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Romona // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

• Jul 21, 2012

Introduce yourself!
R:
My name is Romona, I’m 16 years old. I was born in Jamaica, but raised New York. As any other city girl I’m deeply in love with fashion and standing out. Hair has always been my thing, I always styled my family’s hair since forever, it was always something I was naturally good at doing!!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
R:
Well I’ve been natural my entire life, thanks to my parents for banding me from getting a perm. But even though I was natural I never really cared for my hair’s health, it was always straightened so I could still feel like all the “cool” girls with perms. But when I realized my hair wasn’t growing as fast as it use too, I decided to completely stop straightening my hair and I slowly clipped my heat damaged ends. My journey is barely one year old so there’s a long way to go!! The naturals on YouTube also had a huge impact on my decision, I wasn’t aware of the potential my hair had, to be honest I never even knew my hair was so curly because it was so damaged from the heat to the point where even when it was wet it was still straight.

How would you describe your texture?
R:
Well I think my hair type is 4a/4b, I love my curls!! My hair is more on the softer, fluffy side. When its straight or stretched its very fluffy and frizzy. My hair was never coarse or “nappy” as some people say, but it’s always easily affected by the weather since it’s so frizzy!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
R:
Well I usually do a major protective style once a month that can last for at least two weeks, for the remainder of the month I love rocking wash n go’s or high buns/puffs. In terms of washing I only wash about once a month right before major protective styling and co-wash twice in between my wash n go’s. I’ll probably only oil my scalp once a month (after its washed) because my hair gets a bit oily on its own.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
R:
My favorite to go-to style would have to be my wash n go puff. Lol because wash n go’s don’t always turn out so well, sometimes it doesn’t dry fast enough and when it does it looks crazy !! But when I have no time I just throw it in a high puff and add a headband or something!

How do you combat shrinkage?
R:
Ugh! My worst enemy. Well for a curly look I apply gel in the shower and when I get out about 10 mins later, I take small sections and I squeeze and stretch them like a sponge (not applying anymore gel). I find that since the hair is not wet but damp at this point it stays in place when you stretch it and by squeezing the section together the curls look more defined. If I’m stretching my hair to be straight I’ll do a twist out right after washing my hair, and wear high buns for a week and my hair would have a blow put look!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
R:
Hmm. Do #1 would have to be trimming because 4a/4b hair is a weird mix between curly and kinky so the hair gets knots more often than other textures, for me a good trim makes my curls bounce and gives my afros a lot of volume. Do #2 would be always protecting my hair at night, I see a major difference when I wear my silk scarf its much easier to handle in the morning and less detangling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
R:
Not detangling!! I think this is one of the most important things for me because it prevents further tangling which can lead to more hair loss and split ends in the process of trying to get the tangles out after so long. Don’t #2 would be over washing, when I wash my hair more than twice a month it gets really dry and starts to break, people need to realize that we produce our own natural oils but if you keep washing your hair too much you’ll never actually see it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/romonat
Instagram: asaperi
Tumblr:  http://perithecreator.tumblr.com/
Youtube:  http://www.youtube.com/user/LittleMePeri?feature=guide

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62 Comments on "Romona // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Redseouls
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Lovely girl with lovely hair!

AC
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HairCRUSH. Enough said.

Lee
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+1 , I was thinking the exact same thing , she’s also really lovely

Sen
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Beautiful hair!

Sieta
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Beautiful! Big hair don’t care!

Mika
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I’ve been lurking for awhile but I had to comment on this. This is the bIggest, most beautiful hair I’ve seen in a long time. I am literally flailing on the floor in jealousy over it. Gorgeous!!

Salomey
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*deep breath* Whooooaaa! Get me this girls regimen/products etc haha! I love her hair and STYLE! Go jamaica!! : )

sheryl
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yassssss. Her hair is a-ma-zing! I’m feeling all kinds of jealousy right now.

Carolyn
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Your hair is wonderful. I would like to recommend using products
with no sulfates in them, you will feel the difference immediately.
There is also a book titled “Curly Girl”, it gives alot of great tips as well.
Be well.
C

Alisha
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Wow. Wow. Wow.

Reppin JA
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Gorgeous hair and beautify young lady!

anonymous
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**Sigh** There’s nothing wrong with being ‘nappy’ honey. Beautiful hair btw.

Denise
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round of applause indeed. And how can you be in the 4s and not have ‘nappy’ hair…lol. that line through me but her hair is fierce indeed.

EG
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I thought I was the only who did a double-take at that comment.

