*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
S:
Hey guys! My name is Sin­mi. I’m nine­teen years old and I’m from Long Island, NY but cur­rent­ly resid­ing in Mary­land.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
S:
I’ve been nat­u­ral for about 3 and a half years now. I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral for a few rea­sons. The biggest rea­son was because my hair was super unhealthy. When my hair was relaxed, I lost so much hair. it start­ed from down my back and end­ed up just above my shoul­ders in a year. It was so weak and the break­age was get­ting ridicu­lous. Sec­ond­ly, before I found out about nat­u­ral hair, I nev­er thought there was any oth­er way for black wom­en to wear their hair oth­er than relax­ers and weaves. So it was a big dis­cov­ery for me when I found that out. 

I did my research, start­ed watch­ing YouTube videos, fol­low­ing blogs, and was real­ly con­sid­er­ing it. But to be hon­est, the final push was when Tyra Banks did that one spe­cial on her talk show about relaxed vs. nat­u­ral hair. That was when I made my deci­sion. I also did it because it’s a lot of mon­ey and has­sle to go to the salon every oth­er week and sit in a chair for 3 hours just to get my hair done. I per­son­al­ly don’t have time for that.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
S:
My hair is 3c/4a. It’s super thick, coarse, and real­ly dense. It tan­gles eas­i­ly and soaks up con­di­tion­er like crazy. My hair doesn’t form curls; it’s actu­al­ly pret­ty wavy. And after my hair dries, if I don’t put any pro­duct in it, it gets real­ly huge, dry, and unde­fined.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
S:
I used to do braid outs and twist outs all the time, espe­cial­ly when I was tran­si­tion­ing, but now I real­ly don’t have the time or patience so it’s always just wash and go’s. My favorite pro­duct in the world is Tahlia Waajid’s Curly Curl Cream. Seri­ous­ly who­ev­er Tahlia Waa­jid is, I love her. Any­time my hair looks good it’s because of her pro­duct. I usu­al­ly sec­tion my hair and apply it all over. I use Organix Nour­ish­ing Coconut Milk to seal and I buy a mix­ture of oils from this Etsy store, Sare’s Nat­u­rals. Her store is pret­ty cool. She sells dif­fer­ent nat­u­ral hair but­ters with all the oils my hair needs for a decent price. She also takes per­son­al orders.

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What does wash day look like for you?
S:
A typ­i­cal wash day for me is just con­di­tion­er (Tre­sem­me Nat­u­rals) and deep con­di­tion­er (Hol­ly­wood Beau­ty Olive Cho­les­terol Deep Con­di­tion­ing Crème) I love this stuff it works so well for me and is real­ly cheap! Before I wash I put the Organix Coconut Milk or Coconut Oil in my hair and comb my hair out from the bot­tom up so it doesn’t tan­gle too much. I only sham­poo may­be once or twice a mon­th, but when I do I use Pantene’s Pro V Relaxed and Nat­u­ral Sham­poo.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S:
Pony­tails kind of look strange on me and low buns just nev­er seem to work since ran­dom strands are short. I just throw it up in a big top bun. And if my hair is extra frizzy I’ll throw on one of those ear warmer head­bands.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
S:
After I get out of the show­er, tow­el dry my hair a bit, and fin­ish putting pro­duct in it, I put my hair in a low pony­tail and secure it at the end with anoth­er pony­tail hold­er. Then I let it dry like that for as long as I can depend­ing on if I need to be some­where.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
S:
Like most nat­u­rals, my hair gets dry if I don’t do some­thing to it in a day or if I for­get to wrap my hair at night. And the tex­ture of a por­tion of my hair at the bot­tom of my head is dif­fer­ent from the rest of my hair. The rest of my hair is more defined while that por­tion is coarser and isn’t as well defined as the rest. So I have to put a lot more pro­duct on that part of my hair so it match­es up with the rest.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
S:
Cow­ash­ing and mois­tur­iz­ing every morn­ing. Mois­tur­iz­ing for me means get­ting it wet to some extent and then using some water based pro­duct.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
S:
Comb­ing my hair from the top to bot­tom with­out coconut oil. That is a big no no. My hair is way too tan­gled. If I do that, I’ll either break the comb or lose enough hair to make a wig. Anoth­er don’t is cut­ting my hair fre­quent­ly. Peo­ple always say it’s real­ly impor­tant to trim your hair all the time when you’re nat­u­ral because it makes it grow faster or what­ev­er. But I just find that when I do that I end up get­ting too scis­sor hap­py and cut­ting too much off. And now that I’m done tran­si­tion­ing and my hair is health­ier, I’ve been find­ing I don’t have that many split ends so I don’t real­ly need to trim that much. I only trim when nec­es­sary.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
Sure there is. I have a Tum­blr www.wereinfinite.tumblr.com and I’m on Twit­ter and Insta­gram @eledimnis. Feel free to fol­low. I hope peo­ple find this help­ful and thanks a lot for fea­tur­ing me!

Meosha

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

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27 Comments on "Sinmi // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Kelsey

You are lit­er­al­ly the FIRST per­son I’ve ever seen who has the exact same hair char­ac­ter­is­tics as me as well as looks. Hair TWIN.

Your hair is sooo beau­ti­ful!

bsbfankaren

I have very sim­i­lar hair as well! It’s annoy­ing when peo­ple pre­sume that every­one has hair that will form curls. It was real­ly, real­ly nice to see that some­one else has the same hair “issue” as I do!

geri

beyond gor­geous!! hate hate hate…lol ur amaz­ing girl

Christina

Wow wow wow you are gor­geous and so is your hair, of course :0

Nnug

Gor­geous girl, gor­geous hair!

