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Anjanae’ // Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
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My name is Anjanae’. I live in New Orleans, born and raised. (: I’m a photographer, and poet mainly.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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Funny story actually. One day I washed my hair and didn’t feel like straightening it for NOTHING, so I was like whatever Ima just leave it like this for a few days. I started to like the way it looked. Then as time went by, my whole mindset changed. I noticed the girls around me and everyyyy single one of them basically had the same look and saw “natural” hair as being nappy or just not good enough for them. It’s like they NEEDED to follow the typical status quo to feel good about themselves. They actually commended me for being able to pull it off and respected it. That’s when I started actually feeling proud of my look. I walked up the street confident with my head held high. I was making people feel beautiful in their black roots all by feeling beautiful in mine. And I’m a very political person in a sense. I LOVE black history and the civil rights movement. It empowered me, so I’ve been natural ever since. I will NEVER go back to reformed straight hair and ponytails, ha.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
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I’ve never gotten relaxers or anything, so over a year ago I just stopped flat ironing it.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
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Oh gosh, natural hair has definitely had an affect on me. It’s made me realize that it’s just hair; that we are beautiful no matter the hair on our head. It’s also brought out the issue of racism and discrimination more clearly at times. 98% of the stares and compliments I get are good ones from intrigued people who really like it, but there are definitely some stares of disgust and ugly comments I receive. Natural hair makes me feel proud of my roots, I feel more connected to them. I feel more confident than I ever have. I see sooo many people trying to “tame” their hair, to make it more like our european/white counterparts and to them it’s just the look they want. They don’t realize the reality and history behind it. It’s like we’re ashamed of ourselves. Holding ourselves back by pushing ourselves forward to something we’re not. People make hair such an important aspect of life and going natural made me realize that it’s not.

How would you describe your hair?
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Well, my hair is very curly with coiled, spring-like curls. One side is actually thicker and more curly than the other. o.O I think that’s due to previous damage though.

What is your regimen?
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I honestly don’t do much lol. I just wash it every now and then and keep it moisturized. I use a lot of olive oil based hair products and a lot of oil sheen ha.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
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I wash it and fully comb it out every now and then and pick any tangles out with my fingers daily. It’s actually become a habit to do that ha. To keep it moisturized I use a lot of olive oil based stuff, hair lotion, doo-gro, etc.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
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Some mistakes I’ve made are dying my hair, not combing it out and not moisturizing properly. That causes breakage veryyy easily.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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My blog is: www.sadecru.tumblr.com.

Anything else you want to add?
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I love natural hair, ha. And I’ve actually just recently shaved the sides and back of it. 😀 I kinda got tired of just being “the girl with the fro”. That’s all people noticed, barely even knew my name. I love all the stares of amazement and great feedback, but I’m ready for people to actually see my face now. I find that a lot of people hide behind their hair; use it as a safety zone, and I don’t like that at all. One day I’m shaving it all off (: I’m definitely getting my afro back, but it was time for something new.

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thefwordprod
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thefwordprod

Wow her hair is gorgeous

Nina Mosley
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Nina Mosley

Looking fabulous sis! Didn’t know how I’d like the shaveed sides, but, you definately pull it off!

CandyceNoelle
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CandyceNoelle

Beautiful young lady! I shaved the back of my hair too and I honestly don’t miss it. I wanna get graphics back there one day. I love all her different looks. Can’t wait until Spring so I can unleash my hair again!

Candis
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Candis

Your Adorable and your style is off the chain.. You gets Much Love from a DMV Chick!

chao
=o)

Linette
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Linette

BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neesha_Cherie
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Neesha_Cherie

Wow! Her hair is beautiful and I love her story! So many women say that it’s “just hair” and they went natural because they were tired of relaxer burns, wanted a different look etc., not really trying be political. Made me wonder for a minute where the other naturals were that did it for a deeper meaning, and what their veiws were. Her story impressed me and I found it to be very refreshing. Go on girl! 🙂

Charisma
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like

VegetarianBabe
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VegetarianBabe

New Orleans represent! It’s nice to see someone from my city. I was born and raised in N.O as well..and I’m still living here as well– but anyways I love her hair and I actually reblog her pictures on my natural hair blog for tumblr, so I’m glad to see her on here.

Amma Mama
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Amma Mama

FLYYY

Cookie
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Cookie

I’m from New Orleans too. Wish I knew people like you from here.

Faizahjade
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Girl, your hair is HOT AS EVA!
I overstand change and if that time has come, I commend you. I wore locs for 11 yrs and combed them out an I’m liberated! Your shaved sides are DOPE, I love that cut. Keep doin what you do and trust me, you have already inspired others!

Charisma
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Love your look!

demika caldwell
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Super dope style!

nokia c1
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mini cooper s r53
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obviously like your website however you need to take a look at the spelling on several of your posts. Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very bothersome to inform the truth on the other hand I’ll certainly come back again.

Yvonne
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I love her hair and great pics. Peace&Love.

Andrea Bellamy
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Andrea Bellamy

Hello sis,I had a wonderful time looking at your pics.I had very long locks about two years ago. I needed a changed , so i cut and unpicked them. i had my hair open for the first time in many years. i kept it like that for a few months and then I relaxed it. Yup, I used chemicals. It was the second time in my life that i had ever used chemicals. Well, truth be told it didn’t last very long. So, I cut it in a mo hawk. No sides but still the relaxed look. Then I allowed… Read more »

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