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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

Meosha

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

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18 Comments on "Sophia // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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janice

I love her hair, she can rock any style lol!!!!!!!!

belkys

Very beau­ti­ful hair, I love the ver­sa­til­i­ty.

lablooplah

wait this is sup­posed to be medi­um length hair? that hair is loooong

Travon

Kngel­w­doe wants to be free, just like the­se arti­cles!

ema

great hair great wom­an.

Chat

Lov­ing her hair!

Rachel

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!

Asana

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.

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A.J.

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

TWA4now

Good infor­ma­tion and nice hair! #thanky­ou

D.K.

Nice ‘fro!

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Lehjnie
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Netta

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.

Shane

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? :)

shania

I love this girl right here, her videos are so infor­ma­tive. Love her hair.

Sassy24

Love it

Dyo

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

101Corkscrews

I love her videos. Love her voice, her accent. Her hair. Every­thing.…

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