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Ambi // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 19, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
A:
Hello everyone! My name is Ambi and I am from Philadelphia, PA.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
I was actually encouraged by my stylist to let the relaxer go. She explained it was not necessary in order to wear my hair straight; that I could have it pressed and still achieve that straight look. I admired the uniqueness and versatility that God created in natural tresses, and felt it would add to the health of my hair so I begin my transition in 2003. For a few years after becoming natural, I predominately wore my hair pressed. I began to experiment with my natural curls when I moved out of state to attend law school. I was then caring for my own hair and started wearing wash and go’s and puffs and I loved them, but still heavily relied on the flat iron (and yet could I not figure out why the shoulder length hair I had most of my life would not grow much past that length, lol).

So was the case for many years, until I became frustrated with a lack of progress and decided to focus on the overall health of my hair by minimizing my heat usage and using mostly all natural products. I decided to give twist outs a try even though they had been epic failures in the past. I learned to fluff and have not looked back, and am no longer dependent on heat to style my hair. I have been natural for 8 years.

How would you describe your texture?
A:
My hair is highly porous. It loves to suck up moisture and would be categorized as 4a with a variety of curl patterns. The front portion has loose kinks, the crown has coarser coils and the back is finer with more defined tight ringlet curls. The various curl patterns use to frustrate me and I longed for a more uniform look, but I now accept it for what it is and love every coil, kink, and curl.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
In a spray bottle I blend water with a little VO5 Moisture Milk Conditioner, extra virgin coconut oil, and Infusium Leave In to create my daily moisturizer. I then seal in that moisture with a mixture of Shea Butter, Castor Oil and extra virgin coconut oil (with peppermint and rosemary essential oils added for fragrance) and follow up with by twisting or braiding, allow it to dry over night and fluff in the morning.

I regularly style my hair with heat free stretched styles to avoid tangles and single strand knots. I prefer wearing my hair loose and big. I achieve those big looks through twist outs, braid outs, and twisted bantu knot outs. Those are the styles I keep in heavy rotation. To maintain the style throughout the week, at night I may do three chunky twists or braids in the front if necessary and pull it all back in a low pony. Then fluff it out in the morning.

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I shampoo weekly in four sections with Organix Coconut Milk Sulfate-Free Shampoo, then deep condition under my Huetiful Hair Steamer. Currently I am using Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose Moisturizing Conditioner (I keep Suave Humectant Moisture Conditioner, Giovanni or Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Conditioner, and Aussie Moist in the mix as well– it all depends on what my hair is in need of). I then rinse and detangle in sections directly under the water stream using a shower comb. Afterwards, I apply Infusium and Giovanni’s Direct Leave In, and wrap it up in a microfiber towel to rid it of the drippies. Then I allow it to air dry in two twisted low ponytails or in Curlformers. Both methods provide me with stretched hair. Then before I go to bed I set it in twists or braids for a big fluffy set.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
If I am short on time, my set is at the end of its life or simply didn’t turn out as expected, I pull it up in a high bun, use a bit of flaxseed gel to slick it up and I’m good to go.

How do you combat shrinkage?
A:
I do damp or dry sets as appose to wet, and the use of my shea butter mix helps fight against the shrinkage as well as humidity. It coats the strands and helps stretch out the curl a bit.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
Well one bad heat incident left me with a little brakeage in one area. Luckily it is not noticeable, but I pay extra attention to that section. On the plus side it grew back quickly and showed me that my hair is actually growing at an average rate.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A:
Keeping it moisturized is a must. That does not mean dousing it with water daily, but a little spritz and seal keeps my tresses happy. Recently I’ve incorporated henna treatments in my regimen for a hint of color, plus the added conditioning and strengthening benefits are a major plus.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A:
The constant use of heat tools is a major don’t for my hair. These days I’m just not into straight hair so it is easy to avoid. Yet when I do choose to do a blow out or press, I make sure to use heat protectant at every stage. Going beyond a week without washing is another don’t for my hair. It is just not going to work, it is almost as if a reset button needs to be pushed every 5–7 days, or it will not cooperate.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
I’m on Instagram, feel free to follow me @ prettypearls08.

