Intro­duce your­self!
Aiesha Let­man from Queens, NY.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I’ve been nat­u­ral for 4 years now. My daugh­ter is almost 4, and I big chopped when I was preg­nant out of curios­i­ty of my nat­u­ral tex­ture. I’d nev­er seen it before that time. My curls had always been altered in some way.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
Accord­ing to hair charts I have type 3 curls. My hair responds real­ly well to gels and defin­ing creams. My strands are also pret­ty dense and eas­i­ly reju­ve­nat­ed.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
I do what I feel is right. I’ve lived in extreme weath­er con­di­tions and used pro­tec­tive styles, I’ve also for­got­ten about my hair for days (no prod­ucts) because may­be I’ve been busy doing oth­er things and my afro has had enough TLC in pre­vi­ous days to main­tain. I enjoy my hair in an afro shape, but I think this year I will let it grow down. This will take a lot more styling effort.


What does wash day look like for you?
I will use any sul­fate free sham­poo if I do sham­poo, because I don’t often. I like Gar­nier con­di­tion­ers and some­times I use Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie for def­i­n­i­tion. I like apply­ing coconut oil direct­ly to my scalp too.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
4 straight back braids!

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I don’t.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I’ve learned not to ever comb my hair while it’s dry. It took dis­ci­pline, but it was my only down­fall.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Mois­tur­iz­ing and mas­sag­ing my scalp­ing to stim­u­late growth.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Comb­ing my hair dry and bleach­ing. DON’T.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes! Please vis­it my blog to read more about my jour­ney and I am “AieshaArab” on Twit­ter and Insta­gram.


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

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Beau­ti­ful hair and her lit­tle girl is SO CUTE!!


SOOOOO Pret­ty. And I just book­marked your blog bc Im real­ly lov­ing it. <3 Thanks for shar­ing on BGLH ^__^


[Won­ders if I have the audac­i­ty to pull off the curly bang like that… dayum!]

Antoinette Stewart

Beau­ti­ful wom­an! Love­ly hair & eyes!
I wish your fam­i­ly the utmost hap­pi­ness!


duu­u­u­ude, that coconut water pic seri­ous­ly made me thirsty! very nice piece… it’s like your hair is grow­ing up right alongside your baby <3


Her hair is gorg


Yeah a 3c shes def a 3b/3a gal. Shes gor­geous anx so is her hair


You should be a mod­el!!!!


[…] Aiesha // 3C Nat­u­ral Hair Style Icon | Black Girl with Long Hair your­self! A: Aiesha Let­man from Queens, NY. Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral? A: I’ve been nat­u­ral for 4 years now. My daugh­ter is almost 4, and I big chopped when I was preg­nant out of curios­i­ty of my … […]


I was just about to com­ment about the clar­i­fi­ca­tion of her curls. There was a style icon post­ed a few days ago who had type 3c/4a curls that mir­rored (at least in appear­ance) my hair exact­ly. While I’m not a huge typ­ist (?) I found it help­ful to bet­ter under­stand the way my hair behaved with­out manip­u­la­tion. I was very con­fused when I saw her hair because while it’s gor­geous, it was very dif­fer­ent from how I under­stood 3c to look. Thanks for some of the clar­i­fi­ca­tion.


Yea she def­i­nite­ly said she has “type 3 curls” . I don’t know why the title of the arti­cle says 3C cause the icon nev­er spec­i­fied.


Thank you Stace! I titled Aiesha’s inter­view in error.


Awww! I love the gor­geous moth­er-daugh­ter pic­tures!


Beau­ti­ful hair — def­i­nite­ly 3B though


with all due respect, i believe, due to the size of her curls, that her hair is more 3b than 3c. i’m inclined to say she’s just straight 3b. Love love LOVE that tat­too on her thigh. it’s gor­geous!!!!
very pret­ty lady :D


fur­ther, her daugh­ter looks to be 2c/3a. they both have beau­ti­ful hair!


It’s so inter­est­ing how this 3C and anoth­er 3C post­ed ear­lier last week have two very dif­fer­ent hair tex­tures. Does 3C have sub­cat­e­gories? I thought I was 3C but may­be not. Beau­ti­ful hair by the way.


3c is just the size of the curl diam­e­ter, not the tex­ture. Alot of peo­ple have a mis­con­cep­tion that 3c and up are only silky tex­tures. You can be a cot­tony, silky, thready, or wiry hair tex­ture with a 3c curl size/pattern. For more info on tex­tures look up the lois sys­tem.