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Intro­duce your­self!
A:
My name is Ash­lie Ayan­na and I was born in the beau­ti­ful city of Kingston, Jamaica. I left Jamaica with my fam­i­ly at the age of 3 and have been liv­ing in Miami, Flori­da ever since.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
A:
I’ve had long, relaxed hair for the major­i­ty of my life (18 years to be exact). But at the age of 18, one week after my last relax­er, I made the deci­sion to tran­si­tion for the sec­ond time. This time I was in it for the long haul. Or so I thought. I end­ed up tran­si­tion­ing for 7 months instead of 2 years like I orig­i­nal­ly planned. I did the big chop (again­st my par­ents wish­es… oops) on March 28, 2013 and have been nat­u­ral for about 11 months. This March will make one year of nat­u­ral hair for me. I made the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral because I was tired of the burns, I want­ed to try short­er hair (which is why I big chopped), and I was tired of con­stant­ly being wor­ried about the pool/beach when it came to my relaxed hair.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
A:
My hair is a com­bi­na­tion of all vari­a­tions of Type 4 hair. Specif­i­cal­ly I have 4a/4b along the front and mid­dle of my hair, then 4b/4c along the back and sides of my hair. My indi­vid­u­al strands have always been coarse, even when relaxed, and my hair is extreme­ly dense, caus­ing my hair to look like it’s longer than it real­ly is.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
A:
When I tran­si­tioned I would con­stant­ly do ban­tu knot-outs, twist-outs, and top knots. After big chop­ping I decid­ed to exper­i­ment with twist-outs and flat twists using flaxseed gel, olive oil, and water (I couldn’t afford expen­sive brands lol). After about 4 months of being nat­u­ral I began doing wash-and-gos with Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion Con­di­tion­er, and wear­ing my hair in blown out fros. Fast for­ward to today, I’m real­ly into wear­ing my hair in a fro (whether blown out, twist­ed, or braid­ed), puffs as more of a pro­tec­tive style, and the occa­sion­al wash-and-go. Also, I still use Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion prod­ucts, and was final­ly able to get one expen­sive pro­duct, which was the Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie, and I couldn’t have made a bet­ter choice.

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What does wash day look like for you?
A:
My wash day usu­al­ly encom­pass­es 2 to 8 hours depend­ing on what I’m doing. I start by fin­ger detan­gling, slight­ly, before get­ting in the show­er. Some­times I will detan­gle with olive oil and water, oth­er times I’ll just detan­gle dry. Next, I sham­poo my hair (whoa, I know, but only once lol). After­wards I use the Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion Con­di­tion­er to ful­ly detan­gle my hair, and if I plan on using the blow dry­er after­wards I use a wide-tooth pick to detan­gle. If not I stick to fin­ger detan­gling. I usu­al­ly let the con­di­tion­er sit while I do my oth­er show­er duties. Then I dry my hair, just a lit­tle, with a t-shirt and apply the Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie fol­lowed by water and olive oil to seal. When doing a wash-and-go that’s where I usu­al­ly end, but if I plan on doing a twist out, or braid out I will wait a cou­ple of hours while my hair air dries, and when it’s still some­what damp begin twist­ing or braid­ing. On my blow-dry­ing days I keep the dry­er on warm, and then when my hair is most­ly dry I switch to the cool set­ting to give my hair a break from the heat.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
My favorite go-to hair­style will always be the puff. I absolute­ly love how easy it is to toss an old fro into a puff and auto­mat­i­cal­ly look 10 times more chic and fash­ion-for­ward. It also doesn’t hurt that my puffs can some­times come out look­ing like top-knots or big buns. :)

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
A:
I com­bat shrink­age by using twist-outs, braid-outs, or blow-dry­ing my hair. But see­ing as though I don’t do those often, I more just accept the shrink­age and make it work to my advan­tage.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
A:
The very mid­dle of my head is where my hair seems to always be the dri­est and in need of the most atten­tion. So when I’m apply­ing any pro­duct, espe­cial­ly water, I have to make sure that the hair in that area gets the most.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
A:
My unruly, yet sophis­ti­cat­ed tex­ture (if that makes sense lol) requires LOTS of water and oil. So much so that some­times I’ll fore­go every­thing else and only use those. It also needs to be han­dled with care, so no rough comb­ing or con­stant manip­u­la­tion.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
A:
I absolute­ly will not put just any­thing in my hair, even if it comes high­ly rec­om­mend­ed. My hair is doing fine just the way it is, so it’ll take a lot of con­vinc­ing to get me to try some­thing new lol. Again, no rough comb­ing and over-manip­u­la­tion.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
YouTube (AshyTwix TV): http://www.youtube.com/ashytwixtv

DISCLAIMER: I’m gonna be upfront and say that I AM NOT a nat­u­ral hair vlog­ger. I may post videos about hair in the future, but not many. I’d say I’m more of a commentator/general vlog­ger, so who knows what will be up (fash­ion, books, com­e­dy?). I WILL be updat­ing my chan­nel very soon though, so be on the look­out and sub­scribe please. You can also find me on:
Insta­gram (@ashlieayanna): http://www.instagram.com/ashlieayanna
Twit­ter (@ashlieayanna): http://www.twitter.com/ashlieayanna

Meosha

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

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37 Comments on "Ashlie Ayanna // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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kemi

your fro is amaz­ing, I can’t wait till mine gets a big as yours.

