*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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.
A:
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?
A:
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.
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
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?
A:
Fol­low me on Insta­gram: Penelope15sam

Meosha

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

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73 Comments on "Audrea // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Ray

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

rainwater

I have 1year hair6in well and sandy d. Hair

Belinda
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… Read more »
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

KaraJ

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

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

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!!

Priya

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

shardae

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

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.

TJM
Seri­ous­ly Peo­ple! I have said it once and I will say it again. SOME nat­u­rals are too dern sen­si­tive. Who is any­one to tell HER how to describe HER hair?!? I dont care if she said it was the best of the best or the worst of the worst…its HER thoughts and opin­ions. If YOU opt to use dif­fer­ent words when refer­ring to YOUR hair then so be it, but you can not deter­mine how one describes them­self. Now if some­one describes YOUR hair in a way that YOU don’t like, that’s dif­fer­ent (but still not worth the fight in… Read more »
Mika

As soon as I read that “good curl pat­tern” I knew there’d be trou­ble. :( Such a shame too because she gave a great inter­view and has beau­ti­ful hair.

Orihime11

+1 So the first thing I saw was 60 com­ments then I read “good curl pat­tern”. I was like “uh oh…”

Lin

Not even gonna lie, I only read this one because it had 60+ com­ments, and style icons rarely reach those num­bers unless there’s some dra­ma. And there was, of course.

Tameka

I will be hon­est, when I saw this post, I didn’t even fin­ished read­ing, I just jumped straight to the com­ments because I just KNEW.…

April
Her hair col­or is love­ly and I need my hair to behave that way, because I I have 4a hair as well, but can’t con­trol my frizz. When she said “good curl pat­tern,” fol­lowed by “but I have kinks too,” I don’t think that she was stat­ing that she had “good curls” or “good hair.” I think she meant that her curl pat­tern is visible/identifiable, because when you approach the 4s, the con­sen­sus is that there is min­i­mal curl and that the hair is much more kinky. My hair is black and looks like hers, and my curl pat­tern is… Read more »
April
Just read her respon­se under “Dre.” I’m glad that she clar­i­fied her pre­vi­ous statement,but on the oth­er hand some of the oth­er com­menters took it too seri­ous­ly. And I don’t know why BGLH would refuse to show­case a nat­u­ral haired beau­ty one week or one day because the pre­vi­ous post was of some­one with sim­i­lar look­ing hair or curls. That’s ridicu­lous, I’m pret­ty sure they’re not work­ing that hard to group their posts by sim­i­lar curl pat­tern, and they shouldn’t be. If you want to see a dif­fer­ent beau­ty up there with hair sim­i­lar to yours, sub­mit your own sto­ry… Read more »
Michelle

beau­ti­ful hair

Sophie

When she said good curl pat­tern, I thought she meant it curls well or eas­i­ly. I have parts of my hair that spring into coils nat­u­ral­ly, and some parts that need gel and plead­ing to not just stay cot­tony. Any head of curly/coily/kinky hair is dif­fer­ent in dif­fer­ent parts and we alter it with styling. I’m kind of tired of peo­ple going off when­ev­er the word “good” men­tioned is with­in 20 feet of some­one talk­ing about their hair.

Jessica

+1

Thembi

Did it ever occur to any­one that WE ALL have “GOOD HAIR”???

anastasia

Great comment/question and Yes!

EG

My hair is kinky, not curly.…and I’ve learned to be proud of that.

Aly

Peo­ple are too sen­si­tive. Wow. I didn’t even notice with first read.

Monz03b

When I read her com­ment about “good hair pat­tern” I knew some peo­ple would get all sen­si­tive. Peo­ple have to nag about some­thing. It’s not that seri­ous. There’s too much dra­ma on this blog. She has beau­ti­ful hair!!! Love her hair col­or.

TINA SMITH

COME ON IT DIDN’T READ WELL. AS SOON AS I SAW THAT COMMENT I DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO READ THE REST. CURLY AND KINK IS THE SAME THING ONE MAY BE TIGHTER THEN THE OTHER.

