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Alex // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jul 5, 2010

Where do you live?
A:
I live in Maryland which is a part of the DMV area (D.C., MD and Virginia). I am a student, mother, employee, friend and lover of all things natural, especially my hair. I am also an entrepreneur. I have my own natural hair care line called “Safi” and my signature product is my home made “Avocado Shea Butter”. I am very proud of my little business and I am so glad that people LOVE the products. That makes me SUPER HAPPY!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
This is my third time going natural and I am glad to say it’s my final time. I went back and forth with my hair for years and now I am ready to embrace my curls for good. I’ve had every hairstyle you can think of; long, short, bobs, color, shaved sides and ALL that, LOL. But I find that being natural works best for me. I was very inspired when I saw women with big hair HEALTHY hair. I wanted that, so I decided to make the change yet again. I am happy I did.

I transitioned for 6 months. I big chopped on September 26, 2009 but I am not sure when my last relaxer was. I didn’t get them often; I think one day I was just like “bump this”… LOL and I never went back.

Going natural has made me a better mother. I say that because I want my daughter to be proud of who she is. In this day and age, “straight hair” is what you “need” to get by. I never want her to feel less than because she is a curly girl. I want her to love it and by me loving and embracing my curls I know she will look up at me in admiration and love hers as well.

What’s your regimen?
A:
I use Shea Moisture Products to wash condition and detangle my hair every 2 days. My favorite shampoo and conditioner by them is Organic Raw Shea Butter Restorative Shampoo and the matching conditioner. I like these products because they are all natural and inexpensive. I purchase mine from Target. You get a bang for your buck. I have the WHOLE Shea Moisture Line, LOL.

I also use my hair butter to seal and retain moisture along with a Rose Water and Glycerin spray that I make at home. It works well and the products are eco-friendly and easy to find. I deep condition twice a month with a bentonite clay mask mixed with coconut oil. It works wonders for my dry hair. I have been wearing wash and go’s most of the summer, I define my curls with Smooth and Shine Curl gel along with Sweet Ohm Hair Pudding. These products keep my hair SUPER DUPER soft and bouncy!

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
Not listening to my hair was my biggest mistake when I first went natural. My hair is very picky and it likes what it likes. I was trying way too many products at once and my hair was becoming more dry than it naturally is. Once I toned that down and starting using what I KNEW worked for me and my hair, I was good to go.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A:
CONDITION, CONDITION, CONDITION and use lots of water or water based products. My hair is like a SPONGE and sucks up everything. So I have to keep it hydrated very often.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
You can find me at any of the following places:
www.thegoodhairblog.com
www.twitter.com/Safi_HairCare
www.twitter.com/AisforALEX
www.safihaircare.etsy.com (My hair products will be back in stock in a few weeks)
http://a‑isfor-alex.tumblr.com/
www.fotki.com/AlxElle
www.youtube.com/iamalex07

Anything else you want to add?
A:
Being natural has opened up so many doors for me and I love it. I encourage new naturals and transitioning ladies to keep up the good work! Learn your hair and implement a regimen that works for you and your curlies! Your hair will thank you for it!

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Jasmyn
10 years ago

I follow her on Youtube! Her recommendation on the Shea Moisture line has me wanting some after I go natural too.

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Shukura
10 years ago

gr8 that she can be a role model to her daughter now thats so important

xx
Li

Daree Allen
10 years ago

I recently became natural too (check out my blog), for the same reason– my daughter. But the seed was planted on this blog. Will check out the youtube channel!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
10 years ago

Beautiful Gir & Beautuful hair 🙂
I like her blog 🙂

Mesha
Mesha
10 years ago

Love her style, love her hair, love her blog!

Monique
Monique
10 years ago

OMG!!!! can you please have her do a tutorial for that fro hawk blowout imma need to do that.…my hair is about to be that length!!!!

vonnie
10 years ago

I’ve always thought she was the cutest thing, since I started following her on twitter. definitely need to buy some of her products and support

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Alexandra
10 years ago

Thank you ladies for all the kind words! They are very appreciated!
I do not do my own hair when I wear it straight, so unfortunately I cant do a tutorial.My stylist does it, she uses a CHI flat iron and blows my hair out with medium heat.Glad you like the style though. It was my staple while I transitioned. 🙂

KeetaRay
10 years ago

Congrats, Alex!!! I love it 🙂

Efuru
Efuru
10 years ago

Such an amazing story! It’s nice to finally put a face to the business, I use your Avocado Shea Butter and I love it!

Kasandra
Kasandra
10 years ago

you & your daughter are too cute in that picture! Love your hair & tattoo!

Tamika
10 years ago

Congrats on the feature.. I was featured some months ago, keep on inspiring =) gotta check out the products you reccomended also.

Shadelle
Shadelle
10 years ago

As I saw your photos, I remember seeing a photoshoot you did with Barbie Bibiana sometime ago on FB. You are so gorgeous and I LOVE your hair natural. It really plays up your features! Blessings on you and your sweet daughter! 🙂

Alexandra
10 years ago

awww thank you! you ladies are so kind!

Rachel
Rachel
10 years ago

First — I LOVE your hairstyles! Very Very cute!! Second — I’ve never tried to mix my Bentonite Clay with coco oil. That’s a great idea, and I can’t wait to try it 🙂

Anne
Anne
10 years ago

very nice pics and such a beautiful daughter. her hair is gorgeous both straight and curly but that fro-hawk was very sexy i can’t wait to try that style.

Rosetta
Rosetta
10 years ago

This was a great resource! Im realy excited that Alex came out and did this. Now I know what product to experiment with my hair! Thanks for the wonderful information!

Shirley
6 years ago

It’s so funny, that picture of you has been circulating around Pinterest for at least a year. The one with your hair relaxed. I know this because it was the true inspiration I needed to take out my extensions. I loved that hair style. I relaxed my hair and it all broke off so I ended up doing the big chop out of necessity. Let me say this was the biggest change in my life. I’m so proud of myself for the same reasons, we should be proud of our hair. I just did it a month ago and while… Read more »

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[…] through BGLH. Alex {founder of The Good Hair Blog} was featured as a BGLH hair icon summer of 2010. Here is her BGLH feature. Since then, I have been following TGHB. Alex also lives in Maryland. I […]

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