*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
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!

Meosha

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

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107 Comments on "Addisa // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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lisa

She know she bad.…gwan gyal

Kendall J

For­get preety Addisa is the wom­an of this con­fi­dent mans dreams if ur ever in Las Veg­as email me who knows may­be ill make myself a face­book jus too talk to u only if u email me though :) :) face hair lips eyes keep doin u (YFS) young fly sexy

CJ

“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.”

*Screams* Thank you! I have the exact prob­lem in my 3c/4a, thick hair! It dri­ves me sooo crazy sometimes..I’m like, ‘Argh! Why couldn’t be like the­se cute curls on the right?!’ Glad i’m not alone.

P.S. your hair is GORG!!!!!!!! Great job :)
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Addisa

Wow! Your hair is beau­ti­ful. I know I went through the same same thing wish­ing my hair had the same pat­tern through­out but then you real­ize there’s noth­ing you can do about it unless you want to slap more chem­i­cals on your hair lol. I just learned to embrace it and work with what I had. I believe there’s per­fec­tion in imper­fec­tion.

anenett

ummm, 4b? Looks beau­ti­ful although (to me) you have more of a type 3 hair tex­ture.

Anne

You guys just need to let go of your issues. This obses­sion with curl pat­tern is ridicu­lous.

I wish some wom­en will go back to relax­ers until they work on their infe­ri­or­i­ty com­plex­es. They are run­ning this expe­ri­ence for the rest of us.

lola

Wow, if shes 4b then i must be 4z. That being said her hair is gawjuss obvs

Yayer
I think it is that thing of tex­ture vs curl pat­tern. While her hair may not curl, it isn’t the same tex­ture as my 4b. It appears like the tex­ture of 4as and 3cs rather than 4b and 4c people’s tex­tures. Her hair may be pat­tern-less, it may not be the same tight­ness that we imag­ine when we think of 4b. Her hair seems like it would behave more like 3c or 4a than say my 4b which strug­gles with mois­ture reten­tion, tan­gling etc. also dry­ness may not be an issue for her because she can wear her hair out… Read more »
Lela7

If you have 4b tex­ture, than your knowl­edge of what her type of tex­ture is like to deal with is based on what? I’m a 4b with a type 3/2 mum and she can have tons of dry­ness issues! Her nat­u­ral­ly silky hair can become quite wiry if left to dry out. Hair issues don’t always cor­re­spond with type.

Yayer
Don’t put words into my mouth. Notice I said ‘may’ and ‘seems’ re: her hair plus I nev­er said issues cor­re­spond to hair type but I know my 4b hair and I know the typ­i­cal per­cep­tion of 4b hair and that it shares cer­tain char­ac­ter­is­tics across the board. It’s gen­er­al­ly hair that needs PS to thrive and retain. Look­ing at her pics, they show hair that is dif­fer­ent to 4b hair peo­ple are used to see­ing and I was agree­ing that while she may be 4b I.e hav­ing no curl pat­tern, her tex­ture may be silky or anoth­er tex­ture than… Read more »
Addisa

Thank you. Hon­est­ly I’m not 100% sure on the tex­ture. I have a chart that I looked at and I went along with what I thought my hurt most close­ly resem­bled with­out braid­ing it or putting any pro­duct in. Actu­al­ly none of the­se pic­tures rep­re­sent my hair in it’s truest form, free from manip­u­la­tion by braids or pro­duct. I’m not to good with the tech­ni­cal­i­ties, I just know I got a lot of kinky hair ;)

NikNak

I agree, but it doesn’t actu­al­ly mat­ter. Does it? I keep telling the­se peo­ple the hair class sys­tem is stu­pid and point­less. Some­one with bone straight hair can have the same hair prob­lems, i.e, fine and proned to tan­gle, as a per­son with the kinki­est hair there is. My “3b” hair prob­a­bly acts the exact same as “4b” hair. 

Dry, porous, or fine hair isn’t lim­it­ed by hair tex­tures.

Marinda

yeah my 3b acts just like 4b, by how 4bs describe their hair. nothing’s dif­fer­ent except how the curl pat­tern looks but mine will tan­gle and knot all day long if you let it. that’s why i don’t wear my hair loose at all, and i’m actu­al­ly in either twists or fin­ger coils major­i­ty of the time. and yet i’m 3b. hmph to the curl typ­ing sys­tem lol

breanne

May­be, but she men­tioned that she allows her hair to dry in braids and some­times uses heat to stretch. That like­ly con­tributes to the looser appear­ance of her curl pat­tern.

Stace

Curl pat­tern and tex­ture are being used inter­change­ably, but I don’t think they are the same thing. Tex­ture i think is based on size of the indi­vid­u­al strands, and their den­si­ty as a whole. It’s like how not all straight­ened hair looks or feels the same, and that has to do with the tex­ture even though all are in a straight form. 

