*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
A:
Hel­lo BGLH! I’m April and I’m from Ring­gold, Geor­gia!

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
A:
I just cel­e­brat­ed my 4th Nap­piver­sary on Decem­ber 28th! I stopped relax­ing in April of 2008 and Big Chopped in Decem­ber of that same year.

I went nat­ur­al because I want­ed to see myself the way God made me. I had been relaxed since age 7, so I had no idea what my real tex­ture would be like. It was ini­tial­ly an exper­i­ment, then I fell in love some­time dur­ing my tran­si­tion. Since I was old enough to style my own hair I exper­i­ment­ed with roller sets and braid outs try­ing to get some tex­ture. It’s fun­ny to think about it now. The thing that I was strug­gling so hard to get was what I already had nat­u­ral­ly. Now I’m free!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
I don’t real­ly do hair typ­ing, but if I had to pick a range it would be between 3c and 4a. The back of my hair has tight coils and the top is more wavy. It is thick and dense. It takes about 12 hours to dry com­plete­ly after it is washed.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
A:
I am doing the curly girl method. Basi­cal­ly it’s choos­ing prod­ucts that are free of sil­i­cones to pre­vent frizz and prod­uct buildup. I do wash and go’s most of the time just because it’s the eas­i­est. I usu­al­ly keep my wash and go for a week before wash­ing and styling again. I pineap­ple my hair to sleep every night to pre­serve my curls. I pre poo with Shea Mois­ture Anti-Break­age Masque. I usu­al­ly leave this in the night before wash day. I co wash with VO5 con­di­tion­er. My new cur­rent sta­ple leave in is Sally’s GVP Con­di­tion­ing Balm. Then I use Tal­i­ah Waa­jid Lock It Up Gel as my styler to hold the curls. It gives great hold with­out the crunch.

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What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I detan­gle my hair when I pre poo and put my hair in about 10 large twists. I cleanse my scalp dur­ing the wash process. When I put my leave in my hair is still sec­tioned from the twists. I untwist and apply prod­uct. I nev­er use heat on my hair, so after I fin­ish I usu­al­ly just do things around the house or read for a while.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
My quick go-to style would be a puff or pin the ends down to make a bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I enjoy my shrink­age for the most part, but when I’m not feel­ing it. I use rib­bon to band my hair. I cut up strips of it and braid it into my hair like you would do with exten­sion hair. It gives a super stretch. The pineap­ple method gives me enough stretch, but I like to mix it up on occa­sion. Anoth­er shrink­age reduc­er I have done for twists is to wrap them (like we did in the relaxed days) and pin them and tie it down with a scarf. It makes your twists hang low­er.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
Detan­gling always takes spe­cial care. I fin­ger detan­gle. I do small sec­tions to avoid miss­ing any pieces. You also need to be patient with this process to avoid break­ing any hair.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
Do mois­tur­ize often. Do love and appre­ci­ate what God gave you.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
Don’t use heat. Don’t go to bed with­out your satin scarf.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
I’m on youtube.com/Summyr1988 Twit­ter: Sum­myr1988 Insta­gram: april_­mae99

Meosha

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

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9 Comments on "April // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Mika

She has just the best styles! I love how her hair can do all sorts of looks.

jjac401

WOW! Nice hair!!!

CherishBomb

ah yeyy! one of my fav youtu­bers!

Jacky

You have love­ly hair and a beau­ti­ful smile

Tenisha

love­ly hair…all the ver­sa­til­i­ty

Dana

That’s what I was think­ing; she looks dif­fer­ent in every pic! Keeps it fun and live­ly too.

Sean

Beau­ti­ful :)

Candice

I wrap my twist too! Def­i­nite­ly makes them last longer. I should have know I wasn’t the only one to do some­thing. LOL!

Bre

Love the pic that has ur hair pinned sort of like a french roll. Any­one know how to make it that neat?

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