Samio // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
S:
I’m Samio and I’m from England.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S:
I’ve been natural all my life, but I haven’t always loved my hair. I wanted to get my hair relaxed when I was in high school but my Mother wouldn’t let me. She said I had to wait until I was older, because she knew if I made the decision then, I’d later regret it. Mothers are always right.

When I got older and started to appreciate my hair I was glad I’d kept it natural, but I did go through a process along the way before I fully appreciated it. I experimented with my hair a lot. I went through two years of completely bleaching my hair and also dyeing it some outrageous colours (including bright orange and green). After a while the bleaching really started to take its toll on my hair and in the end I had no choice but to go for the big chop. I started again, dye free. That was about two and a half years ago now and my hair is the best it’s ever been, now that I finally appreciate it enough to take care of it properly.

How would you describe your texture?
S:
I think my hair is 3c. I’m not too sure as I’ve never really looked into my hair type until right now. But my curls seem to change over the years anyway. Naturally they usually fall into tight coils.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
S:
I often do a braid out just as a time saving process, as in the mornings I find it easy to take my braids out and go through my hair with an afro comb and then I’m good to go. Other days when I haven’t done a braid out I like to use the Twisted Sista Curl Activated Cream. I find it great for running through my curls in the morning to help give them their life back. I’m always experimenting with my hair; I like to do updos, add accessories, wear headscarfs. Sometimes the way I do my hair is purely for aesthetic reasons and other times it’s because it also works as a protective style.

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What does wash day look like for you?
S:
A wash day for me consists of using coconut shampoo and I always use Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Conditioner. Aussie conditioner is my must have product. I condition my hair with it as well as leaving some in after washing. It’s a product I’ve found works really good for my hair. After washing I usually let my hair dry naturally, so I’ll usually do this at night when I’m not likely to be going anywhere. Then when my hair is almost dry, but still holds some moisture I usually add either some coconut oil spray or some Twisted Sista Hair Serum. I then put my hair into a few braids, wrap on a head scarf and keep it like that until I’m ready to let the fro out again.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S:
For days when I don’t have much time, putting my hair up into a puff is always an easy one. I always add a bow because I love bows and I often make them too. Sometimes when my hair is in braids I’ll just put on a head scarf and tie it in a bow at the front. And if I’m feeling in the mood for something completely different I’ll leave my hair in braids and put a wig on.

How do you combat shrinkage?
S:
For me a braid out really helps me combat shrinkage, as it makes my curls a lot looser. People often notice my hair growth more when I’ve had my hair in a braid out style.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
S:
My ends get dry quite a lot so I find myself getting trims to combat dead ends quite often. That’s a reason why I started letting my hair dry naturally, as using a hair dryer over time dries out my ends. I’ve found since letting my hair dry naturally (as much as possible), my hair has been a lot healthier at the ends. So it means I’m able to go much longer without having trims. Which results in greater hair growth results, yay!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
S:
Do put moisture rich products in your hair. If your hair is anything like mine it will love moisture, so oily products are often very good for it. Argan oil or Moroccan oil, serums and coconut oil spray all work well at keeping our type of hair hydrated. On protective style days I like to use more than usual. Do get a hairdresser who knows you and your hair! I spent too many years going to hairdressers who didn’t have a clue what they were doing with my type of hair. Now one of my close friends (who previously trained to cut hair) trims my hair and she is used to its texture and knows how to work with it. I also have a third do, which is love your hair, because it is just as fabulous as other hair types. The more you love it, the better you will look after it and the greater it will become.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
S:
Don’t over use styling tools – straighteners, hair dryers and curling tongs will really dry out our hair texture over time so avoid using them when possible and opt for no heat styling methods instead. Sometimes I find it hard to avoid and on shoots they sometimes like to straighten my hair. Luckily it doesn’t happen often, but when it does I make sure I give my hair a rest day after it and do a treatment. Don’t use bleach – our hair hates chemicals; the bonds are a lot weaker than in looser hair types and strong chemicals will weaken and over time result in dry, unhappy curls. I understand that it’s fashionable right now, so if you have dark hair and do plan on going blonde I would suggest you opt for gradual highlights and build up the colour slowly. A mix of highlights will allow for roots better, as it won’t look as harsh when the hair grows out and it won’t need to be dyed as often. ALWAYS go to professional hairdresser who knows your hair type and can help you to keep your hair in a healthy condition. Don’t D.I.Y. with bleach.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
Twitter and Instagram: @samiorenelda
And on my website you can find my blog: www.samio.co.uk

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Meosha

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

 
  • jjac401

    Simply a stunning Sista!

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  • http://sexloveliberation.com Ev`Yan

    Oh my god, this girl. /fans self

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  • Stace

    Okay, so I had to go through the pictures twice because the first time around I realized I didn’t even look at her hair. I was so captivated by her lips. Those lips! They are like movie star lips. They make me want to go out and buy every color lipstick I’ve ever wanted and some I never thought I would. Love the hair too!

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  • Diamantez

    I absolutely have to get my hair like this. I went natural around this time last year and my hair is about half the length of Samio’s, but I really don’t want to give it the big chop. I’m so torn. :(

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  • 7Fille

    Samio’s just gorgeous, whether her hair is straight or natural. But, when she wears her natural hair she is at her most stunning.

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  • http://www.youtube.com/user/VaniaSantacatarina Vânia

    Eu aprendo muito com vocês meninas!

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  • Jacky

    You’re so pretty and your hair is lovely!

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  • crist_lite

    SMILE girl ur gorgeous!

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  • Jalissa

    Hey, I just wanted to say how beautiful you and your hair is. I wish my curls were like that, then I’d wear my hair ‘down’ more often. I have close, they are also 3c natural curls, but I think some of it is a different type, maybe something inbetween 3c and 4a. Plus it’s long and thick, hairdressers hate me and used to tell me as a child I have enough hair to fill three heads…brushing was a nightmare then. It still is. Lately I’ve wanted to just give up the hope that my hair would change and hang down to my butt, and it takes about an hour to brush it, even if I’m in the shower, sometimes longer, it’s sooo much stress, I just don’t know what to do. I don’t want to cut it really, because what could that do really? It may even ruin the good I do have from my hair! I was wondering if you have any advice. From the looks of things online the UK has more acceptance of black hair, and haircare in comparison to USA. Maybe there is some sort of secret treatment we’re not getting! I was in Alaska for awhile where it was extremely dry and that did good and bad things for my hair, now back to the east coast my hair and skin is suffering the humidity. I have tried relaxers as a teen, I regret doing that, it’s completely grown out in the last 11 years. I don’t want to do that again, but I also don’t want to suffer for my hair to only be put in two braids every day…basically what’s the point of hair if you can’t do anything really with it? I guess I always felt ugly as a child, and maybe that image has stuck in my head, and my hair image was part of that. I always let my hair dry naturally put into four braids on each side of my head (they’re loose at the scalp so as not to be tight in any way that causes strain), I never blow dry since that can damage it. I’ve been doing natural stuff as much as possible, but I need detangling products otherwise it’s impossible. I just want it to be manageable at this point! Any advice I’d greatly appreciate it, thank you!

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