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Intro­duce your­self!
D:
My name is Dia­mond Dor­ris, I am 23 years mor­tal and I am from San Jose, CA (BAY AREAAA! Lol).

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
D:
I have been nat­u­ral most of my life. I did get a perm once when I was 14, though. I was sick of my hair not stay­ing straight when I would sweat a lit­tle, take a show­er, or even if it was too cold or fog­gy out­side at night. I begged my mom for a relax­er, and I got it. My hair nev­er broke off or any­thing, but I hat­ed that my curls were gone. That was the first and last time I ever got one. I still straight­ened my hair reli­gious­ly up until about 4 years ago. Before then I didn’t know how to care for my hair in its nat­u­ral state, and it would actu­al­ly break off when I wore it curly. I straight­ened my hair so much that it got to the point where it would be straight even when wet. One day, I went to get my hair straight­ened and my beau­ti­cian goes “OMG your roots are so curly!”. I had com­plete­ly for­got­ten what my hair real­ly looked like. After that I went into weaves for about a year and a half or so, that way when I big chopped I wouldn’t lose any length. I wasn’t used to short hair, and I didn’t want to regret going nat­u­ral yen­no.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
D:
My tex­ture is main­ly 3C. My strands are very fine and my hair is pret­ty dense. I have 3B hair towards the “kitchen” area, and a small patch in the crown area has to be a mix of 3C/4A. Lawd, that patch will be the death of me. I breathe too hard and it will break off with no regrets. As far as my hair behaves, it does what it wants and I let it be.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
D:
My styling reg­i­men is pret­ty sim­ple. Nine times out of ten I do a wash’n’go. It’s easy, sim­ple, and not that hard to main­tain when mois­tur­ized. I mix water and Shea Mois­ture Curl & Style Milk in a water bot­tle, and every morn­ing I spray my hair with it and it’s refreshed.

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What does wash day look like for you?
D:
When I first went nat­u­ral, I watched YouTube videos for hours. This made me a com­plete pro­duct junkie, and obsessed with the per­fect rou­tine. I would do stuff like col­lect laven­der and make my own laven­der rin­se, make my own con­di­tion­ers, and it was just too much and waaay too time con­sum­ing. It was unnec­es­sary. I even­tu­al­ly fig­ured out a sim­pler way: I pre-poo with coconut oil. Then I wet my hair and detan­gle with Kinky Curly Knot Today because dry detan­gling is not for me, and I have yet to find any­thing else that detan­gles my hair with no break­age. Then I rin­se, and depend­ing on if my hair feels like there is a lot of pro­duct build-up, I will rin­se my hair with apple cider vine­gar and water, and mas­sage my scalp. I make sure to get all the build-up out so that when I deep con­di­tion it can actu­al­ly get all the good stuff in each strand. If my hair doesn’t have a lot of build-up, then I skip that step and I will deep con­di­tion using one of the three: Shea Mois­ture Anti-Break­age Masque, Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Deep Treat­ment Masque, or Camille Rose Nat­u­rals Algae Deep Con­di­tion­er. All 3 masques leave my hair soft, and I also try to alter­nate them.

I leave the deep con­di­tion­er in my hair for about 30 min­utes min­i­mum (I usu­al­ly get out of the show­er and put a show­er cap on in the mean­time) then I’ll hop back in the show­er and rin­se. I co-wash with either Shea Mois­ture Raw Shea But­ter Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er, Aubrey Organ­ics White Camel­lia, or Aubrey Organ­ics GPB Glyco­gen Pro­tein Bal­anc­ing Con­di­tion­er (if my hair needs extra pro­tein). Then I rin­se with ice cold water, like real ice water. It’s uncom­fort­able, but it leaves my hair so shiny. I use Kinky Curly Knot Today as a leave-in, and use Shea Mois­ture Coconut & Hibis­cus Curl & Style Milk depend­ing on if I need extra mois­ture. Last­ly I put Aubrey Organ­ics Aloe Vera Gel in my hair as a sealant. Best sealant choice ever. It always leaves my hair so shiny and it doesn’t weigh it down.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
D:
I hon­est­ly can­not go wrong with a high bun. If I’m feel­ing spicy I will wear two buns, and every time I’m in pub­lic it seems to be a hit.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
D:
I don’t. My hair will revert even­tu­al­ly, so try­ing to fight it is futile.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
D:
That patch, that patch, that crown patch. It got so bad at one point to where my hair was down my back and that patch of hair stopped at my shoul­ders. I actu­al­ly had to do research for 4A hair just to learn to take care of it. I try not to touch it as much as pos­si­ble.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
D:
Mois­tur­ize and Seal with Aloe Vera. My hair can’t live with­out it.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
D:
Don’t straight­en my hair on heat past 350, even though it’s rare I do. And I need to lim­it all col­or­ing of my hair. I had two-tone hair (black and blonde) and the whole blonde side start­ed to break off and get all thin. It was the worst. I had to cut my hair twice last year just to fix it. I have anoth­er two inch­es to cut and I should be okay. I real­ly believe bleach­ing past a cer­tain col­or point nev­er works out in the long run.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D:
Yes, of course: lovethediosa.com and my Insta­gram @lovethediosa.

