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Introduce yourself!
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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?
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Moisturize and Seal with Aloe Vera. My hair can’t live without it.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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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?
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Yes, of course: lovethediosa.com and my Instagram @lovethediosa.

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- Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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

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kiki valerie

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

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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Chat1

Your hair, style and makeup are everything >>>

oohhh

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

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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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!

Tawni -@BrwnsugaT

A-MAZING, style and hair.

EllieLo

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

Inas

This girl is beautiful! Shame on people starting race wars on here! Love yourself,snatch your life and stop worry about who is “blacker” all the time!!!!

Diamond

Thank you love, it’s just unnecessary to me lol.

youngin girl

That is dope, Nice curls.

Hilary

You remind me of the actress who plays Asha from Hit the Floor! Great post as well!

lex

I follow her on Tumblr, she’s dope. 🙂

Keek

This type of natural hair always amazes me!Love it

Amma Mama

Beautiful and I love her curls <3

Ms.Lady

I love the curls and the black mess dress!!!!! Where did you get it?

Irene

Damn!!!! you are my hair idol for real

JJLIP

I wish I had her body. She is so pretty. And we have the same exact hair. Just wish I had that body!!

MJay

But how gorgeous is she!?

Tyler

The Minnie Mouse buns are cute!

Tyler
http://onelittleblackdress.com

Dorian

I love those curls
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Dorian

Sorry didn’t mean to post the image.

Chat1

Great hair! & I ?????? the makeup!

Chat1

Those question marks are supposed to be emoji hearts smh

Karen

Lovely style all around

keisha

absolutely gorgeous!

Andie

That black dress tho. Loving it, beautiful, beautiful hair!

Rach

Gorgeous hair and lipsticks!

Diamond

Girl the mac counter; go get some lol.

mlank64

Beautiful lady, lovely hair.

Diamond

Thank you!

Mlle Batifole

Diamond, your hair is gorgeous!

Diamond

Thank you love.

Amanda

Can I have her hair, clothes and body?lol She looks amazing!!

Diamond

Lmao thank you

Trina

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

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!

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.

Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

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

lis

And diamond….you are a certified banger……

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.

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.

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? 😉

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.

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 »
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.

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 »
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.

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?

Deb

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

Deedeemaha

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

lee

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

lee

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

mlank64

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

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 »
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots
Stopstealingallthegoodcarrots

ItsJillsine on Youtube.

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.

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 »
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