Romona
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4a/4b as in my curl pattern,just because i have a tight curl pattern does not mean my hair is nappy or coarse. Thank you.

ladyluo
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Seems like you missed the whole point

EG
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THANK YOU

K.Nicole
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Totally missed the point, but she is only 16. I would also venture to say she doesn’t believe her hair is “nappy” because picture 4 is giving me 3b/c curls that are cottony. Some ppl. don’t think they’re a 3 because the curls are cottony curls vs silky curls, but the curl diamater is the reason for the 3 classification. Here’s a good pictoral represetation — http://www.naturallycurly.com/hair-types

Merriam Webster’s definition of nappy is (see kinky) Kinky’s is “closely twisted or curled”. Nappy and coarse are not mutually interchangeable either.

Cee
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Please don’t discount Romona’s response because of her age.I’m old enough to be her mother (I have a 17 yr old) and I would say the same thing.If she doesn’t agree with the term nappy then that’s her right.I’m also a 4A/4B and my hair is not nappy either.To me nappy is hair that is dry and unkempt.Why are you referring to Miriam Webster dictionary which was written by a white man? SMH…

Romona
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thank you for being the only open minded one here !!

Romona
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I appreciate the curl classification and it seems that I fall under 3c, I was always told I was a 4a/b , but based on those pictures the 4 category is not me at all. But you and I both know when the term “nappy” is used its to describe coarse, knotted , hard to handle hair, you can define the word as much as you want but in the real world that is the definition of “nappy” .

Rain
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Wow Romona, I have coarse hair that can form knots and in no way would I consider my hair ‘nappy’. People love to apply their own definitions to what the term ‘nappy’ is, but lets be honest and become more informed about the term ‘nappy’ and why it was created. I know you’re young but don’t be under the illusion that in the “real world” no one would define your hair as ‘nappy’ , especially with regards to the perception/stereotypes of natural hair. “Hard to handle” = don’t know how to handle. I don’t think anyone’s hair is hard to… Read more »
Cee
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Romona was actually referring to the previous poster who called her hair nappy.Again, I don’t feel there’s a need to refer to this young lady’s age.She seems to be quite mature and intelligent.There are adults who are not as articulate as she is.The term “nappy” has a negative connotation and it should not even be used in this day and age.But, since the other poster referred to Romona’s hair as nappy, she has every right to respond.This has always been a positive site and it saddens me that on a natural hair site anyone would comment and call someone’s hair… Read more »
K.Nicole
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Cee, you are totally missing the point, the word nappy is not pejorative in and of itself, but for a lot of small minded black people it is. Many people have embraced the word nappy because in many other contexts it does not have a negative conotation, i.e the POPULAR NATURAL WEBSITE NAPPTURALITY. I did not call her hair nappy to be negative nor am I “jealous”. It’s offensive TO ME that she would use nappy in a pejorative sense because it’s BLACK PEOPLE who are usually using it in that sense to down other blacks, i.e. Niki Minaj “Nappy… Read more »
Eloisa
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It has nothing to do with being narrow-minded. Please don’t act as if the word nappy doesn’t have a negative connotation anymore. The word was created to refer negatively to ‘afro-textured’ hair. The fact that some people are now embracing the word nappy doesn’t change that fact.
I don’t subscribe to the hair-typing system, but my hair is very kinky as well and I never refer, or let anyone else refer to it as nappy. What the hell is a ‘nap’ anyways? I can point out a kink or curl in my hair, but what is a nap?

K.Nicole
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In reply to Eloisa, Nappy was NOT a word created to insult black people and their hair and as to your question on what is a nap — Definition of Nap (noun): a hairy or downy surface (as on a fabric) Etymology: Middle English noppe, from Middle Dutch, flock of wool, nap
First Known Use: 15th century

And you’re right probably not narrow mindedness, just good old fashioned ignorance as in not knowing or caring about language and it’s origins.

zimza
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Is nappy a real word? Sounds almost like an insult to me. In England, nappy to us is what diaper is to you in the States.

Most Elevated Deepnyss
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Most Elevated Deepnyss

I dont like the term nappy or kinky either. Theyve been used to much in time past for insult. I much rather prefer to aknowlege the fact that my hair is not kinky instead…KINGLY (-;

Nini
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What I love about this Style Icon is that she says she has been natural her entire life, yet her hair was still unhealthy. I haven’t been natural for a long time, but when I stopped getting relaxers, I was like, “Now I don’t have to do anything.” I was so wrong XD

Anyways, her fro is awesome and I love the braids, too.

Home daycare
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I can’t wait to have a fro as big as yours! So beautiful…

merry
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omg, she’s 16?

rock that hair gurl. whoop, whoop.…

DaynaJoe
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(( Lost my Breath looking at your Hair )) LOL!

I lurk on here a lot, and I think EVERYone that is featured has drop-dead gorgeous hair, but your mane deserved special words of praise. What a BEAUTIFUL head of hair!!!!

