*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!

Meosha

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

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22 Comments on "Fatima // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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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.

Jacky

Love­ly hair,beautiful girl

Michelle

your hair is beau­ti­ful

meowmix

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

Fatima

Thanks every­one for all the nice com­ments!

juanita617

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

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.

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… Read more »
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.

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.

Bridget J.

+1 I total­ly agree.

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!

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

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!

Carmen

To be hon­est, 3a are rarely fea­tured…

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. :)

Jo

#there

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.

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.

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. :)

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/

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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