Introduce yourself!
My name is Steffy and I’m from London, UK.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I have been natural all my life. I’ve never permed, relaxed or texturised my hair.

How would you describe your texture?
I would say my hair is predominantly 3C, but in certain areas it can be 4A, mainly in the middle back. It is really thick, soft and easy to manipulate i.e. easy to blow dry and straighten. As soon as water touches it, it’s back to its’ natural shrunken state. Grrr to shrinkage!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
To be honest I like the flexibility of my hair. I don’t always have it natural and curly. Sometimes I blow dry my hair straight and on special occasions I will straighten it. My hair regimen when curly throughout the month varies. I would not say I have a strict routine; I just look or feel my hair and can tell if it needs a co-wash or poo.

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What does wash day look like for you?
I try not to poo often, probably once a month to 6 weeks with KeraCare Sulphate Free Shampoo. When I want to co-wash my hair I use Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor, and Organic Root Stimulator for a deep condition when needed. I also use KeraCare Leave in Conditioner along with coconut oil as a sealant.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I would say I put my hair up in a bun. May not be my fav, but it’s the easiest when I don’t have time.

How do you combat shrinkage?
Grrrr it’s my enemy. I braid my hair in 1, 2, 3 or 4 plaits at night after I wash my hair and it’s still wet. If I don’t do that I use the blow dryer to stretch it.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
I would say my hair becomes dry quickly, so I must moisture daily.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Moisturise my hair before I sleep and always wrap in a silk headscarf.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Don’t leave my hair out for too long and always use protective hairstyles.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Instagram: Steffylye
Tumblr: dahallway.tumblr.com


Just another lover of natural hair and expression.
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Thank you guys for all your lovely comments 🙂 you can find me on my new IF @steffylye*_

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Tresemme conditioner
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She looks like me – hair and all.

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Nice hair!!


My beautiful cousin, gorgeous inside and out with a personality to match xxx


Awe!!! Family support! Love it!


Auntyy Steff rocking that afro, do you use any leave in conditioners, if yes which one? Can’t wait till my hair grows long like yours, its getting there though:) 3c/4a text me a hair regimen i should use, it changes everytime i have a new product xxx


Her hair is gorgeous and so full! She has gorgeous skin also and seems to glow. I wonder what her diet, exercise, and skin routines are lol. Or it could be that handsome hubby that has her glowing like that 🙂


So true. I found myself wondering what her skin routine was too.


Your hair is lovely and I love your simple routine. Never knew u could cowash with Aphogee 2-min, that’s something new I learnt today.

I really like these features of women outside of the U.S., (being outside of the US myself), where natural ladies often have to make do with just the most basic hair products.


Wow, gorgeous hair. It looks thick and shiny and most importantly HEALTHY. And you and your hubby are a beautiful couple!

She has lovely hair. In the UK, girls with this hair type do not get the nasty comments that kinkier hair types attract. Since Mel B first rocked her curly hair loose, it’s been acceptable for curly girls to wear their hair out and free. People here are becoming more open minded to kinkier textures but there is a way to go. The majority are weaved up from 16+ years. What’s odd to me is how strict the rules are for tighter textures on acceptable hair styles yet English girls wear all types of bedhead and loosely pulled up, uncombed… Read more »

I do understand what you mean, but at some point we are going to have to shrug our shoulders and care not what other people think of us (yes, it is easier said than done). As a UK natural with tightly coiled hair, I haven’t noticed anyone drop dead in the street when I walk out with my afro. To my mind, if my hair really offends someone, well, they can gouge their eyes out for all I care.


that isnt a UK thing thats a worldwide thing. its the whole closer Caucasian feature that affects the total african diaspora but you have to be confident within yourself and not care and not believe in it… God made each person unique so accept yourself as you have been made (skintone, hair, …)


Uk coily here and I rock many styles.Living in London every one has a unique style so I guess that helps.

When I wear a shrunken fro or a stretched one I don’t get any negative comments.As long as you’re confident it will show and become part of you.

How do you know that “girl’s with this type of hair” don’t get nasty comments. My hair’s a little kinkier then this girls and I’ve been natural for over 20 years now and the only negative reactions I received were from the white kids at school. I have had nothing but love for my hair both in the UK and the States and trust me I don’t have a head of cascading curls reaching my waist. I doubt Mel B had much to do with girls accepting their hair texture and i’m guessing she was a baby when she first… Read more »

Youre so pretty! Beautiful hair!!


lovely curls and lovely lady. I just love that bun.

Amma Mama

Pretty girl and lovely curls.


Gorgeous curls! I like your simple routine. I didn’t know that one could use the Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor as a co-wash. I have not used it often since I have been natural, but maybe I can consider to use it more often.