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Addisa // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

• Dec 2, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
E:
Hey my name is Addisa Bianca Goldman. I was raised in New Rochelle, NY. For the past year I’ve been living in Los Angeles, California.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E:
I decided to go natural because I grew up in a holistic home. We always ate really healthy and used alternative medicines. It never really occurred to me to even think that relaxers could have harmful effects on my body till one day I was talking to my sister about it. I originally tried to go natural in 2002, but I had no idea had to deal with it. Through frustration I eventually ended up relaxing it again.

One day in early 2008 I was chatting with my friend and she said she had stopped relaxing her hair. Her hair was still super straight and she said she just started using this really good flat iron (FHI Runway). I purchased the iron on ebay and my life changed lol. I figured perfect! Now I don’t have to put those horrible chemicals on my head and I can still get straight hair. Through the long process of letting my hair grow out I started really embracing the big hair and rarely flat ironed it. When I finally chopped it all off and could see my real texture I was in love. I’ve been growing my hair without the use of relaxers since the summer of 2008. I was afraid to do the big chop right away so I waited till I was comfortable with the length. I eventually chopped off the relaxed hair in the spring of 2011. My other rationale for not chopping it all off right away was I was still straightening my hair a lot. I figured I might as well damage the relaxed part that I’m going to eventually chop off. How healthy that actually is for your hair is up for debate, but if surely worked for me lol. My hair is pretty tough.

How would you describe your texture?
E:
I would say my hair is predominantly 4b. I have different textures throughout my hair. My right side has a tighter pattern than my left side. And the top I would say is a lot looser. I have to work more on the left side and the top of my head to get the desired look I want. My hair is very thick and there’s a lot of it. It’s actually really hard to even put it in a ponytail unless it’s soaking and I mean soaking wet.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E:
My style regimen would be to wash and braid it into 5–6 sections before bed. I do this to give my hair a bit of a wavy pattern and to stretch out my curls. It also makes it easier to wash as it doesn’t get matted this way. In the morning I take out the braids and pull apart the hair pieces, fluff, and wear it down. I used to put styling gels/creams in my hair such as Kinky Curling Custard and Hair Rules, and then diffuse it with a blow dryer. It looked good, but doing that every 3 days started to create a lot of heat damage for me. I would let it air dry, but it would take all day. I normally just wear it down because like I said previously it’s really hard to put my hair in a pony tail without it being drenched.

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
Wash days are work! It takes me about 30 minutes to wash it cuz I have so much hair. First I section it into about 5–6 braids and wash each section twice with Shea Moisture Shampoo and rinse. Then I condition it with Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner and let it sit for about 5 minutes and rinse. I then use Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave in Conditioner and braid the sections. To finish I use She’s a Hemp Nut by From My Heart for an added moisturizer.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
My go to hairstyle is just down. I think with a good haircut. Wearing it down all the time works well and is not damaging.

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
I combat shrinkage with the braid out. I personally like some shrinkage so I leave my hair about 80% dry and use 5–6 braids. I like it because it gives me volume, which I love. I say if you want less shrinkage the more braids you add will create that look. Before you take the braids out make sure your hair is completely dry.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E:
My problem area I would say is the top of my hair because it doesn’t curl like the rest of my hair. I have to make sure the braid I put at the crown of my head is extra tight so I can get that wave.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E:
2 do’s for my texture would be to use a leave-in conditioner. Also, section your hair when washing. It will make your life a lot easier.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E:
2 don’ts would be to never comb it out dry. You’re just setting yourself up for stress and damage. Always comb it out in the shower during the conditioning process with a wide tooth comb. Lastly, don’t put your other sisters down if they want to continue to relax their hair. All you can do is teach the benefits of natural hair and then let it go. People like what they like. We love our natural hair, but some like the relaxed look and that’s fine as well. It’s a personal preference. We have to spread love.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
You can see me on Instagram and Twitter under addisabianca. Thank You!

About Meosha

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

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107 Comments on "Addisa // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Michelle
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My hair twin!!!!!!

