*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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48 Comments on "Victoria // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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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

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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

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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.

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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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