*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
I:
I go by Ify (I am of Nige­ri­an descent) and I’m from Mis­souri City, TX. I attend Tex­as South­ern Uni­ver­si­ty in Hous­ton, TX. On cam­pus, I am the found­ing pres­i­dent of Kinks Nat­u­ral Hair Club. Our goals for the club are to inspire, moti­vate and edu­cate peo­ple on nat­u­ral hair.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I:
I ulti­mate­ly went nat­u­ral because I got real with myself. My relaxed hair was on its absolute last leg. I found myself hold­ing on to uneven stringy hair because I want­ed to have length so bad­ly. Hair health was some­thing that began to inter­est me after a refer­ral to a nat­u­ral hair video by my sis­ter. I was so inspired by the video and became a nat­u­ral hair YouTube junky as a result. “Nat­u­ral Hair Jour­ney” videos were such a treat. Through YouTube, I learned that with patience, the long healthy hair that I want­ed so bad­ly would even­tu­al­ly come as long as I stayed con­sis­tent. I’ve been ful­ly nat­u­ral for about 3 and a half years. I tran­si­tioned for about 14 months before I did the big chop.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I:
I’m not an expert in hair typ­ing, but if I had to guess I would say it’s a mix of both the 3c and 4a tex­ture. My hair isn’t exact­ly fine nor is it coarse. It’s more so right in the mid­dle of the two. And the same applies to whether it’s thin or dense; it’s nor­mal or aver­age in that sense. My hair behaves well. It retains mois­ture pret­ty decent­ly and does not tan­gle as much as I remem­ber it tan­gling when I first went nat­u­ral. This is more than like­ly due to the way I style my hair and my con­sis­ten­cy in keep­ing my hair detan­gled.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
I:
Dur­ing an aver­age mon­th I would wear 4 dif­fer­ent styles. Dur­ing the first week I might shin­gle my hair with a com­bi­na­tion of Eco Styler Gel and Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. Week two would be big fun buns using the same two prod­ucts. The third week might be two big flat twists for the crown look, or big twists under a hat or tur­ban using Can­tu Shea But­ter and Eco Styler Gel to smooth my edges. The final week would be a bomb chunky twist out using Can­tu Shea But­ter. I try to have 2 weeks of fun free hair dur­ing a mon­th and 2 weeks of pro­tec­tive styling. If I choose to straight­en my hair, I use a lit­tle petro­le­um jel­ly. The only rea­son I use some­thing so thick is because it’s the only thing I have found to com­bat the insane­ly humid Hous­ton weath­er and it works for me. When­ev­er I wear my hair straight, I try to keep it straight for a mon­th.

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What does wash day look like for you?
I:
Wash day comes around every 2 weeks and is pret­ty sim­ple for me. I don’t have a spe­cial way to do it. I sim­ply wash, con­di­tion and detan­gle in that order. I don’t use a speci­fic sham­poo or con­di­tion­er. Being that I’m a col­lege stu­dent, I just look for some­thing afford­able that will get the job done. Late­ly I’ve been using Suave 2 in 1 Sham­poo in con­junc­tion with a Suave Mois­tur­iz­ing Con­di­tion­er. I detan­gle while my hair is wet then I pro­ceed to which ever style I have planned for the week.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I:
The wash and go is my go to style. It’s as easy as 1. wet, 2. mois­tur­ize and 3. go.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I:
I choose not to com­bat shrink­age because I don’t real­ly have a big prob­lem with it. It’s all part of the ver­sa­til­i­ty of nat­u­ral hair.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I:
My crown area has always been a bit iffy. It’s more prone to break­age com­pared to the rest of my hair. I try to treat that area with a lit­tle extra ten­der lov­ing care.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
I:
Con­sis­tent mois­ture and detan­gling are both very impor­tant in my reg­i­men and have helped me retain great lengths.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
I:
Leav­ing mini twists in for too long (my hair will get so tan­gled and dread­ed) and being lazy and not mois­tur­iz­ing and fin­ger detan­gling enough.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I:
Insta­gram: moc­i­ty­i­fy Twit­ter: @tsu_kinks and YouTube: Glo­ri­a­Tra­di­tion.

Meosha

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

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37 Comments on "Ify // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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hadassah

mehn.…Natural Nige­ri­ans and fel­low Igbo girls are every­where!!!! Where have you all been while I was teased for being “natchi “!
Great hair!

Guest

Hey Soror!! Love­ly hair!

stacey

yeah anoth­er nige­ri­an! lol :)

Mika

Gor­geous hair!!

O__O

Omg…we went to high school togeth­er

Abii

Good Lord that hair! Gor­geous!

Stormy

Beau­ti­ful, and the hair too. I had to read more after I read Tex­as South­ern. I’m a tiger, too. Keep on being you!

lina

aww yay! Long live Nige­ria :D Her hair is beau­ti­ful — I wish I had some humid­i­ty where I live — I would­nt mind my hair ris­ing up right now!

Jacky

Beau­ti­ful hair!!!

Dana

It looks so nice and healthy!

Caramelcurls

Gor­geous head of hair!! And I love all of the style vari­a­tions.

mlank64

What a pret­ty girl..her hair is gor­geous! LuVVvvv the buns

Auset

Hey Soror! You look great. Keep strong on the nat­u­ral hair jour­ney.

CoCo the Sweet One

Z-Phi, Soror! Your hair is beau­ti­ful.

The Kinky Apothecary

Whoop whoop! Go Naij!! Gor­geous hair and lady!

DreamGirl

I’m a col­lege stu­dent and I wish I could take care of my hair like you girl. Lobg hair don’t care

SJ

Igbo Kwenu! The hair is too beau­ti­ful <3

zgirl

Soror, you rep­re­sent beau­ti­ful­ly. Your hair is GORGEOUS!
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Monica

I rarely com­ment but had to see­ing you are a SOROR!! Love the hair, very beau­ti­ful

Ify

Lol thankZ Soror!! I’m glad to know my sis­terZ approve!

Nikki

Wow your hair is so pret­ty and you look just like my room­mate (who just went nat­u­ral too). Keep it up!

Ify

Thank you so much! This is ran­dom, but i get told that I look like some­one all the time lol.. i must have a very com­mon look

ta ney-ney

look­ing good Soror!

Ify

ThankZ Soror, I appre­ci­ate that!!

Lola

I love see­ing anoth­er Nige­ri­an sis­ter with love­ly well cared for hair!
Great inspi­ra­tion for all!

Ify

I feel the same way when i see oth­er nat­u­ral Nige­ri­ans! Thank you my dear, I’m glad i could be an inspi­ra­tion :)

Her

So pret­ty. Black wom­en are so beau­ti­ful. Love her smile :)

Ify

Aww thanks!

Melissa

Hair is too cute, Soror!

Ify

ThankZ Soror!!

keisha

absolute­ly gor­geous! your bun is to die for!!!

Nikki

Yes, your buns are BOMB. Do you use any­thing inside the bun for such fullness…My buns always look sad!
Thanks!

Ify

im blush­ing lol thanks!

sara

her hair is beau­ti­ful! and not even length but the curl pat­tern!

Ify

thank you so much!

eve-audrey

wow your hair looks very healthy and nice!

Ify

Thank you!!

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