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Elizabeth // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Dec 13, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
E:
Elizabeth Antoinette, Elizabeth or Eliza…Just never Liz or Lizzy, haha. I’m from Portland, Oregon born and raised. Reppin’ the City of Roses! GO BLAZERS! I teach Vinyasa yoga in Portland. I blog, model, sing and own and operate my own Etsy store, Cardamom Handmade. I sell scarves, cowls and beautiful handmade things.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E:
My decision to ‘go natural’ came as a natural evolution of my desires to live a more organic, healthy and sustainable life. I realized one day the harsh chemicals in most hair products were not only harming my hair; they were also taking a toll on my wellbeing and the earth…and I was paying out a small fortune in the process.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
E:
I’ve shaved my head many times throughout my life, usually after pivotal emotional experiences, but my most recent transition (and obviously the one that finally stuck) was about 2 years ago towards the end of 2009…

On a hot summer morning I was attempting to straighten my hair in my sweltering bathroom, sticky and sweaty getting ready to go to a pool party where I’d spend the entire night trying not to get my hair wet. My frustration was growing and the whole experience started to feel so excessive and comical, and even a bit masochistic. So I grabbed the clippers from the vanity and took it all off, right then and there. I rinsed off the remaining bits of hair and sweat in the shower and stepped out feeling like a brand new woman. 🙂

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
E:
It’s definitely changed the way strangers treat me. Most people have assumptions about me based on my hair, and sometimes they’re right…but usually they’re wrong. I spent a lot of time in the beginning defending my choice to wear my hair natural as if it was some radical political statement, and not simple the way my body grows it. People touch it on the train without asking. I’ve received unimaginable insults from the mouths of complete strangers, and answered a myriad of personal/inappropriate questions. I try my best to take it all in stride; I think most people just don’t know any better.

How would you describe your hair?
E:
My hair is extremely thick, and there’s a ton of it. It gets really red in the summer, which I’ve always loved and it grows as fast as bamboo.

What is your regimen?
E:
First of all, I don’t shampoo my hair at all. Ever other day or so, I condition my hair with Everyday Shea Lavender Scented Moisturizing Conditioner, which I buy at Whole Foods. I love this stuff because my guy and I can both use it (he’s got really long hair) and it comes in a giant 32oz bottle. In the shower I wet my hair, condition and detangle with a wide-tooth comb and leave it in a bun while I scrub up and all that jazz. I rinse it in lukewarm water and wrap it loosely in a towel on top of my head while I wash my face, and let it air dry while I do my morning asana practice. Once in a while, if it’s feeling particularly dry I’ll do a pre-shower scalp and hair massage with jojoba oil.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
E:
A big mistake I made in the beginning was feeling like there was a ‘right way’ to have natural hair. I poured through blogs and websites for the perfect hair care routine, only to find thousands of beautiful natural women, each with their own story, routine and style! Don’t put yourself in a box! Your hair is as unique as you. Let it show. 🙂

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
E:
Like the Beatles say: LET IT BE. SERIOUSLY! In my opinion, the best thing you can do for your hair is accept it as it is. Make friends with it and move on to focus on more important things. As long as it knows you love it, everything will work itself out. 😉

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
My blog: elizayogaom.blogspot.com
My shop: etsy.com/shop/cardamomhandmade
Tumblr: elizabeth-antoinette.tumblr.com
Twitter/Facebook/Youtube: elizayogaom

Anything else you want to add?
E:
I’m always in a transitory state with my hair. In high school it was straight and more neon colors in a year than I could count. I’ve had both a mohawk and no hair at all. Recently I’ve thought about shaving it or letting it dread, so check back and we’ll see what it looks like in a year… 😉

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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BlackOnyx03
BlackOnyx03
8 years ago

Just cutting hair off on a whim like that?!?! That’s strong, girl!!!

Ashley
Ashley
8 years ago

Absolutely beautiful! You have great style. I think you would look amazing with locs.

df
df
8 years ago

I’ve received unimaginable insults from the mouths of complete strangers, and answered a myriad of personal/inappropriate questions.”

Wow really surprised you are facing flack like this in such a liberal city like portland…Keep holding your head up sis, you know you and your hair are beautiful <3

merry
merry
8 years ago
Reply to  df

liberal doesn’t mean not racist…

i’m hoping that was sarcasm.

brunettefury
brunettefury
8 years ago
Reply to  merry

my thoughts exactly…there’s a lot of insidious white liberal racism in supposedly “liberal” cities.

hi-there
hi-there
8 years ago
Reply to  brunettefury

Hi there:

From reading her comment, I would not necessarily assume that she meant politically liberal. It is also very plausible that she meant “liberal” in a more generic sense. Just another reading.

