Allie // Multi-Texture Style Icon

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
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Hello! I’m Allie (“known” on YouTube as AllieNicole and Instagram as @allisahnnn) from Oakland, California. I’ve been in DC for the last eight years so I claim the “urea” too :)

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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I have been natural for 12 years! My big chop was in 8th grade after a terrible sequence of relaxer-breakage-jherri curl. Yes, I had a jherri curl (or Wave Nouveau as it was called) in 1999. I don’t know if I ever forgave my Mom for letting me do that LOL. I was featured on BGLH awhile back and went into detail about my other questionable hair styling techniques. I would say that I never really “went natural” – I just made questionable hair styling decisions for a few years and went back to the hair my mom braided for most of my childhood. I grew into myself and rekindled a love affair with my hair!

How would you describe your texture?
A:
Even after 12 years of being natural, I am not sure if I know the answer to this question! My hair has a loose “S” curl pattern in the front (somewhere between 3c/4a), tighter ringlets in the back, and 4a/4b less defined “S’ curls in the crown area. My hair is extremely dense and most of the strands are thick. I’ve colored it a few times and it took about 2.5 years to grow the colored sections out (to my current BSL length).

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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I clarify once a month, put my hair in twists for a week, rock a twistout for a week, and co-wash if needed after two weeks. I like to curl or bantu knot my twists to add a little variety and I have started experimenting with updos as well! I am a semi-reformed product junkie – my current staples include Aubrey Organics GPB, Shea Moisture Purification Mask, Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisturizing Conditioner, Oyin Handmade Frank Juice Leave-in, and Mahogany Queen’s Mango Shea Butter. Shea Radiance and Jane Carter products are starting to grow on me as well!

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What does wash day look like for you?
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Clarifying Day:
(1) Massage scalp with 50:50 Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar/Water mix
(2) Apply Shea Moisture Purification Mask through four sections to remove product buildup. Rinse.
(3) Apply Aubrey GPB Conditioner/Tresemme Naturals Moisturizing Conditioner. Rinse.
(4)Squeeze dry with t-shirt.
(5)Apply Oyin Frank Juice and styling product (Mango Butter, Curl Cream, etc.) before twisting.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
I like to create a side part and pin down a large twist or braid in the front of my hair for a quick dramatic hair centerpiece.

How do you combat shrinkage?
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I don’t – I learn to work with it! Twist outs and braid outs are great ways to elongate and “soft set” curls.

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What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
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When I get overly stressed out, my right temple starts to thin (left always stays strong – don’t know why lol). When I notice it I remind myself to calm down and focus on what’s really important to eliminate the unnecessary stress. Once I maintain that balance (and tend to the area with a little TLC) it generally grows back within a few months. Tis life!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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Use Aubrey Organics GPB Conditioner as often as the wallet will allow! Gently finger detangle with coconut oil before co-washing!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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Don’t spend 12 hours youtubing hairstyles – try some! You will have epic wins and fails :) Don’t go longer than 12 weeks without MINOR trims since separating twists can be rough on the ends

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Sure! I am pretty active on Instagram (@allisahnnn) and I am filming new videos for release on my YouTube channel (youtube.com/allienicole). Stay tuned!

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Meosha

Meosha

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

  • I love her hair. That first pic with the glasses she looks like a model! Beautiful! Loved the tips about clarifying too.

  • Jean

    My hair is also natural about 2-2.5 inches short i think i look best in a somewhat short style i’m 60yrs not looking like it though so ive been trying to style with twists i see a lot of girls with the style i like but just can’t seem to figure it out i want a style that i can go atleast two wks without it looking horrible any suggestions please help me my hair isn’t curly but coarse but not a matted coarse anyone can email me and i will be writing hair products ive seen on this page HELP PLEASE :)

  • Mrs.Martin

    STUNNING!

  • jjac401

    This is amazing hair! Awesome tips! Thank you!

  • Serenity

    Absoutley Beautiful!!!!!

  • Kristen

    Wow she is so pretty and her hair is gorg!

  • Mona

    Love photo 445. Wonder what she did on that one?

  • Lila J.

    Hey, Allie. I’m from the DMV area as well (a lot of ppl may not get the “urea” reference, haha; FYI all, it’s like ‘err-ea’… regional accent;). I love your hair and you are too cute!

  • Zayne

    I used to LOVE this girls blog and fotki. Beautiful hair.

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  • Rachel

    I loooove her hair! How did I miss her this year??

  • Tocuwdohn! That’s a really cool way of putting it!

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