Meosha

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

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58 Comments on "Diamond // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon"

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EllieLo

You have beau­ti­ful hair! And a fly sense of style!!

Tawni -@BrwnsugaT

A-MAZING, style and hair.

Naomi

Yay, I believe my hair in its nat­u­ral state is like yours, it’s gor­geous. I’ve been chem­i­cal­ly relax­ing it for around 8 years. Pri­or to that when I took over from my mum and main­tained my hair in its nat­u­ral state I had no clue how to look after it, used a lot if gels and was very harsh when brush­ing it caus­ing break­age. I’ve had enough of chem­i­cal relax­er and want to go all
nat­u­ral but I’m scared that I’m not going to be able to han­dle the process. I just don’t know where to start!

Kumba

Hey! Omg we almost have exact­ly the same hair, my crown area is hell­ish too! I love some of the styles you do, how do you get your buns so neat? Mine are always all over the place haha! See the pic­ture lol Xx

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oohhh

she makes me want some baby hair! i need a tuto­ri­al asap! lol

Chat1

Your hair, style and make­up are every­thing »>

Gurlll

GIRL.… You are the spit­ting image of Tay­lour Paige from the TV Show Hit the Floor… She even does the same hair styles… That’s crazy.
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kiki valerie

Just found out my hair is a 3b /3c still at my ear­ly stage of tran­si­tion­ing

JJLIP
I wouldn’t sug­gest to wash 3c hair every­day. Hair like that doesn’t need much wash­ing you just need to co wash it once every week. I don’t wash mine for a week some­times and peo­ple still say my hair smells good. Black peo­ple don’t get that oily dirt that white peo­ple get. We need to pre­serve the nat­u­ral oils in our hair. If you wash too much you are going to see too much break­age when it’s wet. I wash it once evvery two weeks sometimes…Still smells nice Most peo­ple shouldn’t wash their hair too often because I don’t think… Read more »
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

I’m Half White (Croa­t­ian Dad, Haitian Mom) so that doesn’t apply to me. I’m not black and I actu­al­ly do have oily skin so I don’t thing wait­ing so long to sham­poo is a good idea.

Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

This girl, also mixed race, sham­poos her hair every three days as well.

Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

Thumbs down because I said I’m not black? LOL, I am half White so obvi­ous­ly my hair and skin would be dif­fer­ent . Black wom­en are so inse­cure. It’s no won­der your own men don’t want you.

Uli

The fact that your moth­er is Black,makes you a black wom­an honey,and Diamond,having an admix­ture does­nt make you mix actually,in order to be mixed,both of your par­ents have to be bi-racial,making you multi-racial,or mixed. Hav­ing stuff down your line,doesnt make you mixed. The fact your moth­er is Black,your mtD­NA would make you a Black woman,not a white woman,regardless if your dad is white. And as far as I’m concerned,Who gives a damn if Black men dont want us,shit,there are so many oth­er races of men that do!

Trina

How are you not black? Your mom is hatian!!!!!!!!!! LMaO

Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

ItsJillsine on Youtube.

Diamond
You just said your mom was black. Is she also inse­cure and cant keep a man? I am also con­sid­ered to be of mixed race even though I iden­ti­fy as black. And being mixed doesn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly exclude your tex­ture or skin col­or from iden­ti­fy­ing with being black. I know mixed girls dark­er than me with kinky hair and Africans that are pale with wavy hair. So to say you’re mixed real­ly means noth­ing. No one is inse­cure, this page inter­views wom­en mixed & black and they are all cel­e­brat­ed. Fact is, mixed or black, our hair still isn’t like any­one… Read more »
mlank64

Well said!!!, not only are you beau­ti­ful but artic­u­late and intel­li­gent. You’re the total pack­age.

lee

But who said any­thing about.…you know what nev­er­mind it’s not even worth it.

lee

P.S. My com­ment was direct­ed at Car­rots girl, not you Dia­mond :)

Deedeemaha

My thumb down was because you said, “I actu­al­ly have oily skin”.
Lol smh

Deb

Your true feel­ings toward black wom­en are now on dis­play! Didn’t take too long, it nev­er does ha.

