Leila // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon


Introduce yourself!
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?
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?
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.
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.


What does wash day look like for you?
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.
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?
Dry twist outs!

Tell us about your hair color?
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?
My scalp is always itchy, so tea tree oil is my savior.

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

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

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

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

  • Babyro2

    I’m digging your hair fellow Rattler! That pin up is the truth!

  • Charis

    What color is that in your hair? I absolutely love it!

  • Nina

    You look beautiful!

  • Youngin girl

    You have a professional office type look. The side updo in your featured photo of you wearing glasses is the bomb. Please do a tutorial on it. Is your har suppose to be short or long enough to achieve this style? Red is totally you as well. kepp representing Haiti.

  • bellahair