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Intro­duce your­self!
P:
Hi guys! My name is Por­sha, I’m 19, and I’m from Mia­mi. I’m cur­rent­ly liv­ing in Orlan­do attend­ing the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cen­tral Flori­da where I’ll be a senior this Fall.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
P:
As of June 9, 2013 I have been nat­ur­al for two years. I tran­si­tioned the last four months of my senior year in high school, and then big chopped the day of grad­u­a­tion. Hon­est­ly, I nev­er liked relax­ing my hair. How long it took, the smell, and those chem­i­cal burns were just too much for me. I got my first relax­er when I was six, and I think eleven years was enough. My hair was okay and still pret­ty long, but I just stopped see­ing the point of get­ting my hair permed. Since I was going off to col­lege soon I fig­ured that was the per­fect time to go nat­ur­al, even if some friends and fam­i­ly mem­bers weren’t exact­ly sup­port­ive. See­ing the huge nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty online def­i­nite­ly eased the tran­si­tion process, and going nat­ur­al has been one of the best deci­sions I’ve ever made.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
P:
Kinky. Curly. Coily. Frizzy. Lol. My hair is most­ly 3c in the front and some parts of the mid­dle back, while the rest of my hair is 4a with some 4b thrown in for good mea­sure. My hair is great at mim­ic­k­ing oth­er tex­tures depend­ing on the style (and what­ev­er the Flori­da humid­i­ty has decid­ed to do to it). My hair strands are fine, how­ev­er there are a lot of them so my hair is VERY VERY THICK. Hair­styl­ists always end up charg­ing me more because my hair tricks them. Hair will just start pop­ping up out of nowhere and Sene­galese twists that were sup­posed to take six hours have turned into twelve. I’ve trau­ma­tized a num­ber of styl­ists and a few friends because of that lol.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
P:
My first year I most­ly rocked my TWA and then twist outs once my hair got a lit­tle longer. This past year I stuck to pro­tec­tive styles for the most part (Sene­galese twists, afro puffy twists, mar­ley braids, etc.), so my styling reg­i­men varies month to month. I always make sure to mois­tur­ize whether my hair is out or not.

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What does wash day look like for you?
P:
Wash day = #theStrug­gle
I make sure to get up a lit­tle ear­ly that day (nor­mal­ly a Sat­ur­day or Sun­day depend­ing), then start with a hot oil treat­ment, a mix of coconut oil and olive oil usu­al­ly. After that I clean my scalp with a med­icat­ed sham­poo for my seb­or­rhe­ic der­mati­tis. Once that’s done, I con­di­tion my hair in sec­tions with the Sweet Almond Mint Cleans­ing Con­di­tion­er from WEN (which is the only con­di­tion­er that has ever left my hair feel­ing mois­tur­ized and clumps my curls real­ly well. I swear by it!). I leave in a lit­tle of the WEN, then wrap my hair in a t-shirt or tow­el to dry for a few hours. After that I’ll either do a braid out or twist out to stretch my hair.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
P:
I throw on a head­scarf and run out the door lol. They have real­ly been a life­saver, espe­cial­ly on days when I have an exam, two essays due, and a quiz to take on top of every­thing else. I’ll usu­al­ly do a lit­tle bump in the front, or I just add some water and Eco Styler Gel to define my curls.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
P:
I don’t real­ly. It’s inevitable and I think I’m learn­ing to work with it, even if I don’t love it. Some­times I’ll stretch my twists or braids with scrunchies and that’ll stretch my hair out a bit more, but once the humid­i­ty hits it’s a done deal lol. I think the shrink­age is grow­ing on me though, it adds to the ver­sa­til­i­ty of nat­ur­al hair. One day I’ll have a huge fro, the next it’s short and spunky. Peo­ple nev­er know how my hair’s going to be haha.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
P:
My scalp is a huge prob­lem area for me. While tea tree oil, jojo­ba oil, and a few oth­er nat­ur­al reme­dies helped a lit­tle, it took me going to a der­ma­tol­o­gist to fig­ure out exact­ly what my scalp need­ed to stay flake free and healthy. Since I’ve used the med­icat­ed sham­poo I’ve noticed not only a dif­fer­ence in my scalp, but my hair growth as well. A healthy scalp is real­ly impor­tant to hair health and length reten­tion.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
P:
Coconut oil and pro­tec­tive styling for sure! I love the shine and mois­ture coconut oil gives my hair. Pro­tec­tive styling has helped me retain my length and saves me time when school gets hec­tic. Being able to come home from a long day at school with­out wor­ry­ing about hav­ing to twist my hair is very good for my san­i­ty lol.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
P:
Wash n’ go’s and sul­fates. Wash n’ go’s make my hair real­ly mat­ted (and they take for­ev­er to dry), while sul­fates dry out my hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
P:
Heck yeah!
You guys can catch me on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/xoLoleetahox
Fol­low me on Tum­blr: http://zora-neale-hurston.tumblr.com/
And Insta­gram: http://instagram.com/porsha_dee

Meosha

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

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Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote
the book in it or some­thing. I think that you could do with a few pics to dri­ve the mes­sage home a lit­tle bit,
but instead of that, this is great blog. A fan­tas­tic read.
I’ll def­i­nite­ly be back.

