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Amanda // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 8, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Where do you live?
A: I currently reside in North Carolina, but I rep the small town of Greenwood, SC all day! It is safe to say that I am a Southern Belle lol.

What do you do?
A: By day, I work for one of the major financial institutions in the U.S., but by night (and all in between) I am a freelance makeup artist, model, and vlogger. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in Advertising and minored in Sport & Entertainment Management at The University of South Carolina (so does not correlate with my day job. I know). I also dibble and dabble in styling. I guess I’m somewhat of a “Jack of all trades”!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: Now I definitely thought I was the last person to ever sport a fro. I owe my decision to go natural to the Recession. Around that time I was fresh out of college and started to reevaluate my frequent salon visits. It was becoming a bit pricey and groceries were more important. The need for change is always present and I wanted my hair to look different from everyone else’s. I decided I would forgo the relaxer, but I had every intention of keeping my hair flat ironed. After searching for styles across YouTube, I saw that natural hair was actually dope and decided to go for it! Plus, no one else would have my hair.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
A: Micro braids were my savior during my transition. I transitioned in January of 2009 for 7 months, followed by the big chop in October 2009.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
A: Well I must say that going natural has been a lovely ride. Rocking a short curly crop forces you to become confident. It’s a good feeling to be able to inspire others just by being you.

How would you describe your hair?
A: Kinky to say the least! My hair is kinky and coily. I have medium to fine strands, and a coarse patch at the top of my head. There is a section of silky hair at the nape of my neck. The sides are cottony. Usually no matter how I style my hair, if humidity is in play it ends up being a coily fro. It’s also getting floppy as it grows.

What is your regimen?
A: My regimen has become fairly simple. Weekly or when needed, I shampoo my hair with a sulfate free shampoo. I usually use Huetiful’s shampoo because of the awesome tingling effect. If I have a ton of buildup I clarify with Apple Cider Vinegar. I then use Tresseme’ Naturals to detangle while in the shower. After every shampoo I steam my hair using Lustrasilk Cholesterol and the Huetiful Hair Steamer.

About once a month I will add a protein deep conditioner using Rapunzel Protein Deep Conditioner. I then proceed to style my hair using Qhemet Biologics Amla & Olive Heavy Cream. I love this moisturizer because my hair stays moisturized for days! I will usually pump up my coils with Qhemet Biologics Olive & Honey Hydrating Balm. I always tie my hair with a satin scarf and sleep on a satin pillowcase.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A: It is so important to find the right moisturizers for YOUR HAIR TYPE! My hair type is very prone to breakage, but can be weighed down easily, so finding that balance is imperative. I also must re-twist my hair at night. It stays moisturized and stretched, which leads to fewer tangles. Lastly, monitoring the amounts of protein in my products is a must if I want healthy hair. Too much can lead to breakage.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A: Re-twisting my hair at night saves me from hair disasters in the morning. It’s truly a must for me or I will have a dry, lopsided fro.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A: I can be located on YouTube at www.youtube.com/LethalPleazure
I’ve also started to utilize my Tumblr page http://lethalpleazure.tumblr.com

Anything else you want to add?
A: One of the most important things you can do in life is to be who YOU ARE. No matter if people love it or hate it, you have to be comfortable with the choices that you make and the way in which you live your life. Speak life and power, be bold and beautiful. I dare you to live!

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BlaqueInfinite
BlaqueInfinite
9 years ago

Wow. A great beauty. And I love the last quote, “Speak life and power”. Much love.

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  BlaqueInfinite

Thank you!

Risa
Risa
9 years ago

Beautiful lady and hair!

A
A
9 years ago

Beautiful! Great interview!

Rasheda
9 years ago

Suck a NATURAL beauty! Love ya Amanda!!!

Ain't I an African
Ain't I an African
9 years ago

Beautiful!

Lissie
Lissie
9 years ago

Wow, 2 lovely style icons in one day! I love your hair and your style Amanda!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Lissie

thanks for those kind words!

SCalum
SCalum
9 years ago

I see you, Gamecock! You look great!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  SCalum

Thanks fellow Cock! lol

African Violet
African Violet
9 years ago

Loving your hair! Absolutely beautiful.

pinkgirlfluff
pinkgirlfluff
9 years ago

Great hair and style!

Robin Nicole
9 years ago

Super Gorge! I love the last answer!

Joan B. in SC
Joan B. in SC
9 years ago

Glad to see a natural representing SC. Was wondering if she works for the same major financial institution I work that’s based out of Charlotte. Go Gamecocks!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Joan B. in SC

hmmmm maybe!!! How will we ever know? And GO COCKS!!

Miss Jay
Miss Jay
9 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

BofAML? 🙂 Another natural here!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Miss Jay

No…not that one…but big ups to natural hair in the workplace!

Joan B. in SC
Joan B. in SC
9 years ago
Reply to  Amanda

The one going through a major merger with a West Coast financial institution.

df
df
9 years ago

daaaaaaaaaaaaaaamn

Dani
Dani
9 years ago

Very pretty girl. Lovely hair.

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Dani

Thanks!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago

WOW! You all are too kind! Thanks for the positivity and thanks Meosha for the invite!

Starla
Starla
9 years ago

Such a natural beauty with gorge hair.

merry
merry
9 years ago

she’s beautiful.

Jaslene
Jaslene
9 years ago

Go Cocks! Moore School of Business. Also possible Bank of America. Love the hair Amanda.

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Jaslene

Thanks Jslene! OO girl u got that good education! lol

Nneka
9 years ago

I am forever stalking Amanda on Youtube Glad she got profiled here such a beautiful down to earth lady

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Nneka

{Blushing out of control} thanks !!!

Octavia
Octavia
9 years ago

You look GREAT Amanda!! Funny how so many of us started going natural right after college. USC was straight hair/weave central while we were there! Wish this all had started while we were still in undergrad so we could’ve all supported each other. And of course… GO COCKS!!! 🙂

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  Octavia

Octavia.…I only know a few..but If you are who I think you are…OMG how are you??

Dee (Durelene)
9 years ago

WOW what a beautiful, stylish natural sistah

luvmylocs
luvmylocs
9 years ago

hey it seems my previous post didn’t go through. i basically said i used to think it was funny when people were excited to have found a hair twin but now i can see how cool it is to find someone who has hair similar to yours. your hair and energy are inspiring! great photos!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  luvmylocs

Thanks Darling!! I love it when I find a hair twin! It can be sooo helpful! lol. THanks for the kind words ;o)

delishusre
delishusre
9 years ago

Lovely!! I checked out your Youtube page after reading your feature on BGLH, and I couldn’t get enough of the vid when you were flexin’ your urban twists. Get ’em girl! I wanted to know what type of hair (synthetic or human) did they use for that style. What was your maintenance routine with the twists? Were you able to keep them in for a while? Thanks so much! Keep it up!

Amanda
Amanda
9 years ago
Reply to  delishusre

lol! Girl I just loved those darn Urbans! The hair was synthetic. I sprayed my hair at least once a day with water and added Knot Today as a light leave in (just a little).I washed them every week. I actually could have kept them longer than I actually did..maybe for at least 3 months. I really enjoyed that hairstyle.

3 D.O.L.L.S.
9 years ago

Loved the feature! She’s so stylish! Go Gamecock! 🙂

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