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Intro­duce your­self!
D:
My name is Dana Nicole Wal­ton, I am 24 and I live in this bor­ing lit­tle town called Plain­field, IL.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
D:
I’ve been nat­ur­al since 2007. As a kid I was forced to get perms because no one want­ed or knew what to do with my curly hair. In 2007 when we moved to Plain­field there were no black salons that my dad knew of. So I choose to start doing my hair on my own, and all I could do was flat iron it or throw it in a pony­tail. In 2011 I got tired of putting so much heat on my hair because I could flat iron it bone straight then go out­side and have a fro in 2.5 sec­onds. So I start­ed get­ting sew-ins, then mak­ing my own u part wigs for ver­sa­til­i­ty because I got tired of pay­ing peo­ple to do my hair. I could take them off at any giv­en time and wear my own hair. In 2013 I gave up the wigs to become com­plete­ly nat­ur­al. I real­ly got tired of look­ing like every­body else, espe­cial­ly in a pre­dom­i­nant­ly white town where they think women of col­or with weaves are all the same.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
D:
My hair is most­ly 4a. In the front where my bangs are it’s more 3b due to loss of my curl pat­tern from dying and bleach­ing. My hair is BSL, but fresh­ly washed it shrinks up near my jaw­line. My hair is fine and breaks very eas­i­ly, how­ev­er I think the den­si­ty is right in between medi­um and low.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month.
D:
I love hav­ing my hair down, so I’m pret­ty basic. I just mas­tered my wash n go’s using Tre­semme Nat­u­rals Con­di­tion­er that I add EVOO to as my leave in. I then plop with a cot­ton tee and apply Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie and Olive Oil Eco Styler Gel as my styler. When I don’t do wash n go’s I do ban­tu knot outs, twist outs and twist and curls all using Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie. I hate my hair in a shrunk­en state so I like using these styles to elon­gate my curls. I always have my pick on hand to fluff the heck out of all of my styles because I hate flat hair.

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What does wash day look like for you?
D:
Wash day for me is a 2 day ordeal. The night before I wash I sep­a­rate my hair into 4 sec­tions then pre­poo with a mix­ture of vir­gin coconut oil and EVOO, with a lit­tle bit of tea tree oil (I have eczema and my scalp is always itchy). I warm it up and let it sit on my hair overnight. The next day I wash my hair with Gio­van­ni Tea Tree Triple Treat Invig­o­rat­ing Sham­poo. My scalp is also oily, so I sham­poo it at least twice a month. Since bleach­ing and dying my hair, the front is a lit­tle dry so I con­di­tion with Roux Poros­i­ty Con­trol Cor­rec­tor and Con­di­tion­er to bal­ance my poros­i­ty, then fol­low with my all time favorite deep con­di­tion­er One ‘N Only Argan Oil Restora­tive Mask for 30–45 min­utes, and final­ly detan­gle with my Goody detan­gling comb or my Den­man brush.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
D:
If I don’t have time I’ll throw my hair into a mohawk or big puff.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
D:
I’m not opposed to using heat, so I use a blow dry­er to stretch my hair, or if it’s in twists I’ll pin them around my head.

Tell us about your hair col­or?
D:
I dye my hair myself. I refuse to pay some­one to do some­thing I can do on my own. I dyed the top half of it with Clairol Tex­tures & Tones Light­est Blonde. It didn’t get light enough for me, so I dyed the top and bot­tom half with Ion Col­or Bril­liance Hi Lift Ash Blonde until the back turned brown and the top got a lit­tle lighter. Then I high­light­ed some strands on the top with Revlon Frost & Glow High­light­ing Kit in Blonde. Like I men­tioned, the bleach­ing and dying altered my curl pat­tern a lit­tle in the front, but it’s cool though. I like hav­ing two dif­fer­ent curl pat­terns.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
D:
The nape area is short­er than the rest of my hair, so I use cas­tor oil every oth­er night before putting it in a pineap­ple. Also the front is con­sid­er­ably dry­er and more prone to break­age than the rest, so I make sure to con­di­tion it and use extra coconut oil.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
D:
Def­i­nite­ly deep con­di­tion­ing and stretch­ing my hair. I despise shrink­age.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
D:
Try­ing to detan­gle with­out my hair being com­plete­ly under water. Deep con­di­tion­ing overnight…I know, I know it’s bad, but some­times I get lazy and fall asleep, then regret it because my scalp will be itch­ing all week.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
D:
You can find me on: Facebook.com/dana416, Twit­ter: Dana416 and Insta­gram: sho3h3ad.

Meosha

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

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19 Comments on "Dana // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Aliyah

My hair is just like hers tight 4a curls but like her o have to curl pat­terns prob­a­bly dorm heat dam­age too I have some 3c in the back sides and the roots of my hair the rest is 4a

dee

we have the same name as well! ha! Dana’s rock
And i love your hair reg­i­men and the wash and go curls as well as the rod sets

erika jackson

Love your hair. My tex­ture is pret­ty much same as yours and I can’t wait for it to grow.
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Godsgift

Hey I’m from Frank­fort! Your hair is gorg! I’ve been nat­ur­al for 2 years and 4 months and lov­ing it.

Cre8ive

Great dis­play of your hair ver­sa­til­i­ty! So many love­ly styling options, and they all look good on you.

Dante

Won­der­ful hair. I would love to light­en mine but I’m scared of the dam­age. Any tips on main­tain­ing healthy coloured tress­es, ladies?

MJay

She’s gor­geous! Love her hair and col­or.

Napturally Kia

very pret­ty! wish i had tight type 4 curls. so pret­ty

Necey

Beau­ti­ful hair, Dana! I’m not very far from you (Auro­ra)!

Anoni

I know exact­ly what she means by “tired of look­ing like every­body else.” Every black woman in the world has a long, silky weave… stand out!

NaturalV

Wow, the hair col­or is so catchy. I love the head wrap.

Jacky

I love her hair and her make up and that hair color…LAAAAWWWD!!!!!!!!

Dorian

Very pret­ty and unique!!

momofIV

cute curls

Amma Mama

So pret­ty and gor­geous smile!

SummerBaby

Beau­ti­ful hair! My daugh­ter will be attend­ing col­lege in Romeoville in the fall & I was wor­ried about her hav­ing a dif­fi­cult time find­ing hair prod­ucts in that area.

Necey

I’m in the west­ern sub­urbs of Illi­nois as well, the land of Trad­er Joes and Whole Foods! The Wal­greens and Tar­gets sell many nat­ur­al hair care lines too. Your daugh­ter will be just fine!

sue

beau­ti­ful!

Dananana

AHHHH! We have the same name, same age (almost), and we’re from the same sleepy state! Though I am from a bit fur­ther south, haha. Your hair and style are sim­ply fan­tas­tic, and I am so jeal­ous of that head­wrap!

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