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Would you advise start­ing with a free plat­form like Word­Press or go for a paid option?

There are soo many choic­es out there that I’m total­ly con­fused ..
Any rec­om­men­da­tions? Many thanks!

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TWA4now

Very nice #wish­my­hair­didthat

Another Trinidadian

You’re so beau­ti­ful and that’s a love­ly, healthy mane you’ve got there!

Earthy Natural

DaDe CoUn­Ty!!!!!!!!!!!! Gor­geous hair! 3–0-5 rep­pin in the 4–0-7 lol. Con­tin­ue to main­tain that love­ly hair, I’m off to check out your YT. MIAMI!

alice

your hair is amaz­ing. love how thick it is. still tran­si­tion­ing and am inspired by you.

Jesusinthecity
Wow! You’re my hair twin (except for the scalp issues)… You should con­sid­er try­ing an even MORE nat­ur­al approach, if you can. Have you ever tried sham­poo bars and home­made tea con­di­tion­ing rins­es? The blog, Min­imi­al­ist Beau­ty has a lot of info on this. A lot of prod­ucts that we con­sid­er “nat­ur­al” real­ly have a lot more chem­i­cals than we think. I find when I cut out ALL chem­i­cals and focus on stuff that is STRICKTLY from nature, I have way bet­ter result with my hair. Cha­grin Val­ley is where I get my sham­poo bars, check out their site. I also… Read more »
Porsha

Hair Twins! <3 and thank you!

Camillia

Beau­ti­ful!!

Ashley DW

Your hair is amaz­ing! Are u Bahami­an?

Porsha

Yes ma’am! I’m of Bahami­an descent on my mom’s side. My grand­par­ents were from there :)

Ashley DW

I noticed the flag and got real excit­ed. Im Bahami­an as well!

Chat

Beau­ti­ful!

Porsha

thanks! <3

shaebod

SD is a pain, but man­age­able if treat­ed cor­rect­ly. Love­ly hair!

Anonymous

Hey Por­sha both you and your hair are gor­geous. My hair tex­ture looks just like yours except I suf­fer from sin­gle strand knots. Do you find that you get them a lot wear­ing your hair out. And if so how do you com­bat them.

Porsha

Thanks ma’am! :)
I do get them a lot of the time, espe­cial­ly in the front of my hair. Any time I see them I make sure to cut them off. I think they’re just apart of being nat­ur­al, espe­cial­ly when you wear your hair out fre­quent­ly :/

Shannon

OK, so this post made me so, so hap­py.
1. I’m a UCF Alum, so it’s so nice to run into a fel­low Knight here!
2. I also suf­fer from seb­borhe­ic der­mati­tis, so I under­stand your strug­gle
3. I loved this post and your hair!
Best of luck this Fall and beyond!

Porsha

GO KNIGHTS! haha, and thank you! <3

D.K.

Gor­geous. Props, props, props, your life and looks are pop­pin’!

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Nappy 4C Rocks

so love­ly

Ana S.

That’s my beau­ti­ful ride or die right there. ;* Love ya, baby­girl! xoxo

cb

Beau­ti­ful!!! How is it liv­ing in Mia­mi with nat­ur­al hair? It seems like the lati­na and lati­na look­ing women get all the love every time I’ve been there

ema

love­lyyyyyyyyyyyyy <3

Dancer Alliance

I have been nat­ur­al frm day 1 n lov­ing it. It’s the best way noth­ing else

Nancy

Go KNIGHTS! Great hair!

Jacky

Your hair is gor­geous

randommusings

Gor­geous hair! But whoa??? Senior in col­lege at 19?! Get it girl!

Porsha

Thanks! :)
Lot’s of AP class­es in high school and tak­ing extra class­es dur­ing the sum­mer lol. I’m hop­ing all of this hard work will pay off

Shae

Oh my good­ness, thanks you so much for this. I’ve final­ly found some­one that strug­gles with seb­or­rhe­ic der­mati­tis too. My scalp flares up like crazy some­times and every­one makes me feel bad when they’re like so mis­un­der­stand­ing.
“Oh, you just have dan­druff”
No, dan­druff is from OILY scalp, mine is DRY and clin­i­cal­ly so
And those that give advice always say “your hair may fall out with treat­ment”
Thank you Por­sha and Black Girl, Long Hair, for giv­ing me that con­fi­dence that I can grow my hair while get­ting my scalp treat­ment
I think now i’ll stop avoid­ing the der­ma­tol­o­gist like the plague, and final­ly go!

Nkem

She.Is.GAWJUSS! Her skin and hair and body is on POINT!

Ty

Love your skin! Love your hair! You are gor­geous :-)

Iva

You have beau­ti­ful skin!

Coconut + Cream

Super pret­ty lady and hair looks won­der­ful! Also, is any­one else get­ting Kel­ly Row­land vibes?? No? just me? Okay… *retreat­sto­corner*

Porsha

Lol you guys are too kind! I wish I looked liked Kel­ly, she’s gor­geous haha

Michelle

That’s who she remind­ed me of. I couldn’t place it.

Antoinette Stewart

Beau­ti­ful!! I like how you said your hair tricks styl­ist — My own plays the same games too

Asana

gor­geous with beau­ti­ful hair!

Porsha

thank you :D <3

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