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Araly // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Apr 5, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is Araly. I live in Medellin, Colombia. I am currently a student of visual arts, focusing on the world of photography and audiovisual production.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
I decided to go natural because I was tired of my hair suffering from mistreatment and it was time to try something more involved with my personality.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
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I started my transition in June of 2011. I think it was one of the best decisions I could make. 🙂

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
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Going natural has affected me in such a positive way. It made me realize how much I was hiding behind my hair. For years I though I couldn’t go natural because I would look like a boy, or my hair wouldn’t look right because it is too thick and coarse. It is totally the opposite. I tried it and love it!

If anything going natural has built my confidence higher than anything. Also, it has given me so much patience. Before this, I did not want to spend a whole day on hair and most definitely didn’t want to spend half a day in a salon chair. I love doing my hair and don’t mind playing in it all day.

How would you describe your hair?
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My hair is very thick and frizzy in some areas. It is super soft in texture and in some areas it’s thick as wool, but I love it all the same. My hair is very manageable, but too rebellious x)

What is your regimen?
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I wash my hair every 8 days using shampoo and conditioner for horse hair, and honey soap. Before I wash I apply a treatment of avocado and aloe vera.

How do you retain length and moisture in your hair?
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I comb constantly with a round head round brush and braid it every night. I am constantly applying coconut oil for moisture.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
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Too much heat from the flat iron and discolorations from trying to achieve a color.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
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The most effective thing I do is try to keep my hair hydrated, and always doing my nightly routine.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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https://www.facebook.com/CreamStrnad and http://creamgore.tumblr.com/

Anything else you want to add?
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I just want to say that I LOVE to wear my hair the way I was born. I feel more secure and confident now. I want to tell people who want to wear their hair naturally to do so because they will love it too.

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merry
merry
8 years ago

she’s adorable.

Jack
Jack
8 years ago
Reply to  merry

I was thinking the same thing!
She’s got great hair too.

Keala
8 years ago
Reply to  Jack

Yep! love the photos

Annie L.
Annie L.
8 years ago

I’m starting to get the feeling that naturals could rule the world.…

Gorgeous head of hair and lovely photos! I would love to know more about shifting attitudes towards natural hair in Latin America.

Nichelle
8 years ago

Yes…it is awesome to see this…having natural hair in the U.S is not always easy, but in Latin America it is a lot harder…(when I mean hard, I mean regarding receiving negative comments).…I have traveled throughout Latin America and racism is a challenge—-mostly due to the idea of mestizaje that has been perpetuated throughout the 20th century…so I love to see women from Latin America posting about going natural…love it..

Angela
Angela
8 years ago

She and her name are beautiful!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Would have liked to have read about the reaction of her family/friends to her decision to go natural.

Beautiful girl.

Keyana
Keyana
8 years ago

I am in love with her face and braces! Her hair is awesome, too! I love seeing newbie naturals with shorter hair! They totally inspire me to just be patient ABC and work with what I have right now.

Keyana
Keyana
8 years ago

I am in love with her face and braces! Her hair is awesome, too! I love seeing newbie naturals with shorter hair! They totally inspire me to just be patient and work with what I have right now.

Lima
Lima
8 years ago

She’s adorable and looks a bit like Esperanza Spalding!

ladyluo
ladyluo
8 years ago

I was thinking Esparanza too. Lovely

Monz03b
Monz03b
8 years ago

What a pretty girl! Love her pics!

Sieta
8 years ago

She’s so pretty, lovely styles!

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

lovely hair,beautiful girl

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