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Congrats to Laila! BGLH’s Style Icon of 2011!

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Congrats Laila!! Thanks for inspiring us in 2011!!

This year dozens of beautiful naturals appeared on Black Girl with Long Hair to dish on their regimens, and share their styling and haircare advice. We thought it would be fun to select a 2011 favorite! We narrowed it down to the 10 style icons whose profiles received the most views this year. Check out the gallery of gorgeous women (click their names for the full style icon profile), and vote in the poll below!

The most popular style icons of 2011 (in alphabetical order) are:


Cipriana


Elle

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Picture, Natural Hair Styles, Natural Haircare, Natural Hair Growth
Fatou


Ishe

Natural Hairstyles, Natural Haircare, Natural Hair Pictures
Kyra Climbingbear


Laila


MeechyMonroe

Natural Hair, Natural Hair Photos, Natural Hair Styles
Monica


Nicole


Yagazie

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Mimi
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Mimi

It’s impossible!!! I caaan’t choooose!!! They all need an award! 🙂

merry
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merry

yeah. i didn’t vote. they are all quite lovely, and represent natural well. 🙂

Ashley
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Ashley

I wish I would have seen Kali B. up here. Her hair and fitness were such an inspiration for me 🙂

Sieta Majok
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Really nice nominees this year!

Nicole
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Nicole

No Angelique Noire?

NouvelleNaturelle
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NouvelleNaturelle

They are all beautifull, but i got to go with the african women.

Jaslene
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Jaslene

They all are African women.

merry
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merry

lmao jaslene. continentals don’t usually think that way. but it’s weird how just the africans would be singled out. i sorta knew someone would do that.

boho.barbie
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boho.barbie

+1

futuresurgeon
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futuresurgeon

No there is a difference.. they are not all African.

Jaslene
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Jaslene

Why not? When someone is of Asian descent or Asian American they are still considered Asian. Why can’t someone of African descent be considered African?

Tess
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Tess

because the would make sense apparently.
Sometimes I don’t get other peoples logic

Jaslene
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Jaslene

Me either.

coconutandcream
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They’re not all African women though they may be of African descent.

Dee
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Dee

That is an unfortunate comment!! Our ancestry is all the same! Why should it matter where anyone comes from? I am from an African country and live in one, but I would never vote for anyone based on that. This makes me sad — why do some people like to bring division?

NouvelleNaturelle
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NouvelleNaturelle

well i wasnt trying to divide. I was born and raised in an african country, then i moved to the states. My comments has more so to the do with the culture similarities that i feel with other african from countries outside of my own. I have more in common with other africans than i do with african americans. That’s why i choose the ones that i can relate too.

Sieta
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I think this poll is regarding STYLE and not culture.

Rou
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Rou

Somehow, I had a feeling the poll was reflecting this type of mentality! So sad and pathetic! I bet these women are voting for the same style icon over and over again to make it look like more people are voting for a specific person than another! It would be nice if one could place her vote based on what the individual style icon has done for the natural hair community.

NouvelleNaturelle
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NouvelleNaturelle

sadly u cant vote more than once, i tried and coudlnt so…
anyways, i hope Fatou win, i love the fact that she is african like me, there i said it. good luck to the rest of the icons, they are beautiful too.

Michelle
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Michelle

I think all the ladies have beautiful hair and I never even thought of their ethnicity..didn’t cross my mind.

Jaslene
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Jaslene

So not only are you discriminating but your trying to rig the election. SMH

Lashnat
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Lashnat

Ermmm laila is actually African too! Ghanaian to be precise. She mentions it in one of her videos.

Es
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Es

Laila is Ghanaian & Egyptian; Yagazie is Nigerian; and Fatou is Nigerian, Senegalese & Malian. So there are three great African women, and 10 great women in total!

Es
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Es

Correction, Yagazie is Nigerian & Malaysian

futuresurgeon
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futuresurgeon

I see where you are coming from especially because I don’t consider myself an african American. I’m a black amereican. You are very right. You do have more in common than black americans do.. I know from personal experience from living in Africa for 10 weeks. That’s just how I feel. No one has to agree with me, but the point of the matter is that IT’S ALL ABOUT HAIR. If that’s your choice because your hair and lifestyle is more like hers than that is it. I don’t think anyone should bash you for your choice. They probably think… Read more »

Jaslene
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Jaslene

I do think that and she OBVIOUSLY stated that was the only reason.

