Bantu Knots 2013

Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Amma and I am from Ghana. I reside in Mary­land.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
I have been nat­u­ral for four years. I did the big chop on Octo­ber 11, 2009. I remem­ber it like it was yes­ter­day. I went nat­u­ral because I missed my thick hair. I also missed my edges. Relax­ers over time caused thin­ning in both areas.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
I would describe my tex­ture as 4c. My strands are thick, coarse and tight­ly coiled, how­ev­er my kinks and coils are a tad bit looser in the front. The front of my hair is eas­ier to comb than the rest of my hair.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
A:
Over the course of the mon­th, my hair is in Celie Twists (two big flat twists around my head, sim­i­lar to Milk­maid Braids). That’s the only style I can do. It’s quick, easy and con­ve­nient. It also keeps my hair some­what stretched while I work out at the gym. I can sleep with the twists too, minus the bob­by pins in the back. While my hair is in Celie Twists, I use Jane Carter Solu­tion Nour­ish & Shine to refresh my hair and add mois­ture. I use Hicks Edges to smooth down my edges.

Blow Out 2013

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash my hair with Shea Mois­ture Organ­ic Raw Shea But­ter Mois­ture Reten­tion Sham­poo and I con­di­tion with the Deep Treat­ment Hair Masque for about 30 min­utes to 1 hour with a con­di­tion­er cap while under­neath my hood­ed hair dry­er. I rin­se the hair masque out and use a wide tooth comb to detan­gle my hair using the Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Extra-Mois­ture Detan­gler. I then twist my hair into big indi­vid­u­al twists and let it air dry in the twists for a lit­tle bit. I then unrav­el the twists (indi­vid­u­al­ly) and apply grape­seed oil (as a heat pro­tec­tant) on each sec­tion of hair from root to tip. Then I blow-dry my hair. Once my hair is dry I apply some Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil or Jane Carter Solu­tion Nour­ish & Shine to my hair for mois­ture. I then twist my hair into Celie Twists.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I com­bat shrink­age by blow-dry­ing my hair. If I don’t want to use heat, I stretch my hair out with the Celie Twists after it has air-dried.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
My prob­lem areas would be my edges. I used to have thick and juicy edges. How­ev­er, years of relax­ers and a ter­ri­bly tight weave in 2009 left them thin. They’re not as strong or as full as they used to be. I try not to do styles that put a lot of pres­sure on them or pull on them. When I get styles that do such, I always end up with bald spots because that area is so sen­si­tive.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
Do wear pro­tec­tive styles. My hair has always liked pro­tec­tive styles, even in my relaxed days. It flour­ish­es while in them. Do sleep with a sat­in cap or sat­in scarf.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
Don’t do an at home dye job. I had one done in 2011 and my hair was a dry and over processed mess. It felt like hay! Don’t comb my hair too much when it is dry because that equals break­age for me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Allthingsammamama.com or http://ammamama.tumblr.com/
Insta­gram: allth­ingsam­ma­ma­ma

Meosha

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

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willo

yesss celie twists! my go to pro­tec­tive style also. hers look so full and pret­ty!

Amma Mama

Thank you :-)

Coconut + Cream

YES Amma, Me Do Fo Pa!
Looove this. On anoth­er note, I wish my hair was strong enough to with­stand heat some­times — Your hair is so lus­cious and thick and long!

*Ghana­ian accent* Eh hehhh — So you ‘ave been here on Black Gehl Long Hair, com­ment­ing on erry­body hair, but you sef, look at dis boory­furl hair you are hid­in’ LOL

xox

Amma Mama

LOL I am crack­ing up read­ing this “boory­furl”!!
Medase pa Sheri­da! :-)

jojosatoes

Yes! Amma seems to be one of the sweet­est ladies on here. Due to her upbeat com­ments, I now fre­quent her blog and love her style, hair and per­son­al­i­ty! Kudos to you Amma!

Amma Mama

Awww thank you and thanks for check­ing out my blog :-)

Andie

Love those Celie Twists on her, toooooo cute. Ghana gals, rep­re­sent!

Amma Mama

Thanks Andie :-)

HortonHearsA...

I have the same hair, great pics!

Isn’t she a com­menter here? I see com­menters are hid­ing their won­der­ful hair, we need to see it!

Amma Mama

Thanks hair twin :-)
Lol yea I am. I love BGLH!

The Mane Captain

lol! she’s a reg­u­lar com­menter!
Love your celie twists and the kid pic. so beau­ti­ful!
themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

Amma Mama

Thanks Ade­o­la!! :-)

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