Fatima // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
F:
My name is Fatima and I’m from Paterson, New Jersey.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
F:
I never actually “Went Natural”. I’ve been natural my whole life and never had a relaxer. However, I did transition as most relaxed girls do, but from heat damaged hair. I did this transition because I wanted my natural curls back. For about 5-6 years I flat ironed and blow dried my hair at least 2x per week. My hair was severely damaged and I wanted my natural curls back. I was in highschool and I was finally becoming my own person. Even though it wasn’t the popular/trending thing to do I decided to try it anyway.

How would you describe your texture?
F:
I’m not really sure. My hair is very thick when it’s dry but when it’s wet it is a wavy/curly texture.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
F:
I like to experiment with different styles. On Sunday I usually detangle with any Vo5 Conditioner, shampoo with Vo5, deep condition with Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayo and style with Eco Styler Gel. I only cowash with Vo5 Conditioner once per week and restyle on whichever day I decided to cowash. Sometimes I’ll do wash n gos and then on my cowash day I’ll do a braid out. I prefer to switch it up every few days. I repeat this pattern each week. Every once in a while I will use Aphogee 2 min Keratin Reconstructor for a protein treatment. It really depends on the needs of my hair.

What does wash day look like for you?
F:
First I finger detangle in the shower with Vo5 Conditioner. Then, I shampoo with any Vo5 Shampoo. I only concentrate the product at my roots and I always work in four sections. Next, I apply my favorite deep conditioner, Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayo for 15 minutes to 1 hour. I rinse and then style in either a braidout, protective style, bantu knots or wash & go. Using Cantu Shea Butter Daily Oil Moisturizer and Eco Styler Gel.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
F:
Wash and Go’s used to be my favorite style. I wore them all summer long. However, I started noticing breakage and dryness so I no longer wear this style. I recently started a “Healthy Hair Challenge” on my blog. So I am wearing protective styles for a couple of months.

How do you combat shrinkage?
F:
My hair doesn’t shrink much, but when it does I just embrace it as it is.

Tell us about your hair color?
F:
I color my own hair. It’s a mixture of chestnut blonde and honey blonde by Dark and Lovely. It’s growing out now and I don’t plan to re-dye for a while. It has changed the texture of my hair, but not drastically. I do have to be more careful with heat and more persistent with moisturizing my ends.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
F:
My ends have been really dry and I noticed a lot of split ends recently. In order to combat this problem I’ve been doing protein treatments, moisturizing my ends daily and trimming my ends as needed.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
F:
Creamy moisturizers, which make my hair super soft and shiny. Deep conditioning once a week keeps my hair strong.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
F:
Dry combing or brushing leads to breakage. I always detangle on wet hair! Wash and Go’s although this was my favorite style this past summer it no longer is. My roots get severely tangled and my ends always feel dry after a wash n go.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F:
www.sewingstardom.com is my lifestyle blog. @Fatima_FF on Twitter and IG. I would also like to invite anyone that is interested in joining me on “The Healthy Hair Challenge” to check out my blog for all the details!

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Meosha

Meosha

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

 
  • Teenage Naturalista

    Hey everyone! I’m a teenage girl expressing her love and appreciation for natural hair. I would love it if you checked out my blog!
    Thank you and be blessed
    xoxo Teenage Naturalista
    http://theteenagenaturalista.blogspot.com/

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    • Landry

      @Teenage Naturalista, I’ve see this post on other articles on this site. Please stop advertising your blog in this manner. Thanks in advance.

      Fatima, your hair is gorgeous!

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  • Anon

    No offence to this style icon because she has lovely hair BUT I find the style icons hair types/textures pretty repetitive. Most seem to be either 3C or 4A with the occasional 4b thrown in. Someone once said looser hair types get less attention but maybe people just relate less to those icons.

    Anyway not trying to throw shade, just realising that its rare that I can relate to these journeys and icons.