Addisa
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Awesome! Please post a pic 🙂

yasmin
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Oh my gosh..your hair is truly beautiful..and ur beautiful.. I was like your 4B..i was like wow..

Addisa
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Thank you!! 3

Amma Mama
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Pretty girl!

Addisa
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Thanks girl 🙂

Tia
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I love the hair and SHAPE of the hair. A nice cut does make a world of difference, and I love that she wears her fro out the majority of the time

Beth
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A to the MEN! Anyone know if there’s a good YouTube video on how to shape your hair yourself? Or is that best left to the pros?
She is beautiful. Literally.

Ara
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been looking for the best way to shape my hair myself so I second that YouTube video request! Her hair is perfection.

Keshia
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Look up Deva cuts on YouTube, mahoganyknots had an amazing cut that really shaped her hair. It was so beautiful!!

Tia
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I’ve been contemplating shaping my hair, but she has totally convinced me. Doesn’t the Deva cut cost an arm and a leg though?…

Beth
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That’s why I want to try shaping myself. I did some research and found this one girl who trimmed her hair while in an old twist out. She trimmed it into the shape she thought flattered her face. I don’t see myself shelling out the money for a Deva cut, but Lord knows I want something like what Addisa above has. It’s getting to the point where I hate looking at my hair.

Tia
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@ Beth Yes!! I want to try it myself (although I am scared to death)…does this person have a video or blog post of herself sahping/trimming her hair. If so,can you please post a link?

Addisa
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If u can find a good YouTube video on how to shape your hair by all means go for it but I def needed to go to someone. It’s a lot if hair and it gets overwhelming. When I had my hair cut (big chop) the first time I went to hair rules. 6 months later i went back for a trim. Just recently I had my sister in law cut it and I love how she did it. I’m goin to her for now on. I can send you her info if u live in the tri state area.… Read more »
Afrodandy
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I live in Long Beach, can I have your sister in laws info ? Afrodandy@gmail.com

Addisa
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Aww I’m sorry girl. If you’re goin to be in the tri state area (ny,nj,conn) it would work out but she lives in NJ. :/ I don’t know of any spots out here.

Ara
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I’ll be back home in NY in a couple of days for Christmas…I’d love if I could get my hair shaped by your sister-in-law?

Addisa
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Send me your email address and I’ll connect you with her.

Ara
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Sorry, I knew I forgot something

aradedugbe[at]gmail[dot]com

Addisa
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Ok she will be sending u an email today 🙂

Jessica
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You just have to shop around. I got a devacut from a deva trained stylist in St. Louis that only cost me $25. And the cut was perfect!

Tonia
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When I saw her hair all i could say was “Wow!”

MommieDearest
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Her hair is ridiculously IN. SANE.

That is all.

eve-audrey
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now that’s a beautiful hair!

nakita
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i’m 4b as well with a bit of 4a but i have a problem with moisture retention any suggestions i’ve tried everything but i always end up with oily, cruncy, dry hair

Megan
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I had this same issue until I started making my own spritz and putting less emphasis on oils. Right now I use water, Curls Coconut Sublime conditioner, aloe vera gel, glycerine, coconut oil and argan oil. My low porosity hair absolutely loves it.

Addisa
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What products do you use? How often do you wash it?

nakita
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i wash once a week and i live in caribbean so its always hot at the current moment i’m keeping it simple with world of curl activator and coconut oil to seal my hair loves the glycerin but …

Addisa
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Honestly the best moisturizer is water. You should condition or get your hair wet at least every 3 day. I have issues with dryness too. My hair and scalp get really dry but I find the more often I get it wet the better it becomes. Also diet is important as well. I’m still tryna figure out the best solution to the problem myself.

keisha
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wow1 beautiful hair1

anenett
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ummm, 4b? Looks beautiful although (to me) you have more of a type 3 hair texture.

NikNak
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I agree, but it doesn’t actually matter. Does it? I keep telling these people the hair class system is stupid and pointless. Someone with bone straight hair can have the same hair problems, i.e, fine and proned to tangle, as a person with the kinkiest hair there is. My “3b” hair probably acts the exact same as “4b” hair.

