*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
Photo Credit: Shanita Sims/CURB APPEAL
A: My name is Ayan and I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a stylist by trade.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A: Wasn’t much of a decision, I’ve always been natural. I did however decide to start wearing my hair out in high school. It made me seem most like myself and unique.
In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
A: It was the greatest confidence boost! It gave me a sense of identity and made me feel beautiful in my own iconic way.
How would you describe your hair?
A: My hair is actually really soft! It gets poofy after a couple of days and picks up smells in a second!
What is your regimen?
A: Since I started my workout regime, my hair routine has shifted for the better. I wash my hair twice a week after I work out, then leave a thick conditioner in and step into a steam room for 10–15 minutes where I allow the conditioner to really infuse into my strands. It’s like a free steam treatment! My hair always comes out super silky and nourished. Then I wash the conditioner out and dry my hair with a soft cloth, air dry until semi-dry, then blow-dry as the last phase of the drying process.
Tell us about your hair color?
A: This blonde unfortunately is not my natural hair color. My mother is a hairstylist and she has been dying my hair ever since I was 16. This is the blondest I have ever been, and I’ve had it ever since this past summer. Going blonde has definitely been a gradual process and I have dyed my hair several colors in the meantime (red, copper, etc.) but I always return back to blonde! It is a very drastic color so I have to make sure to treat my hair as much as possible. It is a privilege.
What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
A: I cut my hair because I wanted an asymmetrical bob. I thought I would keep up with constantly straightening my hair and I didn’t. It was a young and amateur move, lol. But in retrospect it really gave me an opportunity to grow with my hair, figure her out and appreciate her once she returned to full length.
What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
A: Using really thick conditioners and olive oil for moisture.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Anything else you want to add?
A: Artistes, amoureux, life-lovers and whole-hearts, stay in touch with THE WHOLE-HEARTED, due to release a Creatives Project soon!