Intro­duce your­self!
My name is Anasta­cia (some may know me in the nat­ur­al hair com­mu­ni­ty as Nicap­ini­ca). I’m from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I’ve been wear­ing my nat­ur­al hair loose since 2005. Actu­al­ly, my last relax­er was applied when I was 16–17 years old. At some point, before the next retouch, my hair start­ed to break a lot. Since I could not use more chem­i­cals in my hair at that moment, I did some research and decid­ed to go with box braids with syn­thet­ic hair exten­sions. I didn’t have any inten­tion of tran­si­tion­ing to nat­ur­al hair at this point of my life. After years and years of strug­gling with my hair, I final­ly could enjoy long tress­es, change the col­or, length, etc. with­out actu­al­ly chang­ing my real hair. Box braids were so prac­ti­cal; I thought I would wear them for­ev­er! But in 2005 when I was 21–22 years old I got tired of the look, and decid­ed to wear my hair loose. In fact, I’ve nev­er had a big chop because as I didn’t take prop­er care of my hair dur­ing the time I worn braids, all my relaxed ends were gone (actu­al­ly dis­in­te­grat­ed!). I just had to get a hair­cut to shape my hair and get rid of what looked like scab hair.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I think I have pre­dom­i­nant­ly 4A curls, but they are loos­er on the top/front of my head. My hair is medi­um den­si­ty and my strands are fine, espe­cial­ly on the back and sides of my head, but the top/crown is kinki­er than the rest. Also, my hair shrinks a lot, some­thing like 65% of the real length when stretched.


Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
In the past I used to wash my hair once a week. Because I didn’t have much time to wash and style dur­ing the week I used to wear my hair nat­u­ral­ly shrunk­en in a bun, which also worked as a pro­tec­tive style. Now I wash my hair 2 times a week, usu­al­ly on Tues­days and Sun­days. Some­times I wear my hair in a wash and go, but it’s get­ting more and more dif­fi­cult because my hair is real­ly long, shrinks a lot, and gets very tan­gled. So, in the last months, I have been wear­ing twists and twist outs to make things eas­i­er when detan­gling. I always set the twists with reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er that I use as a leave-in, nev­er hair gel because it makes my hair dry. At night I band my hair and wear a satin scarf to pro­tect the strands.

What does wash day look like for you?
First, I sep­a­rate my hair in at least 10 sec­tions and fin­ger detan­gle one sec­tion at a time, damp­en­ing the hair to make the process eas­i­er. Then I set my hair in twists to sham­poo and keep the sec­tions sep­a­rat­ed until the moment I style my hair. I apply a non-sul­fate sham­poo (Bio­derm OroAr­gan) and fol­low with a deep treat­ment mask (Bio­lage Hydrathérapie, Matrix Relax­i­ma Care, L’Oreal Masquin­tense, or Amend Anti-Age – I use the one I think my hair would ben­e­fit more from at the moment). I detan­gle my hair while soak­ing wet and coat­ed with prod­uct first with my fin­gers, and then with a Goody mini brush. After rins­ing I tow­el-dry my hair and do the LOC method with a mix of nat­ur­al oils (jojo­ba oil, cas­tor oil, almond oil, and coconut oil) and a reg­u­lar con­di­tion­er that I use as a leave-in (Haskell Quina Rosa, Bio­derm OroAr­gan Monoi or Elséve Liss Intense Extreme, which was dis­con­tin­ued). After that, I twist my hair in large sec­tions (around 10 twists, made of the same 10 sec­tions I sep­a­rat­ed before the wash) and let my hair air dry until the next day, when I wear my hair in a twist out.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Def­i­nite­ly my go-to hair­style is a bun, which looks like a donut bun, but is made just with my hair (no exten­sions or fillers). To get dif­fer­ent looks I just change the acces­sories (head­bands, flow­ers and hair­clips).

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
I’ve opt­ed for reg­u­lar or stretched twists. They give me amaz­ing twist outs and show some of my hair’s real length. When my hair is in a wash and go, I like to put my hair in a low pony­tail and band it at night so I keep my coils, but stretch them a lit­tle bit.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I need to take extra care of my crown because it breaks very eas­i­ly when I apply too much pro­tein with­out the right amount of mois­ture. Also, my hair is very prone to sin­gle strand knots, so I’ve been avoid­ing wash and gos to pre­serve my ends.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Low manip­u­la­tion and pro­tec­tive styles (espe­cial­ly when done on stretched hair to avoid knots and tan­gles).

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Wear­ing the hair loose and shrunk­en all the time and apply­ing hair gel too fre­quent­ly.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I have a blog: http://ameseucrespo.blogspot.com.br. I’m also on Face­book: https://www.facebook.com/AmeSeuCrespo and Insta­gram: http://instagram.com/ameseucrespo.


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

Leave a Reply

17 Comments on "Anastacia // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

Notify of

Your hair looks so free and hap­py! Great arti­cle.


Pic 7 is excellent–I nev­er know what my bun looks like in the back, but I DO know it nev­er looks that good!


[…] Click here to view orig­i­nal web page at blackgirllonghair.com […]




Your hair is gor­geous. Hope­ful­ly mine will look like that when it grows up. Lol

youngin girl

Hey, That’s real­ly nice. I like your name.


Great detail-filled inter­view and gor­geous hair! I returned to my nat­ur­al hair the same way, break­age from perms lead­ing to wear­ing twist exten­sions FOREVER with no clear inten­tions and no big chop. I took them out one day and voila!

I look for­ward to tran­scrib­ing her blog, I’m always curi­ous what nat­u­rals out­side of the U.S. are doing/talking about.


beau­ti­ful head of hair on a beau­ti­ful girl!




is your blog con­vert­ible to Eng­lish?


Hey, keisha!
My blog is in Por­tuguese because most peo­ple don’t speak Eng­lish in Brazil, and most of infor­ma­tion I gath­er from web­sites in eng­lish. For now, maybe you can try the Google Chrome fea­ture or Google Trans­la­tor but I’ll try to trans­late the blog in the future :)

Makeup Reviews Hall

Sim­ply beau­ti­ful


Parabéns Nica, lin­do cabe­lo.
Eu sou Moçam­bi­cana e acom­pan­ho o seu blog. 

Very gor­geous.
Take care.


beau­ti­ful hair and girl!! That shrink­age pho­to from the back is crazy!


Cute curls


Real­ly gor­geous, love the sim­plic­i­ty of the styles


Beau­ti­ful hair.. I’m swoon­ing right here right now :-)