*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
Hi World! My name is Bernadet­te Louise, I’m 22, African Amer­i­can, born in Cal­i­for­nia raised in Vir­ginia and now resid­ing in Atlanta. I’m a mod­el and actress.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I have been nat­u­ral my entire life. I went from not know­ing how to man­age my hair to final­ly meet­ing coconut oil and liv­ing life! This life­time, I have real­ized peo­ple always want what was not given to them and for a short peri­od of time I too had fal­l­en into that brack­et. God has blessed me with beau­ti­ful hair and I chose to let it run its course. I wear my hair nat­u­ral­ly curly quite often now because it has its own spe­cial char­ac­ter­is­tics and I absolute­ly love it. I have vir­gin hair and have nev­er added any chem­i­cals. I am always scared to flat iron my hair think­ing it will ruin my curl pat­tern. So far so good!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
My tex­ture is 3b/3c. I say this because depend­ing on what pro­duct goes into my hair depends on how my hair will look. I have extreme­ly thick hair but you’d nev­er know if I had it flat ironed.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
I wash my hair with Gio­van­ni sham­poo and con­di­tion­er. Usu­al­ly I will leave the con­di­tion­er in my hair, add prod­ucts like coconut oil and shea but­ter, then let it air dry. My hair will main­tain the mois­ture from the pro­duct up to 3 days then I will start the process over. It usu­al­ly takes about a day to allow my hair to com­plete­ly dry so I have to make sure I wash it ear­ly in the morn­ing. If I have shoots to go to, I usu­al­ly will go with my hair dry and no pro­duct. I rarely will go to a salon because they have no idea what they’re doing or will charge me 3x’s extra for hav­ing long hair, go fig­ure. I wear my hair straight may­be once or twice a mon­th. I will roller set my hair or use flexi rods once or twice as well. I have my cos­me­tol­ogy license and some­times will put my skills to use.

What does wash day look like for you?
I use the Gio­van­ni sham­poo and leave in con­di­tion­er. I often switch them up so there is no one speci­fic type that I use of the Gio­van­ni pro­duct line on a reg­u­lar basis. Bi-week­ly I will switch it up and use Bee Mine Botan­i­cal Mois­tur­iz­ing Sham­poo and Bee Mine Avo­cado Cream Bal­anced Con­di­tion­er. I will then use the Bee Hold Curly But­ter and put it in my hair while it is wet. After the Gio­van­ni prod­ucts, I will then use all nat­u­ral coconut oil. This helps keep my hair from stay­ing dry. Some­times I will also use gel, again no speci­fic brand. I am still on the search for a good one that doesn’t leave my hair so dry…

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
My favorite go-to hair­style would have to be a messy bun on the top of my head or even comb­ing my hair when it is curly to make it big­ger and wear­ing it like Diana Ross.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I don’t usu­al­ly have too much shrink­age because by the time my hair is com­plete­ly dry it has fal­l­en and is back to its nor­mal length. My hair is past my shoul­ders when curly and past my mid back when straight.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
My hair col­or is light brown, dark brown and has blonde high­lights in the front. My hair col­or is nat­u­ral and the high­lights are from the sun­light and swim­ming in the pool and ocean over the years. It has not changed the tex­ture of my hair, although the blonde pieces in the front usu­al­ly need a lit­tle more oil then the rest of my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
With my tex­ture you could do just about any­thing to my hair. I like braids and curling it with flexi rods to give it a dif­fer­ent look. Although I dis­like sit­ting under the dry­er for 8 hours for my hair to dry. :(

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
I am ten­der head­ed unfor­tu­nate­ly so teas­ing my hair doesn’t always feel good as well as corn­rows.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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Ah such a love­ly colour and volup­tuous hair. And she’s right, she has tons of hair!