NouvelleNaturelle
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NouvelleNaturelle

thank you, i obviously said i like her style and the fact that she is african. I do not see the difference between me doing that and black people in america supporting/voting for someone just because they are black even if the event has nothing to do with race (e.g. OBAMA).

Jaslene
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Jaslene

There is no difference its wrong either way. But then again its nice that the black people (Did you mean African-American and African because to you there is a difference?) of America are supporting Barack Obama who is black (he’s African by the way). So African-American people can support someone that is African and the president of our nation but you being African have to single some women out just because they were born in America.

NouvelleNaturelle
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NouvelleNaturelle

There’s no difference? having lived in both africa and america, i know personally that there is a BIG difference between african and african americans.
My comment was not meant to divide, i never said that i didnt like the american ones, i said they were all beautiful. i like fatou style the most and the fact that she is african. what is wrong with that? i dont see anything wrong with it.

Jaslene
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Jaslene

I meant there is no difference between you voting for someone because they are African and someone voting for Obama is black. You didn’t mean to create a divide but you did. You never mentioned Fatou in the beginning you were just cheering ONLY for the African women and singling out others just because of their birthplace.

queofques
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queofques

I agree it’s sad, we are African or “of” (like islanders) the African race and it go beyond just Us Blk/Blk indigenous Americans (really most of all mankind) sorry another subject. Still Sad …

Nea
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Nea

What a sad comment

Tanya
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Tanya

This is why I actually prefer the term “black”, lol. But for the sake of the discussion, I am an African-American woman, and I voted for an African woman who lives in England (interestingly, I haven’t heard blacks in the UK refer to themselves as African-Brtish. Does that happen?) To add to the mix, I live in Israel where there are blacks of multiple nationalities (Ethiopian, Eretrian, Sudanese, American, etc). Yup, black works for me. I chose Laila with no reference to her nationality, but simply because I LOVE her personality, and what she does with that fabulous hair of… Read more »

reebe
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reebe

There is always an unnecessarily long winded debate about ancestry or the supposing difference between African and African American’s on natural hair sites these days. Why? I wish as much effort would be put into supporting one another and propping up each other’s self esteem (which on the whole is diabolical) or even addressing the reason why you think there is a divide instead of continuing them *sigh*

Tanya
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Tanya

I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to cause further division, but just point out why people get so hung up on the issue. I WAS trying to address the reason for the divide, not continue it. I was trying not to be/come across as divisive in my comment, because I am also saddened by the division. Maybe my problem was stating my observations without stating how I choose to interact with it. I actually make a conscious effort not to perpetuate the division by being open to and interacting with different African cultures and peoples. Because I’m aware of the differences… Read more »

Tanya
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Tanya

@reebe, I’m sorry, I wasn’t trying to cause further division, but just point out why people get so hung up on the issue. I WAS trying to address the reason for the divide, not continue it. I was trying not to be/come across as divisive in my comment, because I am also saddened by the division. Maybe my problem was stating my observations without stating how I choose to interact with it. I actually make a conscious effort not to perpetuate the division by being open to and interacting with different African cultures and peoples. Because I’m aware of the… Read more »

Natalie
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Natalie

Hi Tanya Black people in the UK do not refer to themselves as African-British, that is an American only thing. People in the US are very divisive what is with all this Italian American, Jewish American crap, people went to the US to escape discrimination and the first thing they do is label themselves. In the UK some people identify themselves as Black British, this is used in the census which happens every ten years also government departments and the police may ask for your ethnicity and you can choose Black British or Carribean or African origin. (The same for… Read more »

Tanya
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Tanya

Hi, Natalie. Thanks. I didn’t think that term (African British) existed, as I never heard it while I was in the UK, and have never heard any blacks there use the term or anything even remotely like it. I don’t know if it came across, but I was actually being a little bit cheeky (not in a negative sense) when I asked that question, because I know thatthat terminology isn’t used much outside of the Americas. It is truly an “American phenomenon”.I also agree with you fully that people in the Caribbean would not like to be classified as African,… Read more »

Courtney
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I vote for Monica!!

Ara
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they are all icons but I had to go with Laila…she’s the reason why I haven’t chopped off all of my hair yet

Beth
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Beth

I love Laila! Her videos are very helpful for a long term transitioner like myself. 18 months and still going strong. I hope she wins!

Vicky
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Vicky

Agreed I love laila

Mona
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Mona

+1

kiiiiiila
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kiiiiiila

yesssss. i like religiously follow her videos.lol hahaha thats my girl and i dont even know her.lol

Tanya
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Tanya

Laila is my girl, lol!She’s lovely, and too much fun to watch on yt! Wish I’d had her around when I transitioned 7 years ago!

herlucidsKy
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They ALL deserve an award. Gorgeous women with BEAUTIFUL hair.

