Danielle // Multi-Texture Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
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My name is Danielle and I’m originally from New Jersey, but currently reside in Douglasville, GA.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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I woke up one morning and decided that I no longer wanted to relax my hair. Maybe I had an epiphany in my sleep! I enjoyed having short hair, but I felt that the maintenance required too much of my time. So I gave the perm up cold turkey and let my hair begin her journey. I transitioned for about 8 months and decided to chop November 2010.

How would you describe your texture?
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My texture is a mix of 3C/4A/4B and is extremely dense with normal porosity.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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I try to keep my styling regimen as simple as possible. I am a fan of twist outs and I’ve recently fell in love with bantu knot outs. Bantu knot outs produce such bouncy hair. For my twist outs, I use Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries leave in, Hair Dew and seal with their Sugar Berries Pomade. I retwist every 2-3 days and sleep with a satin bonnet. I am also a huge fan of Uncle Funky’s Daughter Defunk, a hair refresher tonic that soothes itchy scalp and refreshes the hair. If I want big hair, I sleep in two high ponytails and fluff in the morning.

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What does wash day look like for you?
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Wash days for me are getting easier. I realized that washing in small sections produces less shower time and less tangles. I finger detangle with olive oil, twist in small sections and secure the ends with hair pins. I wash with Kinky Curly Come Clean focusing on my scalp and letting the shampoo run down. I use a hair pin to pin the hair up when I’ve completed each section. After washing, I use Kinky Curly Knot Today and My Honey Child Twist Out Creme to twist my sections, let my hair air dry and untwist the next day with a little oil.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
D:
My go to hairstyle is a high puff or my famous two ponytails, lol. I use a little oil and ouchless bands and I’m out!!

How do you combat shrinkage?
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I combat shrinkage by using twist outs or bantu knot outs. I know my hair will fall in a couple of days after a wash and I’m cool with it.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
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My problem area is my nape. It requires gentle handling and less manipulation.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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Two do’s for my texture…moisturize my strands and finger detangle before washing!!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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Two don’ts for my texture…don’t sleep without a bonnet or satin pillowcase. It would be a tangled mess, and also I don’t do well with wash and go’s. Wash and go’s produce a lot of single strand knots and tangles. I love them from afar!!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D:
You can find me on Instagram @danifree77.

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Meosha

Meosha

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

 

47 thoughts on “Danielle // Multi-Texture Style Icon

  1. Hey Danielle you and i have the same exact texture. I am flooded with single strand knots no matter how i moisturize my hair. My hair texture is tightly coiled even if i detangle each section perfectly and it is highly moisturize it tangles. I don’t get. Can you give me some tips please : )

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    • Hello! With our texture and curly hair in general there’s no escaping single strand knot. I try to eliminate mine by not doing wash and gos, I use a water based leave in and then seal my ends with a pomade, and I usually don’t stray to far from twist outs. Twist outs or styles geared towards stretching hair tends to help with single strand knots. Currently I have my hair in twists and pinned up with my ends protected. Some other little tips…I try not to let my hair brush against my sweaters or even some knitted scarves. Cold weather time is the best time to rock a bonnet with knit hats to hide your ends and keep some knots away. Hope this helps!!

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  2. Love the hair, I have a couple questions. When you wash your and secure the ends with hair pins do you twist the ends around a bobby pin? How often do you wash?

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    • Thank you! I detangle and just put the pin and the bottom, I usually let the oil stay in for about 20-30 before I wash. I use the pins to kind of loop my hair once I’ve finished a section, this technique also helps my hair stay wet while I’m doing my twists/styling. I’m not a big time washer…I wash maybe every 4 weeks and a shampoo only once.

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  3. Danielle, your hair is beautiful!!! I recognize that although I’ve been natural longer, my hair different than yours and I have to be super patient to achieve longer, healthy and thicker hair. It literally took me almost a year (or longer) to realize there was an online community to learn about my hair. Progress is slow but my hair will grow and be healthy in time. God bless!

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    • Thank you! Yes having a community to help with our hair is needed and awesome to have. I spent a lot of time on websites before I decided to go natural. I think I was addicted, lol. I think patience should be attached to natural hair :-) or sold in a bottle like all the other products!! Lol.

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