*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?
A:
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?
A:
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.
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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.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
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!

Meosha

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

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35 Comments on "Allie // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Ndaa

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

Rachel

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

Zayne

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

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!

Mona

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

Kristen

Wow she is so pretty and her hair is gorg!

Serenity

Absoutley Beautiful!!!!!

jjac401

This is amazing hair! Awesome tips! Thank you!

Mrs.Martin

STUNNING!

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… Read more »
Mika

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

Allie Nicole

Thank you Mika! 🙂

De'Andrea

I loveeeeeeee your hair. You should check out my youtube its naturallyslim23 thanks boo

hairscapades

Just followed Allie a couple of weeks ago on IG! Her hair is GORG!!! Just amazing!!

Shelli

Toni

Gorgeous hair and face

For the Love of Curls

I think we’re hair twins as they say. Can’t make until i reach your length. Beautiful hair!

Super

What a gorgeous lady! Congratulations 🙂

DreamGirl

Meant to say it brings out our *beauty* even more hahaha

DreamGirl

God really didn’t make a mistake with our hair,its gorgeous. It brings out our beautiful even more. Thank God I’m black!!!

eve-audrey

wow! that’s nice!

BarBQ

Great hair! I think we have similar textures and I was wondering how you did the style with the front braided and the back down? It looks like maybe a braid out, but I also see your curl pattern I think…Anyway it’s really cute and I would like to try it, so please let me know! And again great hair! ^_^

Allie Nicole

Hi BarBQ – actually the back is my natural texture, I just sectioned the front half of my hair off to practice my cornrowing skills :). There are 4 big cornrows in the front. Thanks for your comment!

Dana

OMG, and I mean it. Your hair is insane, and I’m really taken aback right now. Just plain gorgeous.

E.P.

I could describe my hair the same! I also have thick strands mixed in with some random fine ones. Great hair from one former Bay Area now DMV person to another!

Jacky

Beautiful hair with a lovely texture

Cherelle

You have beautiful hair 😀

Hehe glad I was not the only one who was rocking a geri curl 20 years after it was in fashion 0_o

Marcia

Beautiful hair! I am a long time subby! Hair so thick and looks so soft.

marie

Absolutely stunning woman and equally stunning hair.

Michelle

I understand your position with hair typing, I used to try to type mine but I just say it’s type 4 and be done with it…let someone else figure out the letters.

Allie Nicole

I agree! Density and porosity are more important classifications I think. But I leave those decisions up to the natural professionals.

Kayla

Whoa.

And I mean that as a compliment.

Allie Nicole

Thank you Kisha 🙂

Kisha

your hair is so pretty.

Allie Nicole

Thanks so much for the love BGLH!

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Love&Nappiness 😀

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