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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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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! 🙂

naya

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

theblendedbeauty

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

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

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

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????

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.

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.

Naturally Lovely

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

transitioningchica

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

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!*

youngin girl

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

Skyler

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

Rissa

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

Lana

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

KP

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

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.

Mika

Half Philipino and what? Very pretty curls!

Dede

Barbadian(Barbados)

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