JJ
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JJ

This is HARD!!!!!

sarina
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sarina

I’m voting for the london girl Laila

Geez
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Geez

Ya du level mais Fatouuuuu de loin !! Geeez

sosoulful_0125
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sosoulful_0125

I must say it is a very hard decision everyone’s hair is just so beautiful. If I had to choose it would be Cipriana or Laila.

Dee
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Dee

They are ALL fab!!!

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Beauty Is Diverse
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Fatou got my vote.

Jackie
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Elle ftw!

Csamp
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Csamp

Naptural85 has to be on the list!!!

Bellebene
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Fatouuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu ! The icon 2011 4 sure !

selma
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selma

Fatou got my vte…Love her style..

Selah
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Selah

Voted for Fatou and Laila!
Slightly confused about why Yagazie is on the list though. Beautiful hair, but once again, not very informative.

Jc
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I actually voted Yagazie because she made me think. Normally when people have hair like hers, you expect to see a disciplined routine. She is a reminder that some natural hair is breakage resistant and will gain and maintain length no matter what you do it.

I find people who can use fine tooth combs without damage very fascinating lol (My mum is one of these people too)

BeautyIAM
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BeautyIAM

I really don’t know why she was such a controversy to many of you. There were many style icons that were informative, but some of you had to get upset at the ONE that wasn’t. Seriously? Its like you had to make it a bigger deal then what it was. Anyway I love all of them. I did choose Cip, but I it doesn’t matter who wins to me. This year was a major breakthrough for my hair and the way I handled it. I have to credit so many of these women for helping me manage my hair. Thank… Read more »

anastasia
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anastasia

I agree completely =) They all are wonderful, but I just adore Cipriana! Cip’s tips have really transformed my 4abc‑z hair and I dig her vibe =)

Zenith
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Zenith

They all look great.
The best natural updo is Laila, by far.
The other naturals reflect a wonderful range of beauty of natural hair.

Courtney
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I think you should have had a vote to narrow it down to 10 because we cant see how many views their profile received!!

nelle
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nelle

They all look great. Can I vote for the most adorable family? The French couple and their gorgeous girls stand out in my mind 🙂

Viv
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Viv

Absolutely agree! They were so precious!

Nigeria
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Nigeria

Contentwise, I totally heart Cipriana and Nik’s Urban Bush Babes blog because of it’s simple layout, and the fact that they combine hair with food style and culture.. so she got my vote for giving me that worldly vibe!

Max
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Max

Laila got my vote… amazing hair and a lovely personality. They are all great though.

Rene
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Rene

Elle All THE WAY!! She’s so inspirational, and has helped me through the Love/Hate Relationship I have with my hair constantly! lol.. Best of Luck to All the Contestants!! xD

#Go.Natural.Or.Go.HOme!! heheh

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Michelle
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Michelle

I chose Cipriana..because I like her honesty when it comes to how she views and cares for her hair. I have found her tips very helpful.

Josie
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Josie

I have to go with Laila. Told my hairdresser this is my next hairstyle. Well with a little of my own flair but love her stlye LAILA 2011 ICON

Nigeria
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Nigeria

only thing is… i’ve never visited many of these bloggers’ sites outside of elle and cip… i WISH their links were included! I’d love to learn more about Yagazie and Fatou and the others.

Nigeria
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Nigeria

oh, i see the links underneath lol.. my bad 🙂

Ella
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Ella

Okay, so I didn’t really read any of the comments before me. I’ll start by saying all of thesr ladies are beautiful with gorgeous natural hair! They make me proud to rock my poof! It gives me ideas for the next year when my hair is long again. It keeps me up on my game LOL! I’ll move into the last thing I noticed. All of these ladies have long luscious curls. Gorgeous. But why is it that none of the top icons have short or medium length hair? It couldn’t possibly be that none post or contribute. The first… Read more »

Ronnie
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Ronnie

I agree. There are a great many naturals with decidedly short hair for a myriad of reasons: big chop, styling ease, active sport or exercise lifestyle, stress, illness, etc. It just seems that too many naturals go natural just to have long hair — instead of just enjoying the process and the texture of Afro-textured natural hair.

MP
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MP

Well, the site is called black girl LONG hair. I think shorter styles can be fierce but styling options can be more limited. That would make it harder to compare them to someone with longer hair that can do many styles.

