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Intro­duce your­self!
K:
My name is Kara Thomas. I’m orig­i­nal­ly from NJ, but recent­ly moved to LA. I am an aspir­ing inte­ri­or design­er.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
K:
My hair has always had a nat­u­ral curl pat­tern, and after exces­sive heat dam­age I final­ly real­ized I ruined my nat­u­ral hair one sum­mer when I was unable to con­trol my frizz. I was younger and did not appre­ci­ate the beau­ty of my nat­u­ral hair. I was tired of putting con­stant heat on my hair, or not being able to wear my hair out so I made the deci­sion to big chop! I was about 17 when I made this deci­sion, so that was about 5 years ago. I wasn’t even ner­vous and it was hon­est­ly one of the best deci­sions I ever made. 

How would you describe your tex­ture?
K:
I have 3c-thick, spi­ral curls.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
K:
I detan­gle my hair in the show­er using Pan­tene Curly Hair Series Con­di­tion­er and a comb and brush. Then I apply Miss Jessie’s Curly Pud­ding to my soak­ing wet hair and dry it with a cot­ton t-shirt to reduce the frizz. After­wards, I put Smooth ‘N Shine Curling Mousse all over and use Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel on my edges. I dif­fuse with cool air until my hair is semi dry, then I switch to warm air. Last­ly, I use a pick at my roots to add vol­ume. On deep con­di­tion­ing days I use Hen­na ‘n’ Pla­cen­ta Treat­ment every two weeks. I let it sit in my hair and air dry. I rin­se out the pro­duct the next day. (Not what the direc­tions say, but hey! A lit­tle extra pro­tein nev­er hurt any­one right?) lol I hate going to hair salons or wear­ing my hair straight, so my ends do not get trimmed often. I do plan on get­ting my ends trimmed more fre­quent­ly!

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
I no longer use sham­poo, but I get rid of build up by rins­ing my hair and scrub­bing my scalp with my go-to con­di­tion­ers in the show­er.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
When I do not have a lot of time in the morn­ing I do a high bun or rock my sec­ond day curls. With sec­ond day curls I use a spray bot­tle and con­di­tion­er to touch up the strands that I messed up while I was asleep.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
K:
My hair is at a length where I no longer have to wor­ry about shrink­age. Dur­ing my grow­ing out process, I actu­al­ly did noth­ing about the length. I just patient­ly wait­ed for it to grow out. The shrink­age did not both­er me.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
K:
I promised myself I would nev­er col­or my hair again after my big chop, but about a year ago I went to Hair Cut­tery to light­en my hair and apply high­lights. At first the blonde was too bold and it changed my curl pat­tern, but after chop­ping my dead ends and ton­ing the col­or down with hen­na dye, I loved my hair col­or. Nat­u­ral­ly, my hair is a dark brown, black col­or. At that time it was light brown with gold high­lights. Now, since I dyed it again it’s a real­ly dark, almost black col­or when it was sup­posed to be brown. It’s grow­ing on me.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
K:
I would love love love advice/techniques on how to reduce shed­ding hair. When I detan­gle my hair with my hands or brush, so much hair comes out and I hate it.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
K:
The stan­dard curly fro is my favorite. I have a big fore­head so I keep my bangs trimmed. Also, you can nev­er go wrong with a clas­sic high bun. I have got­ten a lot of com­pli­ments when I loose­ly pull my hair back into a high pony­tail with my bangs still out.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
K:
I can­not stand wet hair! My fro is not as full unless I go through my entire reg­i­men. So I always try to leave the house with my hair as dry as pos­si­ble. And I have my pick on me at all times just in case my fro needs some TLC through­out the day. Anoth­er fail for me was try­ing a braid-out or rod curls. I prefer my nat­u­ral curl pat­tern. It is too time con­sum­ing, and it just doesn’t hold with my tex­ture. I admire wom­en who have the patience for knots and braid out ever night though, and I do want to get more exper­i­men­tal with twists and up-dos. I get my dai­ly inspi­ra­tion from fea­ture sites on Insta­gram.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
Just Insta­gram: kara_mel­ll.
Thanks guys, and if you have any fur­ther ques­tions feel free to hit me up on there!

