*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
V:
My name is Vic­to­ria, and I’m from Spring Val­ley, New York. I’m cur­rent­ly a stu­dent at Bing­ham­ton Uni­ver­si­ty and a proud mem­ber and Pres­i­dent of the orga­ni­za­tion Ladies Own­ing their Curls, Kinks, and Straights (L.O.C.K.S), a group that encour­ages self love through con­fi­dence in one’s hair.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
V:
The main event that pushed me to go nat­u­ral was watch­ing an episode of Tyra Banks that fea­tured a relaxed girl who was think­ing about going nat­u­ral. There was a pan­el of both relaxed wom­en and nat­u­ral wom­en, and they were going back and forth stat­ing rea­sons why she should either con­tin­ue to relax or tran­si­tion to nat­u­ral hair. At the time I was just slight­ly inter­est­ed in going nat­u­ral, but after hear­ing some of the rea­sons from both sides I was ful­ly con­vinced that there was no NEED for me to stay relaxed, and the health and style ben­e­fits of going nat­u­ral out­weighed stay­ing relaxed by a lot. I tran­si­tioned for 14 months, and I’ve been ful­ly nat­u­ral for 2 years. So over­all I have 3 years and 2 months’ worth of nat­u­ral hair growth.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
V:
My tex­ture is pre­dom­i­nant­ly 4a, with a 4b/4c crown. I believe I have fine strands along the perime­ter, but most­ly medi­um sized strands through­out my head, and very wiry/coarse strands in the crown. The den­si­ty of my hair is medi­um I’d say, but extreme­ly volu­mi­nous when it wants to be that it almost looks dense. I wish I could say my hair is well behaved but it’s not! (lol) It tan­gles eas­i­ly, and some­times I have prob­lems with mois­ture, but over­all I absolute­ly love my tex­ture.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
V:
I pret­ty much pro­tec­tive style all year around. If I’m not pro­tec­tive styling I have my hair out in a braid-out. I typ­i­cal­ly style my hair in mini-twists and buns. This helps me with mois­ture reten­tion, length reten­tion, and gives me time to focus on oth­er things rather than tend­ing to my hair. All I need for my styling, no mat­ter what the style, is a spray bot­tle with plain water, my Qhemet Bio­log­ics Bur­dock Root But­ter, and cas­tor oil.

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What does wash day look like for you?
V:
On wash day I start out by fin­ger detan­gling my hair with water and coconut oil and putting my hair in 8 chunky twists. I then wash my hair with DHD H2O Anti-Itch Sham­poo and keep it in the twists for the whole wash ses­sion. After sham­poo­ing, I take down each of the 8 twists one by one, and slather them in cas­tor oil. Then on top of the cas­tor oil, I put Aubrey Organ­ics Glyco­gen Pro­tein Bal­ance Deep Con­di­tion­er. I let this sit for about an hour and rin­se. In the final step I put Kinky Curly Knot Today in my hair as my leave-in con­di­tion­er, and lay­er a tiny bit of cas­tor oil on top. In this step I change each of the 8 twists into 8 braids, or some­times more.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
V:
Late­ly my go-to hair­style has been a large puff towards the back of my head. I just unbraid or untwist my hair and pull it back with one of those long scrunchies.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
V:
I nev­er ever let my hair shrink! Every sin­gle night I make sure my hair is stretched in braids or twists even on wash day. If I let it shrink the tan­gles and knots would be ridicu­lous.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
V:
The crown of my head def­i­nite­ly needs more atten­tion than the rest. My scalp is always slight­ly sore in that area, and the hair there always seems super dry and weak. It’s strange because that sec­tion has the thick­est hair strands, but it’s also most sus­cep­ti­ble to break­age. I mas­sage that area of my head on a dai­ly basis.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
V:
Pro­tec­tive styling and keep­ing it stretched.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
V:
Comb­ing on dry hair and over-manip­u­la­tion.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
V:
Chasingtresses.blogspot.com (it’s very new!) and Instagram.com/naturesv

Meosha

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

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Christina

Just Wow!

