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Danielle // Natural Hair Style Icon

• Oct 19, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
D: My name is Danielle. I am a full time college student and fashion blogger. I currently live in Mobile, Alabama, but I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I miss home and all the beautiful and loving people there!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I decided to go natural my freshmen year of college because I was going to be playing D1 basketball. We worked out for 6 hours a day, which was a dramatic increase from high school. There was no point in trying to perm or straighten my hair because I would sweat it out by the end of the day. Even though my natural hair is a wholeee lot of work, I only have to deal with my hair when I wash it versus messing with it every single day when it’s straight.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
I stopped perming my hair my senior year of high school. I continued to straighten my hair a lot, but I mainly wore it curly. When I entered college I was playing basketball and our workouts were insane. No point in me trying to straighten my hair, so I only wore it curly. I have been natural for 4 years, but it wasn’t until the beginning of this year that I got a haircut. I cut off about 4 inches and now it has grown all back and some. I try to cut my hair every 6 months now.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
When I finally chose to go natural (which means no straightening or processed hair to me), I was also doing some self-reflecting. I changed my look, my persona and my hair reflected a new me. I am more in tune with myself so I try not to alter my natural beauty, and that includes my hair.

How would you describe your hair?
I have super thick hair and it can easily triple in size depending on how humid it is. When I cut my hair the beginning of this year my curl pattern completely changed. My curls are really tight now, but I noticed they are loosening up because my hair is getting longer 🙂

What is your regimen?
Sooooo my hair care regimen is kind of long, but here it goes. First of all I wash my hair every 3 to 4 days. The night before I wash my hair I put oils in it. Before I get all squeaky clean, I wash my hair with Shea Moisture Shampoo. I put in Lush Retread Conditioner and brush through my curls with a wide tooth comb.

I finish taking my shower and before I get out I wash out the Lush Retread, dry my hair, and put in Lush R&B Conditioner. I then put in Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, which adds moisture, body and shine. I concentrate that on my ends. After all of that I put in Kinky Curly Curling Custard throughout my hair and scrunch it a little. Most of the time I diffuse my hair, but I have been styling it a lot more lately (doing twist and braid outs) so it doesn’t get extremely frizzy and matted in between washes.

Tell us about your hair color.
My hair color is crazy lol. I did not get it professionally done. When I cut my hair, I also colored it the brownish color you can see on my ends. All of the dark parts are hair growth since the beginning of this year. I don’t mind the contrast and I kept it this way because I originally thought I would be straightening my hair more; I was going for the ombre effect. I am going to get it colored very soon though and am getting it professionally done! I’m keeping my new color a mystery…you’ll have to wait and see 🙂

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair, especially now that you have color?
First of all I drink A LOT of water. I really don’t like juice or soda, but I love me a tall glass of ice water. Water is extremely important for our bodies. It is vital for our cells, organs, and our hair! When it comes to my beauty regime I only use organic products. There are sooo many chemicals put into the products that are mass-produced. Even some organic producers are questionable, so do your research. I use 3 different types of conditioners and I also use 3 different types of oils. I also stay away from any type of shampoos that have sulfates in them… they are extremely drying.

It actually wasn’t until a couple a months ago that I really started taking care of my hair. I also damaged my hair when I colored it. My hair’s natural color is very dark and I had black dye in it, so I had to strip my hair. My curls were really dry so I started deep conditioning whenever I had a chance. I deep condition every time I wash, which is 2 times a week. I detangle my hair with rich, moisturizing conditioners that I wash out. If you want to retain length you must detangle your hair properly. My hair sucks up all the moisture in the conditioners and I can detangle my hair without getting frustrated.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I will never do a color session at home, and I learned I have to wash my hair within 4 days of the previous wash. Even though a lot of people wash their hair once a week, you need to understand your hair is not the same. If I go a week in between washes I would have to cut my hair off because it would be dreaded. You have to find what works for you…trial and error!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
Since I started to deep condition my hair my curls are softer. I also spend less time and lose less hair when I detangle.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Fashion Blog and Hair Talk:
Things that I find interesting and inspiring:

Anything else you want to add?
For those who are going natural and don’t know how to coordinate your outfits…you don’t have to dress bohemian or ethnic if you have nature hair. Natural hair is a statement, so your style should be as well.

About Meosha

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

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15 Comments on "Danielle // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Great interview!… Beautiful hair and even more beautiful young lady!


I love your wisdom & sincerity. You are right about because you have natural hair you don’t have to be disheveled or unkempt looking.Your message is very timely.

Dee (durelene)

You have beatiful hair. I enjoyed your interview I like the fact that u listen to your hair and do what it likes thats very important part of properly caring for ur hair. Drinking alot of Water advice is so true, I wish I loved water as much as u did but I dont care to much for the taste so I add flavor powder like crytal light to it. I started drinking a galon a day and I can already see a diffrence in my hair and skin.

Circus Mom

Your hair is magnificent!! Very interesting interview!

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Great interview..lovely hair.

Amma Mama

Beautiful hair,and beautiful girl!
I like her style & her scarves, nice.
I like her advice at the end, WELL said.
I hope to see pics of her secret color 🙂

Amma Mama

All I drink is water too! and it def helps my skin.


She goes to my school & I stare at her & her sister’s hair everytime I see them!

Antoinette Stewart

Love the contrast in your hair color! Its growing out nicely!


I love her hair!


Oh, you live in Alabama, too? I’m from Calera. (Wouldn’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of it, haha.) I hope this interview is permission to gawk if I randomly see you one day.

Kay W

I love her hair and style. This was a good interviewed.

Kay W



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