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Intro­duce your­self!
S:
My name is Sam­tou. I’m from Paris, France and I orig­i­nal­ly come from Togo and Ben­in, West African coun­tries.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
S:
Sim­ply cause I was fed-up with dam­ag­ing my hair with relax­ers. I used to relax my hair to have a soft­er tex­ture, make it eas­ier to style, and espe­cial­ly to gain more length. My hair is so kinky that the relax­er couldn’t real­ly stretch it, so it looked more wavy than straight. There were neg­a­tive effects. My hair was great one year then became real­ly dry despite my hair care reg­i­men. It was so dam­aged that I had to cut it. I let it grow nat­u­ral­ly while in pro­tec­tive styles one year only to relax it again and again. I end­ed up cut­ting my hair at least 4 times, but last year it was the Big Chop. My goal now is to see how long my nat­u­ral hair can grow.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
S:
I have a tight­ly coiled hair tex­ture that is real­ly dense and coarse, but very soft. I have pre­dom­i­nant­ly 4A and 4B all over my head except at the back which is 3C.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th.
S:
Fros, twist outs, blow outs, buns, high puffs, wash and go’s and pro­tec­tive styles like Sene­gale­se twists. I love to expe­ri­ence new hair­styles. So far the twist out is my fav cause it helps me to com­bat shrink­age and makes my curls real­ly defined. I wear a twist out for 4 days and I pineap­ple every night to main­tain it. After my twist out is beyond old I pick it out and wear a fro. I just have to spray my hair a bit with my Vapo mix­ture and apply some hair cream and that’s it! I will usu­al­ly do this 2 or 3 days max­i­mum cause after that I lose my length again due to shrink­age. Oth­er styling options depend on my mood; when I want a change, or when I’ve got plen­ty of time to (Wash and Go), or when I want to pro­tect my hair for a bit. All of the­se styles are real­ly good for length reten­tion cause they elim­i­nate the need for you to put stress on your hair through styling.

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My Care Range:
I rather use home­made prod­ucts cause I’m sure about the con­tents and I love mak­ing them. You can find my recipes on my web­pages:
• I use my Vapo to mois­tur­ize my hair every day cause our hair is like a plant. It needs water to rein­force the elas­tic­i­ty and sup­ple­ness.
• My home­made shea but­ter cream is applied every day like the Vapo. It’s excel­lent for nour­ish­ing the hair.
• For deep con­di­tion­ing, my favorite is my Greek yogurt recipe. I apply it, cov­er my hair with a plas­tic show­er cap, and leave it for 30 min­utes to 1 hour. It makes my hair real­ly mois­tur­ized and shiny.

What does wash day look like for you?
S:
I wash my hair once a mon­th as fol­lows: I detan­gle my hair, only when wet hair with coconut oil and a large comb. It’s silky tex­ture helps me to detan­gle. While I’m detan­gling I sep­a­rate my hair into medi­um sec­tions, which I then twist. I then mas­sage my scalp and I rin­se. Next I clar­i­fy my hair with a mix of apple cider vine­gar and water, which helps me to get rid of all the build-up. I apply it to all of my twists from the scalp to the ends. The con­tain­er I use is a col­or appli­ca­tor bot­tle cause the tip helps to con­trol the amount of pro­duct you use and pre­vents it from spilling every­where.

My home­made sham­poo has Rhas­soul clay as a base. It cleans­es my hair gen­tly with­out irri­tat­ing it. I undo one twist, remove the shed hair and apply a small amount of the sham­poo on the length, a bit on the scalp, around the sec­tion, and mas­sage light­ly with the pad of my fin­ger­tips. I don’t use my nails cause I don’t want to scratch my scalp. I repeat the same thing for each twist then I rin­se my hair. Right away before I dry my hair I apply a bit of my home­made hair and body oil. It adds shine and soft­ness to my hair. I use a t-shirt instead of a tow­el to dry my hair a bit because it caus­es less frizz and sta­t­ic as my hair dries. Depend­ing on the style I want to achieve I apply my home­made shea but­ter cream and I re-twist my hair while it is still wet for my twist out style, or I apply Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie for my wash and go style.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
S:
I wear a bun or high puff when I don’t have the time to style my hair. It’s real­ly easy to do and my hair stays invul­ner­a­ble to weath­er and dam­age.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
S:
My way to com­bat shrink­age is to use dif­fer­ent hair­styles to strech my hair with­out heat like African thread­ed braids and twist outs. The­se are my favorites. First I mois­tur­ize my hair with my Vapo, or after a sham­poo or hair mask while my hair is still wet I style it and let it dry, gen­er­al­ly dur­ing the night. The African thread­ed braids look like twists, but you make them with thread. You can find the thread in any hair and beau­ty sup­ply store. To gain length with my twist out style, I stretch my twists and clip them with bob­by pins. I do this when I’ve just fin­ished twist­ing my hair, while it is still wet. If it is dry I spray my hair with water.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require spe­cial care and atten­tion?
S:
My ends are the sen­si­tive part of my hair. To pro­tect them I’m doing some pro­tec­tive styles that I can keep at least a mon­th like Sene­gale­se twists and box braids, or styles which keep the need for me to comb or manip­u­late my hair down to a min­i­mum. Also, when I mois­tur­ize and apply cream to my hair I make sure to mois­tur­ize the ends as well.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
S:
Do mois­tur­ize day and night with a Vapo and a cream. I use my home­made shea but­ter cream every day. Do mas­sage your scalp some­times when you apply prod­ucts to your hair cause it acti­vates hair growth. Before you sleep, do tie your hair down instead of leav­ing it loose, and put on a sat­in cap/scarf.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
S:
Dai­ly styling of tight­ly coiled hair caus­es break­age. My solu­tion is try­ing to detan­gle and style my hair once a week after my wash or cow­ash. I gen­tly detan­gle my hair only on wet hair with a large comb from my ends to my roots. Also, don’t use heat because in the long term it will dam­age your hair the same way as a relax­er.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
You can find me on Insta­gram: @_samtwo and my YouTube Chan­nel: K SamT­wo. I post on hair and my career as a dancer/model. Hope to see you there!

