*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
A:
Hel­lo, my name is Ash­ley. I am from South Car­oli­na. I am cur­rent­ly a stu­dent.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
It all actu­al­ly start­ed with my old­est sis­ter. She did the big chop. At first I was not sure what to think and I nev­er imag­ined myself going nat­u­ral. Then my oth­er two old­er sis­ters decid­ed they want­ed go nat­u­ral and I still wasn’t exact­ly con­vinced. But, my hair was get­ting short­er and short­er because of my relax­er. My mom and I were the only ones to still get relax­ers and she wasn’t very hap­py with the con­di­tion of her hair either. So, we made a deal to both go nat­u­ral and have been nat­u­ral ever since. I’ve def­i­nite­ly seen a major improve­ment in both of our hair over the years and haven’t ever thought of going back. I have been nat­u­ral for about four years now.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
I would say my hair is most­ly 4a, very thick and coarse.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
A:
Most of the time, I do wash and gos. But a lot of times this can be dif­fi­cult in the win­ter because I don’t like to wet my hair then walk out­side. So some­times I co-wash or wet my hair at night with either Motions Con­di­tion­er or a VO5 Herbal Escapes Con­di­tion­er, then I put Eco Styler gel on it. I brush it through with a Den­man brush and put it in a “pineap­ple” style. It is one of my favorite styles because it looks nice and is easy to take down in the morn­ing. Anoth­er style that I do are twists. It is a bit more time con­sum­ing, but can also last for a longer peri­od of time. For twists I first co-wash my hair and then apply either Can­tu Shea But­ter Coconut Curling Cream or Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curling Souf­fle. As I’m doing this I usu­al­ly just use my fin­gers to rake through my hair.

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What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash my hair once a week. I most­ly use VO5 con­di­tion­er or the Motions con­di­tion­er. About one time out of the mon­th, I will use a sham­poo. After I am fin­ished I either style it or apply a mois­tur­iz­er like shea but­ter.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
My favorite go-to hair­style would prob­a­bly be apply­ing Eco Styler to my hair and comb­ing it out with my fin­gers if it is already wet or if I did a pineap­ple style the night before.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
Twists are a great way to get rid of some of the shrink­age.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
One prob­lem area for me is towards the front of my hair. It is straighter than most of my hair and doesn’t curl as easy. This is most­ly due to straight­en­ing my hair more often than I should have. I’m not sure how to fix this prob­lem, except to get the straight parts trimmed off a lit­tle at a time.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
A major do for my tex­ture and real­ly all tex­tures is to keep your hair mois­tur­ized. There are many dif­fer­ent mois­tur­iz­ers or oils that you can try to do this. I am still sort of exper­i­ment­ing to find the best one for me. Anoth­er do is co-wash­ing my hair every week. I don’t use sham­poo every sin­gle time because it can make hair very dry. But I do try to co-wash it every week so it isn’t too dif­fi­cult or time con­sum­ing. If I were to wait too long, it would def­i­nite­ly be hard­er to go through.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
One major don’t I would say is pulling at all the lit­tle knots in your hair. Since my hair does tend to get dry it’s easy to want to pick at it. But in all hon­esty it’s prob­a­bly just doing more harm than good. Anoth­er don’t for me is get­ting my hair pressed back to back. This is one thing that I used to do, espe­cial­ly when I wasn’t used to the idea of wear­ing my hair nat­u­ral. It is anoth­er thing that dam­aged my curls and made some parts of my hair very straight. 

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
You can find me on Insta­gram at me_l­lam­o_ash­ley.

Meosha

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

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8 Comments on "Ashley // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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D.P.

She just looks so young.

sara

she is soo cute and real­ly does have a baby face :) i com­plete­ly for­got about her gor­geous hair lol

Phoenix Blunt

Beau­ti­ful! I love her thick curls!

Alisha

Awww, such a cutie! Very pret­ty hair, too.

Jacky

You have gor­geous hair!I would love to see your hair in twist outs,bantu knot outs and braid outs!

Nana

Awwwww!!! She’s too cute!!! Love­ly hair!

Val

My mom and I went nat­u­ral togeth­er too!

Ellipsis

She has such a baby face. TOO cute. and her hair is awe­some

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