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NaturalBBdiamond // Multi-Texture Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 30, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
N:
Hey everyone! I’m NaturalBBdiamond, 23 years old, YouTuber, Blogger and Scientist (Master degree in Biology). I’m passionate and I love all things creative. I live in France, but I’m originally from Togo (Africa). With my blog and my YouTube channel, I share information, tips and ideas for natural hair care. During 2012–2013, I’ll be the official blogger of the French cosmetic brand Activilong. I’ll also make videos for its YouTube channel.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
N:
As a child, straightening was a habit. I even thought it was an obvious condition to have beautiful hair. I never thought about wearing my natural hair. Fortunately I changed my mind. I started my hair journey shortly after having cut my hair several times because of breakage. I was tired of breakage and bored with my relaxed hair. I started to watch YouTube videos and I found some beautiful American ladies wearing their gorgeous natural hair. Captivated by their beautiful curly/frizzy hair I decided to go natural. I was also curious to see what my hair would look like without relaxing treatments. I think I had a great change of perspective. I’ve been natural for 1 year and 9 months. My last relaxer was in May 2010 and I big chopped at 6 months post relaxer in November 2010.

How would you describe your texture?
N:
I have a few different textures, but my hair is mostly 4A/B. My hair is very thick and very dense.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
N:
Twist outs are my favorite style since my 6 months post big chop. Right after my big chop I mostly wore wash-and-go because my hair was very short. Now I love twist outs because it allows me to define my curls and makes my hair softer.

What does wash day look like for you?
N:
My regimen is pretty simple. Once a week I wash, detangle, moisturize, seal in the moisture and do between 15 to 20 twists that I remove when my hair is completely dry. I wash my hair with Activilong Natural Touch Conditioning Shampoo or Marseille Apricot Soap. I deep condition my hair using Activilong Acti-Repair Mask. During the mask I detangle my hair with my fingers or with a wide tooth comb, and I do 6 twists. Then I rinse my hair. Sometimes I use diluted apple cider vinegar directly on my scalp. I moisturize and seal in the moisture with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and pure coconut oil. I use a Tangle Teezer brush to finish detangling and spread products on to my hair.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
N:
I wear twist outs almost every day of the week, but you can see me with my twists in if they are not dry or if I’m being lazy. If I don’t have a lot of time I’ll probably do a bun with my hair or a ponytail with my twists.

How do you combat shrinkage?
N:
I use twist outs and the banding method (when I go to sleep) to stretch my hair, but shrinkage isn’t really a big deal. Sometimes I do wash-and-gos and love the shrinkage.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
N:
My hair is really dry and needs a lot of moisture. I also have a sensitive scalp.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
N:
Lots of moisture and sealing in the moisture. Avoid loss of moisture by sleeping with satin scarf. Damp or wet styling and being gentle while detangling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
N:
Combing while dry. Heat styling. Going longer than 2 weeks without detangling my hair and washing my scalp.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
N:
Absolutely! My YouTube channel is: http://www.youtube.com/user/NaturalBBdiamond
My Instagram: NaturalBBdiamond
My Blog: http://naturalbbdiamond.blogspot.fr/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NaturalBBdiamond
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/NatBBdiamond

Thanks for reading! 🙂

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Katya
Katya
8 years ago

Wow. Isnt she beautiful?

Sybil
Sybil
8 years ago
Reply to  Katya

simply stunning!

Jula
8 years ago

Very pretty lady

elhena
elhena
8 years ago

Long time reader, I’m posting for the first time just to say how nice it is to see a fellow Togolese featured on BGLH as a style icon! I’m glad to see more of my sisters join the natural world. And she and her hair are really beautiful too. Keep up the good work!

yasmin
yasmin
8 years ago

very pretty woman..

KaraJ
KaraJ
8 years ago

She’s beautiful and I love the bun style

keisha
keisha
8 years ago

Very pretty lady and hair!

merry
merry
8 years ago

pretty hair on a pretty woman.

