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Ashanti // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jun 11, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is Ashanti and I’m from Mississippi.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
Well, for many reasons actually. I was inspired by many newly-naturals and wanted to try something new. Also, I wanted to show my younger sister who was going through a tough time with her hair that hair doesn’t define who we are. That’s why I did the BC.

How would you describe your texture?
A:
I would describe my hair as being mostly coarse and dense. The majority of my hair falls under the 4b category.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
Well, I wore a puff for about 2 and a half weeks. I did this because it’s very hot where I’m living right now and I didn’t feel like being bothered with my hair. Every day I will slick back my puff with water, a shea butter and oil mixture, apply a leave-in conditioner (Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk) and then seal with an oil (Mega Care’s Vitamin E Oil mixed with some coconut oil). I tie my hair down with a scarf so that my hair will set. After a few minutes, I remove the scarf and I’m ready to go.

I’ve recently flat ironed my hair (It’s my 2nd time!). I washed, conditioned, blow dried, and flat ironed my hair using (Burt’s Bees Güd Shampoo / Pantene Pro V’s Relaxed and Natural Conditioner / Gold Bird Blow Dryer with comb attachment / FHI Flat Iron / Hair Oil and Tresemme’s Heat Tamer spray).

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I use the same shampoo and conditioner. I shampoo my hair twice. I detangle with a wide tooth comb underneath the water as I rinse the shampoo out. Then I apply conditioner and a plastic cap and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. After, I’ll remove the cap, detangle with a Denman or paddle brush, twist hair and rinse while the hair is twisted. Once my hair is rinsed, I’ll style (usually twists) and let air dry during the day or overnight.

Products I use:
— Burt’s Bees Güd shampoo
Pantene Pro V’s Relaxed and Natural Conditioner
Shea Moisture’s Curl and Style Milk
Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhancing Smoothie
Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque
Kinky Curly Curling Custard
Mega Care Vitamin E oil
Shea butter and oil mixture
— Water

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
A:
A puff, or bunny tail as I would call it! You really can’t go wrong with it.

How do you combat shrinkage?
A:
I wear twist-outs or braid-outs. When I want even more length, I’ll use the tension method on a twist- or braid-out.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
A:
I have to avoid styles that encourage the formation of single strand knots. They are a hassle to get rid of.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A:
Do wash my hair at least every 1 and a half weeks. Do protective style (twist or braid) nightly to maintain and retain moisture.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A:
Don’t stress over the many textures of hair on my head. At the end of the day, it’s just hair. Don’t sleep without a satin bonnet. I will regret it every time.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
You can find me along with my best friend at: http://www.youtube.com/user/ThePolkaDotLounge. I’m also on tumblr at: http://therapeuticrain.tumblr.com.

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

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Alisha
7 years ago

She is a doll! What a cutie. Beautiful hair.

Mango
7 years ago
Reply to  Alisha

I second that :)!

Nikki
Nikki
7 years ago
Reply to  Mango

You took the words right out of my mouth. She is an absolute doll! And how sweet to set an example for her sister–love it!

hhjourney
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair!

Nimja92
Nimja92
7 years ago

I loved how she did twist outs with her graduation cap. Such a beautiful girl

brittb8
brittb8
7 years ago
Reply to  Nimja92

I AGREE, IT WAS A COOL IDEA

Ashanti
Ashanti
7 years ago

Kinda weird (and cool) to check out the site today and see someone with my name and my hair type!! Rock on BGLH!!

merry
merry
7 years ago

go team 4b! 🙂

merry
merry
7 years ago

she purdy.

Fel Anders
Fel Anders
7 years ago
Reply to  merry

lol. ‘shol iz.

Annie L.
Annie L.
7 years ago
Reply to  Fel Anders

:))))

and f‑a-b-u-l-o-u‑s hair!

Fel Anders
Fel Anders
7 years ago

Love this graduation hair! Love all the hair. Go You!

Erin B.
7 years ago

How cute! And she’s a Mississippian, like me 🙂

Yvonne
7 years ago

Ashanti your hair is FABULOUS and you’re just the cutest ever! Love your pics. Best wishes.

Mel
Mel
7 years ago

Go Mississippi! I’m from Jackson…

Dishon
Dishon
7 years ago

My hair twin. YAYAYYA!!!

Ashes
7 years ago

Her hair is fierce. And, wow! She is such a Cutie Patootie!

Loretta
Loretta
7 years ago

I really enjoyed your article very helpful. I love the Shea Moisture products.

talisa
talisa
7 years ago

GORGEOUS HAIR!Cant wait till mine grows out this much.… great inspiration

Naturalbelle
Naturalbelle
7 years ago

Woot woot! Mississippi G.R.I.T.S. You go girl. Lovely hair and story. Natural beauty.

Monzi
Monzi
7 years ago

So, I need a tutorial for that graduation cap ASAP!!! My graduation is this weekend, and I’ve been trying to figure this out, because I will NOT conform my hair to fit nobody’s cap. the cap will find a way to fit me lol

Edwina@FASHION+ART
7 years ago
Reply to  Monzi

Can we get a tutorial for Monzi? With a quickness!! Congratulations Graduates!

EG
EG
7 years ago

Another beautiful type 4 sister…love it

keisha
keisha
7 years ago

love it! just a doll!

KD
KD
7 years ago

Lovely girl and lovely hair, and she represents the SIPP!! U go girl!

nelle
nelle
7 years ago

Beautiful! You remind me of a young Lauryn hill.

miss jay
miss jay
7 years ago

ur hair is inspirational!!!! I just love ur twist outs!!!

Sieta
7 years ago

I love the hair under the cap, I would love to do that style myself when i graduate =)

Carla
Carla
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and beautiful girl! I imagine that it is hot in Mississippi lol 🙂

Yoshi
Yoshi
7 years ago

I’ve been wondering who this person is. Seen her face on my tumblr dash a few times!

CuteKinks
7 years ago

You are gorgeous!

warmcaramel
warmcaramel
7 years ago

will love a tutorial on the photo with her in the cylinder…it looks like a chunky twist out

Andria Fyffe
Andria Fyffe
7 years ago

Her strong soulful voice caught the notice of industry insiders and she immediately signed on with a organization team and began showcasing her talent with performances at the Soul Cafe, China Club, Madison Square Garden, Caroline’s Comedy Club and Greek Fest 2000 at Jones Beach to name a few.;

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