Micheleantoinette

This may be a hair site but I must say, YOUR CLOTHES ARE ABSOLUTELY FREAKING GORGEOUS!!!

Titi

ur soo pretty„,and i think i fol­low you on twit­ter. any­way you have amaz­ing hair and an good and easy reg­i­men. but sin­midele??? that name, are you Nige­ri­an or some sort of african?

dee

I love your hair and inter­view. Your reg seems sim­ple and easy (although it wld be a has­sel if i had to cow­ash dai­ly) like i use to think black wom­en can only wear their hair in weaves and relaxed so glad i was wrong

Nicole

Love your hair. It’s sor­ta sim­i­lar to my hair. I’ve been nat­u­ral for about 7 years then decid­ed to do a hair tex­tur­iz­er. Big mis­take! I imag­ine I’ll have to do the big chop…yet, again :(

bsbfankaren

Let’s hear it for those of us who’s hair does not get curly! I am always hap­py to see a hair twin, and I like the way she styles her hair as well, since it gives me ideas. I’m wait­ing for my hair to grow out some more before I will be com­fort­able wear­ing it out.

D.P.

You are gor­geous

Sheena
Love your hair… I want to eat it! I find hydrat­ing my scalp is essen­tial but can be dif­fi­cult when i wear my hair loose. HOw does that work for you? im guess­ing FRIZZ? ~thats me any­way. My west coast rou­tine; ‘Hydrate’, with fine mist to scalp and hair, then ‘Nour­ish’ to mois­tur­ize. It’s entire­ly dif­fer­ent from cen­tral Canada’s minus 24 degrees cel­sius, dry like the desert rou­tine. It requires some adjust­ment. SO 1/4cup (60ml) of my favourite leave in, mixed with 1tbs (15ml) of glyc­er­in and 1cup (250ml) dis­tilled water, makes a liq­uid-leave in con­di­tion­er that keeps my hair… Read more »
bsbfankaren

I don’t like the way hair feels with glyc­er­in, but I like the rest of what you use.

Lauren

I love your hair!

I have a very sim­i­lar tex­ture to yours, with the excep­tion that the back and front of my hair nev­er tan­gles, while the mid­dle can be a com­plete rat’s nest. I have been nat­u­ral for about a year and a half now, and I love how fast my hair is grow­ing back. Look­ing at yours makes me excit­ed to see how my hair will look in anoth­er year and a half :)

My one rec­om­men­da­tion is to find a nat­u­ral clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo that is sul­fate-free, as sul­fates are very harsh on our hair tex­ture.

bsbfankaren

I have found that even sul­fate free sham­poos are too harsh for my hair. Since I don’t use a lot of pro­duct I don’t have to clar­i­fy often, but when I do I use a ACV rin­se and it works won­ders.

Rochelle

http://www.vitaminshoppe.com/store/en/browse/sku_detail.jsp?id=AI-1004

^ This is the type of sham­poo I use on my hair. Although I am fol­low­ing the curly girl method, I use it too remove pro­duct build-up. It doesn’t seem too harsh on my hair when I use it. Which has only been twice, since I use the con­di­tion­er. *Same brand. But may­be you should try it, or look on the web­site, they tend to have nat­u­ral sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers. Sor­ry if I ram­bled a bit. Lol.

Mika

Now this is one big beau­ti­ful head of hair! Love it!!

Amma Mama

Gor­geous girl and hair. I like her style :-)

Jayy

Beau­ti­ful girl n hair!!

JENNID

Lol @ los­ing enough hair to make a wig. Been there too. My hair is 4b/c but I too will only fin­ger detan­gle or comb with tones of coconut oil. And you should nev­er have told me that esty sells nat­u­ral oils. My nat­u­ral pro­duct junky­ism is start­ing to twitch. I like the sim­plic­i­ty of your rou­tine. Your hair looks nice and healthy. A+

Avanti

Cute young nat­u­ral!!! For a cou­ple of pics you resem­bled Whit­ney AKA Nap­tural85!

Akilah

Ahh Sin­midele! I go to school with this girl, and it’s an inspi­ra­tion to see a fel­low col­lege stu­dent take such good care of her hair.

Amanda H

Went to high school and col­lege with this girl, her hair is gor­geous and she’s a total sweet­heart.

Belle

MARYLAND GIRLS RULE!!!!

she actu­al­ly looks famil­iar haha

Rochelle

Out of all the style icons I think I can real­ly relate to her and her rea­sons for going nat­u­ral. I cut off my relaxed hair when I was 16, I’m 17 now :), and all of the things she does to her hair sounds exact­ly like what I do to mine! Sim­plic­i­ty is the key for my hair. I final­ly made it to one year on Decem­ber 17! It was tough but hope­ful­ly it gets eas­ier since I’m begin­ning to know what my hair likes and dis­likes. ;)

Sin­mi, you and your hair = GORGEOUS!

Zoezemyna

I just fell in love with this girl!!! Lol I was a style icon this year to ” Nir­vana”
Girl u beta werk!!

Candice

Her hair is gor­geous and very sim­i­lar to mine, so is her regime, so hope­ful­ly in a year or so my hair will look a lot like hers! How excit­ing! Also, I’m so hap­py with the site redesign! So much eas­ier to look at the hair pho­to gal­leries. Great work, BGLH!

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