Bre

Tina, is your caps lock key always on? If you press it again, you can type in low­er­case let­ters too.

c.lewis

No curly and kinky are not the same if one is tighter than the oth­er. They are both ways to desribe but tex­ture but they look dif­fer­ent so I don’t see what’s wrong with describ­ing your hairus­ing both those­word or any com­bi­na­tion.

zimzam

I think she’s got good hair though, don’t you think?

Jo Somebody

Yes. And I think the ‘kinks’ form part of that. The bit about ‘kinks’ didn’t have to come after the ‘but,’.

I ini­tial­ly thought she just meant ‘obvi­ous’ or ‘clear’ curl pat­tern (as in, ‘there was so much traf­fic it took me a *good* hour to get to work’), but her own expla­na­tions proved me wrong…

Shammy

Why are peo­ple so sen­si­tive on here? Hair is Hair and she does have a “good curl pat­tern”. I think some peo­ple live to scru­ti­nize what oth­ers say because they have inse­cu­ri­ties. Hair is hair, and its beau­ti­ful when its healthy!

JoAnn

Exact­ly SHam­my!!! Peo­ple and their inse­cu­ri­ties can turn any­thing into some­thing neg­a­tive. And she does have a good curl pat­tern!

JoAnn

In stat­ing that she has a “good curl pat­tern” I think she sim­ply meant that she has an “obvi­ous curl pat­tern”. What is wrong with that? 

She has a beau­ti­ful hear of hair and I appre­ci­ate her shar­ing the details on this web­site!

Essie

I love the sandy col­or! It soo pret­ty…
I believe that when she said “good curl pat­tern and kinks too” she meant ‘good curl *def­i­n­i­tion* but also some unde­fined strands’. I can’t believe that is all most of the com­ments say.. a bit sad­dened.

Jayy

Ok I’m sooo glad I’m not the only one who noticed the “good curl pat­tern” part! As opposed to what?!? Beau­ti­ful hair though..

Vonnie
Nice hair. The “good curl” com­ment flew over my head when ini­tial­ly read­ing her inter­view, so to me, it didn’t come off as offen­sive. I took it as she has def­i­n­i­tion, as well as kinks. Now on to a BGLH top­ic on hair icons: I applied to be one, but obvi­ous­ly wasn’t cho­sen. No sweat. I’m 13 months nat­u­ral. How­ev­er, I notice ALL the icons usu­al­ly have been nat­u­ral for 3+ years, and obvi­ous­ly have long hair. Is the BLACK GIRL LONG HAIR term to be tak­en lit­er­al­ly? Is the require­ment to be con­sid­ered being fea­tured to have “long” hair only? Just… Read more »
c.lewis

I remem­ber about a year ago BGLH fea­tured a few love­ly nat­u­rals who had short or twa’s. Eithet they weren’t too far into their nat­u­ral jour­ney or they just per­fered short hair. There were an immense amount of com­ments about how wrong BGLH for show­cas­ing short hair nat­u­rals. So now its become a damed if you do, dammed if you don’t.

Jo Somebody

I remem­ber this too! ‘Erm, this site is called black girl with LONG hair, I don’t find her hair to be par­tic­u­lar­ly long blah blah blah…’. I rolled my eyes for a good 5 min­utes!

Barbara

Sor­ry Von­nie but the site is called black girl with LONG hair not BGW short or medi­um length hair. I love see­ing the long hair inspi­ra­tions, keep up the good work BGLH!

Jack
Peo­ple have to start some­where, they don’t just wake up with hair down to their butts. To only show long hair on this site would be to leave out a vital role of the hair jour­ney, as well as show­ing diver­si­ty and hair­style option (as some peo­ple may not want to have long hair/short hair for forever). This site is also not designed just for one per­son, but to provide some­thing for every­body, i.e. those new to the game and those that have been in it for year, short fades, or big epic ‘dos. I feel the cre­ator of this… Read more »
Stace

Alot of the icons do include pic­tures of them with their short or medi­um length hair and some­times their hair straight­ened pre and post BC/transition. So real­ly all hair lengths are being rep­re­sent­ed. Before they had long nat­u­ral hair, they had short nat­u­ral hair, or tran­si­tion­ing hair.
I’m not even nat­u­ral and I can appre­ci­ate this site so lets not get so seri­ous as to make a good thing bad.

