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Intro­duce your­self!
P:
Hi! My name is Pol­liany Rodrigues. I am from Brasil­ia, Brazil.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
P:
I was raised in a fam­i­ly full of gor­geous black wom­en, how­ev­er they all relaxed their hair. So, I guess ever since I was lit­tle I had the idea that it was near­ly unac­cept­able to have noth­ing but straight hair. Then again, back then curly hair was not accept­ed any­where. So, by the time I turned 9 I begged my Mom to just take me to a salon and help me fit in. I know it sounds intense, but all I real­ly want­ed was to feel like I belonged. It wasn’t until 2009 that one of my aunts went nat­u­ral that I start­ed think­ing about going nat­u­ral. I guess I felt that I need­ed to see what my hair was like. I mean I couldn’t remem­ber what it was like to have curly hair. Now, going nat­u­ral was a LONG jour­ney. I didn’t know what to do to try to even out the dif­fer­ent tex­tures (natural/relaxed). After 4 months, I gave up. Of course I had my entire fam­i­ly say­ing “Can’t you see how dif­fer­ent your nat­u­ral tex­ture is? It won’t go back to how your hair used to be!” I tried to go nat­u­ral 3 times and it was only at the end of 2010 that I decid­ed to research how to work with my hair while tran­si­tion­ing. Black Girl with Long Hair and some YouTube chan­nels such as Alo­di­a80 and Nap­tural85 gave me the strength I need­ed. Plus, my boyfriend, nat­u­ral aun­tie and best friend kept telling me I had to at least attempt to let my hair be itself, no mat­ter what oth­ers said. That’s when I start­ed the most intense jour­ney of my life lol.

Ini­tial­ly I fig­ured I’d tran­si­tion for a year and a half (like Alo­di­a80) and then big chop it. When my year mark came I couldn’t wait any longer. I just want­ed to get rid of all those straight ends! I couldn’t take hav­ing to do twist outs and puffs as an oblig­a­tion! So I did it. I chopped it all off. A week before my aunt had seen a girl at a mall and asked her who cut her hair (seri­ous­ly when you see some­one who’s got a nice fro you got­ta know every­thing!) That’s when I picked up the phone and said “Can I come and see you? I need to set my hair free like, now.” I went alone, sat on the guy’s chair and asked for a cut that I could still have shape and at the same time not have all those strange tex­tures. I must con­fess I was relieved, but with so much shrink­age it just seemed like I had no hair. I got into the car and just cried. I knew it was for the best, but I couldn’t believe that I wouldn’t be able to do much with my hair for a while! Glad­ly my aunt remind­ed me of some­thing “HEY! Look on the bright side, no more blow dry­ing and flat iron­ing your hair every week!” With­in a few months, I start­ed to feel com­fort­able in my own skin. I had to let my hair show me what it was real­ly like. I joke around say­ing that while I was tran­si­tion­ing it was just upset because I had mis­treat­ed it for so long, then when it noticed I was will­ing to be nice, it showed its true col­ors, which I sim­ply love!!! It’s been exact­ly a year on Novem­ber 18.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
P:
My hair is quite fine and yet it has so much vol­ume, which I love! As many girls that are nat­u­ral, I have dif­fer­ent tex­tures so it’s some­where in between 3C and 4A. The hair on the front and top is dri­er than the back. I laugh at how the bot­tom is 3B though! I tell peo­ple it’s my Dad’s part of me (Dad is a 3A). As for poros­i­ty, it goes through phas­es. If I stay too long with­out deep con­di­tion­ing it or use way too much hair spray, then I have high poros­i­ty and all prod­ucts seem like they are worth­less. That’s when I start doing night treat­ments like putting some argan or jojoba oil on the ends, nev­er on the roots.

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Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
P:
Every now and then I have a prob­lem with dan­druff so I must wash my hair once a week with Head and Shoul­ders 2in1. Since it has a lit­tle bit of con­di­tion­er in it, I guess it doesn’t dry out my hair as much. I also noticed that if I take more than 4 days to wash my hair, detan­gling just becomes a has­sle and it just seems that my hair becomes so vul­ner­a­ble to break­age because I get all sorts of knots. So, mak­ing a long sto­ry short I sham­poo and con­di­tion once a week and cow­ash once a week, just to detan­gle my hair. Also, when I notice that it’s get­ting a lit­tle dry I deep con­di­tion with Moroc­can Oil Hydrat­ing Mask.