Dry, porous, or fine hair isn’t limited by hair textures.

breanne
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Maybe, but she mentioned that she allows her hair to dry in braids and sometimes uses heat to stretch. That likely contributes to the looser appearance of her curl pattern.

Stace
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Curl pattern and texture are being used interchangeably, but I don’t think they are the same thing. Texture i think is based on size of the individual strands, and their density as a whole. It’s like how not all straightened hair looks or feels the same, and that has to do with the texture even though all are in a straight form.

The typing system talks primarily to curl pattern not texture. I’ve seen people with the same curl dimensions and completely different density, texture, and characteristics.

Jessica
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+1

eleriero
Guest

Wow. Amazing how one response clears up about half the questions I had about my hair! Thanks for your input!! 🙂

Marinda
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yeah my 3b acts just like 4b, by how 4bs describe their hair. nothing’s different except how the curl pattern looks but mine will tangle and knot all day long if you let it. that’s why i don’t wear my hair loose at all, and i’m actually in either twists or finger coils majority of the time. and yet i’m 3b. hmph to the curl typing system lol

Addisa
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Thank you. Honestly I’m not 100% sure on the texture. I have a chart that I looked at and I went along with what I thought my hurt most closely resembled without braiding it or putting any product in. Actually none of these pictures represent my hair in it’s truest form, free from manipulation by braids or product. I’m not to good with the technicalities, I just know I got a lot of kinky hair 😉

Yayer
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I think it is that thing of texture vs curl pattern. While her hair may not curl, it isn’t the same texture as my 4b. It appears like the texture of 4as and 3cs rather than 4b and 4c people’s textures. Her hair may be pattern-less, it may not be the same tightness that we imagine when we think of 4b. Her hair seems like it would behave more like 3c or 4a than say my 4b which struggles with moisture retention, tangling etc. also dryness may not be an issue for her because she can wear her hair out… Read more »
Lela7
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If you have 4b texture, than your knowledge of what her type of texture is like to deal with is based on what? I’m a 4b with a type 3/2 mum and she can have tons of dryness issues! Her naturally silky hair can become quite wiry if left to dry out. Hair issues don’t always correspond with type.

Yayer
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Don’t put words into my mouth. Notice I said ‘may’ and ‘seems’ re: her hair plus I never said issues correspond to hair type but I know my 4b hair and I know the typical perception of 4b hair and that it shares certain characteristics across the board. It’s generally hair that needs PS to thrive and retain. Looking at her pics, they show hair that is different to 4b hair people are used to seeing and I was agreeing that while she may be 4b I.e having no curl pattern, her texture may be silky or another texture than… Read more »
lola
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Wow, if shes 4b then i must be 4z. That being said her hair is gawjuss obvs

Anne
Guest

You guys just need to let go of your issues. This obsession with curl pattern is ridiculous.

I wish some women will go back to relaxers until they work on their inferiority complexes. They are running this experience for the rest of us.

CJ
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I have different textures throughout my hair. My right side has a tighter pattern than my left side. And the top I would say is a lot looser. I have to work more on the left side and the top of my head to get the desired look I want.”

*Screams* Thank you! I have the exact problem in my 3c/4a, thick hair! It drives me sooo crazy sometimes..I’m like, ‘Argh! Why couldn’t be like these cute curls on the right?!’ Glad i’m not alone.

P.S. your hair is GORG!!!!!!!! Great job 🙂
[img]http://blackgirllonghair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/IMG01473-20121111–2317.jpg[/img]

Addisa
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Wow! Your hair is beautiful. I know I went through the same same thing wishing my hair had the same pattern throughout but then you realize there’s nothing you can do about it unless you want to slap more chemicals on your hair lol. I just learned to embrace it and work with what I had. I believe there’s perfection in imperfection.