Meosha

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

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Kara

New Insta­gram- karath­omass

Jakiya Codie

Has ur Insta­gram changed again bc I can’t not find it

Kara

Work­ing on edits guys! Sor­ry it was so vague. And if you have any ques­tions feel free to hit me on Insta­gram!

Stay

Don’t even sweat it. There is a clan of haters on every icons post. You’ll nev­er please every­one.

I per­son­al­ly come to the­se main­ly for the pic­tures, as style inspi­ra­tion, so thanks for putting up a lot.

One, piece of con­struc­tive critism… You are far too beau­ti­ful to have such heavy brow make-up on. I under­stand if that’s your sig­na­ture look, but it seri­ous­ly ditracts from your pret­ty face! :-)

idavoyder

Black wom­en are so crab­by it’s a darned shame. The few of us that are, makes it look bad on the rest of us. It’s just amaz­ing how jeal­ousy brings out the inse­cu­ri­ty is some of us,

Nancy

Try a tea rin­se for shed­ding or may­be Aubrey organ­ics gob on your deep con­di­tion­ing days. Great hair!

Jacky

Beau­ti­ful lady with beau­ti­ful hair

'Quel
Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral? K: My hair has always had a nat­u­ral curl pat­tern. The hell does THAT mean? Bitch, me too. As well as every oth­er per­son of African descent. They need to stop fea­tur­ing chicks as hair icons who are just out for publicity/modeling, etc. This girl did a real shod­dy job of answer­ing the ques­tions. Then, she lat­er goes on to say: Tell us about your hair col­or? K: I promised myself I would nev­er col­or my hair again after my big chop, but about a year ago I went to Hair Cut­tery… Read more »
Kara

Geesh girl you need to relax…if you would like more details about my life/hair feel free to ask. I’m far from a mod­el

Fairy

I was just about to post the same freak­ing ques­tion!!! WTF kind of answer was that?

Jasmine

That irks me too when nat­u­ral hair icons or youtube vlog­gers do that. I was think­ing the same when look­ing at youtu­ber who was actu­al­ly fea­tured on this site. They aren’t oblig­ate to real­ly tell us much. But at the same time, point of being an n.h.i. if you’re not going to give much info on your reg­i­men, hair expe­ri­ence, etc. The vague answers are frus­trat­ing.

'Quel

And gave bs answers, but then turned around and pro­vid­ed like 30 freak­in’ pics. *Pub­lic­i­ty*

Fairy

Yeah I also don’t think we need­ed all those pics, which I’m sure half wasn’t even tak­en for hair pur­pos­es.

Kara

Actu­al­ly it was request­ed :)

Kandice

This is ran­dom, but where did you get the top in your first pic­ture?? Gor­geous hair by the way, mine looks almost exact­ly like yours!

Camillia

Beau­ti­ful!!

TWA4now

What beau­ti­ful hair and style! #work it!

TWA4now

great tips for shedding.…..i can­not take Biot­in, it breaks my face out bad! Any more sug­ges­tions for shedding.…I do trim.….I need to re vis­it fin­ger detan­gling with loads of con­di­tion­er as a pre-poo with an oil. any more suc­cess stores too con­trol too much shed­ding?

CurlyE

TWA4now:

A “PS” to my oth­er respon­se to your shed­ding ques­tion (see thread below, I think):

If you can take a pre­na­tal vit­a­m­in or folic acid, they’re akin to the ben­e­fits of biot­in.

Some use­ful info (not my page):

http://www.howtomakeyourhairgrowfast.net/does-folic-acid-help-hair-growth.html

TWA4now

Thank you CurlyE and to all who had some­thing to say about me with this excess shed­ding prob­lem. I do take pre-natal vit­a­m­in gum­my bears and Vit­a­m­in E plus Vit­ron iron pills.….thank you soooooo much!..thank you HAVE A HHJ!