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    • DreamGirl

      Thanks for bringing it up,it’s kinda discouraging ’cause I want to know how to care for my extremely kinky 4c hair. I’m kinda envious of Fatima’s hair,its gorgeous and NO SHRINKAGE!! OMG what I’d give for that. Its so bad I’m even considering texlaxing to loosen my curl a bit.

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      • juanita617

        Just my opinion…but don’t texlax your hair. Part of this journey is loving the hair God blessed us with. All I do is search 4C in the upper righthand corner and get many style icons. …still you can do what ever you’d like. Just my suggestion considering this site is here to help us love our hair regardless of it’s type. :)

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  • Jo

    Beautiful hair and I can relate to the texture.My roots get tangled too and I have split ends.I also like the hair color and thanks for giving the color used. :)

    The thing is with Afro hair is it behaves different when wet and dry.My hair when wet has waves and tight kinky curls but when dry it looks like their is NO visible curl pattern.I may not understand it all but I love my afro hair anyway. :)

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    • Jo

      #there

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  • Avril

    Pretty hair!

    Different note: 3a 4a can’t be the ONLY hair people out there!
    Granted they throw multi-texture hair people in but they’re mix of 3a&4a!

    It will be nice they show 3a one day 4a the next 4b the next and so forth, so EVERYONE
    can relate and get ideas….

    Just my two cent

    Au-revoir tout l’homme

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    • Carmen

      To be honest, 3a are rarely featured…

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    • Rou

      It can be difficult to find a bunch of natural-haired women who only hair one hair type. I have at least 3 different hair types on one head. Therefore, your wish may never come true!

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  • Nooni

    Am I the only one who thinks the website shows quite a range of hair types! Maybe more 3c/4a’s put themselves forward! Anyone considered that? Anyway I think the style icons are quite diverse.

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    • Annie L.

      I love Fatima’s carefree golden mane! And though it looks great on her, I understand growing out the color. Fun range of styles, the length really suits. Great interview and will check out the site it looks fun!

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    • Bridget J.

      +1 I totally agree.

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  • AC

    Beautiful hair Fatima!

    Yeah maybe it’s me but I feel like I see 4b-4c textures more…3c not so much, and it is true that 4b-c hair gets more attention on here, textures like this only get at most 14-15 comments lol, it’s cool I just thought that maybe I saw things differently. I look at all the icon posts so it doesn’t really matter to me.

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  • Annie L.

    @Nooni I agree. I’ve found the icons very diverse but maybe women with certain hair patterns aren’t contributing as frequently. For those who feel their patterns are underrepresented, consider submitting yourself as an icon.

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    • Nooni

      I actually think, generally speaking more 3’s and 4a’s go natural than 4b’s anyway. I’m a 4b/4c and some people seem so afraid of this hair type. My mum’s a type 2/3 and sometimes, my hair is the easier type to manage. Mine will hold the same hairstyle for day, but because her’s is so silky it won’t stay in place as easily! So every hair types have their drawbacks and advantages

      But I do think the website showcases a lot of different textures, but someone always has to moan! lol! I enjoy seeing different textures and I like Fatima’s hair. it’s very pretty. I do agree 4b’s tend to get more comments sometimes, but I really enjoy seeing the different stules. I do agree that if people feel unrepresented they should put themselves forward.

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  • juanita617

    Love Love Love the Tracy Ellis Ross inspired with paired with the pink lipstick. :)

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  • http://sewingstardom.com Fatima

    Thanks everyone for all the nice comments!

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  • meowmix

    Going to co-sign with @Nooni. I’ve seen a variety of lenghths and textures here. Great job Fatima

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  • Michelle

    your hair is beautiful

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  • Jacky

    Lovely hair,beautiful girl

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  • Jojop

    My hair is over 3 feet long and very thick. I have been searching for YEARS for a good conditioner that would make brushing my hair post-wash easier. The Shielo Smoothing Conditioner & Smoothing Collection is amazing. I have no tangles in my hair after washing and my hair looks and feels great. I would suggest anyone with long, color treated, or dull hair give Shielo Smoothing a try.

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