*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is Alondra, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Memphis, Tennessee!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
I decided to go natural because I wanted to see if my hair would behave better without being relaxed. I also suffered a lot of breakage and shedding when I decided to color my hair and it was because it was double processed. So, since I do like to occasionally change the color of my hair, I figured I should let the relaxer go if I wanted to keep the hair on my head. I’ve technically been 100% natural for about 9 months now, but I began my transition in 2010.

How would you describe your texture?
A:
My hair is predominantly 3c/4a. My strands are coarse and my hair is very thick! It LOVES moisture, as does all natural hair, but my hair is very prone to frizziness. If I don’t put any type of oil in it, most likely it will become nice and puffy. I’ve never had a problem with detangling; for the most part my comb will glide through with very minimal resistance. Also my hair takes well to styling. No matter what hairstyle, be it twists, braids, or curls, it will normally have great definition and last me for at least a week.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
Well this month I have a sew in. It’s something I usually get during the winter months as a protective style. I started doing that when I was transitioning and I noticed that my hair really grew a lot during that time. But for any other month, I rock a twist or braid out. I use Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk to style my hair (I always do these styles while my hair is damp). When I take it down I put a bit of either jojoba or coconut oil on my hair to give it shine and help retain the moisture. I opt to go with a braid or twist out because it’s easy, very low maintenance, and it usually lasts me for a while. If ever I get tired of it, I can manipulate the style by doing a puff or some type of pin-up. I normally style my hair weekly, if time permits.

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
Oh wash day! Lol…well I pre-poo my hair with unrefined virgin coconut oil and depending on what I’m doing I will either put it on my hair and let it sit the night before or I just do it the day of and let it sit for about an hour. Then I shampoo my hair with Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo. I was using a sulfate free shampoo, but I decided that I really LOVED the ORS line (which is what I used during my transition). Anywho, after that I deep condition with Organic Root Stimulator Deep Replenishing Conditioner. I make sure I get a very generous amount in my hair. When I’m done applying, I will either sit under the dryer for 30 minutes with a plastic cap on or go without the dryer and let it sit for an hour under the plastic cap. After that, I rinse my hair out and apply my leave in conditioner. Although I have a few, I usually reach for the Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-in and Detangler. The whole process takes me about an hour and a half to 2 hours. Depending on how lazy I become, Lol.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
I love bunning! Most of the time I’ll put a twist in the front of my hair to swag it out a bit (hee hee) and just put it in a low bun in the back. It always gives me a sleek, classic look.

How do you combat shrinkage?
A:
I will usually twist or braid my hair to stretch my hair some. Whenever I do twist outs, I always pin the ends of the twists to the opposite side of my head to give it a more elongated look.

Tell us about your hair color?
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My hair is now a mix of golden/brown tones. I got it done at the hair school here in Memphis, so I don’t know the exact name of the color, but I know that I LOVE it. I don’t know the exact products that they used at all. Fortunately, the color has not altered my curl pattern at all. I know my answer is so vague here, smh, but I literally just sat down, told them what I wanted, and allowed them to do their thang! Lol

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
My only problem area is in the front of my head where I leave the hair out when I get sew ins. The ends are straight so I really can’t do a wash-n-go without it looking crazy. I just make sure I keep that hair cut more than anything else. The overall health of the hair is good, it’s just that the heat has relaxed the curl a lot. Other than that, I really don’t have problem areas that require a whole lot of attention.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A:
Deep condition like your life depends on it!! Moisturize and seal every couple of days. Just use your favorite water based moisturizer and whatever oil you prefer. Those two things will almost always guarantee a happy head of hair! Makes it very strong, soft, and manageable 🙂

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A:
DON’T USE HEAT OVER 400 DEGREES! I learned this the hard way…regardless of how much heat protectant and proteins you use…that curl pattern most likely will be on vacation for a nice little minute if you use anything higher. Do not OVER manipulate. Find a style and stick with it for as long as you can before wash day. I find that low manipulation really helps prevent breakage and helps with length retention.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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I do have a blog…it’s BoldBouncingBeauty.blogspot.com. I haven’t had much time to update it, but beginning 2013 there will be consistent posts on the site. Feel free to check it out now :-). In the meantime, follow me on Twitter and Instagram: Color_Me_Diva. I’m always posting things relative to natural hair care and other beauty related topics there!

Meosha

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

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58 Comments on "Alondra // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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mwilliams

ur hair is beautiful and shout out to u im from Memphis to an im still here !!:)

truebeatty

Eyah you are beautiful also your hair… How did you do the look of 7th pic (2 braids)?!? Do you have a tutorial in your blog?!? If not, what do you thing to do one, this look is gorgeous…please.
sorry about my English I don’t speak English, but i do understand and a I can read… Thank you

Taylor

Omg a fellow Memphian! 😀 Your hair looks amazing!!

Taylor

Omg a fellow Memphian! 😀 Your hair look amazing!

Mrs.Martin

Oh My Gosh! Cute as a button and I’m loving your accessories!!Thanks for the inspiration.

Durelene

OMG HAIR CRUSH!!!! I have finally found the hair that makes me drool. I was so jealous when she said detangling is a piece of cake…grrrrr i wish i could say that about my hair

De'Andrea

You are absolutely gorgeous! Very insightful information. I grew out my hair as well insead of doing a BC. Maybe when I am satisfied with my length I’ll be on here lol but until then I’ll keep rocking my wigs as a protective style! Also I followed you on instagram can you follow me back darling and also can you check out my YouTube and if you have an account subscribereeeeeeee lol it’s naturallyslim23

Alondra

Hey!! Thanks girl! I looked you up on IG, couldn’t find ya! Is the name different from your YouTube name?

