*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?
A:
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?
A:
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! :D Your hair looks amaz­ing!!

Taylor

Omg a fel­low Mem­phi­an! :D 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 :-D

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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