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Alice // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jun 25, 2010

“Going natural has definitely made me more aware of and more interested in beauty ideals, how they’re enforced, who is the enforcer, and how the culture I/we live in treats women who deviate from that ‘norm.’ ”

Where do you live?
A: I’m a bit of a nomad, so I don’t rep anywhere. I’m currently a full time student studying computer science and studio art.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
I relocated for school and I didn’t want to spend time looking for a new salon when I needed to spend time chained to a desk in the library. I was VERY attached to the person who did my texturizers since he never messed up in my history of getting texturizers by hm. Leaving him behind and finding someone who I knew would screw it up or burn my hair off or completely ignore me and make it bone straight just sounded awful.

I started my transition in August 2008. I started doing lots of little chops until December 2008/January 2009 when I big chopped completely.

Going natural has definitely made me more aware of and more interested in beauty ideals, how they’re enforced, who is the enforcer, and how the culture I/we live in treats women who deviate from that “norm.” Getting a boy cut (my brother had longer hair than me when I BCed!) made me hyper aware of how I was treated and what people expected of me as a woman with “ugly, nappy, boy hair.”

What’s your regimen?
A:
Currently, I’ve been wearing flat twist outs almost exclusively. I wash my hair with shampoo (whatever I have, I’m not too picky about shampoo) and condition with either Aussie Moist or Quidad’s Moisturizing Conditioner (I dont remember what it is called but the OLD ONE, not the new one. I’ve never tried it). Then I’ll deep condition with Aussie’s Three Minute Miracle and start randomly flat twisting using Qhemet Biologics Burdock Root Cream and some styler.

I’ve been playing with stylers lately because I’ve noticed I get a different wave/curl pattern depending on the product and I haven’t found one that I really liked. I usually keep the twists in for 2–3 days (usually hidden under a scarf or hat) then take them down and go!

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
Heat protectant=good. I got my hair straightened for my first real trim in 2009 and the lady who did it didn’t use any! The heat damage was awful, it took weeks to get my hair to curl up again.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A:
Keeping my hair under a bonnet/scarf when I’m just lounging around the house. I have a bad case of Hand In Fro Syndrome and this keeps my hair protected from my fingers, blankets, pillows, etc. Deep conditioning weekly is up there too, I usually forget to do this though 🙁

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Yes there is! http://diaryofakinkycurlytransitioner.wordpress.com/

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Jc
Jc
10 years ago

*Waves* Hey Alice!

Miss Novella
10 years ago

=D I love her blog!!

L.B.
L.B.
10 years ago

Can anyone tell me please, what would have happened if Alice had not cut off her texturized hair? Would she really have experienced the same breakage as if it had been fully relaxed? If so, why? I mean, if the hair already on your head and the hair growing out of you head are both some state of curly is their really a line of demarcation? Thanks!

Jc
Jc
10 years ago

LB — Chemically treated hair even if it looks the same as natural hair is not natural. A texturizer is in essence a relaxer of a weaker concentration or applied for a shorter time. The hair treated by a relaxer becomes structurally weaker because 1. The oil between the cuticle layers (noting that we can have anywhere between 5 and 10 layers ) is partially dissolved. This oil acts as a glue and when it is depleted the cuticle layers are more susceptible to breakage, fracture or loss. Remembering that the cuticle is the essential protection to the inner cortex… Read more »

Alice
10 years ago

@LB: Hi LB, JC covered all of the science behind chemically processed hair and it’s behavior and I can tell you from my experiences that I had a VERY visible line of demarcation. My texturizer took my hair to a 3a/3b with some 2 bits scattered around and my natural hair is a 4a/4b with some 3cs sprinkled in for good measure.

When I started transitioning I had A LOT of breakage. This was probably due to a combination of (a) two different textures (b) stress from school ©new environment drastically different from my previous one.

Alice
http://diaryofakinkycurlytransitioner.wordpress.com/

L.B.
L.B.
10 years ago

JC- thank you so much for your response! My hair and I are at a crossroads, and I’m just trying to figure out what’s next.

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