*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.
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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?
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You can find me on Instagram @danifree77.

Meosha

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

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47 Comments on "Danielle // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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tracy matters

I am a newby to natural haircare and I love your page

Danielle

Thank you!!

LT

Love Love Love your hair!

Danielle

Thank you!

LaNeshe

Her hair is so big, I love it!

Danielle

Thank you very much!!

Alwina

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!

Danielle

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.

TERPDIVA99

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?

Danielle

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.

Abby

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 : )

Danielle

Also keeping your hair trimmed or dusting your ends when needed.

Abby

Thank you so much i even had major set backs chopping of 4 inches thinking that will solve my problem with SSK’S

Danielle
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… Read more »
Mrs.Martin

Danielle, girl you got me over here jealous! I love your luxiourous hair…your hair is the epitome of what I think of when I think about beautiful, healthy, natural hair. Awesome.

Danielle

Aww thank you! Extremely sweet and encouraging of you!!

jjac401

Girl – your hair twisted is the absolute bomb!

danielle

Thank you!!

Sheila

Love your hair. Such an inspiration. I’m 6 months post cutting it off and trying to come up with styles I love. Some are hits and some are misses. Any advice?

Danielle

I would wear head bands or hair jewelry…I was a huge fan of Ododo Orignals, beautifully handmade hair clips. I focused mainly on the front and leaving my back alone. I would twist hair and pin it to make designs or just pin it in a cute way. I would also rock a flat twist in the front to simulate a headband sometimes.

Aiych

I keep coming back to this post because your hair is BOMB. Like seriously, your twistouts are magnifique. Keep rockin it, it’s awesome!

danielle

Thank you!!

D.P.

Your hair is gorgeous

Dana

Beautiful, man! And love the progression pics from short to long!

Jacky

I love your hair and your smile is gorgeous,you’re so pretty!!!I wish i could rock my hair freely like you do but my mum keeps telling me that my hair looks rough and when people find out that i don’t want to relax my hair,they are like WHY?!? I keep trying to tame my hair and i was thinking of locking my hair or straightening it to keep my hair neat but i love my hair texture and i want to embrace it,What should i do?

Danielle

@jacky thank you! What should you do?? Jacky you should love and wear your hair proudly!! When I decided to stop relaxing, people made comments, but I had to realize that I’m living for me! People will not always agree or support the decisions we make in life, but that’s ok. Be strong, be proud and be you!

Jacky

Thanks!I guess i just needed some reassurance and you gave me that,thank you so much.

deb

such bountiful hair! gorgeous 🙂

Caramelcurls

Girl….your hair is GORGEOUS! It looks so healthy and full, and I love the shape of it. You make me proud to be natural!

Dee

DROOLING OVER HERE!

zyaran

Wow those twists are freaking gorgeous.. I had to pick my jaw up from off the floor lol…. The thickness is really amazing love the styles in each picture that you posted. You have done a terrific job of taking care of your hair.

danielle

Thank you very much!!

Mika

Beautiful, beautiful hair!

Eboni

I have an announcment to make: I have officially found my hair twin. That is all.

haha! But seriously her hair is gorgeous! Nice to see she uses one of my staple product brands (Oyin Handmade) as well 😀

These style icons are giving me so much life right now ^_^

danielle

Hey hair twin, lol. Yes! Love Oyin Handmade!!!

Keisha

Beautiful hair and juicy twist!

mangomadness

Lovely hair!

Danielle – How many twists do you usually do for your twist-outs?

Danielle

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!!! I’m truly appreciative.

@mangomadness…I guess about 20, but sometimes I may do smaller ones or larger ones.

mangomadness

Thank you!

Cleo

Sooo pretty, I think you are my hair twin!!!

Rachel

My, Danielle’s hair is beautiful! I’m so jealous lol!

Tierra

Beautiful! Twist outs have got to be the best of all time! *Kanye West voice*

Daynajoe

I was going to say the same thing. This has to be the best-looking twists I have ever seen on anyone’s head. Beautiful hair and icon!

danielle

Thank you!

Sassy24

Love your hair

Danielle

@sassy24 Thank you!!

Antoinette Stewart

Lovely twist-outs man! They are so juicy and defined!! I’m jealous!

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