mlank64

Exact­ly Sta­cy. There are oth­er web­sites out there that show all dif­fer­ent lengths of hair. But, per­son­al­ly, if I want to see long beau­ti­ful black hair, I come here. I hope it stays that way. If oth­ers want to see more “diver­si­ty” set up a hair site like this one and I’ll come and sup­port it. :) M

Vonnie
While I under­stand BGLH has the right to show­case the images they want to pro­tray, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, ESPECIALLY if they want to appeal to all areas of the nat­u­ral com­mu­ni­ty from the new­bie to the sea­soned vet­er­an, they should show­case dif­fer­ent lev­els of peo­ple on their nat­u­ral jour­ney. What good is it to some­one who just BC’ed last week to only see pics of folks 4+ years deep in their jour­ney? It can be dis­heart­en­ing. I know that was some­thing that I noticed here and on oth­er sites when I first start­ed. Hence me fig­ur­ing I would show… Read more »
Essie

How did you apply to be fea­tured as a style icon?

Vonnie

in the “about” sec­tion.

Essie

Just email them with some pics and say you would like to be a style icon? Pret­ty sim­ple.. Thanks!

Lucang

I with you on this Von­nie because we don’t all aspire to have long hair, some of us aim for healthy hair and if it becomes long then cool. I for one would love to see a vari­ety of lengths fea­tured here.

Caramelcurls

I LOVE your hair color–it is so unique!

mlank64

Very beau­ti­ful hair and so healthy.

sonia

I hate how she describes her­self as hav­ing a “good” curl pat­tern. Why give the­se wom­en a plat­form on this site?

CurlyHanifah
I didn’t read into that way but every­one is dif­fer­ent and may read into it dif­fer­ent­ly. My hair is very sim­i­lar to her hair and the first thing that came to mind when she said “good curl pat­tern” I thought she meant that she has a “pret­ty good” or “pret­ty defined” curl pat­tern and that her curl was not less defined or hard to fine.  I get what you are say­ing but hon­est­ly if some­one is going to find some­thing neg­a­tive to say, I think it doesn’t mat­ter. They will always find some­thing neg­a­tive to say. I think peo­ple are quick… Read more »
Dre
IT SADDENS ME THAT SOME PEOPLE WERE OFFENDED BY THE STATEMENT “GOOD CURL PATTERN” THAT WAS IN MY RESPONSE TO BGLH. I don’t believe in such a thing as GOOD or BAD curl pat­terns. All hair pat­terns no mat­ter the style or length are beau­ti­ful to me. When I said good curl pat­tern I MEANT that my hair works the way I would like it to work, that it defines when I attempt to define it, and that it is nice to me most of the time and doesn’t give me a lot of bad hair days.…I WAS NOT using… Read more »
neceyluv

It’s all good, Audrea! I think you and your hair are both beau­ti­ful, and I love your twist-outs! Thanks for shar­ing your sto­ry and rou­tine with us!

Lele

I just thought you sim­ply meant that some of your hair is defined in pat­tern, and some is not. :o/ I didn’t even pause at that sen­tence until I read the com­ments crit­i­ciz­ing your descrip­tion.

Stace
Yea I didn’t take offense to it. I read it as you say­ing that most­ly your hair forms com­plete curls with some of your hair not hav­ing a defined or com­plete pat­tern but rather irreg­u­lar kinks. It’s just seman­tics , peo­ple have become trained to asso­ciate neg­a­tiv­i­ty with the word good when used in a sen­tence with hair, just like they did when they heard the word kinky or nap­py. Now the table has turned and kinky and nap­py are good, but good is bad. SmH. You have inter­est­ing hair. It shows that the hair typ­ing sys­tem only refers to curl… Read more »
kb1908

The major­i­ty of com­ments are good, don’t like neg. nan­cy ruin your shine. :) Your hair is awe­some!

