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Avatar • Aug 16, 2010

“I had perms and weaves and added a lot of heat to my hair, but now I don’t need any of that and I feel absolutely beautiful.”

Where do you live?
A:
I’m West Philly born and raised, and I’m a recent college graduate of Temple University. Shoutout to the class of 2010 and my Speech Pathology girls! 🙂

Why did you go natural?
A:
I made the decision after I saw a picture of Mae (NaturalChica) with her bantu knot out. I instantly fell in love and made the decision to dye and style my hair naturally the very next day. I had the ‘Rihanna haircut’ last year, and decided I wanted to grow my hair out.

So, I got my last perm August 5, 2009, and began getting sew in weaves for nearly a year until I finally stopped in July for my Mae-inspired bantu knot out.

Going natural has made me more confident. I used to feel I wasn’t ‘cute’ with my natural hair. I had perms and weaves and added a lot of heat to my hair, but now I don’t need any of that and I feel absolutely beautiful.

What’s your regimen?
A:
My signature look (because I fail at twist outs lol) is the bantu knot out. I wash and deep condition with a heating cap for 30 minutes every Saturday using Suave Humectress. I then rinse it out, and while its still damp I add leave in conditioner (Sunsilk Captivating Curls de-frizz leave in cream) part my hair in sections for the knots, and add Curls Curling Creme to each section and twist and knot. When its all knotted, I add castor oil to my scalp. I also spray my hair with my own concoction of water, glycerin, grapeseed oil, castor oil, and shea butter oil.

How do you retain length?
A:
Right now my hair is in Senegalese twists because I just cannot leave my hair alone! So before I even start to notice my hair is breaking or not retaining length, I decided to get the twists put in. I’ll probably keep them in for a month or more. They’re a lifesaver! 🙂

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A:
With the constant sew-ins I obtained a lot of heat damage in the front. It actually looked permed and had no texture whatsoever, even when wet. When I went natural, I began to deep condition my hair with a heat cap (conditioner, extra virgin olive oil, mayonnaise, milk, and honey) and realized that it made my damaged hair wavy each time, almost like its trying to revert back. I do that every week, and absolutely avoid flat ironing my hair, and I now use a heat protectant (Elasta QP) while blow drying. So ladies, while transitioning with weaves, opt for the kinky as opposed to straight looks if your own hair is going to be left out!

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A:
I wash it every week and deep condition with a heating cap. My hair LOVES it! Especially the hair that was heat damaged. I also use lots of castor oil which makes it incredibly soft! By the way, I cut all remaining perm from my ends as well as the damaged hair in the front before I got my Senegalese twists.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
You can find me on twitter @asia_shardae, facebook under asia.robinson, and on youtube at im1klassydiv

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R
10 years ago

I love your hair color…what brand or color did you use? I’ve ben thinking of coloring but I am scared of the results.

Amina
10 years ago

Beautiful curls! Your hair looks nice. I’m thinking about moving out there to Philly for a change soon…Congrats on graduating!

asia
asia
10 years ago

Hi and thanx! I used Dark & Lovely in Chestnut Blonde…go for it! don’t be afraid! :))

Takeysha
Takeysha
10 years ago

I love your curly fro!!!…Temple girls ROCK..class of 07 🙂

Liah
Liah
10 years ago

It’s always cool to see a fellow T.U. girl or Philly girl on the web. I can’t wait till I graduate from Temple.

asia
asia
10 years ago

thank u so much ladies!!! and yes, Temple girls absolutely rock!!!!

Takeysha
Takeysha
10 years ago

I really do like your color.. I think color can really add something to a twa

asia
asia
10 years ago

thank you at Takeysha…funny thing is…i don’t have a TWA…I have length…my hair isn’t short…it shrinks like crazy…especially with the bantu knot out!

Nia
Nia
10 years ago

So cute! Love the color

Corell
Corell
10 years ago

Love your hair it looks like mine. What hair type are you.

asia
asia
10 years ago

thanx ladies! @Corell…i don’t get caught up in hair typing, but I’m guessing I’m a 4 something or other lol

Risa
Risa
10 years ago

Asia, I need the secret on your bantu knots! lol

Kay
Kay
10 years ago

I knew you looked familiar! TU 2012 =/ lol

asia
asia
10 years ago

risa…thanx! its posted up there…it shrinks majorly and has lots of the Curls product in it…and I spray it whenever i feel like it lol…kay…i do?? lol TU baby!! lol

Takeysha
Takeysha
10 years ago

Lol..soo funny I went back to look at the pics this morning and im like I wonder how she got thse little curls like that…the shrinkage is crazy…but I still love your hair..can you do a tutorial?!

asia
asia
10 years ago

@Takeysha thanx again! I was toying around with the idea of making a tutorial. Right now I have Senegalese twists in my hair, but when I take them out I will def make a vid! btw…my youtube channel is im1klassydiva…they left off the ‘a’. lol

Oto
Oto
10 years ago

i’m still in the TWA stage (BC’d in july 2010) I love ur style!!!! ITs absolutely beautiful!!! How did u style ur hair when it was shorter? And u def need to do a tutorial on ur bantu knot outs.…its so pretty!!!!

asia
asia
10 years ago

@Oto, thank you. When it was shorter i kept my hair in sew in weaves to transition. I never tried to style my natural hair alone until this July when I tried the bantu knot out. And I will def make that tutorial vid! :))) give me a month or two! :))

asia
asia
10 years ago

Hey ladies, if u all are interested, I just made my 1st natural hair journey video…check it out…more to come! :))

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