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adrienne
adrienne
8 years ago

beautiful!! how long did it take you to grow your hair that length and do you use vitamins?

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  adrienne

Thank you Adrienne 🙂 I’d say it has taken about 4–5 years of better health care. I tried vitamins early on but was never consistent enough with them to see results, and I don’t use them now (though I probably should).

-Ambi

Curly Queen
8 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous hair! Your straightened hair is giving me serious hair envy. lol

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  Curly Queen

Thank you!! 🙂

theclasseone
theclasseone
8 years ago

Beautiful! Love your hair!!

Treece
Treece
8 years ago

Wow! Gorgeous

Coconut And Cream
8 years ago

Beaauutiful!

hyspin
hyspin
8 years ago

very gorgeous styles.

QUESTION: From your gallery pictures 1st of the list of images, and 2nd and 3rd last from the bottom of the list, how did you achieve those styles? I have been looking to perfect them.

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  hyspin

Thank you!! The first was a flat twist out done on dry hair. The other two were braid outs, the second picture was looks different because the ocean air and humidity had did its thing to it lol. And the last one you asked about was a braid out on freshly washed hair, so it was probably damp/nearly dry when I put the braids in, hope this helps.

-Ambi

Ms.TWA
Ms.TWA
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair!

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago

Thanks for all the lovely comments Ladies :)!!

Ambi

J
J
8 years ago

Beautiful hair.Please could you kindly share your straightening regimen and your twist out one too.

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  J

Thank you J!! Straightening: I start with clean hair. Apply heat protectant and blow dry using the tension method, then a comb attachment at the root. Afterwards I apply more heat protectant before flat ironing each section with either my Chi or Instyler iron.

Twistout: I usually do a chunky twist out with about 12 twists if the hair is wet I’ll do flat twists if its damp or dry individual two strands. In the morning unravel using evco and fluff.

Hope this helps 🙂

J
J
8 years ago
Reply to  prettypearls08

Thank you for your response. 🙂

Jasmine
Jasmine
8 years ago

Wow I really liked her interview! Based on her texture and regimen description I would say we have similar hair cause I completely understand her don’t of not washing once a week. I’ve only been relaxer free for a year but now I have something to look forward to.

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  Jasmine

Thanks Jasmine! Glad I’m not alone lol.

Landry
Landry
8 years ago

What a GORGEOUS head of hair!

bluethenaturalmami
bluethenaturalmami
8 years ago

Lovely hair! I have a very similar texture and look forward to growth and achieving all the styles you have showcased here…very inspirational, my new hair crush!

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago

Thanks so much!!

LaToya
LaToya
8 years ago

Very Lovely! That shine is amazing! I’m three years in the natural hair game and have just gotten my routine down. Your images really give me something to look forward to! Beautiful!

Carla
8 years ago

Beautiful and healthy hair! 🙂

Tiff
Tiff
8 years ago

I love how you try so many different styles and you’re still able to maintain length. Inspiration right here.

Sharisse
Sharisse
8 years ago

Awesome hair sawrah 🙂

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  Sharisse

Why thank you Sawrah!!

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago

Thank you Ladies for your kind words 😀

shelsea williams
8 years ago

Hello ! All these girls are gorgeous! I love their hair! I would like to have the same…Is my photos mays also appear in “Black girl with long hair” ? I would really like… 🙂 Thanks !

Torey Winbush
Torey Winbush
8 years ago

Lovely. How much would you say your hair grows a month and long do your twist outs last before you retwist?

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago
Reply to  Torey Winbush

Thank you. I would say it grows about half an inch per month.

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair. I’m staying away from the straightening myself and trying to start over by braiding.

I can only dream that my hair will eventually look as good as Ambi’s.

prettypearls08
prettypearls08
8 years ago

Aw thank you!! Braiding is a good way to go, it helps me when my hair needs a rest or I need a rest from it lol 🙂

BrooklynCoily
BrooklynCoily
8 years ago

Pretty!!!

Faiza
Faiza
8 years ago

Hey wat cn I use 2 make am hair long

Desiree
Desiree
8 years ago

Your hair is beautiful!

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