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Amanda // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jul 29, 2010

Where do you live?
A:
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago. I went to undergrad in the LA area. Now, I’m currently in living in DC.

Why did you go natural?
A:
I officially went natural in April 2001 when I was 15 years old. However, I didn’t stop religiously straightening it with heat until 2 years ago (Summer 2008). Because I used to straighten my hair incessantly it suffered a lot of breakage. My hair wasn’t cared for properly. When I would wash my hair, I thought I had a really loose curl pattern, but I later learned this was from all the heat damage from pressing it. Nevertheless, after going to hairstylist after hairstylist, one finally convinced my mother to put me back on the creamy crack.

During this time, I began to really miss my natural hair and the ridiculous proclamations of me having “good hair” in its natural state. Mind you, as previously stated, my hair had been damaged by heat so my curl pattern was looser, which is why my young mind bought into this “good hair” nonsense. I yearned to have that hair back. When I finally let the relaxer grow out, my hair was nothing like I thought it was, which was hard for me to accept, especially while in high school (an institution that breeds insecurity). So, of course, I straightened it.

It wasn’t until summer 2008, that I finally decided to embrace my hair. Maturity, at least for me, settled in. I was tired of fried, limp, lifeless hair. I wanted to get to know my hair and build a better relationship with it on my own terms.

What’s your regimen?
A:
I actually don’t have a strict regimen because I’m a firm believer that like people, hair evolves. However, I am going to try a regimen for a few months and change it up when I feel necessary. I will say that I do color my hair a lot (some would argue that I’m not “natural” because of this), so moisturizing and sealing are key.

I’m really getting into the science of hair so I’m always on YouTube and hair blogs reading, reading and reading.

I typically co-wash daily but now I’m trying to cut back and do it every few days to maybe a week. We’ll see!

Products I use are:

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
Straightening it way too often and buying expensive products (not to knock any of the great products out there). I find that my own concoctions best serve my hair.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A:
Leaving it alone to do its own thing (basically not manipulating it too much). I still haven’t fully learned this lesson but I notice when I put it into practice, it makes a WORLD of a difference.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
www.honeyfaced.blogspot.com

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vonnie
10 years ago

chi-town stand up! lol…you look like my cousin, so much so…related to any Stewarts in the south suburbs? :-/

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InnaLeigh
10 years ago

Lovin’ her style.….Stay beautiful, sis!

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InnaLeigh
10 years ago

Lovin’ her style.…Stay beautiful, sis!

http://purpleskyyys.blogspot.com

bee
bee
10 years ago

i have a question for amanda,

i’m interestied in dying my hair, but i have no idea what brands to look at aside from henna hair dyes, what brands would you recommend?

Sherica
10 years ago

Your whole look, is fierce!

BedStuyMama
BedStuyMama
10 years ago

Great look. I’m LOVING the last pic! Twists are tight!

Tayo
Tayo
10 years ago

You are still natural whether or not you dye your hair! Love your hair and style (I want that dress lol).

ChyeahBella
ChyeahBella
10 years ago

beautiful hair! and in the 1st pic she looks like keisha cole

Amanda
10 years ago

Thanks everyone for the wonderful comments and encouragement! @bee i’ve learned that when dying my hair, it’s probably best to go to a professional. I’ve had a couple hair disasters when i’ve tried lightening my hair so the d.i.y. approach wasn’t best. Although, at one point, i did try a red color by Creme of Nature and that worked well! I hope this helps!

Nelda
Nelda
10 years ago

Yo Amanda!!! Can you pls post some tutorials on those wicked hairstyles?? They look awesome.. pls consider!

Nelda
Nelda
10 years ago

At least tell me how you did the last one?

Azariah
Azariah
10 years ago

love the hairstyles

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