CurlyE
TWA4now: y’know, shed­ding is one area where i’m not cer­tain any­one real­ly has a clue, except for when it includes actu­al hair loss that leads to hair thin­ning and bald patch­es on the scalp. before look­ing for a pro­duct or vit­a­m­in sup­ple­ment, you might want to keep track (pho­to or ziploc bag­gie jour­nal; see kim­may­tube for an exam­ple) of how much hair you’re actu­al­ly shed­ding on wash day and note all your steps to see if more or less hair is shed depend­ing on a cer­tain method used. and do that for about 6 wash­es (once a week for 6 weeks… Read more »
TWA4now

Thank you! I tired te rins­es they help a wee bit but not that much…not really–not for me any­way.

It is a LOT to take in…didn’t think of track­ing it.…when I take my twist down and wash days are shed days for me! I do real­ize hair sheds but it’s the in excess that I’m con­cerned with. thank you all…

CurlyE

it is A LOT!

*hangs head…* if only hair answers were sim­ple, one size fits each type ;-)

all the best, fig­ur­ing out if you have excess or if “a lot” (aka big air pock­et ball) is your nor­mal…!

Toni

I have tons of shed­ding too. Less than before though since I’ve final­ly got­ten my thy­roid meds reg­u­lat­ed. I have heard about and tried black tea rins­es. I found that it helped to reduce the shed­ding, but I didn’t keep up with it due to time con­straints :-(. On anoth­er note, the young lady fea­tured here has beau­ti­ful hair.

imani

I too shed some­thing awful.I have to not think abt it or I could fall into a depres­sion! I take folic acid,biotin,garlic,vit c,iron(diagnosed ane­mic) 2 yrs ago and STILL I shed hair like crazy! I’m sur­prised u can’t see my scalp ! Id say on wash day my shed hairs amounts the size of a ten­nis ball so I think that’s lot! but I give my hair a lot of tlc.I don’t comb it dai­ly except with my fingers,never detan­gle unless its sat­u­rat­ed in my condish mixture.nit sure wha­telse to do but I keep doing my best& love my hair.

CurlyE
Per the shedding…I find keep­ing my ends dust­ed reg­u­lar­ly some­what reduces the vol­ume of shed­ding, but oth­er than that, I’m just nat­u­ral­ly a super-shedder…but since you, like me, also seem to have a ton of hair (dense if not thick), it might seem like more shed­ding than some­one else has with less hair and thick­er strands…and that / your shed vol­ume could look big­ger because of strand length + curl pat­tern + air pock­ets. I’ve final­ly come to the con­clu­sion that both the super-shed­ding and degree of break­age I have act like a nat­u­ral hair thin­ner (i.e. like what some… Read more »
TWA4now

Thank you! Love your hair!

#toshe­do­rnot­toshedthais­the­ques­tion

CurlyE

Thank you!

Jacky

I love your hair

CurlyE

Thank you!

Sassy24

pret­ty

D.K.

Gor­geous, love it, girl! You’re what this site’s about!

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Nature Girl

Love the high­lights and healthy thick hair. I had no idea you could tone a per­ma­nent col­or down with hen­na. I won­der if per­ma­nent col­or along with hen­na can change the tex­ture as well?

jjac401

Gor­geous head of beau­ti­ful curls!

Allison

For the shed­ding, take MSM, biot­in, zinc, and iron. MAke sure you talk to your physi­cian to see if you are defi­cient in any of the­se min­er­als though. For me its helped tremen­dous­ly. For the MSM, you need to make sure you take it with vit­a­m­in C for it to have the best ben­e­fits. IT takes about a cou­ple of months to see a change but stick with it. The same min­er­als will help your hair to grow thick­er, fuller faster too. There is hope. :) Good Luck.