You are gorgeous, and I am inspired to one day have fro that looks as lovely as yours.

Absolutely stunning–> You AND your HAIR!

Michelle
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Oh my goodness your hair is soooooo beautiful, keep it up!!!! 🙂

Jo
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Great interview and good pics included.

The hair looks well loved and is thriving. It’s very similar to my texture. 🙂 I like the jacket/blazer.

Jesusinthecity
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Your hair is so beautiful!

Wish I had that kind of confidence at 16 🙂

God bless you!

Gee
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So jealous of that fro. Beautiful hair!!!!

Jamila
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LOVELY!!!
Love seeing another natural whose been natural since day 1…
While I love seeing everyone’s journey. I have also always been natural so I love to see others who have been as well.. we are not a rare commodity!!! Jamaican/ Hippie parents have that influence lol

101Corkscrews
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You hair looks like Naptural85. Now that is a major compliment.…lovely hair. I’m glad you mentioned how much damage the flat iron does to our hair. In my case, the flat iron did more damage in a shorter time on my strands than the relaxer. The combo of the two was utterly disastrous…

Curly Queen
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Love, love, love her and her hair! She’s adorable.

Penelope
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Loveee the hair. Can’t wait for mine to get that big ^.^

Sequitta J
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ROMONA!!!! YOUR HAIR IS GIVING ME EVERYTHING I NEED RIGHT NOW!!! I’m 4a/b also, but my hair will never look like yours (not thick enough), so I will keep staring and fantasizing!! Thank you for sharing! LOL!

KaraJ
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Love her confidence and she is ONLY 16!!!! That is great!!!

Kimberly
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Love your article and your hair is Awesome!!! 3

hassan
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Oh my!! You are gorgeous with gorgeous hair!!

LM
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i absolutely LOVE wearing my fro out and I can not wait until it is that big!! it looks so luscious!

Tamika
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I love it!!!

Maggie A
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My fro totally looks like that after I’ve washed and stretched it! …ok well half the size lol but definitely that shape and texture.

Michelle Spice
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Beautiful wool, lovely young woman. I am growing mine too, it’s about 3–4 inches in length. I want it to get back to its glory days in Length, down on my shoulders and in my back.

I just love the Afrikan wool nothing beats it and nothing looks and styles like it…

Continue to keep your hair healthy my young sistah and continue to inspire us to do the same.

Lovely and vibrant…

nelle
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lovely awesomeness. I also love your suggestion of a protective style once a mth. I can’t commit to an entire month or more, and I love to switch it up. But once a month is very doable. Thank you young sis!

Cami
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Love it, so young and already so involved in her natural hair 🙂

Patricia Kayden
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Jamaica representing!

Gorgeous hair!

Ivy
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I love your hairrrr girl! And I just checked your FB (I’m not a stalker, LOL) and you’re sooo young! Class of 2013? I can see that you have great confidence! And very beautiful curls. Keep up the great work. (:

Tiffany W
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Ramona, if you don’t go on! Lovely hair. Appreciate the tip about stretching damp hair with gel for a stretched-out wash n go. Shrinkage is a pain for me as well.

sheryl
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regarding the “nappy” conversation, it doesn’t matter what the dictionary says, we all know that word has always had negative connotations. Not everyone has grown to embrace “nappy”.

I refer to my own hair as “nappy” but I know that people still use it negatively and that there are naturals out there that don’t like to use that word to refer to their own hair.

Romona
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Well despite all this controversy , you guys should go like my fan page http://www.facebook.com/RomonaThomasFanPage , where I’ll give any advice about natural hair and answer all questions and post pictures !!!!!!!!!!!!

IMPORTANT DO NOT ADD ME ON THE FACEBOOK LINK THEY PROVIDED !!

TINA SMITH
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HONEY LOOKING AT YOUR HAIR ITS NOT SILKY USUALLY THE OPPOSITE OF THAT IS NAPPY. WHEN YOU STATED IT ISN’T NAPPY WAS A SLAP IN THE FACE. WHAT WAS THE POINT IF EVEN GOING THERE. FURTHERMORE YOUR HAIR IS IN THE 4’S NO WHERE NEAR THE 3’S

Trina
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Don’t care what her her type is.…The hair is gorgeous!

Trina
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Hair type!

Niki
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Her hair is like a work of art. Honestly, do we see what natural hair can look lke with minimal tampering? Gosh it’s beautiful, needs it’s own zip code or talk show or something; it suits her so well!

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Naike
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I found my hair twin! 🙂

Sabrina black
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Dang girl. 5, 6, 8, and 9 though is a killer. I finally get to look at some real 4b hair. Also she’s 16? I need more of her. I want my hair to be out like that.

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