*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
V:
My name is Vic­to­ria and I am from all over! My par­ents were in the Army so we have lived in Ger­many, Hawaii, Texas, and New Jer­sey, to name a few. Cur­rent­ly, live in Ft. Worth, Texas, but I claim Pem­ber­ton, New Jer­sey as home since that is where my fam­i­ly and I spent the most con­sec­u­tive years togeth­er.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
V:
I actu­al­ly went nat­ur­al by acci­dent, and many fac­tors con­tributed. I missed my 10-week rou­tine­ly sched­uled “perm”; I moved away from home to start my new job, my mom was too far away to give me my touch-up, and I absolute­ly dread­ed going to the salon. Before I knew it, a whole three months had already passed when I noticed a sprout of coily hair from the nape of my neck. I was imme­di­ate­ly in awe and was excit­ed about the new life that my hair would begin to take on after 19+ years of being pressed and relaxed. With three oth­er sis­ters, it was dif­fi­cult for my mom to keep up with our tan­gles and tears, so she intro­duced the “relax­er” and heat at a young age. Now, I have a great appre­ci­a­tion for the rain and I have absolute­ly no wor­ries about “sweat­ing out my perm” when I exer­cise. My last relax­er was in Jan­u­ary 2008 I believe, and I Big Chopped in July 2009.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
V:
I think I am a 3c/4a and am not too sure what to clas­si­fy my strands as. What I can say is that I do have a thick head of hair and that when it’s soaked, it becomes very springy and uni­form­ly coiled and in humidity/light mois­ture it is full of life.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
V:
Since this is a quick process, I wet all of my hair while in the show­er and essen­tial­ly par­ti­tion my hair in four to six sec­tions to apply the con­di­tion­er, allow­ing max­i­mum access to my strands. My con­di­tion­er of choice is now, “Hel­lo Hydra­tion” (blue bot­tle) or “Hon­ey I’m Strong” (orange bot­tle) by Herbal Essences. I apply a gen­er­ous amount to each sec­tion from root to tip and let it sit for approx­i­mate­ly 3 min­utes before run­ning water over my hair enough for the con­di­tion­er to pen­e­trate through­out. In this process, I leave about 70% of the con­di­tion­er in my hair, then I squeeze out the excess water with a tow­el, leav­ing my damp curls free to air dry. (I will only Wash and Go on a warm day.)

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Co-Wash and Oil(s)/Can­tu Shea But­ter/Twist-Out: Same reg­i­men as above, except this time I rinse out all of the con­di­tion­er. This is fol­lowed with the appli­ca­tion of Oil(s)/Can­tu Shea But­ter. Here, I put about a tea­spoon of the coconut oil (from the gro­cery store), jojo­ba, argan and/or Can­tu Shea But­ter in an 8oz spray bot­tle with water for appli­ca­tion, mas­sage through my hair, cre­ate about eight two-strand twists (typ­i­cal­ly before bed), then put on my bon­net. The next day, I’ll allow mois­ture from the show­er to mist my hair, to revive the full­ness. Pro­tec­tive Styling: I make tighter/smaller two-strand twists (sim­i­lar to my co-wash reg­i­men above) and I put them into a French Roll with a pin or I wear the twists out with a head­band. With a twist­ed style, Oyin Handmade’s Burnt Sug­ar Pomade is my prod­uct of choice on the ends for improved hold.

What does wash day look like for you?
V:
On a wash day where Cleans­ing, Con­di­tion­ing, and Detan­gling ALL take place, I do the fol­low­ing:
Step 1 — Cleanse: I com­plete­ly wet my hair in the show­er, then I gen­er­ous­ly apply Pan­tene – for Nat­ur­al or Relaxed Hair or Tea Tree Oil Sham­poo to six sec­tions of my hair (root to tip), work the poo into a lath­er then rinse out by sec­tion. [Typ­i­cal­ly every 2 weeks]
Step 2 — Con­di­tion: I apply Herbal Essences – Hel­lo Hydra­tion/Hon­ey I’m Strong from root to tip, and then run more water through each sec­tion to make sure the con­di­tion­er pen­e­trates through­out my hair. After­wards, I put each con­di­tioned sec­tion into a small bun and con­duct the detan­gling por­tion of the reg­i­men out­side of the show­er. [Typ­i­cal­ly 1–2 times per week]
Step 3 (occa­sion­al) — Detan­gling: With the con­di­tion­er still present, I fin­ger detan­gle my hair by sec­tion, gen­tly sep­a­rat­ing the kinks and tan­gles. (I do this out­side of the show­er to reduce the amount of water wast­ed and the water gets cold after a while). [Typ­i­cal­ly once every few months] To remove the loose strands, I place each sec­tion between two flat hands (as if pray­ing) and from root to tip, pull down. If doing a Wash and Go after detan­gling, I keep the con­di­tion­er in. Oth­er­wise to pre­pare for Pro­tec­tive Styling, I rinse the con­di­tion­er out com­plete­ly (in sec­tions). [Typ­i­cal­ly after every co-wash]

