia Fran­cis­co. I was born and raised in San Anto­nio, TX but moved to Dal­las almost six years ago from school and can’t imag­ine life any­where else.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
I went nat­u­ral because I had seen the evo­lu­tion of my hair from pre-relax­er to post. My mom relaxed my hair when I was about 6 or 7 years old and see­ing pho­tos of what my hair used to be to what it had become (short, brit­tle and unhealthy) frus­trat­ed me. So, I did some­thing about it. I have been nat­u­ral for a lit­tle over 3 years now. I made 3 years in Sep­tem­ber.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
I nev­er got into the whole hair-typ­ing thing. I nev­er had the desire to look into what 4a or 3b meant because I found it dif­fi­cult to put my hair into one cat­e­go­ry – when in real­i­ty, it fits many. If I had to describe it in adjec­tives, I would say that it is wavy is some areas and curly in oth­ers. Some areas are fine and oth­ers a lit­tle coarser. I tru­ly do have dif­fer­ent tex­tures and curl pat­terns through­out my head. At first it per­plexed and even frus­trat­ed me. But I’ve cer­tain­ly learned to accept it for what it is and learned what works for me.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
A:
My styling reg­i­men includes a lot of twist-outs. I wear twist-outs more times than not because it’s what works. Because of the tex­ture dif­fer­ences in my hair (which are more promi­nent the longer it gets), I’m not a big fan of wash-and-go’s (though it would cer­tain­ly make life much eas­ier). I recent­ly tried flexi-rods and I had such great results with them that I think they will become a reg­u­lar part of my styling reg­i­men.

While I hate to say it, it’s been three years and I don’t have many sta­ple prod­ucts. Aside from my holy grail sham­poo, Cre­me of Nature with Argan Oil Mois­ture and Shine Sham­poo, the pro­duct list changes with my mood. I have learned that with twist-outs, creamy-based prod­ucts work best for me. Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave-in Repair Cream are among my favorites, but I def­i­nite­ly pick up and try oth­er sim­i­lar prod­ucts in hopes that even­tu­al­ly I will find THE one. The jury is still out on that one.

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
Wash day is a day that has to be pre-deter­mined and pre­pared for. It’s a day that I can’t have much on my agen­da because it takes my full ded­i­ca­tion. It’s that seri­ous. Since I don’t do wash-and-go’s, I have to des­ig­nate a day that I’m able to sit around and allow twists to air dry. I use the afore­men­tioned prod­ucts, cou­pled with a deep con­di­tion­ing treat­ment that I make myself if I have the time. It’s usu­al­ly some com­bi­na­tion of avo­cado, mayo, EVOO and apple cider vine­gar. I haven’t found a store-bought con­di­tion­er that makes my hair feel as soft and con­di­tioned as my home­made ver­sion. I’m def­i­nite­ly open for sug­ges­tions.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
On days that I don’t have much time, I will whip out some sort of ponytail/puff or bun. And, if those options fail me, I turn to the old faith­ful tur­ban.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I’m sure I don’t expe­ri­ence as much shrink­age with my twist-outs as I would with a wash-and-go, but I def­i­nite­ly do expe­ri­ence some. When I do, I use a blow dry­er on low heat and blow my roots while I stretch my hair from the ends. Makes a world of dif­fer­ence.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
My prob­lem area is my ends. Hands down. Even with reg­u­lar trims and extra atten­tion, they are the dri­est part of my hair and are very prone to split­ting. I def­i­nite­ly try to pay close atten­tion to them.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
2 do’s for my tex­ture, as men­tioned before are twist-outs and def­i­nite­ly thick, creamy pro­duct that provide a gen­tle, but firm hold.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
2 don’ts for me per­son­al­ly are wash-and-go’s (though I can get away with them up until my hair is ful­ly dry), and thin, water-based prod­ucts. They don’t provide any hold and my hair doesn’t stand a chance with them.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Absolute­ly. I have a lifestyle blog avenu-a.com. You can also find me on Insta­gram and Twit­ter @missaquia!

Meosha

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

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Mika

She is so ridicu­lous­ly cute!

For the Love of Curls

Dry ends were my con­stant bat­tle too until I dis­cov­ered shea but­ter and now i’m cool.

Calencia

Aquia can you tell me the salon where you got your hair dyed.. I just moved to the area and I am look­ing for a styl­ist :) Love your hair!

Aquia

I got it done by a young lady by the name of Latoya. She used to work at a salon called Pure and Healthy Hair but has since opened her own spot in the Irv­ing area. All I have is her phone num­ber. If you shoot me an email, I’ll be hap­py to give it to you! :) aquiafrancisco@gmail.com

Cia

Love­ly hair and great style!! Love the col­or! I want some so bad but for me that spells dam­age and super duper dry­ness.

Michelle O

OMG! I love you hair. You go girl!!!

Michelle

Very beau­ti­ful hair :)

Tril

I love your hair! This is my first time try­ing to tran­si­tion to nat­u­ral hair. I hope it will work out for me. My hair is very thick so I hope it can turn out sim­i­lar to yours.

Aquia

Patience, patience, patience! Lol It’ll work out. Good luck on your jour­ney! :)

Jessica

She’s so cute! And her hair is BEAUTIFUL.

Fayla

Gor­geous girl, gor­geous hair. With all the many prod­ucts on the mar­ket it’s amaz­ing she doesn’t have sta­ples yet out­side of the sham­poo. Took me a while too though…

Aquia

I think it may be my inner pro­duct junkie always think­ing that there may­be some­thing bet­ter. lol What are your sta­ples?

Jacky

you’re a real­ly pret­ty girl with amaz­ing love­ly thick lus­cious hair,

Janique

Pret­ty girl and beau­ti­ful hair! I’m lov­in’ the col­or!

PB

+1

Her hair col­or is beau­ti­ful:)

DiJah

Lol you typed the exact thing I was about to write lol 

Deets on the hair col­or too please?? :)

Aquia

Thank you so much! I got the col­or done pro­fes­sion­al­ly, so I don’t real­ly know details. I just had an idea of what I want­ed the col­or to be and picked it out among the swatch­es!

Home Daycare

Omg­ness.… I love your hair. The col­or and the thick­ness!

Michele-Antoinette

What’s your ratio of olive oil, ava­cado, apple cider vine­gar, and mayo?

Aquia

I wish I could tell you specif­i­cal­ly. But the mayo and avo­cado make up the base. Then I add a small amount of ACV and a gen­er­ous amount of olive oil.

Michele-Antoinette

Thanx anyhow—I will be try­ing this very soon

B

Love her answer to describe your hair texture.…the one ques­tion ALWAYS caus­es a ruckus on this site!!

kb

Don’t see why hair typ­ing is such a big deal tho. like why peo­ple treat as if they are above it, if we all think that black hair is beau­ti­ful who cares if it’s 3a or 4c. it’s just a descrip­tion.

B

‘Cause it goes back to the “good hair debate”…and on this site hair typ­ing brings out the best and worst in ppl…

Michelle

yup that debate brings out the worse in ppl whether on this site or on the street or worse in a fam­i­ly. The num­ber of times ppl stop talk­ing to ppl over it is phe­nom­e­nal. *rolls eyes*

eleriero

…peo­ple stop talk­ing to each oth­er over it? What? o.O?

AC

I agree with KB, peo­ple are real­ly sen­si­tive about it when good hair/bad hair exist­ed way before peo­ple put num­bers and let­ters to it, peo­ple just ..I guess “knew” what it was when they saw it no titles need­ed.

Beau­ti­ful hair Aquia!

Aquia

Thank you all! :)

CARMEN

PRETTY! GO GIRL!

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