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Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Hajar Ahmed. My eth­nic­i­ty is Nubian Egyp­tian, but I was born and raised in North­ern Vir­ginia #DMV­Girl.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I’ve been get­ting relaxers/texturizers in my hair since I was 7 because accord­ing to my moth­er my hair was just eas­ier to han­dle while per­med. I had a real­ly bad expe­ri­ence the last time and the chem­i­cals burned my scalp in the process. I noticed the break­age and how thin my hair was. It was in a ter­ri­ble state so I told myself the per­ming days are over! I’ve been nat­u­ral for 3 years.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
HA! My hair has a mind of its own. My edges are more coarse and don’t real­ly have much of a curl pat­tern, they’re kind of just there. But for the out­er edges of my head I’m more of a 3c and in the inner part of my head (the crown) I’m more of a 4a with looser curls on the out­side and tighter/thicker curls on the inside.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
Post wash-day I usu­al­ly have my hair in a huge curly fro for as long as I can pos­si­bly take it (any­where between 3–6 days depend­ing on the amount of pro­duct I use). After that I usu­al­ly throw my hair up in a high bun (my favorite pro­tec­tive style) or anoth­er vari­a­tion of a pro­tec­tive style until it’s wash day again! My hair doesn’t run on a sched­ule where wash day is every Sun­day for exam­ple. I’m pret­ty busy, so wash day comes when I have the time. I use Ker­aCare Edge Tamer to keep my cray cray edges in line and Au Nat­u­rale Anti-Shrink­age 10-In-1 Styles Gelee to lock in my twist-outs with no flak­ing or dam­age to my hair! It’s great for wash and gos too and real­ly does com­bat shrink­age! This is a sta­ple pro­duct!


What does wash day look like for you?
Oh Wash Day. 3 essen­tials I keep in the show­er at all times: a wide toothed comb, a show­er cap/bonnet of some sort, and CONDITIONER ON CONDITIONER ON CONDITIONER. There’s no such thing as too many con­di­tion­ers. Depend­ing on the style I want to do (wash n go, twist out, braid out, etc.) I alter my wash day dif­fer­ent­ly.

Twist-out/braid-out: I sep­a­rate my dry hair into 6 two-strand twist sec­tions (just with my bare hands, noth­ing fan­cy). I wet my hair in the show­er and take out one of the twists, co-wash it (being sure to real­ly get into my scalp), deep con­di­tion, and retwist. I repeat this with the rest of the twists one at a time. I let the deep con­di­tion­er sit for at least 10 min­utes. I then repeat this process with more of a mois­tur­iz­ing con­di­tion­er (and one that can serve as a leave in as well), apply, and retwist. At the end of the show­er I let the show­er head run on my twists for a few sec­onds, let­ting some water run through and wash out some of the con­di­tion­er but not all. I leave a vast major­i­ty of the con­di­tion­er in.

Co-Wash: Pantene’s new “nat­u­ral” line with co-wash, clar­i­fy­ing sham­poo, and deep con­di­tion­er is amaze-balls!!!

Deep Con­di­tion­er: Pan­tene (see above), and I’ve also used Shea Moisture’s Deep Treat­ment Masque (also won­der­ful!)

Sham­poo: I co-wash my hair mean­ing I don’t sham­poo except for once every 2–3 months. This has made a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence in the health of my hair. I only use sul­fate free sham­poos.

KEY!: Always always always use a wide tooth comb. I comb out my indi­vid­u­al twists after apply­ing pro­duct before I twist them back up.

Wash N Go: I run through the co-wash/deep conditioner/moisturizer as stat­ed above, but being sure to com­plete­ly detan­gle my hair with a wide tooth comb. My all-time favorite pro­duct for a wash and go is Shea Moisture’s Coconut and Hibis­cus Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
#TeamHigh­Bun. I am High Bun crazy! It gets the hair out of my face, and away from my neck. Plus it looks col­lect­ed and classy! It also helps to stretch my curls so that if I decide to leave them out the day after, my hair has a fuller look.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
By stretch­ing. Twist-outs/braid-outs/high buns are your friend.

Tell us about your hair col­or.
Cur­rent­ly I have an ombre in my hair. My friend who is a hair­dresser did it for me at home. To get my hair to light­en up she used a light­en­er as opposed to a bleach (which would have killed my ends). My ends did become a lit­tle rougher, but it wasn’t any­thing deep con­di­tion­ing and con­stant mois­tur­iz­ing couldn’t fix! (With par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to the ends that were col­ored.)

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
My edges for sure, rude lit­tle things. I always find myself twist­ing just my edges overnight so that they have a curl pat­tern by a.m. because they don’t seem to have a pat­tern what­so­ev­er. (If you have prob­lems with thin­ning edges, Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil works won­ders!)

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Twist-outs, pro­tec­tive styling and the pineap­ple method is my favorite — saves my curls from going flat overnight.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Don’t for­get your wide tooth comb and don’t sleep with­out a silk wrap/pillow.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I’m on Insta­gram straight flex­in! @TheRoyalEssence


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

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29 Comments on "Hajar // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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My hair has been short but I am try­ing to let it grow longer. Don’t have a perm in it and have to roll it every­day, it is at a stage I can’t do any­thing with it.
I would like to know if any­one knows a site for hair styles.


Hair twin! Your hair is beau­ti­ful! I’d like to col­or my hair but I’m too afraid of the dam­age. Look­in’ good! :)


Lol amaze-balls! & final­ly found some­one who’s hair is almost Exact­ly like mine.
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haha­ha I love her hair! but I can def­fo see what she means by rude edges lol, they don’t see as curly as the rest (sec­ond to last pho­to) she has amaz­ing hair, and love the colour!!


I’m sor­ry, but light­ner and bleach are the same thing…cosmetologist here.


I want to col­or my hair just like that when it’s long enough.


My good­ness she is beau­ti­ful!! Gor­geous hair also.


Gor­geous lady and many thanks for shar­ing your reg­i­men .


Hajar is a beau­ti­ful per­son inside and out! I’m so hap­py that BGLH decid­ed to fea­ture her on this site! Her hair is even more beau­ti­ful in per­son as well!!


My eth­nic­i­ty is Liberi­an but I was born in the USA as well.


Very beau­ti­ful and gor­geous hair.


What a beau­ty with such a head of gor­geous hair! Thanks for shar­ing!


Love your hair and the love the col­or!
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Yay! I agree with every­one this lady is gor­geous­ness!!! Her hair in amaz­ing­ly beau­ti­ful and I am using all your tips :) btw: total­ly agree with Zakiya


love­ly hair! I love the high bun!

Amma Mama

Beau­ti­ful girl and beau­ti­ful hair :-)


Loves it!!!

Zakiya (LS)

You are a gor­geous girl!!! I love you and every­thing about you and I am so proud to see you on the web! Get it gur­rrrrl!


Are you mus­lim Hajar? btw I’m ethiopian(oromo)


Yes I am :)


Wow, mashAl­lah, that’s awe­some! I’m Mus­lim too,alhamdulillah :)


Assala­mu alaykum warah­mat­ul­lahi wabarakatuhu sis­ter Alisa <3


YESSSSS hon­ey Yesssss! Absolute­ly gor­geous. Mak­ing me think about get­ting going ombre


Hajar is a beau­ti­ful name and your hair is love­ly.


Girl you and your hair are gor­geous!!!!


I adore the ombre hair — it looks amaz­ing!


I could’ve sworn she was a Lon­don­er lol. Lov­ing her hair & she’s a pret­ty girl!

Ugonna Wosu

beau­ti­ful hair and great tips!


She is beau­ti­ful, and I love her hair!