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
V:
I love to wear a slop­py bun as my go-to! I real­ly can only do this style with stretched hair, though; oth­er­wise it’s too small and is more like a curly puff.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
V:
When I want to loosen the coils, I will do about eight two-strand twists and wear them overnight. The next day, I allow the water droplets from the shower/spray bot­tle to fluff up my hair just the way I like it when it’s out, big.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
V:
I do get a lot of lit­tle fairy knots on my strands, and I do have a bad habit of pick­ing them! Wear­ing my hair up helps me keep my hands out of it and reduces the amount of knots I get. Not only is pick­ing the knots out an annoy­ing habit, it also mis­shapes your mane.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
V:
Dou­ble bon­net – I can no longer fit my bon­net with loose hair and feel guilty sleep­ing with­out some­thing cov­er­ing my hair, so I start­ed using a satin scarf around my head with the puff exposed in a pineap­ple. I then take my bon­net and pull it over the exposed hair for full cov­er­age. Spray bot­tle/misting – Go Green! I am con­scious of the amount of water used when conditioning/detangling/styling my hair. Not only does using a spray bot­tle help me to delib­er­ate­ly reach sec­tions of my hair to even­ly apply prod­uct and rehy­drate it, the amount of water is con­trolled and waste is min­i­mized. After all, what good is it to be “nat­ur­al” and run out of our nat­ur­al resources? Depend­ing on what I’m doing, I’ll either 1) pour water by itself in a bot­tle for mist­ing or 2) add my oils (coconut, jojo­ba, argan), or Can­tu Shea But­ter, shake it up and spray for even appli­ca­tion and/or dilu­tion of prod­uct.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
V:
Comb­ing – I don’t detan­gle often, but in my pri­or reg­i­men I would get through my hair with a comb/pad­dle brush after a wash which took out more hair than what I ever could imag­ine. Through tri­al and error, I learned that fin­ger detan­gling is pret­ty effec­tive and is just enough for me. The next time I plan to use a wide-tooth comb or pad­dle brush will be when I am going to blow dry my hair, but find it unnec­es­sary when wear­ing my curls. Heat – To main­tain length and keep my hair hydrat­ed, I’ve learned that heat, at least for straight­en­ing, was trau­mat­ic so I moved to straight­en­ing it annu­al­ly. I noticed an over­whelm­ing amount of growth over the course of a year and plan to do my next length check Jan­u­ary 2014. Take the “No-Heat” chal­lenge with me!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
V:
No blog/webpage as of yet, but fol­low me on Insta­gram @victoriaqueenv.

Meosha

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

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Saria

Hey I guess I’m the only 1 w/ a ques­tion. I believe I have a sim­i­lar tex­ture to my hair and I’m just growin out. I real­ly wan­na know hw u got the slop­py bun. I’m in love with it.

ta ney-ney

beau­ti­ful curls! i cant say any­more. gor­geous curls! hair envy and she seems to have great style too! love the scarf around the messy bun

Jacky

Beau­ti­ful hair!I espe­cial­ly love the pic­ture where her hair was shaped like a heart,so love­ly!

Tiffany

Gor­geous hair.

Peace, Love and Choco­late,
Tiffany

Dee

Love your hair

eve-audrey

your hair is fab­u­lous!

Victoria

Thanks eve-audrey!!

Micheleantoinette

Love your curls and clothes! You clear­ly look like your mom :)

Victoria

Thanks Miche­lean­toinette!! :-*

Tee

You have beau­ti­ful hair..also I live in Jer­sey!! I know exact­ly where Pem­ber­ton is..I am from Burling­ton Coun­ty as well!! Keep up the good hair!!

Victoria

Jer­seeyyyyyyy!!! Thank you Tee!

The Kinky Apothecary

Wow!!

Rinne

Yay Vic!!!!!! I loved the arti­cle!!!! I’m SO hap­py that every­one else gets a glimpse of the gor­geous girl I know!!!!! You’ve always been my hair inspi­ra­tion!!! Love ya!!! Xox­ox­oxo!!!!

Victoria

Thank you so much Rinne!!! you are so so amaz­ing! Glad I could inspire you <3 <3 <3 we go way back to fash­ion shows at Rutgers…member those good ol days lol!

kb1908

Love her hair, If I could only have half the vol­ume. Le sigh :/

Victoria

Thank you!!

jjac401

Girl, you got some beau­ti­ful hair! Thanks for the inter­view!

Victoria

I was excit­ed to do it! Thanks jjac401!

Soph

Wooooooooooooow!!! Loved the heart!! :D beau­ti­ful!

Victoria

Thank you!!

Inas

love love her hair, so beau­ti­ful!

Victoria

Thanks Inas!! <3

Mona

@caremelcurls I noticed that too! How cute

Victoria

<3

Caremelcurls

Her hair is shaped like a heart from the back! Per­fect for Valentine’s Day. ;) Beau­ti­ful girl with beau­ti­ful hair!

Victoria

Thank you Caremel­curls!!

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