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Intro­duce your­self!
Hi! I’m Vanes­sa! I’m a 25-year old from Los Ange­les, Cal­i­for­nia.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
I have been 100% nat­u­ral for just over two years. I tran­si­tioned for anoth­er two years pri­or to that, so my nat­u­ral hair is a total of 4 years old.

I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral in 2010. Not only out of health con­cerns and a new found sense of self, but also because I went away to col­lege. I was liv­ing 4 hours away from my fam­i­ly, and it came down to the point where as a broke col­lege stu­dent, I had to decide between using my $80 to pay for a relax­er touch up and trim, or use those same $80 to pay for the round-trip train tick­et to go home. I was on the verge of choos­ing to get my hair done when I thought…what am I doing? Am I real­ly going to choose to not see my fam­i­ly for anoth­er three months just so I can get my hair straight­ened?

How would you describe your tex­ture?
I have mul­ti­ple tex­tures. I think I have pieces that range from 3b (on the sides of my head) all the way to pieces that look and feel like they might be 4a (on the crown of my head). Some of my hair needs no help being defined, and oth­er parts need all the help they can get! I’ve learned to work with it though.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
I will usu­al­ly style my hair on a Fri­day or Sat­ur­day and wear that style between 4 and 7 days. My tried and true prod­ucts for any style are Can­tu Shea But­ter Leave In Con­di­tion­ing Repair Cream paired with Kinky Curly Curling Cus­tard. I will use the­se whether I decide to do any­thing from a twist-out, to a wash and go, to a bun. I main­tain my styles by sleep­ing with a sat­in scarf or by using the pineap­ple method and a sat­in pil­low­case.

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What does wash day look like for you?
I either use the Herbal Essences Hel­lo Hydra­tion line, or the Organix line of sham­poos and con­di­tion­ers. They work real­ly well with my hair. I wash my hair with sham­poo and then apply con­di­tion­er. Once my hair is sop­ping wet and real­ly sat­u­rat­ed with con­di­tion­er, I sec­tion it off into 4 big chunky twists while still in the show­er. I detan­gle (from top-to-bot­tom, of course) one sec­tion of hair, then re-twist it before mov­ing on to anoth­er sec­tion of hair. Once all 4 sec­tions are detan­gled and re-twist­ed, I go through and un-twist all of them, then comb all of my hair togeth­er and make one big twist. I then rin­se off the excess con­di­tion­er while my hair is still in this big chunky twist. I dry my hair with a cot­ton t-shirt, and style as usu­al.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
When I have no time to style, I throw my hair into a high puff and slap a head­band on. Very easy to achieve with no prod­ucts.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
For shrink­age, I will usu­al­ly wear a twist-out or a straw-set (which was my favorite style when I was tran­si­tion­ing). How­ev­er, my hair has got­ten to the length that I don’t real­ly want to com­bat the shrinkage…I love it in its shrunk­en state too!

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
I have a lit­tle bit of an issue with dry­ness and break­age at the crown of my head and the frame of my face. That hair seems to dry out more than the rest. I try to keep it mois­tur­ized as best as I can, but it’s tough to com­bat.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
1) Let hair air-dry ver­sus using a dif­fuser or blow dry­er, and lim­it straight­en­ing to 0–2 times a year. 2) I would say detan­gling while still in the show­er is also a must for me. The extra slip from con­di­tion­er on sop­ping wet strands is just so much bet­ter and gen­tler on my hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
1) Since I cut off my relaxed ends 3 years ago I have nev­er once had my hair trimmed pro­fes­sion­al­ly – that’s prob­a­bly a big “don’t”. 2) I think care­less­ly using heat tools too often, or using them with­out heat pro­tec­tant is a “don’t” as well.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I have a blog that I used to chron­i­cle my 2-year long-term tran­si­tion­ing jour­ney. You can find it at I also have a YouTube chan­nel that coin­cides with the blog: The social net­work I use to con­nect with curl­friends is my Insta­gram @diimpulz.


Just anoth­er lover of nat­u­ral hair and expres­sion.
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OMG! u look like Tara­ji p. Hensen!! oh, and ur hairs real­ly pret­ty too!


Unbe­liev­ably gor­geous hair and skin!


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Pret­ty hair that resem­bles the 4a type. Not much vari­a­tion in style byte cute nonethe­less.


Beau­ti­ful, Love love the strawsets they are a killer gal.


she’s gor­geous. her hair is love­ly and her videos are awe­some.



I love see­ing you on this site, Vanes­sa! As always, you know I think both you and your hair are beau­ti­ful.

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Her dim­ples and smile. Her curls are pop­ping and her ques­tion about the 80$ on hair or a trip back home is true.


beau­ti­ful girl and hair!!




yes, I’m not feel­ing it either, pret­ty hair?


do we have a hater on our hands lol


How cute are her dim­ples?!?! Beau­ti­ful hair!


adorable! i love her smile