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Nia // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 19, 2009



Where are you from and what do you do?
N:
I’m from Baltimore…and I’m in transition. I’ll be a college student (somewhere, God willing) in the spring. But right now I work in a high school as a Project Intern for the Youth Development Unit.

When did you go natural? Why?
N:
I’m natural by default. =) I had a relaxer once when I was like seven. And it took my hair out.…never again.
My mom is natural so it was something that I knew I would probably follow.

My sister, my aunt and my cousin all began to lock and their hair was growing! My hair was short, in fact when I was really young I didn’t even have hair..lol I remember the day I decided to lock my mom kept telling me how I was gonna watch my sister’s hair grow and be mad, and that day I was supposed to get my hair done, which didn’t happen. So i just declared, I’m gonna lock my hair. And that was the summer before sixth grade.

You’re 17 and you’ve had locks for a long time now. How have people around you reacted to your hair?
N:
In middle school, people thought I was Jamaican..lol But my friends love it. People tell me how cute and neat they are. It’s funny, cause people randomly tell me when they see my hair, “I want locks,” or “I’m tryna lock my hair”. So..yeah. People are pretty in love with my locks. Lol.

What do you use in your hair?
N:
To wash it I use a shampoo bar from a company called Wonderful Oils of the World. It has Tea Tree Oil, Thyme and Rosemary or I use Nadina’s Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. To lock I just use pure shea butter and I occasionally oil it with Sunflower and Olive Oil.

What style do you love to rock?
N:
Umm..since it’s been cut just straight, showing of my cut. I’m soo happy with it!

But I used to love to braid my hair, then take it out so it would be crinkly. That was two styles in one. And really convenient. I could swim in the braids and when i took them out, they’d be crinkly.


Why do you prefer natural hair to relaxed hair?
N:
I really love the versatility of being natural, because you can still do a weave or press and still have your natural texture. When you perm, you lose that…and it takes a minute to get it back. And I never wanna lose my natural texture.

For more from Nia check out her blog.

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SESweeting
SESweeting
11 years ago

Love the red haircolor!

Liza
Liza
11 years ago

OK, she’s only 17!!!! Get out of here! She is too cute and I love her locs!

I used to want to loc my hair, but I was always to scared to do it. My brother has locs and I always thought they were beautiful. My mother told me that she’d support my decision, but I just couldn’t do it.

I’m glad this sister stepped out on faith and just did it!

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

Nice hair:-)

Silly question, can you weave locked hair?

TheDailey
TheDailey
11 years ago

yes locks :]
i will probably lock my hair when
I get older… but I’d want mine to look like hers

Shawn
Shawn
11 years ago

She’s so pretty! I might lock one day and I definitely want them to look like hers. 🙂

mysskay
mysskay
11 years ago

her hair is beautiful. i love that locs are getting some attention :o)

my mother, brother, aunt and a cousin have locs — at first i wasn’t into them, but once my family started growing them, they grew on me and now i could see myself doing it when i’m older too. i picture myself with long gray locs up in a bun, me wearing glasses and reading all day :o)

*daydreaming out loud*

oh by the way, recently learned about braidlocs, they are cute too http://www.youtube.com/user/KinkyHairBlog

She-she
She-she
11 years ago

She is my best friend and yessss her locks are beautiful! she loves them which causes others 2 love them also..its all about ur own confidence!!!

jenteel
jenteel
11 years ago

lovin those locs!

Da Jadedpoet
Da Jadedpoet
11 years ago

Her locs are the shiznet!! I love them..now she has me regretting having taken out my 5 day locs lol.

Karee
Karee
10 years ago

I so know Nia. We were suppose to go to college together…love her hair ♥

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