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Safiya // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 5, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
S:
My name is Safiya or FIYA (my stage name). I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and I currently live in Delaware. I’m a professional singer and beauty vlogger.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
S:
About two years before my big chop I started to think about going natural after browsing natural hair forums, but I had zero support from family and friends. In October 2008, I finally decided that I was tired of the relaxers and needed a change! I had my last relaxer on October 18, 2008 and since then I have not looked back.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
S:
My transition began in October 2008 and lasted for 7 months. On May 21, 2009 I did my big chop! For the most part my transition wasn’t difficult. I wore the same flexi‐rod twist out set and did a weave or two here and there. I originally planned to transition for 9 months, but once the hot May weather set in it became very difficult for me, so I ended up doing my big chop at 1 in the morning out of frustration. I videotaped the moment and it’s on my Youtube channel for all to see.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
S:
Going natural helped me grow to be more confident in myself because after my big chop I wasn’t able to hide behind my hair any more! Going natural also led me to a healthier lifestyle.

How would you describe your hair?
S:
My hair is very dense with medium strands and medium porosity. My texture is mainly a mixture of tight coils and curls.

What is your regimen?
S:
I start with a prepoo consisting of equal parts honey and safflower oil. After applying the prepoo I sit under my Huetiful Steamer for about 15 minutes and then I wash usually with Oyin Handmade’s Poo Bar. After that I apply Oyin Honey Hemp Conditioner and comb it through my strands using my Ouidad Double Detangler. After a few minutes I rinse and then apply a leave in (Giovanni), my homemade shea butter mixture, and a little bit of Oyin’s Sugar Berry Pomade to the ends to seal before I twist or braid my hair.

Tell us about your hair color.
S:
I’m fortunate to be born with naturally reddish brown hair. I enhance my color with henna (henna gives me a deeper darker shade of red). I hope to experiment with color in the future!

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
S:
In the past I’ve made the mistake of not keeping my hair properly moisturized. I’ve found that finding the proper moisture balance is key in getting my hair to behave the way I want.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
S:
Low manipulation. With my busy schedule it’s very important that I get a good twist or braid set at the beginning of the week that will last me at least 5 days. I also try to keep my hair braided or twisted up if I can, to keep my ends protected.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
S:
You can find me on:
Youtube — youtube.com/br0nzeqt
Facebook — facebook.com/fiyasings
Official Website — www.fiyasings.com
Twitter — twitter.com/itsfiya
Tumblr — safisings.tumblr.com

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Candis
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Candis

Wow your hair is amazing!.. I love the first Pic.. unique updos are sooo Cool to me.

Kudos =o)

Maisha
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Maisha

Yay! One of my favorite YouTubers. 🙂

Lupe
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Lupe

Bronze QT!

You are one of my absolute favorite vloggers! Keep up the great work.

hghg
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hghg

+1!

Huge Fan!
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Huge Fan!

+1 too!

Chantel
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Chantel

+1!

Macdee
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Macdee

OMG!! Major hair lust alert!! I WANT HER HAIR!

Fulaman
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Fulaman

You want her hair? I want her.

Cami
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Cami

She’s so gorgeous. Love the hair!

Iris
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Iris

OUIIII!! Safiya! she rocks..no other way to say it!

Bridget
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Bridget

One of my favorite YouTubers too! Not only is her hair fierce but the girl has a beautiful voice as well.

Gemlocs
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Gemlocs

She’s killing it in that white dress! I don’t know who styled her and did her makeup, but they did an awesome job because I didn’t recognize her at first. Just Beautiful!!!

Patricia Kayden
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Patricia Kayden

She is gorgeous. Love her hair!

Zyaran
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Zyaran

Oh my goodness I was just checking out her youtube channel yesterday, and now she’s profiled on here :). All of those pictures are gorgeous, and her hair is gorgeous.

Lola
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Lola

I love her and her youtube channel.Her videos inspired me to do my big chop a little over a year ago.beautiful pictures and hair!!

tenisha
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Simply Lovely hair

kiiiiiila
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kiiiiiila

oooh wow i didnt realize who this was until i saw her youtube name. i heart this girl here. very beautiful lady

TGL
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TGL

I love your youtube channel (and your hair)! It was one of the first that I checked out after I cut off my relaxed ends.

denaturalistas
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It’s DE’s own Safiya! Love her hair! She is pretty much my hair twin. I’ve tried all the conditioners she uses and they’ve all worked thus far. 🙂

Lisa
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Lisa

I lover her hair and she is a stunning woman.

I guess I am the only one that was curious at the use of the word ‘fortunate’ to describe hair color. I love my deep black color, but I don’t really think of it as fortunate or unfortunate.

Lisa
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Lisa

Corrections (although the mistake makes me chuckle): *love her hair*

Lauren
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Lauren

Love love love Safiya, one of my favorite vbloggers!!! These pics are gorgeous and her hair is beautiful as always, work it hun!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cathey Poindexter Taylor
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Cathey Poindexter Taylor

Love Safiya! Her Youtube channel is nice! She also has a beautiful voice!

Fatin
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Fatin

Love the modeling pics; very glamourous! She is def one of my favorite Youtubers as well; great channel.

Marcia
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Marcia

GORGEOUS!

Mandy
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Mandy

My BC is coming up Feb 3rd 2012.……I’m so nervous as I have been hiding behind weaves and perms.… To the point that it took my hair out.…I’m not ready yet…but today you helped me get one step closer.Thank you Sofiya. Thank you for your encouragement without even knowing me.

God Bless
nervous Mandy
Msdavid22@gmail.com

Mandy
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Mandy

Apologize ahead of time for typo in your name Safiya.

Tira
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Tira

This is the first person featured on this site whose hair texture is damn near spot on match to mine. I’m going to follow her regimen because it should work on my hair seeing how she’s my hair twin.

Her hair looks beautiful. I agree with Gemlocs…she looks fierce in the white dress — her hair, make up, clothes are on point.

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