Thembi

Thank you for shar­ing. Please do not allow your­self to be dis­cour­aged by oth­ers. Our opin­ions are shaped by our past along with our per­son­al sense of “self”. You expressed YOURSELF and I thank you.

JENNID
Lol, guess I’m gonna have to pol­ish up my nap­py hair police badge. Her com­ment does make you won­der but its not that seri­ous peo­ple. This is why I hate that the term ” curly” is being used by all nat­u­rals. Cause truth be told nap­py and curly are not the same thing.One is not worse than the oth­er but they are different.They behave dif­fer­ent. Some­one say­ing that they have a good pat­tern is just stat­ing a fact. She does. Her hair makes curlies. I bet some­one is gonna say she’s not 4a either lol. My hair looks noth­ing like… Read more »
beauty85

i agree with you,because obvi­ous­ly there are peo­ple on here who just cant com­pre­hend her state­ment, she said i have a good curl pat­tern but i have kinks to, as though kinks are bad! Come on real­ly! That should have nev­er been said! but alot peo­ple can read, but that does­nt mean they under­stand what they read!

Miss T

She may have sim­ply meant that her hair is a com­bi­na­tion of curls and kinks, my hair is too and I’m 4a-4c, I can wear curly styles and a full blown kinky afro. Black hair is beau­ti­ful and var­ied thats all…

Thembi

I couldn’t have said it bet­ter .…:)

kb

If you want to find fault in you will, and if you don’t you won’t. I don’t think kinks are bad , so it didn’t affect me, but may­be you think they are bad, hence the reac­tion.

No Good Hair
To be fair, It could be read as beau­ty85 chose to read it. Either way I feel that lots of hair types look love­ly. I can appre­ci­ate 4c to 3A and I do not val­ue one over the oth­er nor would I ever say that some­one had a good curl pat­tern because that’s not me. I think when I was naive about hair types and my own nat­u­ral hair, I loved longer 4b/c and big curly fros but as I watch more youtube vids and see more pic­tures of Afro tex­tured hair of all types, I am real­ly hap­py to… Read more »
Anon

That com­ment doesn’t read well but she wears unde­fined styles so I’m not sure she did mean it in the way it reads here with­out tone. I hope she’ll clar­i­fy before the snow­ball becomes an avalanche.

kb

Seri­ous­ly, I swear some peo­ple live to be offend­ed. Why assume the worst? I sooo didn’t think that when I read it. I just thought she meant she liked it , not that there was a good or bad. Her hair is very cute. I love her col­or :) Not that it mat­ters at all but I would have put her at a 3C.

ladyluo

Total­ly agree. It’s her hair and she can describe it any­way that she wants.

mlank64

I agree with that as well. I don’t think she meant it in a neg­a­tive way. Peo­ple need to relax. It is get­ting to the point that no one is going to post their hair sto­ry on this site due to over­ly crit­i­cal peo­ple post­ing neg­a­tive com­ments. Let peo­ple live.

Sabrina

I agree! Every­time I come on here there is a per­son offend­ed about the respons­es to anoth­er per­sons hair sto­ry. Geesh! And when I read the respons­es to the­se sto­ries, I don’t see any jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for being offend­ed.

Any­way, beau­ti­ful lady and hair!

Lucang

I agree with you kb. So what if she describes her curl pat­tern as good. It’s not like she is say­ing any­thing not like hers is bad.

Marcia

Beau­ti­ful hair! I love love love the col­or!! Great sim­ple reg­i­men too. 

I def­i­nite­ly cringed when I saw that “good” curl pat­tern part…cringed just because I fig­ured that it would upset some peo­ple. I do not think she meant it like oh she has “good hair” that really…probably like she had a defined curl pat­tern that real­ly shows. It was the way she phrased it. Regard­less beau­ti­ful woman/hair and love her IG.

J.Nicole

I agree with you Mar­cia!

I don’t think she said that in a way to cause an uproar; in fact it didn’t even cross my mind until I saw the pre­vi­ous com­ment. Every­one uses words dif­fer­ent­ly depend­ing on what region they’re from, kind of like “Let me take a good look at that” or what­ev­er. Either way, her hair & col­or is awe­some.

Sassy24

pret­ty

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