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Nakfa // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 29, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
N:
I’m Nakfa reppin DC! Currently I’m a student. Visual artist at heart. 

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
I have always been a natural gal, but I didn’t always appreciate natural hair.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
N:
When I was younger I so badly wanted straight hair and even wanted a relaxer. I figured, why straighten it occasionally when it could be straight all the time? I mean who wants curly hair right?…Anyone? Lol right. The naïve girl in me was only thinking about the “benefits” and all the glory that would come from a relaxer. No more detangling struggles, everyday would be a good hair day! “NO!!” Which is exactly what my mom yelled at me as she explained that a relaxer was the most permanent step that I could comprehend. Anyways after years of awkward curls and unimpressive ringlets, my hair naturally began to blossom into a prominent bush of awesome curliness. I think it started when I cut my hair a bit shorter…my hair gained volume.

How would you describe your hair?
N:
My hair strands are quite fine, but I have a lot of it so overall my hair is thick. The texture and behavior truly depends on how I decide to dry it. If it’s a wash-and-go my hair tends to dry big and curly. If I braid it at night, my hair is tame and wavy…but it always shrinks up to be quite short.

What is your regimen?
N:
Generally I shampoo my hair once a week using the relaxed and natural Pantene shampoo, and condition my hair a few times a week also using “relaxed and natural” Pantene conditioner. I like to go on a day-to-day basis so there is no set amount of times I wash and condition.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
N:
Trimming my hair every few months to get rid of dead ends helps retain my length. For moisture, I like to braid my hair some nights and put any type of oil onto my hair. I generally like Olive Oil products for things like this.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
N:
Not moisturizing my hair and letting it stay dry for a while because I just didn’t feel like doing anything to it. Lol oops. Moisture for curly hair is obviously important.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
N:
I love putting oil on my hair and scalp. It gets my hair moisturized and scalp feeling good.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
You can find me at vistalagangsta.tumblr.com and my personal posts at nakfa.tumblr.com.

Anything else you want to add?
N:
Yes! First off, a very special thanks to Meosha and the contributors of BGLH for featuring me! Also to all of my natural hair sisters, remember your curls are special and beautiful : D. When times and ends get rough, get a trim and hydrate! Treating your hair like royalty will pay off. To those considering going natural…believe me when I say stepping into the shower and just washing your hair when ever the hell you want is perhaps the greatest feeling ever. Lol…Best of luck to you all!

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

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Gabrielle
8 years ago

Yay!
I loveeee her hair!
Next time I’m in DC, can I get your autograph Nakfa? You’re a fav of mine, lol.
Thanks for this feature BGLH.
Two things, I love the simplicity of your routine Nakfa and YESSSS its so good to be able to just hop in the shower and wet my head any old time all willy nilly!
That is probably the best part of being natural for real!

Cia
Cia
8 years ago

Very pretty girl and lovely curls!

Trianna
Trianna
8 years ago

Yes.….. I finally found an article about a DC girl way to represent. :)Ps: I love your hair

fluffy in flight
fluffy in flight
8 years ago

Hey Nakfa — YOU GO GIRL!!!

Home daycare
8 years ago

Pretty pretty pretty from the dmv.…I love seeing all these beautiful textures.

courtney-hi
courtney-hi
8 years ago

omg !!!! love your hair especially that pompadour thingy!!! beau-t-full!!!!!

erigirl
erigirl
8 years ago

ERITREA STAND UP!!

N A K F A
N A K F A
8 years ago
Reply to  erigirl

yes!!

RAHEL
RAHEL
8 years ago
Reply to  N A K F A

HABESHA GIRLS> I LOVE THIS SITE SO MUCH BUT EVEN MORE WHEN HABESHA GIRLS ARE FEATURED

N A K F A
N A K F A
8 years ago

thank you everyone!

tiredofthebs
tiredofthebs
8 years ago

I love your hair!!!! What do you to refresh in the morning?

N A K F A
N A K F A
8 years ago
Reply to  tiredofthebs

thank you!
it really all depends on how i decide to maintain it the night before. generally if my hair is out like in a fro, i wash or condition it the night before and wear it in a loose bun while i sleep. in the morning i take out the bun and give it a good shake out. deep conditioning helps me so i don’t have to worry about refreshing every morning..a good shake does the trick!

natural dancer/candice

Such simple hair care with awesome results.…that’s what I’m talking about! Beautiful!

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago

Gorgeous assortment of inspirational hair and overall style, am seriously loving that victory roll!

N A K F A
N A K F A
8 years ago
Reply to  Annie L.

: D

Carla
Carla
8 years ago

Beautiful hair — I love your style!

N A K F A
N A K F A
8 years ago
Reply to  Carla

i appreciate that, thank you!

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D
8 years ago

She is gorgeous! I love the hair and how she accessorizes the frosty pink lipstick.

Candis
Candis
8 years ago

I LOVEEEEEEEEEE your Style and your Hair GIRL .. and you reppin the DMV like ME (smiles )… Shine On Girl!

Love,
@spotlight921

nakfa
nakfa
8 years ago
Reply to  Candis

thank you doll!

Monz03b
Monz03b
8 years ago

Lovin those curls!

Adrianne Brown
Adrianne Brown
6 years ago

I am so excited to find another girl with the same type of hair is me and your regimen is really helpful for me to keep up the good work

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