Rachel

I’d loooove to see a tuto­ri­al on your twist out style in the pics with your sil­ver neck­lace and red flow­ery dress, the grey scarf and green jack­et & an the pink sweater with the eagle. They are gor­geous!!

Fredericka Hanger

Top­i­cal antipru­rit­ics in the form of creams and sprays are often avail­able over-the-coun­ter. Oral anti-itch drugs also exist and are usu­al­ly pre­scrip­tion drugs.**”,

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Jo Somebody

I seem to say it all­l­ll the time, but I’m gonna say it again any­way — BEAUTIFUL! The pho­to of the chunky twist out is just stun­ning. *sigh*

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TT

Hi! Your hair is very sim­i­lar to mine in tex­ture and length, but I have resort­ed to blow­ing it out to man­age it. I am going to try your rou­tine, but one question/ For your twists do you do it wet or dry? How do you take them down? When I have tried them I have got­ten so much break­age…

Dee

Great pro­gress for 3 yrs. Your styles are very cute and hair is beau­ti­ful

Efa

Omggggggggggggg you’re hair­rrrr is giv­ing me life. Like I am sali­vat­ing at your mini twists u make me wan­na take out my yarn twists and try them!!!! And you are just stink­in cute!!!!!! Great fea­ture!!!

eve-audrey

your hair is real­ly beau­ti­ful

Valerie

Vic­to­ria has beau­ti­ful hair, very sim­i­lar to my daugh­ter. Her meth­ods are very sim­i­lar to me, with­out doing the mini twists. Love­ly post Vic­to­ria a very beau­ti­ful young lady.

Aly

I just love the fact that you cre­at­ed a nat­u­ral sup­port sys­tem! And I also love your hair length ;p Keep up the great work!

Jordan

I absolute­ly love this Style Icon. The sec­ond pic­ture with the flat side twists into a bun I just adore. I think we may have sim­i­lar hair textures…and I so relate to her Reg­i­men. Yay! Go Vic­to­ria!

skone

Just want­ed to say you’re doing your thang. Great nat­u­ral hair jour­ney. PS grew up in Rock­land and went to Spring Val­ley HS. Cur­rent­ly live in CT.

BrownBabe

Hey from a fel­low nat­u­ral, and Bing­ham­ton Uni­ver­si­ty alum. Your hair is awe­some.

mlank64

Victoria…shout out to you. I live in Bing­ham­ton, NY and would love to meet up with a fel­low nat­u­ral­is­ta like your­self. Your hair is beau­ti­ful. Let’s con­nect!!!

melanie

omg i LOVE ur twists! i must admit, i usu­al­ly do not like the way twists look (with­out added hair)„ i think yours is the first. how long does that take you, im tired just look­ing at it lol

Victoria

The small ones post­ed took me 25 hrs over the course of 5 days. Usu­al­ly, i do them slight­ly big­ger and they take 9–12 hrs.

DreamGirl

Thats a gor­geous head of hair on an even more beau­ti­ful wom­an. im type 4 too and recent­ly start­ed using cas­tor oil and its great. Why do you put it on before deep con­di­tion­ing though?

Victoria

For some rea­son my hair doesn’t respond to deep con­di­tion­ing unless I lay­er my hair with cas­tor oil first. Log­i­cal­ly, it seems as if that would block off the deep con­di­tion­er from get­ting into my hair, but it always leaves my hair super soft. With­out it, deep con­di­tion­ing is inef­fec­tive for me.

Toni

Love your hair and that low bun is to die for. You are very cute.

akilah aka vicsbiggestfan
akilah aka vicsbiggestfan

I LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE VICTORIAS HAIRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR! SHE IS COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY MY INSPIRATIONNNNNNNN! I AM HER ABSOLUTE BIGGESTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DARE ANYONE TO TRY AND SAY THEIR A BIGGER FAN THAN ME -______________- #YEAHIMHERGROUPIESOWHAT #TEAMNATURESV

Victoria

Lmaoo, Aki­lah you’re too much­hh!

carla

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carla

How long did it take to do your twist & how long did you keep them in?

