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RuRu // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 10, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
R:
My name is Ruqayyah aka RuRu. I’m currently in NYC for school, but I’m originally from the 3–0‑5…Miami Florida and most recently, Maryland. I’m a woman of many hats. While being a full-time student, I’m also a writer for a DC based online publication called itstheINcrowd. I blog, dibble-dabble in videography, do a bit of modeling, and I’m also preparing for my first jewelry line specializing in headpieces called Nebulae. 

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
R:
Most of my life I’ve been natural. After a bad hair experience with a texturizer in middle school I decided to stay away from chemical products. I also just kinda liked a fuller style. I was getting bored with constantly pressing my hair. It was something fun and good for me.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
R:
Up until I was about 14 I wore braids all the time. But, wanting a more mature look as an adolescent middle schooler I begged my mother to let me straighten it since I never knew how to do my own hair. Eventually the hairdresser convinced me to add a texturizer–and that’s when things got bad. My hair was thinning and dry after the use of the chemical. I was afraid it was going to start breaking off, so I simply stopped doing anything to it and allowed my hair to grow back to its original state. By the middle of high school it was back to being healthy and beautiful, naturally.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
R:
Hasn’t affected me too much really. My hair is just way healthier and I have learned how to style my own hair. I feel like that was my biggest problem. I didn’t know how to take care of my hair growing up. I looked for an unhealthy shortcut.

How would you describe your hair?
R:
It has a mind of its own. There is no real symmetry with it. Some strands are tightly coiled, some are kind of wavy, but in the end it creates a black sea of beauty. I’ve grown to really adore it and let it do its own thing.

What is your regimen?
R:
Well, I wash about 3 times a week. KeraCare Shampoo and Conditioner have done miracles for me. I try to comb my hair out in the shower and twist my strands to keep them from knotting up while I sleep. Or in the summer, just wash and go!

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
R:
I trim my own hair. That is a must. It lets the hair grow stronger. As far as moisture, just washing with a great shampoo will do that. Drink water as well.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
R:
Using the texturizer was the biggest mistake. I’ve also learned to moderate how many times a year I use the flat iron. Heat can be fatal if abused.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
R:
Let it breathe. Other than shampoo, I do not use any gels, creams, mousse…etc. Just let my hair breathe.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
www.eyeofruru.tumblr.com or www.itstheincrowd.com

Anything else you want to add?
R:
To be natural is to be free. Be free to do what you want, experiment with what you got! Love what you got! Remember moderation is key, and symmetry is obsolete. Embrace you.

Love&Blessings
‑RuRu

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

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Rahel
Rahel
8 years ago

I love her hair & she’s beautiful <3! Is she Habesha?

jenna marie christian
8 years ago

i agree…she is beautiful. love her hair

Brooklyncoily
Brooklyncoily
8 years ago

Wow! Pretty hair and pretty girl.

hassan
hassan
8 years ago

<3

Sav
Sav
8 years ago

Beautiful! I love her hair
She actually reminds me of a blend of Longhairdontcare2011 (on yt) and Cipriana

Molly B
Molly B
8 years ago
Reply to  Sav

Haha I was thinking the same thing!

Fro
Fro
8 years ago

She has a gorgeous head of hair and she is really pretty.

beadgyrl
beadgyrl
8 years ago

RuRu you are beautiful girl! I am with you on that texturizer disaster thing. I am still long term transitioning again to get to my next big chop. You do look like Cipriana, another stunning beauty. Love the hair! : )

Ashley
Ashley
8 years ago

@Sav.. I believe that’s her(Longhairdon’tcare 2011 on youtube.com)

Zyaran
Zyaran
8 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

nope Sav had it correct the 1st time, that asterisk is not included in her name.

Zyaran
Zyaran
8 years ago
Reply to  Zyaran

ETA it’s not the same woman, but both of them have gorgeous hair.

Zyaran
Zyaran
8 years ago

Ruru is gorgeous, and love all of that gorgeous hair. She actually reminds me a little bit especially on pics #5 and #9 of youtuber “Haircrush”.

Mat
Mat
8 years ago

Yes gorgeous and yes she’s Habesha but she does not make any tutorial videos

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6 years ago

I don’t drop a great deal of responses, but i did some searching and wound up here RuRu // Natural Hair Style Icon | Black Girl with Long Hair. And I actually do have a few questions for you if you tend not to mind. Is it simply me or does it give the impression like some of these comments look as if they are left by brain dead individuals? 😛 And, if you are writing at other places, I’d like to follow everything new you have to post. Would you make a list of all of your community pages like your linkedin profile, Facebook page or… Read more »

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