Love JAH

This fro is every­thing!!!

Leila

love that you rock your fro. it’s glo­ri­ous!

alt-K

I love your hair and var­ied looks!

Ashlie Ayanna

Thanks! :)

Amma Mama

You have the per­fect fro <3

Ashlie Ayanna

Thank you <3

Justine

Beau­ti­ful!! My hair is a good mix­ture of 4a and 4b all over!! :)
I thought her hair was 4c though.. *Kanye shrug*

youngin girl

Man, I love Jamaican cul­ture. I like their music, danc­ing, food and accents. Now they are start­ing to make air­ways here, it’s cool. It’s been a long time since I seen fro’ fea­ture here. I’m glad i’m able to see once again. Is there a free trans­la­tor on how to speak a jamaican word?

Kira-lee

I love all the Jamaican fea­tures. Makes me so proud :’)

seddiie

love the fro

Ashlie Ayanna

I just want to say thank you to every­one for your kind words. And thanks again to Meosha for the fea­ture. :D

- Ash <3
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VeeVee Brown

Your wel­come. Your hair is beau­ti­ful and your style reflects your per­son­al­i­ty. PS my regime is inex­pen­sive but very effec­tive too. Keep doing you because it’s work­ing.

Skyler

Her style looks very vin­tage and I love her fro so pretty<3

lablooplah

Seri­ous­ly, I envy peo­ple with full afros like that. shheeeeshh

cacey

cute girl! and i love your hair, it’s so fluffy! beau­ti­ful all around.

Antoinette Stewart

Beau­ti­ful! Who shapes your eye­brows and how do they do so?!?! I need that method for my own babies lol!!

VeeVee Brown

Beau­ti­ful hair! I’m so jeal­ous. I have type 4 hair and I hope to rock a fro like this by the end of the year.

Ashlie Ayanna

And you will be rock­ing that fro! :) <3

sammie

Lov­in this hair!

Rissa

That fro is giv­ing life!!

Elle

Pro­tect those pic­tures! They are GORGEOUS, and so are you. Great inter­view.

Siedah

That ‘fro is GLORIOUS. Lol. I’m also a com­bi­na­tion of all three vari­a­tions of type 4 hair (4a in the back, 4a/b in the front, and 4b/c at the crown), and I can only hope that my ‘fro will be as beau­ti­ful. :)

Ashlie Ayanna

Your fro is already beau­ti­ful! And thank you lol. <3

Pat

Awe­some fro.

Kayla

I love how she has a kinky tex­ture and appears to wear main­ly wash and gos.

annmarie

Agreed. I’d love some insight into her wash and go process, since we have sim­i­lar hair tex­tures. I say the phrase wash and go and my hair shrinks up in hor­ror \-_-/

Ashlie Ayanna

Haha well actu­al­ly whichev­er pic­ture has the short­est hairstyle(s) that’s what my hair looks like after a wash and go. I have crazy shrink­age smh lol. 

SN: For my wash and gos I live a lit­tle of the con­di­tion­er in my hair after fin­ger detan­gling, and then I apply the Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and Extra Vir­gin Olive Oil. (P.S.- I nev­er dry my hair with any­thing when I plan on doing a wash and go. I just leave it be and apply the prod­ucts, then let it air dry in order to keep the curls.)

- Ash <3

Dede

Wtf!Ive been nat­u­ral for 2 years and my hair isn’t as long as hers…

Ashlie Ayanna

I don’t even con­sid­er my hair to be that long to be hon­est, lmbo. But thank you, and patience is key I guess haha. :)

Brittany. L

You wear a fro well girl!!, and whe I tran­si­tioned I con­stant­ly wore Ban­tu-Knots Outs thats all I wore lol

Check Out http://www.curlskinksfashion.com For nat­u­ral Hair and Fun!!

Ashlie Ayanna

Thank you! And I’m sure you rocked those ban­tu-knot outs. ;)

bee

whoop whoop JA rep­re­sent :D

darkchildlovethyhair

Your fro is the truth! Love it!! I also love the sim­plic­i­ty of your reg­i­men.

Ashlie Ayanna

Thank you, and sim­plic­i­ty is the only way I can man­age this nat­u­ral jour­ney lol. ;D

sue

oh my good­ness, I love your hair so much! and you’re so gor­geous!

Ashlie Ayanna

Thank you so much! :)

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