Candice
Sor­ry, Love face, noth­ing you can do to reduce shed­ding. We shed over 100 hairs every day. It’s just the life cycle of hair. You do need to make sure that it’s actu­al­ly shed hair and not break­age. There’s sup­posed to be a bulb at the end of shed hair (although I don’t think I’ve ever seen it), but the hair should be long. If it’s short­er pieces of hair com­ing out, then that might be just break­age, and you might want to reeval­u­ate your hair reg­i­men to make sure you’re retain­ing enough mois­ture. But you hair looks healthy and… Read more »
3rdxsthecharm

Beau­ti­ful girl, gor­geous hair & great style! Just a win­ner all around. Please don’t take offense to this, Kara, but in some of the pic­tures, your eye­brows look too dark/full with your del­i­cate fea­tures & light-col­ored hair. I think if you used a lighter col­or to fill them in or made them thin­ner, it would com­pli­ment your fea­tures even more.

Chaka
I’m in the thick eye­brows club too. My mom just called me Cook­ie Mon­ster when I talked to her a few min­utes via phone. I respond­ed, “I don’t care I love my [groomed/threaded] thick eye­brows!” I rarely fill mine in, b/c it is so easy for them to look too dark some­times. I have black eye­brows and I use a dark brown shad­ow thinga­ma­jig every blue moon to fill them in… It’s what­ev­er you like on you. Your tech­nique is flaw­less though–better than mine.  Any­way, Gor­geous hair. Gor­geous girl. I have to say that you hair seems like the quin­tes­sen­tial 3B… Read more »
Tasha

I always was inter­est­ed in the HENNA n’ Pla­cen­ta but read mixed reviews, from health issues to great reviews. IS it some­thing that con­tribut­ed to the growth of your hair. You have beau­ti­ful hair by the way.

Stace

I’ve found hen­na & pla­cen­ta to func­tion best for me in a mix­ture with an oil and some cheapy con­di­tion­er as a PRE-POO. When I used it after I sham­poo, no mat­ter how much I con­di­tion I get a stiff dry look. When I use it as a Pre-poo mix I get great vol­ume and strength.

Lunye

I always apply my Hen­na (all ayurvedic pastes) as a pre poo mixed with oils, aloe vera gel, hon­ey and coconut milk. I love it.

Rachel
Gor­geous hair! Love the high­lights, espe­cial­ly in the 3rd to the last pic with the black tank top. As a 3C girl your curls look more on the 3B-ish side they’re pret­ty big. Are you using rods in the­se pics or are the­se styles your W&G? I don’t have any tips on shed­ding because I expe­ri­ence avg to min­i­mal, but I’d prob­a­bly say mois­tur­ize more and make sure you’re thor­ough­ly detan­gling your hair so the shed­ding you are see­ing is shed hair that wasn’t loos­ened and removed ear­lier. I try to detan­gle with a wide tooth show­er comb and fol­lowed… Read more »
Stace

Gar­lic is great for reducing/stopping shed­ding. I usu­al­ly cut up a clove or two and mix it with some con­di­tion­er (let it sit for about twen­ty min­utes to allow the gar­lic to dif­fuse before apply­ing). I then apply the mix­ture direct­ly to my scalp and then my lengths and then wash my hair as usu­al. You might want to add an essen­tial oil to help cov­er up the gar­lic smell.

Kade

Yeah I was think­ing the same thing, more like 3B or even 3A.
But yeah gor­geous hair!! Abosoultey beau­ti­ful!!!!

Waunette

How do you find what tex­ture you have?
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rachel

Hi check out naturallycurly.com. tex­ture refers to the feel and size of each indi­vid­u­al your strands, whether thick, medi­um or fine, curl pat­tern is just that the shape and size of your curls or waves. NC should be able to answer those ques­tions for you! Look­ing at your pic­ture Is say your hair tex­ture wise is more on the fine side. Check out naturallycurly.com!

ShadowQueen

Geor­geous!
Got me think­ing about high­lights.

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