SabesQue
SabesQue
8 years ago
Reply to  brunettefury

you are racist for assuming it’s coming from whites. West coast is the weave capital of the world and some women expect other black women to wear them. My friend is half asian (but looks all black) and has had black girls come up to her and pull her hair trying to do a weave check. I have been natural for a year now here in atlanta and have been told by black men and women i look like kunta kente and NOT in a good way. It depends on where I am. In college my hair is no issue.… Read more »

Tequila b
Tequila b
8 years ago

Wow! she and her hair are gorgeous!

toni
toni
8 years ago

gorgeous girl, lovely hair. reminds me of lisa bonet.

Carla
Carla
8 years ago

Beautiful hair! I too live in Portland (only been here for 2.5 years from the Bay Area) and never heard anything negative about my hair in public before — just complements or nothing at all. Sorry you had to go through that. 🙁

deepdx
deepdx
8 years ago

Rep’in Stumptown!!! Whoo! Awesome Elizabeth! Makes me happy to see a Pacific Northwest Lady on BGLHonline!

Lovely cowls and scarfs, too!

Ev`Yan
8 years ago

HER SCARVES ARE AMAZING. (All caps necessary.) I have two & I can’t stop wearing them. They’re so soft.

Alisha
8 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous!

CandyceNoelle
CandyceNoelle
8 years ago

I enjoyed this read very much…and I LOVE her name. I’m really into history in the time of both of those queens, Elizabeth and Antoinette…what an EPIC name! Nice. Great hair and ink!

Rosie
8 years ago

As soon as I saw your picture I thought, she’s from Portland lol
Cute style

LBell
LBell
8 years ago

Great pics and hair. I totally relate to the come-to-Jesus moment in the sweltering bathroom. Took me another 5 months to chop though…

Also, I agree that every woman’s natural hair and routine are unique, but I’m having an envy moment: I want your morning routine (back)! I had it when my hair was shorter. I assume your hair, as thick as it is, must dry fairly fast and that you don’t have a lot of shrinkage, which would make it the total opposite of my hair. 🙂

Tess
Tess
8 years ago

oh.my.gosh. I have been seeing her on tumblr for MONTHS I’ve been dying to find out who she is. This is so cool! 🙂

Jade
8 years ago

Ok, it’s been decided. I NEED a septum piercing in my life. omfg it looks so good!

christy hyman
christy hyman
8 years ago

Stylish and cute photography. Hair is magnificent and those scarves are the business. I am an avid scarf enthusiast myself.

Amber
Amber
8 years ago

wow she and her hair are beautiful 🙂 can someone tell me what curl type she has because it’s very similar to mine..? is it like 3c to 4a or something?

deb
deb
8 years ago

those glasses hide her pretty face. These icon stories never get boring. Theres always a unique twist to each persons decision to go natural. I really enjoy these very human stories.

The Retro Natural
8 years ago

Lovely feature! I adore your hair color and the fact that you crochet =)

Aiych
Aiych
8 years ago

very lovely pictures. even though it’s almost 70 degrees here in Tejas, I’m about to cop one of her scarves!

Odette
8 years ago

So Lovely!! Thanks for posting this story!

Bianca
8 years ago

Eliza is so cute! I want to be her bff! XD

Roberta
Roberta
8 years ago

You Rock!!!!! P.s. You look like a Black Helen Bonham Carter! GORGEOUS!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Love the red tinge to her hair.

Aiden
Aiden
8 years ago

She’s so cute!

Mery M.
Mery M.
8 years ago

Thank you sooooo much for the “need to make friends with your hair” comment it is what Ive personally have been needing to hear ( or read) thanks! 🙂

Cardenie
8 years ago

Woot! Stumptown in the house! Your hair is gorgeous!

candy
8 years ago

so awesome to see you featured here! i subscribe to your blog (and i have no idea how i even came across it!) and i’ve always thought your hair and style was fantastic.

k
k
8 years ago

She looks like Ellepixie!

Jo-Ann
Jo-Ann
8 years ago
Reply to  k

Doesn’t she?!

Bianca
8 years ago

Your hair looks beautiful,strong and healthy!
I use Everyday shea as a conditioner too! Large bottle and great price.
I was wondering if you use a leave-in conditioner though…

Avril
Avril
7 years ago

B.E.A.UUU.T.I.F.U.L

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