Sophia // Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
M:
My name is Sophia, and I live in Miami Florida. I was raised here and in the Dominican Republic.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
I’ve been natural since December 2010. That will make me 2 years and 8 months natural. I decided to go natural because I was tired of getting burned from the lye in relaxers. I did not know it, but I was allergic to lye. I would have severe scabbing for about two weeks after I permed my hair. After trying every kind of perm, even boxed perms, I saw that they continued to burn my scalp and leave scabs on my head. I then made the choice to go natural and embrace my natural hair. Before I big chopped I came across these fabulous ladies on YouTube and learned so much from them that I decided to grab my video camera one day and start recording my progress. In my first video I uploaded I had permed hair and was about 2-3 months into my transitioning period. I transitioned for six months and decided to cut off all of my permed hair in June of 2011.

How would you describe your texture?
M:
My texture is within the 3c, 4a hair typing system, which I don’t usually follow. It might be necessary for some because of the kind of products that might work well for them, but I try to stay away from that. I would answer questions when many of my followers and subscribers would ask, but it’s not something that I emphasize on my channel. I believe everyone’s hair is unique and what might work for some, might not work for others. I would characterize my hair as medium density. My hair covers my scalp very well, is not as fragile as fine hair, and I can manipulate it into different styles quite easily. I consider it to also be within the normal porosity of hair range. My hair gets moisturized very well, and I can hold in moisture for about 3 days without needing to remoisturize.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
I have been in a wash and go challenge since June 14th of 2013, so since that time, this is the only style I have being doing. I believe that I have mastered somewhat my wash and go technique, and have found excellent products to compliment my wash and go’s. I am also able to rock a wash and go for more than 5 days.

These are some of the stylers I used for the weeks of the challenge: Eco Styler Gel, Curl Creating Mousse by Samy Fat Curls, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, African Pride Leave-In Conditioner, as well as others. One important thing that I have definitely learned for my wash and go is that whatever products I use for that week, I will not use any other product to re-moisturize. I try to stick to those same products that I used on day one. I believe that by bringing in other products it can create build up, flakiness, and/or dandruff. However when I am not rocking a wash and go I will wear twist outs, puffs, and so many other styles that are created very randomly at times LOL!!!

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
My typical wash day will consist of co-washing, deep conditioning, and using the LOC method, which I would use my leave in of choice, oil and a cream of choice. Then I would go ahead and apply my styler. If I am doing a wash and go for that week and my styler will be a gel, I will skip the cream in my LOC method. If I am applying a cream as my styler for a wash and go, I will apply the full LOC method. I also will pre-poo on the days I shampoo. I only shampoo my hair every other week, or once a month. I will give my hair a protein treatment once a month as well, when it feels like if it needs one.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My favorite go-to hairstyle would have to be a puff when I don’t have a lot of time to style. I can rock a puff when I’m wearing a wash and go, or twist out.

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
Shrinkage unfortunately is inevitable for those of us with naturally curly hair, but there are ways to help elongate your hair. My favorite is doing a pineapple at night. I will get a scrunchie and pick up my hair as high as it will go, tie it around once or twice, wrap my scarf around, or a bandana, and call it a night.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
My problem area would definitely have to be my crown area. It is coarser than the other areas of my hair and dryer. I pay closer attention to that area of my hair by moisturizing it with just a little more product when I am moisturizing my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
My 2 to do’s would have to be 1- condition, condition, condition and 2- Seal in the moisture.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
My 2 don’ts would have to be never try to detangle hair when you are in a hurry, and never detangle without applying some form of conditioner or moisturizer on your hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can find me as fabulousbeautyqueen on:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/fabulousbeautyqueen
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fabulous-Beauty-Queen/137950626308912?ref=hl
Instagram: http://instagram.com/fabulousbeautyqueen

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

 

18 thoughts on “Sophia // Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. Omg I hate how she talks SOOO fast in her videos like take a breath! Other than that her vids are nice and informative

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  2. I absolutely LOVE that pic of you with teal eye liner on. It makes your eyes pop and your hair looks very similar to mine.

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    • Waah, man ist niemals zu alt ffcr bunte Haare. Wenn ich da an manch eine Omi mit ihren labrfialenen Haaren denke, gehen bunte Spitzen mit 23 ja wohl klar :DIch denke schon sehr lange fcber ein schf6nes Pink oder Rosa in meinen Spitzen nach, bin aber besorgt, dass sich die Farbe nicht rfcckstandslos auswaschen le4sst. Welche Erfahrungen hast du denn damit gemacht? Ging immer alles wieder raus? :)

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  3. THANK YOU SSOOOO MUCH!!!! I just cute off my permed ends like 48 hours ago and I tried a wash and go. I normally use the LOC method and I didn’t know what to do when I was trying gel. I just put it on, on top of everything. Not so hot. I will try replacing the shea butter with gel next time

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  4. You are so beautiful! and I love the color at the tips of your hair and your eye makeup in the first pic (blue eyeshadow) is simply stunning.

    whatshetaughther.blogspot.com

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  5. I’m now sealing with only coconut oil because of you. I’m finding the lighter the products on my hair the better. Love your channel!

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