What is your name and where are you from?
Y: My name is Yaniris Aceve­do, and I am a native of the Domini­can Repub­lic raised in New York City (Harlem).

Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­u­ral hair jour­ney with us!
Y: I tran­si­tioned for five months. I’m not sure exact­ly what day in Novem­ber I began my tran­si­tion, but I big chopped on April 30, 2014. I have now been nat­u­ral for a year, and I decid­ed to go nat­u­ral not only because I no longer want­ed to be bound to relax­ers, but because my nat­u­ral hair is part of my iden­ti­ty and will always remind me of where I orig­i­nat­ed from.

How would you describe your tex­ture?
Y: I hon­est­ly don’t use the hair typ­ing sys­tem, but if I was to describe my hair I would say it’s thick, tight­ly curled or kinky curly. My hair den­si­ty is very high and low poros­i­ty.

Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the mon­th, and the ratio­nale behind your var­i­ous styling deci­sions.
Y: Over the course of the mon­th my hair reg­i­men has been pret­ty much the same, alter­nat­ing between wash and go’s and twists. My hair styling deci­sion is based on my cur­rent mood or occa­sion. Twists are more of a sporty look for me and wash and go’s give me more of a classy and ele­gant look. I own tons of prod­ucts but my top three pro­duct lines are Shea Mois­ture, Camille Rose Nat­u­rals, and of course Kinky Curly.

What does wash day look like for you?
Y: Wash and day for me is pret­ty much the same. I keep my rou­tine pret­ty much the same. I use a Shea Mois­ture sham­poo which is free of dry­ing sul­fates. Once my hair has been sham­pooed, I like to use a deep con­di­tion­er main­ly Altere­go Gar­lic Mask, and sit under a dry­er for approx­i­mate­ly 30 min­utes for pro­duct pen­e­tra­tion. From there, I rin­se and style with any of the prod­ucts that I men­tioned above.


Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Y: My favorite to go hair style  for when I have no time to style would have to be the twists, because they last for days, and all I need is acces­sories to give them a dif­fer­ent look.

Tell us about your hair col­or!
Y: My hair col­or is cur­rent­ly by Cre­me of Nature in Bronze Copper. I had pre­vi­ous­ly dyed it with the Shea Mois­ture in Dark Gold­en Blonde and Auburn. I do the col­or­ing myself, and have my mom do the mix­ture for me since she’s a licensed cos­me­tol­o­gist.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
Y: The only prob­lem area I have is that my crown doesn’t curl like the rest of my hair. I pay very close atten­tion to this area when styling and make sure that it is well mois­tur­ized.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
Y: Mois­ture, and clip ends when nec­es­sary are my 2 do’s.

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
Y: My 2 don’ts are exces­sive heat, hair pulling or tight­en­ing of my edges.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
Y: I can be found on YouTube, Insta­gram, and Face­book as AfroDo­mini­can79.

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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3 Comments on "Yaniris from the Dominican Republic // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Sabrina black

I couldn’t com­ment when she first fea­tured because Dis­ques takes too long to load on here when I’m on my phone but any­ways, I like that you wear your hair if cer­tain ways and explore dif­fer­ent styles and just be sim­ple with your regime. I like all your pho­tos but the ones that stood out to me was pho­to #7 and #8. Those Ban­tu knots are pret­ty. Go girl.


Love her hair col­or!

Kenya Lavergne

Beau­ti­ful and looks like you keep it low maintenance…not a lot of time spent, but looks healthy and won­der­ful.