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Intro­duce your­self!
L:
My name is Leila Hen­rys. I was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. Now I cur­rent­ly live in Coral Springs, Flori­da.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
L:
For as long as I could remem­ber, I’ve always dread­ed get­ting relax­ers. My hair was quite healthy and well main­tained when I had a relax­er, but I have a very sen­si­tive scalp. So I’d always get burned from relax­ers. My fresh­man year of Col­lege at FAMU, I saw all of the­se beau­ti­ful wom­en with nat­u­ral hair, and it made me curi­ous. I toyed with the idea for a lit­tle while and did some research. Final­ly, I decid­ed I was tired of pay­ing my hair­dresser to burn my scalp and began my nat­u­ral hair jour­ney! I start­ed my tran­si­tion in Jan­u­ary 2011. Cut my relaxed ends off in June 2012. So I’d say I’ve been ful­ly nat­u­ral for about a year.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
L:
My hair tex­ture is some­where between 4A/4B. Very thick and coarse, espe­cial­ly towards the back.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
L:
My favorite hair­style is the dry twist out. I love my dry twist outs because they reduce shrink­age. I usu­al­ly dou­ble strand twist my hair the night before. When that doesn’t work out, I do it the day of and leave the twists in while get­ting ready. I don’t get the most defined curls when I do it that way, but it still looks great! I use Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave in Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream and coconut oil to style my hair.

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What does wash day look like for you?
L:
I wash my hair every two weeks and co-wash in between. Some­times I try to stretch it to 3 weeks, but that hard­ly ever works out. I use Gio­van­ni Tea Tree Sham­poo (works won­ders on my itchy/sensitive scalp) and I con­di­tion with Gio­van­ni Avo­cado & Olive Oil Con­di­tion­er. I usu­al­ly add a lit­tle bit of coconut oil and Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave in Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream after wash­ing, and I let it air dry before styling.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L:
My favorite go-to style is the “pouf”. It’s the eas­i­est thing to do when I am on the go. I just damp­en my hair while in the show­er, add a lit­tle Can­tu, brush, and push my hair back with a rub­ber band or small scarf. Easy!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
L:
Dry twist outs!

Tell us about your hair col­or?
L:
My nat­u­ral hair col­or is dark brown. I recent­ly had a friend dye it with One ‘n Only Argan Oil Hair Col­or in cop­per brown pur­chased at Sally’s. I also used their 20 Vol­ume Devel­op­er to make my col­or pop. I was afraid it would change the tex­ture of my hair, but sur­pris­ing­ly it didn’t!

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
L:
My scalp is always itchy, so tea tree oil is my sav­ior.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
L:
Mois­tur­iz­ing and Deep con­di­tion­ing

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
L:
Wash & gos and Hair gel!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
L:
Insta­gram: (_Msleila)

Meosha

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

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51 Comments on "Leila // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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jjac401

Very pret­ty hair and styles! Easy rou­tine no fuss! I like that.

mlank64

You look beau­ti­ful in that white dress…looks like a Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe dress from the sev­en year itch. Gor­geous hair!

Jessica

I agree! Very beau­ti­ful hair and a very beau­ti­ful wom­an.

I also love the sim­plic­i­ty of her rou­tine. The orig­i­nal rea­son why I gave up relax­ers was to save time and mon­ey- so while read­ing oth­er reg­i­mens that are more…involved (?) is inter­est­ing, I know that it could­nt be me. I use dif­fer­ent prod­ucts, but we basi­cal­ly have the same rou­tine.

Ummm

She has great eyes, reminds me of a 60s Bar­bie doll.

Toni

Girl, you are gor­geous. Beau­ti­ful fea­tures, hair, skin, etc… I love the sim­plic­i­ty of your hair reg­i­men.

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