Cee Mac
Cee Mac
8 years ago

pretty

O0oro0O
8 years ago

Elle juste “trop” belle !! ^-^ Her blog and vlog are great too.

J
J
8 years ago
Reply to  O0oro0O

Elle a des jolie cheveux! French naturals representing! LOL More please

Nelly
Nelly
8 years ago

Hey fellow Togolese:)
Super jolie and gorgeous hair!

VEE
VEE
8 years ago

She is so sweet and lovely, she even translates her videos in english on youtube and she won a hair contest to be a spokeswoman, i voted for her!

Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago

Lovely hair and what length is it? I only ask because I want to know how long is long enough for a good size bun and the other styles she showcases here.

HelowAddicted on Youtube
HelowAddicted on Youtube
8 years ago
Reply to  Zanthe

Hair grows differently from a person to another, so you cannot base your growth on somebody else’s hair 🙂
BTW, she is very pretty and I’m glad to see a fellow French speaker, Blogger and Vlogger as a style icon 🙂

maralondon
maralondon
8 years ago

I believe she wants to know how long your hair needs to be to put in a bun and to do some of the lovely styles that are worn in the pictures.

Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago
Reply to  maralondon

Exactly, that’s just what I wanted to know. Why must some people project, mind read and come up with 2+2=4?

Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago
Reply to  Zanthe

*14

O0oro0O
8 years ago
Reply to  Zanthe

She misundurstood I guess, no big deal 🙂

Here’s the answer:

http://naturalbbdiamond.blogspot.fr/2012/06/length-check-longueur-apres-un-et-demi.html

Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago
Reply to  O0oro0O

Thanks! I’m about 2–4 inches out depending on the area. Another person’s hair can be a guideline lengthwise if you’re thinking about replicating a style seen on them. I suppose I was confused because my previous question seemed both innocuous and logical.

JenniD
JenniD
8 years ago

Very nice and simple. Proof that you don’t need heat to be versitile. Nice variety of styles in the pictures you showed.

Love JAH
Love JAH
8 years ago

Very pretty both hair and lady<3 best wishes on your future endeavors 1Love

Maggie
Maggie
8 years ago

Gorgeous! i think i have a girl/hair crush!

Naturally Nys
8 years ago

A beautiful face and hair that my camera would love to capture!

yvonne
8 years ago

You are simply darling. I LOVE…LOVE…LOVE your hair, pics and interview responses as my hair is very similar to yours. Gonna check out your FB and Youtube. Peace&Love~Yvonne

LM
LM
8 years ago
Reply to  yvonne

me too! I hope she has a tutorial on the 4th style in the picture gallery. I hope my hair is long enough to pull it off. I love it!

Tricia
Tricia
8 years ago

I’m from Ghana (live in the states) and it ‘s nice to see a fellow African sister talk about her natural hair. I’ll start following her on YouTube and Facebook.

Malolovely
Malolovely
8 years ago

Natural BBDiamond u’re gorgeous as usual girl!!!

Booker
8 years ago

Does she have a facebook account..? :p

Booker
8 years ago

I saw some of her pictures… She is a model… 🙂

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Sieta
8 years ago

Her hair is gorgeous! It’s nice to see a natural from Togo! =)

Doris
Doris
7 years ago
Reply to  Sieta

I agree sista!! I am from Benin and you?

Doris
Doris
8 years ago

Hi my name is Doris!!
I am from Benin, but live in France/UK!
I am so proud to see black women being natural!!
Nice work you’ve done!
Keep up I am a fan!

Kan
Kan
6 years ago

Pretty girl and great hair!

Paulo
6 years ago

Hi I found you article from 2009 about good hair then deiedcd to see what your blog is all about. I alos use mixed chicks (on my 3yr old son) and it is way pricey! Anyways my question is how do you tell what type of hair your kids have. ie 3c/4a? Is there a website or something that explains this? Thanks.

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