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Intro­duce your­self!
F:
Hel­lo beau­ties! My name is Flo­rence Marie Williams. I am a 21 year old half Bajan and half Fil­ip­ina attend­ing Val­dosta State Uni­ver­si­ty.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
F:
I’ve been nat­u­ral most of my life, but there was a peri­od in my ado­les­cence when I thought straight hair was the bee’s knees. Hon­est­ly my hair was prac­ti­cal­ly straight till I turned 12 or 13. I was known as my mother’s car­bon copy with the long straight black hair. When it start­ed to tran­si­tion from straight to curly it real­ly con­fused me and I had a hard time tak­ing care of it. My mom didn’t know how to man­age my hair either. I can still remem­ber scream­ing match­es every morn­ing try­ing to fig­ure out what to do with it. It was so much for my mom to han­dle that she threat­ened to cut it all off because she was so frus­trat­ed. Instead, at the age of 12 years old my mom took me to the salon and I got a perm. I loved hav­ing straight hair and the com­pli­ments, but it sad­dened me that after a week it was back to being curly. I felt like I was sold a dream that would nev­er come true. So after bat­tling it for three years I decid­ed to let it go and embrace what I have instead of try­ing to con­form. I am now 6 years strong.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
F:
I am not big on the curl pat­tern, but more on hair tex­ture. My hair is not baby fine but it’s not coarse either. I feel it’s right in the mid­dle. I also have low poros­i­ty hair.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
F:
I am main­ly a wash and go type of girl, but after three or four days I do high buns. They are per­fect for me! I think they are super cute and easy and quick to do. I like to make them real­ly big! I wear buns a lot espe­cial­ly since I’m a col­lege stu­dent and real­ly busy. I wash usu­al­ly every Sun­day using the prod­ucts I men­tion below.

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What does wash day look like for you?
F:
I try to have my wash days on Sun­days, but as of now I find myself wash­ing my hair every four days instead of the full week. I cleanse every oth­er week and I co-wash in between. So I co-wash one week, cleanse the oth­er week, and so on. Before I wash I fin­ger detan­gle with coconut oil. I use the LouA­na coconut oil. It comes in a huge tub and it’s cheap. I’m a col­lege stu­dent and it’s afford­able. I part my hair in six sec­tions, sat­u­rate my hair in the oil, and gen­tly get the tan­gles out. I then ban­tu knot all six sec­tions. I usu­al­ly leave it in overnight if I can, but if not I try to keep it in for an hour. After that it’s wash time. I wash my hair with bak­ing soda and clar­i­fy with apple cider vine­gar. The bak­ing soda is a gen­tle abra­sive that gets all the pro­duct and dirt out of my hair and the ACV bal­ances the PH in my hair and makes it a breeze to detan­gle.

I con­di­tion with TRE­Sem­mé Radi­ant Vol­ume Con­di­tion­er. I use a pad­dle brush to make sure the tan­gles are out of my hair. I am not a fan of the wide tooth comb. After the show­er my hair is still in those six sec­tions. I start with the bot­tom sec­tion and spray my mix­ture of half water and half grape­seed oil and fol­low it with my leave in which is Shea Mois­ture African Black Soap Bal­anc­ing Con­di­tion­er. Last­ly I apply Can­tu Nat­u­rals Coconut Curling Cream and seal with coconut oil, do that to all sec­tions, shake and go. Through­out the day I try not to touch my hair, and at night I pineap­ple. The next morn­ing I spray my hair with my grape­seed and water mix­ture and repeat that till wash day again.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
F:
Wash and go’s and a big bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
F:
I embrace it. My hair is inter­est­ing to say the least. My bot­tom sec­tion is a looser curl and I believe it grows the fastest. The mid­dle sec­tion is curlier and thick­er with lots of shrink­age. Then my top sec­tion is like a Curly Sue type of curl. It’s crazi­ness. It’s a very dis­tinct dif­fer­ence. I used to use perm rods, pin curls, twist outs and ban­tu knot outs on my hair, but it made the sep­a­ra­tion of the pat­terns even more obvi­ous and it was also time con­sum­ing, so I stopped and just stick to wash and go’s.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
F:
My ends! They are very frag­ile. I try to baby them every­day by seal­ing to retain my length and trim when need­ed to keep them healthy.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
F:
I can­not stay away from coconut or grape­seed oil. Those are my ulti­mate prod­ucts and I use them dai­ly to refresh and seal my ends.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
F:
Salon trips, and sul­fate sham­poos are both the dev­il to me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F:
Face­book: https://www.facebook.com/sun.red.sky.blue and my YouTube chan­nel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/Theblendedbeauty. No videos yet, but stop by and say Hi =)

