*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.

Photo on 2012-11-24 at 14.34

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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