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Kae // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Nov 16, 2009

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Where are you from?
K:
I’m from Boston, MA but I’m a sophomore at St. John’s University in Jamaica, Queens. I’m a singer/songwriter/writer—I write songs and stories.

When did you go natural?
K:
In February of 2006 when I was in the 10th grade. My mother had all these Black hair care books around the house and they all pretty much denounced relaxers as the devil … hehe. I got real brand new on my mom and told her I didn’t wanna get touch- ups anymore. I really just expected to get my hair flat ironed every two weeks until forever. Wearing my hair completely natural? Like kinky/curly/nappy? No straightening? That was never the plan. I never even considered that an option.

EXCUSEME
So what changed your mind?
K:
When I took out my braids second semester, I started flat- ironing my own hair (YiKES!) Then when I got back home, I went back to flat- ironing every two weeks at the hair salon. My stylist told me “If you’re gonna wear your hair straight all the time, you may as well get a relaxer.” She had been telling me this ever since I went natural, because I was still in her chair religiously every two weeks. She told me that although being natural was always better for the health of my hair, the heat damage I was getting from the frequent flat- ironing and blow drying was even more damaging than a relaxer would be.

Now, idk if that’s completely true or not, but it woke me up. I was frying my hair! So I started looking up hair care blogs (like this one, which i LOVe) and doing my hair myself. I’m not gonna lie to you– the first couple months were rough. My mother nearly disowned me. But now, I’m a regular Kimberly Kimble! owwwwww*

My scalp behaves so much better! I haven’t had dandruff or an itchy scalp in months. And of course I feel like now I am a complete Nubian goddess 😉 I have nothing to hide. My hair has no secrets. This is what I look like.

What style do you like to rock?
K:
My signature hairstyle is my fauxhawk. Every week when I wash my hair, I tell myself “I’m gonna do something different this week.” And every week I end up throwing my hair back into my fauxhawk. It’s just so easyyyy and so reliable. And nobody recognizes me without it!

What do you use in your hair?
K:
I use Herbal Essences Hello Hydration to co-wash. Every once in a while, when my hair is dry and sad from product buildup, I clarify with Giovanni Tea Tree shampoo. I use Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine as a leave- in and I seal my ends with raw shea butter or castor oil… or a combination of both. Right now I’m in love with Hollywood Beauty’s Olive Oil Cholesterol. I sleep with it. It makes LOVE to my hair. LOVE!

Do you have a website where we can find you?
K:
My blog is BAOww.blogspot.com

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Amma Mama
Amma Mama
11 years ago

CUte Frohawk!

Jolianne
11 years ago

I am glad your are able to use your talents and creativity to show the world about curly hair!

ChyeahBella
ChyeahBella
11 years ago

i love you hair and clothes, very stylish and beautiful. i also love ur blog, im from MA too, im from cambridge. but yeah your blog is hilarious, the quotes post had me laughing for awhile.

Kasandra
11 years ago

love your fauxhawk! how do you get it like that? do you twistout and then pull it up?

Kae
Kae
11 years ago

svank you sis!
i actually braid with the sleek&shine after co-washing & then undo the braids & pull my hair into the clip when it dries. sometimes i do bantu knots with the braids too. it comes out really cute*

Ima
Ima
10 years ago

Good choice on going natural sis, it looks good on you!

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