Kendall J
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Forget preety Addisa is the woman of this confident mans dreams if ur ever in Las Vegas email me who knows maybe ill make myself a facebook jus too talk to u only if u email me though 🙂 🙂 face hair lips eyes keep doin u (YFS) young fly sexy

lisa
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She know she bad.…gwan gyal

nellboogie
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Stunning!

Cia
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Beautiful!!

Rochelle
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Omg!! You and your hair .….. Simply Gorgeous! It’s so thick and luscious!

Mika
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Beautiful, beautiful hair. Addisa is gorgeous too!

Avaspeaks
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Her is pretty, however I too wouldn’t think that she was 4b, based on the various charts I have seen, updated or outdated.

But nevertheless, her hair again is very pretty.

anastasia
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O my.…LOVE!

luvnM3napturally
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Gorgeous hair! Where do you purchase your moisturizer She’s a Hemp Nut from? Thnank you for sharing.

Addisa
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Hey!! You can purchase it from: frommyheartproducts.com

luvnM3napturally
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Thank you! Stay beaUtiful

Addisa
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Thank you everybody for the love!! Hope I’m able to clarify any questions 🙂

Avril
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I love her simple her hair taking is.

tres belle.…:)

Gayle Allen
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First: Beautiful hair!!! I also have an issue with dryness and tangles … I also can’t pull my hair up in a bun, it’s just about long enough but it would take too much pulling and also it would have to be soaking wet. I do wash and go’s then air dry then 8 scrunchies to stretch out to keep from getting matty; sleep on a satin pillow case and the coils stay fresh. I only have to maybe touch a little during the week and that’s usually the top; it’s the driest. I’m having a hard time finding a… Read more »
Addisa
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Hmmm refreshers. Good question. Honestly when I feel that my hair is getting to dry back I. The shower I go to do the my whole washing and braid out process. I don’t let more than three days go by with out soaking my hair in water. It works best for me. Hope this helps.

B
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I think its ignorant everyone is sooooo surprised her hair is 4b as if 4b hair types hair look the same!!
I guess you are surprised because its long and not nappy!

Anon
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Hardly anyone is saying that, stop being so dramatic. Some people questioned her 4b status — the rest of your comment is projecting.

B
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Projecting what?? MY OPINION!!!!!!!!!!!!!

EG
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Whatever happened to being happy to be nappy?

cb
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right, I LOVE that phase “Happy to be Nappy”
+1

Jessica
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She’s gorgeous!

Gayle Allen
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Sorry for the typo’s: Change — “Chains”. At work ;-# .… can’t stay of this site …

Gayle Allen
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off” geeze

mlank64
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Her hair is absolutely gorgeousssssssss!!!!

FashionFro_ward
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I’m such a cheerleader. Everytime I think of New Rochelle, NY I always think of New Ro from Cheerleader Nation on Lifetime. I so loved them.

Addisa
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Lol New Ro! One of best friends coaches for New Ro. She’s also a Brooklynette dancer Siobhan St. John. 🙂

Toya
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I saw your pic and was like MAN she has some nice hair!!!! You are a striking young woman!

Camillia
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Beautiful lady!! Beautiful hair indeed!

JoAnn
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Very striking lady — and This hair is absolutely gorgeous! Love it! Thanks for sharing with us how you care for and work with it.

Dana
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Your hair is beautiful!! How do you maintain it at night?

Addisa
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Thank you! If its not in the braids I just wear it as is. I don’t use a scarf or anything. That’s prob not good for your hair but I’m lazy lol. By the time I get to bed I just want to sleep. I worry about it in the morning.

Michele-Antoinette
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People give me this (0o) look when I tell them I don’t tie up my hair

E.P.
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My hair does the exact same thing! Tighter texture on the right side and loose on the top. The right side also grows slower.

Addisa
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Yup! It’s kinda frustrating but I deal with it. Each side grows the same but since the righ side has a tighter pattern it springs up shorter than my left so its kinda lop sided.

stephanie
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Beautiful hair. I agree it doesn’t look like 4B hair…more 3C. I wish there was a pic of your hair in it’s natural state also…I just wish that in general for everyone they feature because if you are a true 4b, I’d love to know more about your styling techniques. I too have 4b hair and don’t get those results with twist outs or braid outs.