Ronnie
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Ronnie

Yes, I see your point. The site is called Black Girl with Long Hair. But as for shorter styles having limited styling options, I believe that styling options are only as versatile as the individual makes them. I see quite a few naturals with long hair that wear their hair in generally the same manner or in the same three styles. There are so many women that grow their hair long only to stick it into a pony or bun most of the time.

Jene
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Jene

I was just about to type the same thing! I guess they considered the
style icons with longer hair because of versatility? Idk.

But anyhow, as far as picking I cant decide they are ALL gorgeous and unique. I’m happy that wearing our natural hair is becoming common now, for years I felt VERY alone in this journey 🙂 Happy holidays and New Years to all!!!!

Ella
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Ella

Just to follow-up, I’m not being a hater or complaining! I just wish the short to medium haired subway received more love on ALL natural websites. It’s always a slight tinge of disappointment when its a contest or poll or just some recognition and they aren’t featured. These ladies are all still beautiful. Just voicing a common concern when I view natural sites. Same for plus sized naturals but thats a whole different post LOL!

Happy holidays, ladies and gents!

Much love!

Ronnie
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Ronnie

I agree, but I just noticed that the emphasis of this site is sistas with Long hair. As the one of the site managers or moderators pointed out, these ladies have the most views among US in general. We chose these ladies! We as naturals say that we want more naturals with short or medium length hair featured but we seem to be most excited, intrigued or fascinated with the long-haired naturals. Perhaps it is societal norms and standards or the shock and awe of seeing someone with tightly coiled hair grow it past their shoulders that hooks us. People… Read more »

Nea
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Nea

I chose Elle because her YouTube channel is amazing. She gives great product reviews and hair care advice. I’ve been following her since before I BC’d and she’s helped me to understand and value my hair.

Penelope
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Penelope

These women are so beautiful! I will tryyyy to vote.
Such lovely natural haired sisters.

MP
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MP

I had a difficult time choosing! I’m surprised MeechyMonroe doesn’t have more votes!

Ronnie
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Ronnie

I voted for Cipriana, but I think Laila will win. I am most impressed that Cipriana managed to grow her “4b” hair to her waist (stretched), she doesn’t use much heat, she detangles with her fingers, abstains from using a comb, and her hairstyles are arty and avantgarde — I only see those type of hairstyles she rocks in high fashion magazines. But her hairstyles are not for everyone.

Contest aside, I am just happy that we as naturals have so many natural hair icons. That says a great deal about the strength of our community.

Jaeda Barbie
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There are all winners in my book. elle and laila are my favs.

Cipriana
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Thank you to those who voted for me. Very much appreciated but I have to agree with most, this is a hard decision to make! All of these ladies are absolutely fly, amazing and beautiful!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Ronnie
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Ronnie

Thank you, Cipriana for freely, willingly and kindly sharing you hair care tips. My hair is 4a, 3c and I have two daughters with your 4b, 4c hair type. While I have learned a great deal from a variety of people, only you, an African sista on Youtube named Sera2544, and another YouTube sista named Cynthiarf gave me sufficient off-the-grid tips on not just being gentle with tightly coiled hair, but being VERY gentle with it and my daughters’ hair. My hair was breaking off near the crown and not retaining anymore length past APL. One of my daughters had… Read more »

Cipriana
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Hey Ronnie 😉 Congrats to the beautiful Laila!!!! 😉 Sera2544 is FABULOUS!!!! I freakin love her. Years ago when I saw her detangle video and the patience she had when she detangled, I was like YES I found someone on YT like me who has some serious devoted patience in detangling. It’s work but the end results for me make all that patience worth it. Your little girls are so lucky to have such a wonderful mom who will instill in her children at an early age how to take care of their natural hair. I may have not known… Read more »

Ronnie
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Ronnie

I just saw this. Wow, thanks for taking the time to respond. I thank you for your compliments. Yes, there will be no relaxers allowed under my household. It is a new day, onward and upward. Sounds like you had a fabulous Mom!

Woo
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Woo

Lol sorry Elle! haha

Amma Mama
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Amma Mama

CONGRATS LAILA!!!!!!!

Laila-Jean
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Laila-Jean

Thank you!!!! omg ! i’m actually very very shocked right now. Thank you to everyone that voted to me! it mean so much to me, especially being a Brit.. .. Thank you thank you!! And CONGRATULATIONS to all the other beautiful ladies that graced the pages of the site in 2011, you’ve all inspired us. A big thank you to Leila for having me on the site and thank you to my big sis Meosha. You all ROCK!!!

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