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Erica // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 13, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
E:
My name is Erica and I’m from Maryland, but I’m quickly becoming a New Yorker after living here for 9 years.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E:
Well, I was never the perm your hair every 6 weeks type, so once my new growth came in inch-by-inch, I fell in love with the texture of my hair. I big chopped the week of my senior prom. I. WAS. BRAVE. I’ve been natural for 11 years.

How would you describe your texture?
E:
I’m not quite sure what my hair type is, but I will say that my hair is pretty thick, but soft to the touch.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E:
I like to use minimal amounts of product in my hair, unless I’m going for a lot of curl definition. When my hair is in a fro, I like to use jojoba or coconut oil, and I keep it in a chunky braid-out at night.

When it’s super defined, I LOVE using the Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioner. The price point is perfect, and the fact that I can use it in my hair night after night without build up is perfect for me.

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I love Jamaican Black Castor Oil Shampoo. It’s so moisturizing and simple in terms of the ingredients. I have yet to find my go-to conditioner, but I have tried many and one of my favs is Aphogee’s Balancing Conditioner.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
I love a big, chunky twist-out. 7–8 twists and no fuss.

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
I like to braid my hair in medium sections after air drying and I leave them in overnight for better results. I tried banding…but my husband was not feeling the ‘Coolio’ look. Maybe because he caught me singing Gangta’s Paradise in the mirror?? lol

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E:
I have a lot of damage from years of not knowing how to take care of my hair. Thankfully, the past few years have been so helpful for me now that there are more ingredient conscious products for natural hair. Better than pro-styl gel right?!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E:
A lot of moisture and maintaining my curl pattern.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E:
Heat and more heat. : )

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
Yes, I just started a YouTube channel at youtube.com/eturner820. You can also find me on Instagram @naturale.

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

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Runawaygal©
Runawaygal©
8 years ago

4C!!!! HOW CUUUUUUTTTTTEEEEEEEEE…Really natural hair is beautiful.

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Runawaygal©

WOW!!! Thanks!! you guys are so nice : ) I love that we can all empower and support each other.

Jesusinthecity
Jesusinthecity
8 years ago

Wow! You are so beautiful! Your hair and your smile are both gorgeous! And the personality that shines through in your pictures makes you seem like a really fun person! Great ‘fro too!

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Jesusinthecity

awww thank you!!! I like to have fun…I’m a goofball for sure ; ) @jesusinthecity.

Vanisha
8 years ago

YES! now thats a real afro :]

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Vanisha

Thanks!!!!

Kimberly
Kimberly
8 years ago

Lovely article and beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing 🙂

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Kimberly

Thanks Kimberly, and thanks for taking the time to check me out : )

Curly Queen
8 years ago

Beautiful pics and great skin.

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Curly Queen

Thank you : ) you guys are awesome

nina
nina
8 years ago

Look at all that THICK, BEAUTIFUL HAIR! I love it!

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  nina

thank you nina : ) and thanks for checking out my interview

Heather
Heather
8 years ago

Love her hair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

keisha
keisha
8 years ago

such a beautie!

Cee Mac
8 years ago

Gorgeous!

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago

The treatment of our hair definitely evolves. You indicate incurring damage to your hair, while natural. Can you expound on that? Thanks!

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Kelly

Hi Kelly, Overtime, I damaged my hair from the overuse of heat and not properly moisturizing my hair on a regular basis. Let’s just say that I was in the dark when it came to my hair. I did whatever it took to make it look good in terms of a style, not to make it look good for health. But now that there’s a multitude of resources and products, I’m able to do the right things for my hair. I’ve contemplated doing another big chop…but I just can’t! lol

Kelly
Kelly
8 years ago
Reply to  Erica

I’ve also been natural since 2000. And now there are tons of products on the market, which have me newly inspired. I’ve definitely tried to step-up my moisturizing game, as I used to take my “strong” hair for granted. Your hair looks good, keep it up Sis

B
B
8 years ago

Simply BEAUTIFUL!

Sass' n Curlz
8 years ago

Gorgeous tresses…so thick and lush!

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

Your hair is gorgeous and so beautiful!!! 🙂

yvonne
8 years ago

Love your interview and pics. Your hair is fabulous!!!

Maureen
Maureen
8 years ago

Beautiful hair and face. Love the bigass fro 🙂

Erica
8 years ago

Thanks Meosha for featuring me!!! Special thanks to everyone for your sweet comments.

bluz
bluz
8 years ago

new youtube subbie!

ladyluo
ladyluo
8 years ago

This is the real deal. I LOVE IT! I am especially loving the ‘fro pic

kisha
kisha
8 years ago

pretty hair, pretty girl.

Jordan
8 years ago

Hi Erica. Nice hair, I don’t see a lot of 4C style icon stories, so I really enjoyed yours! Keep doing ya thing!

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Jordan

Thanks for the encouragement Jordan! Glad I know my hair type now lol!

Lele
Lele
8 years ago

I like your hair! And you have a pretty face. lol at the singing in the mirror.

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  Lele

lol! thanks!!

cb
cb
8 years ago

Erica you are BEAUTIFUL, this is want I WANT to see…4C hair, long and beautiful. Great piece

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  cb

wow! thanks for your kind words!

FinVoilaQuoi
FinVoilaQuoi
8 years ago

I just wanted to echo a few things that have already been said. 1. You are gorgeous. 2. Your hair is too. 3. It really is great to see a 4c being featured. More, please.

Erica
8 years ago
Reply to  FinVoilaQuoi

thanks for the love!!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Nice and thick. Looks very healthy.

Erica
8 years ago

Thank you! Thick yes, but healthy…not so much : ( But i’m working on it, that’s for sure!

willow
willow
8 years ago

hair twin!

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