*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly


Intro­duce your­self!
Hel­lo! Thanks for hav­ing me! My name is Yolan­da Renee and I’m from Mary­land.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
Don’t laugh…but I’ve been nat­ur­al since May 2012. So 8 months and count­ing! I did start tran­si­tion­ing in Novem­ber 2011, but I cut my hair offi­cial­ly in May 2012. Before going nat­ur­al I was the “weave queen”. My hair was always pro­tect­ed under my sew-in so I fig­ured it would be so sil­ly to keep get­ting perms if I was hid­ing it any­way. So I just stopped get­ting perms. When I decid­ed to wear my hair out the two tex­tures were a big prob­lem for me. The hair was break­ing where those two tex­tures met — permed vs nat­ur­al. My cousin Keena is also nat­ur­al and I loved her hair — she’s been nat­ur­al for years. So between all those fac­tors I made my deci­sion to go nat­ur­al. And the thought alone of how healthy my hair was when I was younger played a big part too! And I could go deep­er into my rea­son­ing, but that would take for­ev­er to explain. In a nut­shell it only made sense to be NATURAL. It just clicked one day!

How would you describe your tex­ture?
The hair chart is so con­fus­ing to me! I wish I could be more accu­rate in my hair type so I could take the eas­i­er route to take care of my tex­ture, but hon­est­ly I have mul­ti­ple tex­tures. Most of my hair type is a loos­er S curl shape so what’s that? 3c? And the very front of my hair is def­i­nite­ly type 4, but there is still a curl pat­tern. Over­all, my hair is very thick! And I love it.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
Styling is the best part of being nat­ur­al! I always mois­tur­ize my hair dur­ing styling. I focus more on the ends of my hair. I soak about an inch of my hair at the ends with water and olive oil mixed. I then add Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie or Can­tu Shea But­ter, fol­lowed by coconut/jojo­ba oil, and then a small amount of Eco Styler Gel. I work this in the most at the ends and drag the excess on the length of my hair. My favorite style is a ban­tu knot out, so I then knot my hair and set it for bed. I do this approx­i­mate­ly every oth­er night. The next morn­ing I take down the knots, sep­a­rate them, and then shape my hair with my fin­gers and a hair pick at the roots to stretch and max­i­mize the full­ness. I switch between a ban­tu knot out, flat twist out, and a twist out up ‘do.

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What does wash day look like for you?
I wash my hair with Gar­nier Fruc­tis Sham­poo or J/A/S/O/N Biotin Sham­poo once a month. When­ev­er I wash my hair with sham­poo I fol­low up with a deep con­di­tion­ing. I love Organix prod­ucts. Noth­ing major — I use sev­er­al dif­fer­ent con­di­tion­ers (Gar­nier, Shea Mois­ture, Organix, Suave, Tresseme, etc.) but I keep it in my hair for hours and cov­er my hair with a show­er cap. I some­times make my own con­di­tion­er too. I like the banana treat­ment — I mix a banana, egg yolk, milk, and hon­ey. I don’t do this one often because it real­ly shrinks my hair! But I can tell it’s very healthy for my hair. But I hate shrink­age! Uhhh! Lol. I then fol­low up with Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In Con­di­tion­er, Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave-In, jojo­ba oil mixed with coconut oil, and Eco Styler Gel for styling.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
When I don’t have enough time to style my hair I will rock a bun to give me and my hair a break. And my twist out up ‘do lasts a long time with­out retwist­ing because it’s at the top of my head! So those are great styles for me when I don’t feel like deal­ing with my hair. But it’s rare that I don’t feel like deal­ing with it. I love twist­ing my hair — it’s relax­ing!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
Uhh­h­hh shrink­age! I hate it! Lol. I only have it when I style my hair while it’s soak­ing wet. I stop the shrink­age by allow­ing my hair to air dry until it’s at least damp. Once it’s damp I then set my hair with ban­tu knots or twists. The first day I rock my hair out it is def­i­nite­ly in a shrunk­en state but 2nd day hair is thee best! So I just have to deal with it for one day basi­cal­ly and I’m fine with that. And I now mois­tur­ize my ends to elim­i­nate shrink­age. My ends are soak­ing wet and I drag some of that mois­ture to the length of my hair to make sure all my hair is tak­en care of. This tech­nique stops major shrink­age.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
The front of my hair gives me the most prob­lems. I think this is where my hair has less of a curl pat­tern. I have to make sure this area is mois­tur­ized at all times. And I also set this area with small­er sec­tions — small­er knots or twists so the “curls” are more defined.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A nice cream and coconut oil are two do’s for my hair! I haven’t fig­ured out any­thing else. The com­bo makes my hair so mois­tur­ized and it allows me to rock my styles for longer peri­ods of time.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Umm­mm, don’ts? I’m not sure of this area, but I know wash n’ gos are a no for me! Lol. I don’t like wash n’ gos because the curls are too tight for me and I’m not good at styling my hair in that state. I think it may be because I didn’t get a pro­fes­sion­al cut when I BCed.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
If you are inter­est­ed in keep­ing up with me you can fol­low me on all my social net­works and my fash­ion, beau­ty and nat­ur­al hair blog, www.etcblogmag.com! All my social net­works are @etcblogmag.


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

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You’re love­ly and that hair is fab. Con­grats on being new­ly nat­ur­al.


Love your hair! Beau­ti­ful make­up


Awe­some pics! I feel like our lengths are the same, how do you get your hair in a bun?? Super curi­ous as I would love to rock one! Esp on days when I know I’m got a busy sched­ule ahead of me (and all the time spent on my hair needs to be cut back).
Your ban­tu knot twist-outs look amaze! Def need to keep work­ing on mine!



I was won­der­ing how she does a bun at her length also.…

Bridget J.

Awe­some hair and style!

Joan B. in S. C.

I know my hair in the front has a dif­fer­ent tex­ture and I fig­ure it’s from flat iron­ing and curl­ing it to match wigs and weaves.


I love it. I can’t wait to get that length.


you are real­ly pret­ty


Thank you for the hair­spi­ra­tion hair twin!


Sim­ply fab­u­lous ;*


Love love love the make­up, so pret­ty. Hair is on point too!


GORGEOUS HAIR!!!,I love your hair!


I am in LOVE with ur hair! I just bc’d the oth­er day n think we are at the same length! Much inspi­ra­tion u give me!


I love Yolan­da and her hair! She always has great pic­tures and styles!


Don’t wor­ry I didn’t go to a pro­fes­sion­al either for my BC, I just got a nice sharp pair of scis­sors and hacked off the tex­turised ends like a maniac…the rea­son why the hair at the sides is one inch short­er than the hair in the mid­dle or back lol but hey, at least it’s grow­ing and healthy.


I love the pink lip­stick in the 2nd pic. Do u mind to share what type it is. It real­ly looks good on you girl


Yolanda Renee

Thanks! Its MAC Can­dy Yum Yum mixed with a nude lip lin­er.

Yolanda Renee

Thanks again for hav­ing me BGLH! This was a lot of fun…and ladies, thanks for your love & sup­port! Now go fol­low me on insta­gram @etcblogmag for more inspi­ra­tion nat­ur­al hair and fash­ion pics! ;) Mwah! XOXO Yolan­da Renee


Very pret­ty hair!! I like that you includ­ed a pic­ture of your hair when it was much shorter…it shows the progress and growth : )


Cute style


love your hair styles!