Victoria

The real­ly small mini twists took me 25 hrs over the course of 5 days and I left them in for a mon­th. Usu­al­ly I do them slight­ly big­ger, and it takes me 9–12 hrs and I leave them in for 2 weeks.

carla

Nice tech­niques is there any oth­er prod­ucts you use reg­u­lar­ly?

Victoria

Besides the prod­ucts men­tioned in my wash day rou­tine and my styling rou­tine there are not many oth­er prod­ucts I use. Actu­al­ly I use Mane n Tail detan­gling spray to help me take out my mini twists, and I use Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie to mini twist with.

Dorcas

oh noo! my inten­tion was to add my pho­to to my pro­file along with the com­ment. not to post it! if any­one knows how I can delete that let me know.. thank

B

Try delet­ing the com­ment!

B

I love those low buns, they are my favorite bun hair­style!! How long does it take for you to do those awe­some mini twist??

Victoria

The super tiny mini twists took me 25 hrs over the course of 5 days! I usu­al­ly don’t do them that small. Most of the time it takes me 9–12 hrs and I keep them in for 2 weeks.

Che

Beau­ti­ful hair!! I absolute­ly love the sec­ond hair­style, which looks to be your hair rolled back into a bun. Sim­ple but ele­gant. How did you do that? I’d love to try it!

Victoria

Thank you! The style is real­ly easy, I just roll my hair back on the sides and gath­er it all in the back with a scrunchie. Then I just take my bot­tom lay­er of hair and roll it upward and tuck and pin til it’s secure.

Dorcas

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Dorcas

Loveee Lovee Lovee your hair!

Amma Mama

Absolute­ly gor­geous!
And I love the new pic­ture view­ing fea­ture BGLH.

Corinne

omg i love that last pic with the mini-twists!!!beautiful hair!

Jj

Love

Wanett

Beau­ti­ful!! It seems that we have very sim­i­lar hair. I nev­er leave mine out, when it’s not styled I keep it braid­ed. Even when I wash it. It tan­gles like a SOB, lol The mid­dle of mine is com­plete­ly dif­fer­ent than the rest. My scalp is more sen­si­tive there and the hair is also very break­able.

Victoria

Thank you! And wow, our hair real­ly is sim­i­lar!

Sojourner

Beau­ti­ful! You puffs are the cutest. I might have to try cas­tor oil. I’ve been hear­ing a lot about it!

Victoria

Thank you!

Dana

I agree, beau­ti­ful­ly sim­ple reg­i­men to go with your beau­ti­ful hair. And I love that you know your hair so well! But you keep it bal­anced. Rock on!

Victoria

Thanks so much Dana!

Minty

I absolute­ly LOVE your hair and the styles you use. Your arti­cles makes me want to revis­it mini twists and cas­tor oil. We’ll see. ;) Thanks for shar­ing your beau­ti­ful hair and sim­ple reg­i­men!

Victoria

Thank you! I’ve seen your youtube, and your hair is grow­ing so beau­ti­ful­ly and healthy. I think you’d look great with mini twists, and I hope you find suc­cess with cas­tor oil, its my favorite.

ta ney-ney

very nice girl.. beau­ti­ful hair… i think keep­ing my hair in a pro­tec­tive style is prob­a­bly best for my hair the back and forth through­out the week is a bit much. im glad she said she knew her hair type. folks kill me with that i nev­er type my hair its all dif­fer­ent. girl boo! you may have many but you do have a hair type

Victoria

Thank you! I think black wom­en can have such vari­a­tion in their tex­tures that some­times it’s hard to put it in strict cat­e­gories. I’ve also real­ized that once you real­ly get to know your hair, the “type” doesn’t real­ly mat­ter, there are so many oth­er fac­tors that go into it. How­ev­er, for those just start­ing out, rec­og­niz­ing oth­ers with their type is some­times the first step.

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