De'Andrea

I’m so slow lol my instagram is slimbombshell_ sorry lol

Margaret

Beautiful hair!!! I love the various styles you share in the pictures. Yeah Memphis!!! I am from Memphis also and noticed the number of naturals are increasing. Are you a DIYer in all aspects of your hair care (except color) specifically trims?

Alondra

Thank you! And coloring and trimming are the only two things I don’t do, lol. I’ve been letting my girl who does hair trim it for me 🙂

Mel Rock

Oh wow, nice one. I was dreading the BC as I am APL, happy to know I can go natural and still end up with beautiful hair like yours!

Mel Rock

Alondra…

Did you big chop?

Alondra

Naw girl, I grew my hair out for almost 2 years before I got the rest of the relaxer cut out

Caramelcurls

Girl, you are so pretttayyy! 😉 Love your hair and style.

Alondra

Thank you giiirl!!

Stell

Cuzn!!! As usual, you doin’ ya thang! You’re beautiful inside and out! We love you cuddy! mwwwaaah!

merry

pretty girl. pretty hair.

Treece

She is so pretty. Love her puffs and the color

Kanin

More pretty hair! The color, the color, the color! : )

Kelsi

I really like your blog and LOVE your different makeup looks…you should post more about the products you use 🙂

Jamz

Lovely girl! her hair is fabulous and so is her style! Found myself drooling over her necklaces!
So amazing that all these girls are so photogenic! Enjoyed her pics n styles so much!!

Sheena M

Ok so yeah I’m a little jealous. At least I’m women enough to admit it lol 😉 Gorgeous hair its so thick!

DreamGirl

Okay that’s it,I’m going to colour my hair! Your hair is stunning and so are you!

Orihime11

This was a nice down to earth interview. I really enjoyed reading it 🙂

Trini

Love your hair’s thickness! Also, your “two dos” really resonated with me. Since I’ve been implementing those on a regular basis my hair has become healthier. Currently I alternate between ORS and SM Deep Treatment for my DCs, adding a 1 tbsp each of honey and olive oil.

Alondra

Thank you!! I add honey and olive oil to my conditioner too!! OMGEEE! Lol…another really great one is ORS Deep Replenishing Masque. It leaves my hair soooo soft and it smells awesome! It has light protein in it so I usually use it maybe once every 2 weeks or once a month. You should try it and let me know if you love it!

JENNID

What ever student did your color hooked you up! Love it. Be careful with them sew ins and flat irons ladies. Damage can happen real quick.

Alondra

Thank you!! And YES!! Take heed everybody…but the truth is, some people’s hair is just more sensitive to heat than others. Some can flat iron very often and still have some curl definition. But my hair, laaawd Jesus, it seriously cant take much at all. After flat ironing my leave out one time, my curls turned into waves. SMH, but I can say that the hair itself isn’t brittle or breaking or anything…so that’s a plus!

Bran

Yay for a Memphis natural! Born and raised, went to school there, recently moved about an hour away – luv my home, but you don’t see a lot of us naturals out and about! Gorgeous hair!

Alondra

Thank you so much!! Which school did you go to?

JustLeavingaComment

I usually don’t like blonde, but on you it actually looks really, REALLY good!

Alondra

Thank you girl!! I wasn’t even trying to go blonde lol, the good Lord worked it on out though!

Keshia

Beautiful hair, I love your makeup and of course your buns are to die for, so classy!!

Alondra

Thank you so much!!!

Marcia

Super beautiful! Love the color.

Alondra

Thank you!! 🙂

anastasia

+1

Michele-Antoinette

Kind of insane that you’re from Memphis because I was just there for the first time yesterday to see the Nut Remix in GErmantown—-anywho, Uh-mazing Hair!

Alondra

Yay! Where were you visiting from? Did you enjoy the city and everything? And thanks!!!!

TINA SMITH

WOW LETS CELEBRATE HEALTHY HAIR, NOT HEAT DAMAGED SMH

Alondra

Giiiirl, if you don’t Let Go and Let God!!!

B

Lmao! Don’t mind Tina, she’s a troll on various hair sites *eye roll*

Your hair is gorgeous, btw 🙂

Yayer

Lol so even the icons know Tina All Caps Smith?!

Aiych

OMG, literally laughed aloud 😀

Venus

Lmao! ^^^^^^^^

Venus

Lol like clock work. Too funny

Jax

I knew Negative Nancy would rear her head. Lol

shelikes

funny and pretty

Alondra

Thank you!!!!

prettyparticular

You’re a gorgeous young woman with gorgeous hair. I checked out your blog…you have a great sense of humor as well! I love you hair color…I’m to chicken to go that light, so I’m sticking with my dark hair for now.

Alondra

Thank you!! I’m glad you checked it out! I gotta get back on it, I’ve just been so busy lately. But giiiirl, in all honesty I didn’t plan to go blonde,I was scared too! but when it was all done I was feelin it. lol

eve-audrey

nice hair!

Alondra

Thank you!!!

Nianka H

lovely..simply lovely hair…tres belle

Alondra

Thank you!!

Mika

Absolutely beautiful. I love the color and styles. She’s a cute as can be also!

Alondra

Thank you so much!!

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