We fea­tured Bri­an­na in our albi­no beau­ty roundup a few weeks back. She’s back to share details on her nat­ur­al hair reg­i­men.

Intro­duce your­self!
B:
My name is Bri­an­na Mann. I am a 22 year old abli­no woman from Philadel­phia, PA.

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Did you tran­si­tion or big chop? Share your nat­ur­al hair jour­ney with us!
B:
For a long time all I knew was relax­ers when it came to my hair. My mom wasn’t sure how to han­dle my hair with­out one because it was so thick and curly/coarse. Back in high school a fam­i­ly mem­ber who was a well-skilled hair styl­ist sug­gest­ed that I stop get­ting relax­ers and grow out my nat­ur­al hair. She explained to me how the perms were unhealthy and dam­ag­ing, so out of curios­i­ty I decid­ed to just stop get­ting them and have her help me tran­si­tion.

Even­tu­al­ly all the relaxed hair was gone and I was left with new­ly nat­ur­al hair. But at this time I still chose to wear my hair straight or in pro­tec­tive styles not know­ing that the con­stant use of heat for styling and touch ups was still dam­ag­ing to my hair. If I wore my hair out it was always straight­ened or pin curled and when it wasn’t in an out style I would wear pro­tec­tive styles like wigs, weaves and braids just to give myself a break. This went on for quite some time. 

Fast for­ward to Novem­ber 2014. Around this time I became fas­ci­nat­ed with dif­fer­ent curl pat­terns, curly hair styles, and the thought of what my hair would look like in a nat­ur­al state. So I took to the inter­net and YouTube like any oth­er curi­ous women in my sit­u­a­tion. After admit­ted­ly obsess­ing for some time I slow­ly but sure­ly stopped blow dry­ing and straight­en­ing my hair as often as I did. I noticed that the ends of my hair wouldn’t curl and were still straight and that’s how I dis­cov­ered what heat dam­age was. I went back to the inter­net again to learn more about heat dam­age and how I could coun­ter­act or get rid of it and I came to the con­clu­sion that I just had to slow­ly but sure­ly cut it out just like I did my relaxed ends. This worked best for me because at the time I was so hung up on not cut­ting my hair and hold­ing onto as much length as I could due to the amount of shrink­age I would expe­ri­ence.

Now that major­i­ty of the heat dam­age is gone I find the over­all health and man­age­abil­i­ty of my hair is much bet­ter. If I had to put a date on it I would say I’ve been nat­ur­al for about 8 years because that was around the time that the last of my relaxed hair was cut out. But I still con­sid­er myself new­ly nat­ur­al because I didn’t dis­cov­er prop­er nat­ur­al hair care until late last year. Hon­est­ly I’m hap­py I decid­ed to go nat­ur­al because my hair is so unique and diverse that it allows me to be as sim­ple or com­plex as I want when it comes to styling. It helps me show­case my indi­vid­u­al­i­ty and makes me stand out. 

How would you describe your tex­ture?
B:
My hair is VERY thick and dense and has a medi­um poros­i­ty lev­el. If I had to describe my tex­ture I would say that it is in the 3C/4A range. 

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Describe your styling reg­i­men over the course of the month, and the ratio­nale behind your styling deci­sions.
B:
Depend­ing on how I plan to style my hair, wash day can be as sim­ple as 3 steps. I don’t use sham­poo so if I’m look­ing for a deep clean I will do an apple cider vine­gar rinse but the major­i­ty of the time I co-wash and LOVE IT. 

As I Am Coconut Cow­ash is a good one for me because I find that it cleans­es my hair very well with­out caus­ing any dry­ness. Aussie Moist Con­di­tion­er is anoth­er good one for me because it is very mois­tur­iz­ing to my hair. 

After that I typ­i­cal­ly go for a twist out using the L.O.C method with water as my liq­uid, coconut oil as my seal­er and Shea Mois­ture Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie as my styler.

What does wash day look like for you?
B:
Wash day always starts the night before with some kind of pre-poo or hot oil treat­ment. I will use the Creme of Nature Argan Oil treat­ment or Shea Mois­ture Super­fruit 10 in 1 Renew­al Sys­tem Hair Masque and have it sit overnight. 

The next day I rinse and pro­ceed with my nor­mal cow­ash rou­tine and deep con­di­tion with any con­di­tion­er I have on hand for 30 min­utes. Then I detan­gle with a wide toothed comb, rinse the deep con­di­tion­er out and style as desired.

Describe your favorite go-to hair­style for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
B:
When I’m low on time or just feel­ing too lazy to twist or braid my hair, my go-to style is a sim­ple wash and go. After my nor­mal wash rou­tine I apply my styling prod­ucts, give my hair a lit­tle shake and let it air dry through­out the day. This style is quick, sim­ple, and easy to main­tain since my hair isn’t that long just yet. I just spray my hair with water, seal with an oil and refresh any unruly curls with a bit of styling prod­uct.

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Tell us about your hair col­or.
B:
Due to my albinism, my hair is nat­u­ral­ly the gold­en blonde col­or seen in these pic­tures. I did dye my hair back in 10th grade but sad­ly I nev­er took and pic­tures of it and even­tu­al­ly grew the col­or out.

What are some of your prob­lem areas (if any) that require extra care and atten­tion?
B:
The crown of my head would have to be my main prob­lem area because my hair mis­be­haves the most there. It’s more coarse and prone to dry­ing there so I try to focus a nice bit of prod­uct there.

What are 2 do’s for your tex­ture?
B:
DO : keep hair mois­tur­ized at all times. Whether it’s just a light spray of water and oil or a leave-in con­di­tion­er, I can­not allow my hair to get too dry because it will be more prone to abnor­mal shed­ding and break­age. DO : Allow hair to air dry ful­ly before styling. My hair puffs up and reverts back so fast when it isn’t ful­ly dry. 

What are 2 don’ts for your tex­ture?
B:
DON’T : Over­ly detan­gle because for me it caus­es unnec­es­sary break­age and shed­ding. DON’T : Wash or style hair when tired, stressed or in a bad mood. Nap­tural85 gave this advice to her fol­low­ers some time ago and I ful­ly agree. I myself have done it before and the end result was hair that just didn’t come out the way I want­ed it to.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
B:
Insta­gram : Nat­u­ral­ly__Bri

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fromanotherplanet

What a beau­ty

Brianna MizBlondie Thomas
Brianna MizBlondie Thomas

Thank you

Saran

@brianna girl you’re GORGEOUS with a SMOOTH SKIN! what is your skin reg­i­men?

Brianna MizBlondie Thomas
Brianna MizBlondie Thomas

Thank you. And I try to keep it sim­ple. I use the Ambi skin­care com­plex­ion cleans­ing bar to wash my face and a light mix­ture of Apple cider vine­gar and water on a cot­ton ball to as a ton­er and heal my acne scars. Make­up also helps seal the deal too :)

Kevin Bacon

She’s gor­geous.

cryssi

Strik­ing­ly beau­ti­ful

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