Meosha

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

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23 Comments on "Florence // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Mika

Half Philipino and what? Very pret­ty curls!

Dede

Barbadian(Barbados)

momofIV

beau­ti­ful hair.…beautiful young lady…in regards to your hair, don’t try to live up to any­one else’s expec­ta­tions except your own.

KP

Cool! I wash my hair with bak­ing soda & ACV, too. It works so well. :)

Lana

1/2 Bajan. 1/2 Fil­ip­ina. 100% Gor­geous

Rissa

I’m absolute­ly in love with your hair!! Inter­est­ing com­bi­na­tion of tex­tures

Skyler

Sooooo pret­ty not just in hair but in atti­tude as well. Love it ^___^

youngin girl

Very nice. You do a nice job with main­te­nace. Keep it up!

cacey

OMG I JUST GRADUATED FROM VSTATE! GOOO BLAZERS!!! WOOT WOOT!!!! REPRESENT, CHICA!!!
*it should be not­ed that i almost NEVER type in all caps lol, so i am REALLY excit­ed!*

transitioningchica

LMAO @ salon trips being the dev­il!! bwa­ha­ha­ha!! such a pret­ty girl!!

Naturally Lovely

Pret­ty Lady. Love the first pic. She looks like the god­dess of Spring :)

Loporositychic

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I love your arti­cle ‚I have low poros­i­ty too. It nice to see that there are oth­er wom­an with low poros­i­ty hair.

Sha

Hi I was just won­der­ing, when you use coconut oil don’t you find it smells fun­ny after a while. Also if you sleep with it your pil­low­case will smell. What are your thoughts?

Mika

It smells good to me! Puts your hair in a sat­in scarf and hair bon­net. That way it will not seep onto your pil­low case.

Mika

Now the OP hair is nat­u­ral­ly curly and flowy, most blacks who are mixed with Asians is. What I don’t like is black wom­en insult­ing oth­er black women’s hair because they don’t load on the prod­ucts try­ing to get this hair type. I have noth­ing again­st black wom­en who choose to wear their hair curly and flowy instead, but what is so wrong with black wom­en wear­ing their nat­u­ral kinky afro type of hair that some of them have to police, and down­right ABUSE the­se wom­en about it????

Dee

O m gee your hair is so pret­ty and it looks so Healthy
And the pic­ture of you in the red flo­ral dress with the girl in the brown dress has been float­ing around every­where ;want­ed to find out who the girls were and what their reg­i­mens were like .Found !
Lol

k

I acci­den­tal­ly gave you a thumbs down. My apolo­gies! Small screen, fat fin­ger.

dee

lol! its okay

theblendedbeauty

Hey loves thanks for the pos­i­tive feed­back. Its flo­rence=] if you have any ques­tions email me @ fmwilliams@valdosta.edu

I was read­ing the art­cle about weave com­pa­nies steal­ing pics. They stole mine also=[
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transitionneuse

Are the­se peo­ple seri­ous ??Some­body needs to deal with them…asap

theblendedbeauty

@Sha i like the smell of coconut but the brand i use has no smell. You should try it

naya

gosh don’t i wish!!! love my hair but im IN LOVE with yours :)

Brianna Love

You are STUNNING! My fave pic­ture of you is the one with the high bun your smile is gor­geous! My baby sis­ter is half Japan­ese and you made me think of her! :)

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