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Stephanie // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Feb 16, 2010

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Where do you live?
S:
I like in Jacksonville, Florida but I’m moving to Baltimore in the summer. (yay!) I’m a full time student at the moment. I’m double majoring in sociology and Spanish and my minor is political science. I wanna work within the community and be an advocate for animal, environmental and human rights.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S:
My best friend and I had originally planned to go back-packing across the country and I needed a way to keep my hair and not have to worry about it for a couple months. Carmen, my best friend, has dreads and I thought “well, why not let my hair lock!” So I grew out my fro and when the time came to get it twisted I had already fallen madly in love with her. I played with my curls constantly and I didn’t want to loose that element so I put off locking my hair. I think that I will eventually, but not any time soon. I really want a HUUUUGGEE afro.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
S:
I’ve been a weaving sistah since I was 14. lol. I loved long, wavy/curly sew ins. My sister could do them, so they were my go-to style if I didn’t feel like getting a perm. I transitioned for 4 months. I didn’t even plan my big chop. I was just taking out my weave getting ready for another installment when I just thought “hmmmmm…let’s see where we are.” So I unbraided my hair and washed it. I stared at my reflection for like 10 minutes then I went into a trance, I grabbed some safety scissors and (I was so scared) cut off my permed ends. IT WAS AMAZING! At first I couldn’t stop running my hands through my head. I was like woah…”it’s nice to meet you..I’m steph”

Being natural has had the most positive effect on my life! I feel like my inside matches my outside and that’s a pretty big deal for me. I thought my other hairstyles were pretty but my look never seemed…cohesive. My clothes, my smirk, my walk, my attitude, everything else made sense except my hair. And I couldn’t figure out why. But after I cut my hair I realized the reason my reflection didn’t look like me before was because it wasn’t really me..well not all of me.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learnt from?
S:
DON’T TRY EVERYTHING AT ONCE! Ohhmyygoodness my first 2–3 months I was piling on leave in conditioners and anything that claimed to have extra virgin olive oil. lmao. my hair was sooo greassyy! I read in blogs/forums that our hair needed to be conditioned and that was the most important thing so I went into overload. I also know now that you have to figure out your OWN regimen and not to compare your growth to another natural. We all accept that we’re different but sometimes we forget that saying applies to our hair as well. Learn your hair, not a regimen.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S:
Waaatteerrrrrrr!! She gets plenty of water. I refuse to do anything to her unless she’s moist. I deep condition once a month (mayo, avacodo, coconut milk..whatever’s available) and I did my first trim in December. I plan on doing that every 4 months. This is my 6th month being natural ; )

What do you use in your hair?
S:
I keep it super simple. My hair doesn’t like to weighed down..she needs her wiggle room. I use

Coconut oil
Shea butter
Water/extra virgin olive oil mixed in a spray bottle

I wash my hair once a week with Garnier Fructis fortifying cream conditioner triple nutrition.. I might shampoo, it depends

At night I twist it into chunky sections..I guess they’re extra medium sized.lol.wrap them in a scarf and undo them in the morning. FLUFF LIKE CRAZY.I love big hair so I pull and stretch as much as possible.

How does your hair express who you are?
S:
It’s loud, extraordinary and sarcastically arrogant, indifferent to anyone’s opinion but super soft.

I’ve been approached so many times by women who say things like “your hair is so pretty, I wanna go natural but I’m scared”. Don’t let fear of the unknown hold you back! This is just awakening apart of you that’s been dormant. And unlike relaxing your hair, this is waaayy less of a commitment. You can always straighten your hair if you don’t like how it turned out. I’m not about bashing permed or weaved heads, it’s about realizing that you have a choice and exploring all options.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
Myspace.com/st3phthegr8

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Steph
10 years ago

Hi, fellow natural Steph! LOL

Nice interview. The parts I liked most were when you said you wanted a HUUUUGE fro, it made me smile! And the part when you said your insides matched your outside, I could relate! Good luck to you 🙂

Dani
Dani
10 years ago

I really appreciate the last two posts that you put up. It is nice to see naturals who are heavily into indie and punk influences.

Msnappy
Msnappy
10 years ago

Love her confidence!

bettieshambles
bettieshambles
10 years ago

Gorgeous girl, amazing hair!

vonnie
10 years ago

stephanie, you rock! love the ‘tude babe 🙂
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Khambria
Khambria
10 years ago

Love your style Stephanie!!

Raquel
Raquel
10 years ago

i love her hair and style!!
and you’re gorgeous, stephanie!!
*secretly wishes i could pull off the punk/rock natural look*

Rosie
Rosie
10 years ago

Hey … I am from Jacksonville too! =] I used to be natural, I cut my hair off when I was 15 and went back to relaxing 4 years later. I enjoy both natural and relaxed hair. When I lose a few pounds I will definitely consider going back natural. My face now is kinda chubby (lmao) and I don’t think I would look too good with a natural do right now!

Jazzminn
Jazzminn
10 years ago

Hey, I live In Jax, too. To bad your moving we couldv’e hung out.
We have a bit in common besides being natural. Love the piercings and fro. keep it up. hit me on Afropunk.com /Venusmook

Brit
Brit
10 years ago

LOVE. IT.

stephanie
stephanie
10 years ago

thanks to everyone for being exponentially nice (= @ raquel its not about “pulling off a look” its about being comfortable in your own skin and not being afraid to express yourself openly. if your honestly into punk culture and music then the piercings/tattoos etc will almost seamlessly blend into your look. i hardly even notice mine anymore because theyve become an extension of me. btw you dont have to be “punk” to have tattoos/piercings (= @ rosie OMMMGGG!! i thought the same thing too!lol.as you can see im a little rollie pollie (hahah) and i thought my face was too… Read more »

Vanisha
10 years ago

yeah there are a lot of those.. i’m more so hippyish/punk though lol i shouldve been running through flower fields in the 70s :]

Afrika
10 years ago

She looks like a ROCKSTAR

Satijo
Satijo
8 years ago

LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This interview warmed my spirit so much. Thank you! I loved how she referred to her hair as she.

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