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Introduce yourself!
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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?
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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.
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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. 😀

– 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

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Ashlie Ayanna

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

bee

whoop whoop JA represent 😀

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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