What does wash day look like for you?
P:
Patience. That’s the key­word lol. I start by prep­ping my hair with some con­di­tion­er on the length of my hair, then I sham­poo with Head and Shoul­ders 2in1 by just mas­sag­ing the scalp real­ly well. For con­di­tion­ing, I use Tre­sem­mé Flaw­less Curls and leave it on while I show­er, then I divide my hair into 6 sec­tions by doing ban­tu knots with banana clips. Then I detan­gle each one under the show­er with a wide tooth comb, SLOWLY from tips to root. As I fin­ish each one I twist them so I don’t get con­fused. After I’m done I rin­se what­ev­er is left of the con­di­tion­er. As soon as I get out of the show­er I just squeeze out the excess water and then put on Cur­lesque Leave-in Con­di­tion­er. It smells great and my hair real­ly quench­es mois­ture with it. It just feels super soft! When I wan­na take it to the next lev­el I also use their Curl Ampli­fier. I use it mod­er­ate­ly, like a dime size, oth­er­wise it’s too sticky. After that I dry it with a dif­fuser. Then I real­ly don’t get any frizz, plus it leaves my curls super defined!

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
P:
I spritz my hair with water and some leave in con­di­tion­er then I take part of the front and do a bump. Then I take a rib­bon, or a string and start to tie it at the top while push­ing it back up to where I feel like it looks good. I guess it’s kin­da like a puff, but with a wider look to it. Some­times I’m feel­ing flir­ty and I push “the puff” to the side. It gives the impres­sion of a real­ly full pony­tail and it makes my hair look longer. You can see it on the pic­ture where I’m wear­ing an orange skirt.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
P:
Shrink­age real­ly both­ered me in the begin­ning, but I learned how to embrace my hair, so I hon­est­ly don’t care. What I real­ly like is vol­ume, so I shake my head a cou­ple of times, place my fin­gers close to the roots and rub to loosen the nat­u­ral curl pat­tern.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
P:
Like oth­er Nat­u­ral girls, I have some dri­er areas… The front and top part of my hair some­times gets real­ly dry. But all I have to do is deep con­di­tion it once a week and mas­sage those areas with some extra atten­tion. When I first did my big chop my hair was extreme­ly dry and Pantene’s Night Treat­ment real­ly helped! Also, my hair gets tan­gled eas­i­ly and since it’s so fine, I have to be real­ly patient when detan­gling it.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
P:
Ban­tu knots work great! It gives a soft­er curl look and it has been my favorite forever, espe­cial­ly when I was tran­si­tion­ing. I do it some­times and just let my hair be free! Updos with the front out. It’s unique and great for those days when I just wan­na look dif­fer­ent from the reg­u­lar wash and go.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
P:
Twist outs! I don’t know why, but it just doesn’t work for me! It either looks like I have a wig on my head or I get no def­i­n­i­tion what­so­ev­er.

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

Meosha

Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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19 Comments on "Polliany // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Abi

Aww this is so cute! I love love love your hair and it’s a very inspir­ing and help­ful sto­ry.

Alisha

Sor­ry for the giant picture…I think it would post that big exact­ly in my com­ment.

Alisha

Con­grat­u­la­tions on your wed­ding!! I can total­ly relate to NO twist outs, they dont look right on me either. I’m inlove with ban­tu knot outs. Your hair is gor­geous!!!
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Monique

You and your hair are absolute­ly stun­ning! :)

Tanaya

Beau­ti­ful! I sooooooooo enjoyed your wed­ding pho­tos and video that I shared it with all of my friends. Stun­ning! Also your hus­band real­ly favors a lighter ver­sion of Eric Benet!

Polliany

LOL he’s gonna love to hear that!

PB

Beau­ti­ful hair and great inter­view! I love to see Afro-Lati­nas embrac­ing nat­u­ral hair. Beau­ti­ful wed­ding pho­tos also :)

jenteel

Pol­liany, I loved your “nat­u­ral brides” fea­ture! Thanks for shar­ing your hair sto­ry and wed­ding videos/pics. Con­grat­u­la­tions on going nat­u­ral and on your wed­ding! Your hap­pi­ness is con­ta­gious :)

Jacky

You have gor­geous hair!

KiKi

What a fun name and this was one of the most enjoy­able inter­views ever! Your hair and your sto­ry are so beau­ti­ful and I love the pic­ture of you in your wed­ding dress with the chester­field chair. You seem like you’ll be an inspi­ra­tion to oth­er South Amer­i­can wom­en who want to reclaim this part of their iden­ti­ty, con­grat­u­la­tions on your wed­ding!

Too bad the week­end posts tend to get less traf­fic…

Polliany

Awww thank you!

S

Inter­est­ing to see a Brazil­ian on here to let peo­ple know that they do not all have that same straight-like/wavy tex­ture that is always por­trayed in videos, the weave tex­tures, etc.

Sherwyn Harris

Beau­ti­ful styles n your wed­ding pho­tos rock!

EG

Con­grats on your wed­ding.

kb1908

very pret­ty!

InnaXcellentx

I am not real superb with Eng­lish but I get hold this real leisure­ly to under­stand.

Dana

Can total­ly relate. You go girl, and con­grats on your wed­ding!

Jj

Beau­ti­ful!!

Sassy24

Pret­ty hair

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