Meosha

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

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36 Comments on "Samtou // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Landa820

She is one of the most beau­ti­ful wom­en I have ever seen! Love­ly hair!

Irene

my hair is from 4a-c and its so hard and dry.I ve tried so many prod­ucts here in Nige­ria. I don’t know what to do cos it seems it gets dry­er as it grows.Help!!!

ZambianAmy

I had a light bulb moment when I read about the yogurt deep con­di­tion­ing. Might try it myself as tem­per­a­tures drop. May­be you should too.
Anoth­er thing is not to try using too many prod­ucts at the same time. Espe­cial­ly those that have min­er­al oil or most store bought hair prod­ucts in gen­er­al. You can also try remov­ing some prod­ucts from your reg­i­men and see­ing how that helps.

Samtwo

What kind of prod­ucts did you use ? I rather use for now nat­u­ral prod­ucts
I mois­tur­ize day and night with a Sray Bot­tle ( water +…) Hair are like plants
I nour­ish my hair every­day with a home­made shea but­ter cream
I wash my hair Once a mon­th with my home­made sham­poo
I deep con­di­tion one a week

YOU WILL FINF ALL MY RECIPES ON MY INSTAGRAM
http://instagram.com/_samtwo

This arti­cle gives you very good advice about Mois­ture and Hydra­tion
http://blackgirllonghair.com/2014/05/breaking-down-the-difference-between-moisture-and-hydration-in-natural-hair/

Ray

J’aime bien la pho­to prise à la Défense^^

Barbara

Beau­ti­ful wom­an and hair. I’ve final­ly found my hair twin! :)

Finn

Your skin is to die for. Love­ly lady.

April

She is so pret­ty. Great skin, I love it!

geri

she’s adorable. won­der­ful style and hair, of course :)

SuzyQ

i love your hair..it sounds so sim­i­lar to mine. 4a-4b on the top and sides and then 3c in the back. I have two dif­fer­ent for­mu­la­tions to use and two dif­fer­ent de-tan­gling process­es.
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Samtwo

Great, I’m curi­ous to know about your process­es, if you’re ok

diedrevialife

Hair twin! Et en plus j’habite en france :) Love!

Samtwo

Great, Tu aurais un Insta­gram ou autre ?

thembelihle

Love­ly

Jeannette(Tyra's Nana)
Jeannette(Tyra's Nana)

I applaud your hon­esty. Your hair looks great!

Samtwo

Thanks a lot, I real­ly want­ed to Share my expe­ri­ence includ­ing my moments of doubts

Sarahalou

J’adore ton inter­view Sam­tou. Tres beaux cheveux. C’est trop chic de voir une com­pa­tri­ote togo­laise et Kabyè ici. Bien de choses :)

Samtwo

Mer­ci Beau­coup :)

Christina

Just curi­ous: Where do you see 3c hair?

Samtwo

Actu­al­ly you can’t real­ly see it cause as I said my lit­tle 3C part is at the very back of my head.

MJay

Gor­geous, hair, skin and smile!

anonymous

You’re beau­ti­ful!!! that is all.…

Jacky

Love­ly!

Stace

love the vari­ety of pic­tures. We can real­ly get a visu­al feel for your hair tex­ture with the close up shots, and then the over­all look with the wider frames.…really appre­ci­ate that.

Poshnera

I love it! She looks fab­u­lous.

eve-audrey

Wow you are fierce!

Ms. Vee

She’s too adorable. And the fro is mighty fine :)

Yoyo

Oooohhh une béni­noise en France en plus mdr !! Moi aus­si­ii ça fait telle­ment plaisir, a do gand­jia???

Samtwo

Ouii Une béni­noise en France lol, Ein oun fon gand­ji, Hui né sou afon gand­ji ya?

Youngin girl

Pret­ty. I can’t explain. You go girl.

Miss Mo

Sim­ply Beau­ti­ful :)

Redseouls

Such a pret­ty lady with pret­ty hair! Thank you for shar­ing your jour­ney!!! Btw what is Vapo?

Samtwo

Thanks Yoyo, It’s a spray bot­tle

Yoyo

It’s euh a spray, a vapor­iz­er

BUtifullyhuman

BEAUTIFUL girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I also love your hair! Looks sim­i­lar to mine.

Melissa

Very pret­ty! Love the hair!

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