You are a gorgeous woman also!!

Anne
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.…. and that is the only measure? What you are able to do. SMH

Addisa
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Thank you! Well, looking back at the curl pattern charts and examining my own hair pattern, I would def say I have a combination of patterns running through my hair. I think possibly a combination of 4a and 4b. It’s really hard to say. Here is a pic of my hair after I washed it and put leave in conditioner in and let it air dry. The only combing I did was with my fingers during the conditioning process.
[img]http://blackgirllonghair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/image.jpg[/img]
[img]http://blackgirllonghair.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/image-1.jpg[/img]

thelady
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Looks 4a/b to me, I think people were looking at your hair after it had been stretched with braids and judging your pattern from that.

Lela7
Guest

I love all the pictures of your hair! They look like fabric, which is what I’ve always liked about type 4. Thick and dense and soft looking! Beautiful

Nicole
Guest

Addisa,

your hair is really amazing! It’s really super thick
like mine. I can relate to not being able to
put it in a ponytail or in an updo.
I was wondering what lipstick brand/color you are wearing in pic#9?
It’s fantastic.

Addisa
Guest

Thank you!! I’m wearing Revlon “wine not”. It’s my fav 🙂

Stevie
Guest

Gorgeous everything!

She She
Guest

absolutely stunning-stunning hair, face and lips-like me -hehehehehe. So modelesque. Love seeing sisters with there natural hair working it, continues to inspire me!!

Michele-Antoinette
Guest

Your hair is gorgeous, although I am wondering how you typed your hair? It’s a really difficult task because there’s such an insane range between types—-mostly, I’m trying to figure out how to type myself.

JJ
Guest

I don’t think this is 4b hair.

dee
Guest

Wow i think she knows her own hairtype why does it matter anyway?

TS
Guest

It’s not.
Maybe 3b, typo?

Tatiana
Guest

No I think it might be 4b. She stretches it through braiding so these pictures may not show her true texture.

Georgie
Guest

Addisa, where have you been all my life? Up until now I thought my 4b was too afro to wear in an afro. I used to roll my eyes when my dad told me to look after my ‘good African hair’… now I see its potential. Thank you! x

For the Love of Curls
Guest

Beautiful head of hair!

dee
Guest

Hairr crush! Beautiful! I love seeing 4BC featured.

brittney
Guest

she is gorgeooooussss…andneeds to model. but besides that, def a hair inspiration for me. I live it.

jess
Guest

more like 3b 3c

Cece Danielle
Guest

The first pic doesn’t look like that to me. I assume that’s her natural texture without any manipulation.

verona
Guest

Beautiful.

Lansky
Guest

I just think she knows how to manage her hair & knows exactly what products is good for her. 🙂

Salomey
Guest

yeahh 4b same as I am 🙂 lucky you live in seemingly a warmer country (I’m in the UK) so I can’t wear my hair out that often cause I’m afraid the cold will kill it, lol.. Laaavley hair 🙂

Justine
Guest

uhm.. shes definately NOT 4b. If she’s 4b then im 5b.

Afro Bella
Guest

🙂

Kim
Guest

omg i think i went to high school with her…beautiful hair girl and u look great!:-)

Yonana
Guest

Why do you guys not believe she’s 4b? For one, her hair is long which weighs down the hair and contributes to a slightly looser texture and for two, she mentions that she does a lot of braidouts which gives a curl patterned look. She’s definitely not in the 3 category either. There are plenty of other 4b hair icons on here who have achieved the same look. Nonetheless, her and her hair are gorgeous!

Lénora
Guest

Don’t tell me that after the war dark skin/ light skin, y’all are about to do a hair type war??????????????? y’all are tripping

she said she wear her hair stretch out a lot.
Why don’t just enjoy the beautiful pictures, the sharing of her journey and regimen and the inspiration she can bring? Isn’t it what the website is all about?

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