*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


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

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


I have 1year hair6in well and sandy d. Hair

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 »

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


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


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


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!!


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


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


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.


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

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 »

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.


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


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.


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.…

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 »
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 »

beau­ti­ful hair


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.




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


Great comment/question and Yes!


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


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


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


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.


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…


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!


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


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!


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.


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..

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 »

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!


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!

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 »

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.


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

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 »

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


in the “about” sec­tion.


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


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.


I LOVE your hair color–it is so unique!


Very beau­ti­ful hair and so healthy.


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

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 »
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 »

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!


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.

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 »

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


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.

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 »

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…


I couldn’t have said it bet­ter .…:)


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 »

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.


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.


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


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.