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Intro­duce your­self.
L: Luna from Phoenix Ari­zona. I lived part of my child­hood in Mex­i­co where my moth­er is from.

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us!
L: I tran­si­tioned, I did relax­ers for years because I want­ed smooth straight “good” hair. Of course my idea of good hair was so wrong. I chose to go nat­u­ral when I start­ed dis­cov­er­ing my African roots. I real­ly didn’t know much about my African side due to my moth­er being a sin­gle moth­er. I start­ed research­ing hair care and African styles. I final­ly decid­ed to just let my hair be what it was meant to be. Nat­u­ral.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
L: My hair is spi­ral springy curls. Very dry, coarse and thick. My hair sucks up mois­ture like a sponge.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
L: I use Shea Moisture’s Curling Gel. I have now been using the Shea Mois­ture Jamaican Black Cas­tor Oil line, specif­i­cal­ly the leave in con­di­tion­er as well as the grow and restore masque. I am total­ly obsessed with cas­tor oil so I had to try the shea mois­ture line. I also use reg­u­lar cas­tor oil night­ly on my scalp. and do a mas­sage treat­ment night­ly. I know it may be time con­sum­ing but my hair growth and thick­ness has been amaz­ing since start­ing this rou­tine.

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What does wash day look like for you?
L: I sham­poo only as need­ed,  most times only once  mon­th. I know many will not agree with this fre­quen­cy but it has com­plete­ly changed the health of my hair in a good way. My hair has nev­er been more health­ier since I stopped sham­poo­ing as often. Of course I still wash with con­di­tion­er. I use bak­ing soda on my scalp instead of sham­poo if I real­ly need it but sham­poo is only my last resort if I have extreme build up which is not often.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L: I do the pineap­ple method at night which I can just shake out my curls and ready to go. when I real­ly don’t want to wor­ry about my hair I will put it in a high loose bun.

How do you com­bat shrink­age?
L: I real­ly don’t have a prob­lem with shrink­age, but when I do want to make sure I have good length I will only blow dry the top of my hair with a dif­fuser and let the bot­tom air dry. I also will blow dry my curls on a cool set­ting while gen­tly elon­gat­ing my curls with my fin­gers.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
L: My ends are always more dry so I spend more of my time on the ends. I make sure I coat my ends with cas­tor oil. My favorite weapon!

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
L: Mois­ture and seal every day. Mas­sage your scalp every night with an oil of your choice (trust me)!

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
L: Do not sham­poo more than once every two weeks, it dries out my hair. No brush­es or combs, fin­ger comb in the show­er or wide tooth comb if nec­es­sary.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
L: insta­gram @lunalooks

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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18 Comments on "Luna from Phoenix // 3A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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youngin girl

Love­ly. Her hair is big.

Mila

My good­ness what a beau­ti­ful girl! Stun­ning was the word that came to mind. I love her hair also.

Adia

Her hair is so pret­ty. I can’t believe any­one told her she had bad hair!

KI

love­ly hair. when you say african, what do you mean? african amer­i­can, west african, etc? just curi­ous :) youre very pret­ty

jslxoxo

It’s fun­ny because I was just sit­ting here, think­ing about whether I want­ed to buy the­se knock off curl for­m­ers on ama­zon. I saw your gor­geous hair (those your spi­rals are nat­u­ral) and I made my mind up to get them.

lj

your hair is incred­i­bly thick and dense. I love it. I real­ly do

Jacky

Beau­ty over­load! and that hair… ««<3. I’m def­i­nite­ly going to check out her Insta­gram page.

Plus I had been want­i­ng to try bak­ing soda on my nat­u­ral hair but I was won­der­ing if it would real­ly work. I’m glad to see some­one who uses it and it’s work­ing for her. I’ll try it and if it doesn’t work for me, I’ll use it for oth­er cleans­ing activ­i­ties.

Bani

Beau­ti­ful! What part of Africa? There are many African blog­gers out there from every region, so you can learn speci­fic hair practices/styles/local ter­mi­nol­o­gy if you are still inter­est­ed.

I loved read­ing your fea­ture!!

Caramelcurls

Pure gor­geous­ness!!

Latte

Beau­ti­ful hair. You would’ve real­ly missed out of you hadn’t decide to embrace it :-)

Shell

Luna, you and your hair are beau­ti­ful.

bsbfankaren
O.K. Look­ing to learn from you. Do you use JBCO on your scalp each night? Do you mas­sage in with your fin­gers or use a drop­per to get the oil to your scalp? Do you then add the oil to the length of your hair? How do you sleep at night? Ques­tion after ques­tion. I have sim­i­lar tex­ture to your’s in the front and the bot­tom of my hair, but the mid sec­tion refus­es to curl, so wash n go’s are out for me, but I want my hair and scalp to feel as healthy as pos­si­ble, par­tic­u­lar­ly since I… Read more »
Amma Mama

She’s beau­ti­ful and her curls are pop­ping.

JoAnn

What an out­ra­geous beau­ty with a gor­geous head of hair!

Destiny

Yay!!!! Final­ly some­one from Phoenix, AZ! Great rep­re­sen­ta­tion of our city and state, love it! Love your hair and tips. I won­der will coconut oil give the same results as the cas­tor oil? Kin­da have an aver­sion to cas­tor oil(long sto­ry) and can­not stand the smell. Any tips any­one?

Elle

Drop dread gor­geous !!
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bee

your hair is ammaazz­i­innngg :O and you’re also gor­geous!!! it’s so healthy and radi­ant :) do you mind me ask­ing how long it is?

cia

Wow!! Beau­ti­ful lady and your hair…I don’t know if I have seen more lush and love­ly hair! Very lucky!

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