*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
E: Hey my name is Addisa Bianca Goldman. I was raised in New Rochelle, NY. For the past year I’ve been living in Los Angeles, California.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E: I decided to go natural because I grew up in a holistic home. We always ate really healthy and used alternative medicines. It never really occurred to me to even think that relaxers could have harmful effects on my body till one day I was talking to my sister about it. I originally tried to go natural in 2002, but I had no idea had to deal with it. Through frustration I eventually ended up relaxing it again.
One day in early 2008 I was chatting with my friend and she said she had stopped relaxing her hair. Her hair was still super straight and she said she just started using this really good flat iron (FHI Runway). I purchased the iron on ebay and my life changed lol. I figured perfect! Now I don’t have to put those horrible chemicals on my head and I can still get straight hair. Through the long process of letting my hair grow out I started really embracing the big hair and rarely flat ironed it. When I finally chopped it all off and could see my real texture I was in love. I’ve been growing my hair without the use of relaxers since the summer of 2008. I was afraid to do the big chop right away so I waited till I was comfortable with the length. I eventually chopped off the relaxed hair in the spring of 2011. My other rationale for not chopping it all off right away was I was still straightening my hair a lot. I figured I might as well damage the relaxed part that I’m going to eventually chop off. How healthy that actually is for your hair is up for debate, but if surely worked for me lol. My hair is pretty tough.
How would you describe your texture?
E: I would say my hair is predominantly 4b. I have different textures throughout my hair. My right side has a tighter pattern than my left side. And the top I would say is a lot looser. I have to work more on the left side and the top of my head to get the desired look I want. My hair is very thick and there’s a lot of it. It’s actually really hard to even put it in a ponytail unless it’s soaking and I mean soaking wet.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E: My style regimen would be to wash and braid it into 5–6 sections before bed. I do this to give my hair a bit of a wavy pattern and to stretch out my curls. It also makes it easier to wash as it doesn’t get matted this way. In the morning I take out the braids and pull apart the hair pieces, fluff, and wear it down. I used to put styling gels/creams in my hair such as Kinky Curling Custard and Hair Rules, and then diffuse it with a blow dryer. It looked good, but doing that every 3 days started to create a lot of heat damage for me. I would let it air dry, but it would take all day. I normally just wear it down because like I said previously it’s really hard to put my hair in a pony tail without it being drenched.
What does wash day look like for you?
E: Wash days are work! It takes me about 30 minutes to wash it cuz I have so much hair. First I section it into about 5–6 braids and wash each section twice with Shea Moisture Shampoo and rinse. Then I condition it with Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner and let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse. I then use Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner and braid the sections. To finish I use She’s a Hemp Nut by From My Heart for an added moisturizer.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E: My go to hairstyle is just down. I think with a good haircut. Wearing it down all the time works well and is not damaging.
How do you combat shrinkage?
E: I combat shrinkage with the braid out. I personally like some shrinkage so I leave my hair about 80% dry and use 5–6 braids. I like it because it gives me volume, which I love. I say if you want less shrinkage the more braids you add will create that look. Before you take the braids out make sure your hair is completely dry.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E: My problem area I would say is the top of my hair because it doesn’t curl like the rest of my hair. I have to make sure the braid I put at the crown of my head is extra tight so I can get that wave.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E: 2 do’s for my texture would be to use a leave-in conditioner. Also, section your hair when washing. It will make your life a lot easier.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E: 2 don’ts would be to never comb it out dry. You’re just setting yourself up for stress and damage. Always comb it out in the shower during the conditioning process with a wide tooth comb. Lastly, don’t put your other sisters down if they want to continue to relax their hair. All you can do is teach the benefits of natural hair and then let it go. People like what they like. We love our natural hair, but some like the relaxed look and that’s fine as well. It’s a personal preference. We have to spread love.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E: You can see me on Instagram and Twitter under addisabianca. Thank You!