Ms Vee

@stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

You’re right.…you’re not black. But what pray tell brought you to a site called BLACK­girl­long­hair? Is trolling a part of your dai­ly due?

Bridget J.

You’re not black, but I am. Yet we both have 3c hair. Wait … does that mean I am not black? Or, does that mean that your hair is black and you are not? So con­fus­ing. Who the hell cares if you are black or not? You have 3c hair and that’s why you are on this site “blackgirlllonghair.com” because you need help with your 3c hair. End of sto­ry.

RLS
Dia­mond your gor­geous and your hair is EVERYTHING! Ms.Carrots if I under­stand you cor­rect­ly… You are “half black & white” you iden­ti­fy more with your fathers her­itage, ok. Clear­ly you were raised under the stig­ma that Haitian’s weren’t African? “Haitian are the invis­i­ble peo­ple” that don’t wish to be iden­ti­fied as black. Can you say dias­po­ra! I as a black wom­an implore you to research your her­itage for your own per­son­al growth so that you know who you are as a wom­en of col­or! White, black or oth­er­wise the one drop rule still applies. Be thank­ful for the free­doms being… Read more »
chalise

okay, now you are trolling, boo. i think you got thumbed down because there’s no need to men­tion your eth­nic­i­ty. i mean, srsly? what rel­e­vance does your eth­nic­i­ty have to any­thing? if you’re on this blog we’ll assume you have kinks to your hair or some kin­da tex­ture to war­rant the infor­ma­tion being applic­a­ble to you as well as to the major­i­ty of the read­er­ship, hence no need to go into detail about what you’re mixed with. as for the rest of your com­ment, no com­ment.

Kelly
There’s real­i­ty and there’s per­cep­tion of real­i­ty. Fun Fact: despite what the media shows and despite the grow­ing trend of Black men dat­ing non-Black wom­en, accord­ing to the Cen­sus Bureau, MOST Black men in the Unit­ed States are mar­ried to Black wom­en. In 2010 390,000 Black Men were mar­ried to Black wom­en but 4,072,000 were mar­ried to Black wom­en. It’s also under-report­ed that there are high­er rates of divorce in inter­ra­cial-Black men/White wom­en mar­riages. But mar­riages between White men and Black wom­en are less like­ly to end in divorce, so are mar­riages between two Whites and two Blacks. Two, some… Read more »
EllieLo

@Carrots Girl

.….noth­ing you says makes sense on this board. Absolute­ly noth­ing. I real­ly feel sor­ry for you and your crazy talk. It’s clear that YOU have some inse­cu­ri­ty about your race, since you seem to be lash­ing out at every­one else due to theirs.

Also? You real­ly need to revis­it your sci­ence class. Noth­ing, absolute­ly NOTHING said above made the lick of sense.
I’m pret­ty sure your Croa­t­ian father and Haitian moth­er would be very ashamed of you using their her­itages to act a fool on a hair web­site.

Ms Vee

@goodcarrots

Hun­ny,

We get it. You aint black. I agree with you 100% (and will defend your posi­tion again­st the con­fused that say oth­er­wise). But I ask you again.……whhhy are you here? Do i smell enti­tle­ment issues?

Again BLACK­girl­long­hair. Not girl­long­hair. Be a dar­ling and exit to the left (and remain gone). mmkay? ;)

chalise

@Carrots girl And i imag­ine, based off what you’re said about black wom­en, you are prob­a­bly thank­ing your lucky gods and god­dess­es that you “look more like your white dad”. God for­bid you came out look­ing just like your haitian mom, skin col­or and hair and all. I shud­der to think what kin­da iden­ti­ty cri­sis you’da been expe­ri­enc­ing then. i agree you’re not black, you’re mixed. we get it. quit trolling.

lis

@uli.…..exactly my girl…on point every­thing you said.
@Kelly.…not even nec­es­sary my girl.

@stop stealing.….WHO CARES.….about any­thing you said.…find some friends in real life.

lis

And diamond.…you are a cer­ti­fied banger.…..

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