Audrea // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
My name is Audrea, I’m 29, born and raised in Beaumont, Texas and now reside in Houston, Texas. I’m an Elementary Teacher.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I made the choice to go natural because I was very curious to what my natural hair looked like AND because I wanted versatile hair without the hassle of having to relax, roller set, blowout, or flat iron my hair all the time. In August of 2009 I began my journey of going natural. I was too chicken to totally big chop all of my relaxed hair off so I transitioned for an entire year. During that year I trimmed away at my relaxed ends a little at a time. I’ve been natural for almost 3 1/2 years!!!!

How would you describe your texture?
I believe my hair texture is 4A. I have a good curl pattern, but I have some kinks too! My hair behaves well. I consider my hair coarse, but not super thick.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
My styling routine over the course of the month is very simple. I wear my hair in braid outs majority of the time. Once a week I wash, braid my hair up, let it air dry, and then unbraid. On weekends or when I don’t feel like braiding my hair, I will rock a wash and go. Every now and then when I feel like having fun I experiment with protective styles and updos.

What does wash day look like for you?
My wash day is very simple also. I co wash with As I AM Coconut Co Wash Conditioner and then I detangle my hair with TREsemme` Naturals Conditioner (I always use the TREsemme` conditioner that I detangle with as my leave in). I braid my hair while it’s wet using Camille Rose Butter, let my hair air dry and when it’s completely dry I take it down, separate and fluff. I maintain my hair throughout the week by hydrating it when needed with argan or coconut oil and I rebraid any sections of my hair that begin to frizz.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My favorite go to style when I don’t have time or when I’m in a rush is a giant curly puff.

How do you combat shrinkage?
I don’t have major shrinkage, and the little shrinkage I have doesn’t bother me. The times I want to stretch out my hair I will lightly blow it out before I style it.

Tell us about your hair color?
Since I can remember, my hair has always been a sandy/golden color. After going natural I noticed that my hair began to darken so about year ago I tried Henna Hair Dye for the first time. I found Henna to be good for my hair. Henna didn’t weaken or change my curl pattern. I think that Henna actually refreshes my curls.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Two Do’s for my texture. 1) Good moisturizers/oils 2) Good detangling conditioner with lots of slip

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Two Don’ts for my texture. 1) Not using a leave in conditioner before I style 2) Not hydrating or keeping my hair moisturized throughout the week when needed

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Follow me on Instagram: Penelope15sam

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

  • shardae

    I have known Dre’ for many years and know that is not what she meant. Right after that statement she says her hair behaves well, meaning it do not give her any problems. This was a great read for me. Great job Dre you look amazing and your hair is flawless. People will always have something to say, don’t let that bother you. What about the rest of the interview? Her beautiful hair and color? Dre has responded so go read her comment and move forward with more positive comments.

    • April

      Some people are so angry unnecessarily so that they haven’t even noticed that Audrea has replied as commenter Dre, trying to explain herself.

  • shardae

    I agree with TJM and Shammy…some people take things too far.

  • Priya

    Hmmm ….. case closed. Her hair looks nice though.

  • B

    When I seen this story had 52 comment, I knew it had to be something about hair type, texture the GOOD & bad it never fails with this site!!

  • Jade

    Yeah the “good curl pattern” part totally went over my head too. Didn’t think anything of it. I feel like someone who got offended by that must have some insecurities about their own hair.

    IG: YurSweetDream

  • KaraJ

    As soon as I read the article I knew it was coming….lol

  • MAHA

    It’s so good to see someone from Beaumont with such a glorious head of natural hair! I’m from a neighboring city, Port Arthur, and I went natural in 2006… 2007 moved to DC. There were little to no naturals then, now when I go home to visit more and more people are losing the permed hair, no wonder they’re going natural if I saw her hair I would want to be natural too! Great post and love all the pics

  • Like MAHA, I, too, was happy to see such a beauty from Beaumont discussing so eloquently her natural hair journey. I’m from the neighboring Mont Belvieu area, and I could immediately connect with her. I also applaud her for taking the high road in her response regarding the “good curl pattern” comment. I didn’t think it read well, but I was not offended by the comment as the remaining verbiage seemed to better clarify what she meant. I, too, have curls, coils, and kinks, so again, I could relate. I pray that I live to see the day when our community heals from these 400-yr old wounds.

  • rainwater

    I have 1year hair6in well and sandy d. Hair

  • Ray

    Love her hair and color. That pic of her hair huge with “Lions” in the background….Amazing!