The typ­ing sys­tem talks pri­mar­i­ly to curl pat­tern not tex­ture. I’ve seen peo­ple with the same curl dimen­sions and com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent den­si­ty, tex­ture, and char­ac­ter­is­tics.

eleriero

Wow. Amaz­ing how one respon­se clears up about half the ques­tions I had about my hair! Thanks for your input!! :)

Jessica

+1

keisha

wow1 beau­ti­ful hair1

nakita

i’m 4b as well with a bit of 4a but i have a prob­lem with mois­ture reten­tion any sug­ges­tions i’ve tried every­thing but i always end up with oily, crun­cy, dry hair

Megan

I had this same issue until I start­ed mak­ing my own spritz and putting less empha­sis on oils. Right now I use water, Curls Coconut Sub­lime con­di­tion­er, aloe vera gel, glyc­er­ine, coconut oil and argan oil. My low poros­i­ty hair absolute­ly loves it.

Addisa

What prod­ucts do you use? How often do you wash it?

nakita

i wash once a week and i live in caribbean so its always hot at the cur­rent moment i’m keep­ing it sim­ple with world of curl acti­va­tor and coconut oil to seal my hair loves the glyc­er­in but …

Addisa

Hon­est­ly the best mois­tur­iz­er is water. You should con­di­tion or get your hair wet at least every 3 day. I have issues with dry­ness too. My hair and scalp get real­ly dry but I find the more often I get it wet the bet­ter it becomes. Also diet is impor­tant as well. I’m still try­na fig­ure out the best solu­tion to the prob­lem myself.

eve-audrey

now that’s a beau­ti­ful hair!

MommieDearest

Her hair is ridicu­lous­ly IN. SANE.

That is all.

Tonia

When I saw her hair all i could say was “Wow!”

Tia

I love the hair and SHAPE of the hair. A nice cut does make a world of dif­fer­ence, and I love that she wears her fro out the major­i­ty of the time

Beth

A to the MEN! Any­one know if there’s a good YouTube video on how to shape your hair your­self? Or is that best left to the pros?
She is beau­ti­ful. Lit­er­al­ly.

Ara

been look­ing for the best way to shape my hair myself so I sec­ond that YouTube video request! Her hair is per­fec­tion.

Keshia

Look up Deva cuts on YouTube, mahogany­knots had an amaz­ing cut that real­ly shaped her hair. It was so beau­ti­ful!!

Tia

I’ve been con­tem­plat­ing shap­ing my hair, but she has total­ly con­vinced me. Doesn’t the Deva cut cost an arm and a leg though?…

Jessica

You just have to shop around. I got a deva­cut from a deva trained styl­ist in St. Louis that only cost me $25. And the cut was per­fect!

Beth

That’s why I want to try shap­ing myself. I did some research and found this one girl who trimmed her hair while in an old twist out. She trimmed it into the shape she thought flat­tered her face. I don’t see myself shelling out the mon­ey for a Deva cut, but Lord knows I want some­thing like what Addisa above has. It’s get­ting to the point where I hate look­ing at my hair.

Tia

@ Beth Yes!! I want to try it myself (although I am scared to death)…does this per­son have a video or blog post of her­self sahping/trimming her hair. If so,can you please post a link?

Addisa
If u can find a good YouTube video on how to shape your hair by all means go for it but I def need­ed to go to some­one. It’s a lot if hair and it gets over­whelm­ing. When I had my hair cut (big chop) the first time I went to hair rules. 6 months lat­er i went back for a trim. Just recent­ly I had my sis­ter in law cut it and I love how she did it. I’m goin to her for now on. I can send you her info if u live in the tri state area.… Read more »
Ara

Sor­ry, I knew I for­got some­thing

aradedugbe[at]gmail[dot]com

Addisa

Ok she will be send­ing u an email today :)

Ara

I’ll be back home in NY in a cou­ple of days for Christmas…I’d love if I could get my hair shaped by your sis­ter-in-law?

Addisa

Send me your email address and I’ll con­nect you with her.

Afrodandy

I live in Long Beach, can I have your sis­ter in laws info ? Afrodandy@gmail.com

Addisa

Aww I’m sor­ry girl. If you’re goin to be in the tri state area (ny,nj,conn) it would work out but she lives in NJ. :/ I don’t know of any spots out here.

Amma Mama

Pret­ty girl!

Addisa

Thanks girl :)

yasmin

Oh my gosh..your hair is tru­ly beautiful..and ur beau­ti­ful.. I was like your 4B..i was like wow..

Addisa

Thank you!! <3

Michelle

My hair twin!!!!!!

Addisa

Awe­some! Please post a pic :)

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