*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
E:
Hi All!!!! My name is Eden. I was born in Jamaica, but I cur­rent­ly reside in Con­necti­cut in route to the West Coast lol.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
E:
The cost. I was a sopho­more in col­lege and I moved to an area where relax­ers were twice as expen­sive than they were back home. I wasn’t able to afford it any longer, so going to the salon became spo­radic and it took a toll on the health of my hair. It start­ed to break off, thin, split and I had a seri­ous case of dan­druff (the corn­flake size).

It was extreme­ly frus­trat­ing because I went to col­lege with thick healthy bra-strap length hair and end­ed up with almost neck length hair by the time I decid­ed to stop get­ting relax­ers. If I had not moved far from home I’m pret­ty sure I would still be relaxed. Not because I was obsessed, but I real­ly had a great hair­dresser. Even still, I’m soooo hap­py I’m a nat­u­ral head now! I have been nat­u­ral for 3 years as of Octo­ber 21, 2012.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
E:
My tex­ture is 4a all over. I have a mix­ture of most­ly nor­mal and fine strands with a sec­tion of coarse strands behind my left ear—weird lol. I have a lot of hair, which can be tir­ing when she’s all out in all her glo­ry. Most peo­ple when they see my hair when I was relaxed and nat­u­ral say “OMG IT’S SO THICK!” This is main­ly because my hair is dense most­ly from the crown back. From the crown for­ward it’s not as dense­ly packed.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
E:
I think a lot of nat­u­ral vet­er­ans (not that I am one) can relate to the fact that at the begin­ning of your jour­ney you try EVERYTHING (styles, prod­ucts, rou­ti­nes, band­wag­ons, etc.). I exper­i­ment­ed a lot in the ear­ly part of my jour­ney, but now, time and my nerves only per­mit me to wear two strand twists 90% of the time. I will do the occa­sion­al braid or twist out when I have the chance, but for the most part my hair is up and out of my way for 1–2 weeks at a time. I don’t use “styling prod­ucts” because nei­ther my hair nor my bud­get needs it. I real­ized my hair grew the most when I was too busy to play in it every oth­er day. I left it alone and then woke up one day and was like DANG GIRL your hair is long again.

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I fol­low a mod­i­fied Curly Girl reg­i­men.

1. Pre-poo (Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals Vibrant­ly Smooth Con­di­tion­er or what­ev­er is on hand)
2. Detan­gle and Twist Prep (Using Goody Brush with pre-poo still in hair)
3. Water Rin­se
Option­al (Sham­poo and Pro­tein Treat­ment)
4. Co-Wash (Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals Vibrant­ly Smooth Con­di­tion­er)
5. Plop (Tshirt or Hair Tur­ban)
6. Mois­tur­ize (Gio­van­ni Direct Leave In or what­ev­er I’m exper­i­ment­ing with)
7. Seal (Cas­tor Oil)
**Mois­tur­ize and seal as need­ed
**Pro­tein treat­ments once a mon­th (Ion Effec­tive Care Treat­ment)
**I will sham­poo once a mon­th (Burt’s Bees More Mois­ture Rasp­ber­ry & Brazil Nut) usu­al­ly before I do a pro­tein treat­ment.
**Trim every 8–10 weeks or as need­ed.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
Two strand twists are my safe havens. When I’ve fin­ished twist­ing I either gath­er and pin them down in ran­dom places or I wear my infa­mous two strand twist bun. I luur­rve me some buns. Does that sound weird? Lol, but seri­ous­ly it’s my go to style since I can’t put my loose hair in a bun—way too thick.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
E:
Shrink­age isn’t a big deal to me. I wear my hair up any­way. But, when I do care I can just style on dry hair if that’s what I want to do. Still, I’m too low main­te­nance to wait for my hair to take a day to dry just to do an elon­gat­ed style.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
E:
Retain­ing mois­ture and my ends. It might be a sur­prise, but up until last mon­th I strug­gled ridicu­lous­ly with retain­ing mois­ture. I know nat­u­ral hair is inert­ly dry, but my dry­ness was sev­ere. I’ve spent who knows how much mon­ey on try­ing to find “it”. Well, last mon­th I recent­ly revis­it­ed a leave in I shelved years ago and it turned out to real­ly work well for me. I had such an epiphany.

As far as my ends go, my hair loves to form those dread­ed sin­gle strand knots and gym­nas­tic splits all over the place so I con­stant­ly have to keep that in check with fre­quent search and destroy ses­sions and oil. I’m plan­ning on straight­en­ing my hair at the end of Novem­ber and doing a 1–2 inch trim to get rid of them and start fresh.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
E:
Leave it alone, lol. Keep­ing it in two strand twists.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
E:
Wash n go’s. Ooooh chile! I love them and wore them when I had a twa, but wash n go’s now are ssk city for me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
If you’re inter­est­ed in my hair jour­ney you can vis­it my Fotki page: http://tinyurl.com/edenfotki. I start­ed it when I decid­ed to tran­si­tion, and have every mon­th, pro­duct, and style I’ve done since then doc­u­ment­ed. You can also fol­low me on Insta­gram: @iameden_

Meosha

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

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kinu

Also.. Hair crush! I want thick beau­ti­ful hair like Eden’s:)

I used to have thick hair when i was using infu­sium23 (which has cas­tor oil in the top 3 ingre­di­ents i think), but now that I don’t use cas­tor oil any­more, my ends are kind of see thru (as it looks like I’ve been detan­gling rough­ly or too much on my ends– which is prob­a­bly the case)

but I have kind of a hypoth­e­sis..

I heard that cas­tor oil swells up the shaft of the hair. So could this be the rea­son why some nat­u­rals’ hair looks thick­er than oth­ers?

keisha

absolute­ly beau­ti­ful hair and i can say that i agree those dry ends are the worst…still try­ing to find that pro­duct that keeps them mois­tur­ized for more than a day. i’ve tried gio­van­ni leave in in the past but the pj in me kept me try­ing oth­er things as well. may­be i’ll try it again..

Nakita

Your hair looks exact­ly like mine I’m 18 and I nev­er real­ly under­stood the hair typ­ing thing so I guess I’m 4a but less dense and extreme­ly soft (which I hate because it tan­gles eas­i­ly no afros or puffs for me :(. I live by twists as well but its because I’m super lazy and I dont like peo­ple yank­ing my hair out.

Nikole

This was such a great inter­view.

Eden, I too have fine strands in the front of my hair. Any advice for thick­en­ing?

Nicole

Great sto­ry and hair journey.love your hair!

Michelle@Radiant Brown Beauty

Beau­ti­ful hair. Seems like as your hair got longer, the curl pat­tern actu­al­ly loos­ened up a bit.

Mika

Beau­ti­ful hair. That pony­tail is to die for!

Patricia Kayden

Her hair grew fast in 3 years. Love­ly.

Tiara

My room­mate big chopped and has 4A hair, How did you/what did you use to get such good curl defi­ini­tion?

pole

thanks this

Jen

What is SSK?

tdwalton

gor­geous hair !

Emelysmith

Yeah pret­ty hair too bad she so lone­ly and thirsty she has to lie about who she is believe lies and car­ry on with mar­ried men that don’t take care of their kids. Send­ing annoy­mous emails to hide cause she’s a cow­ard can’t stand up and be a wom­en but god and kar­ma always come into play

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