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Elle // Multi-Texture Style Icon

Avatar • Nov 4, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
E:
Hello natural hair beauties! My name is Danielle (known to the blogger world as Elle) and I’m from Philly!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E:
I was inspired to go natural by a close friend of mine. She has a similar hair type as mine and was talking about how she ditched the “creamy crack” and was able to achieve straight hair without the use of a perm. I thought to myself: “yeah right”. But I became more and more intrigued until one day I asked her to put my last and final perm in my hair and I haven’t turned back since then.

Technically I have been natural for seven years. Since I was heat training my hair for most of those years, I did not start to consider myself as a “natural” hair girl until about two or three years ago.

How would you describe your texture?
E:
I am not one for hair typing, but IF I had to describe my texture I would say it ranges from 3b to 4a. I have looser hair strands on the top of my head and my hair is a bit more tightly coiled in the back of my head. My hair does its own “thang”. I have learned to love my hair and find out what products help me achieve the styles I want.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E:
My styling regimen over the course of the month has been primarily wash n’ gos. I feel like I have reached a milestone in my natural hair life because I have ALWAYS wanted to wear wash n’ gos. Thanks to the YouTube Natural Hair Goddesses I have finally found a wash n’ go regimen that works for me! I use a variation of the Curly Girl method. My products that I use for my wash n’ gos are Tresemme Naturals, my Shea Butter concoction, and Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. This helps me to achieve wash n’ gos that last for at least four days.

What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I co-wash my hair twice a week. When co-washing my hair I use Suave Coconut Conditioner or really any cheap conditioner that I can get my hands on. Once a week I deep condition my hair. Currently I am using Joico K‑Pak and following up with my new LOVE: Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner. I really love the way the Mixed Chicks Deep Conditioner makes my hair feel.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
My go-to hairstyle is a high or low bun. When I do a high bun I do it with dry hair. I lightly dampen my hair with a spray bottle and gather it up to the top of my head. I usually do the roll and pin method for my high buns. For my low buns I co-wash my hair and slick it into a ponytail. I then make it into a bun using an additional elastic band to secure it.

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
Shrinkage is my worst enemy because of the various hair textures on my head. I learned that my Eco Styler Gel actually helps me to combat shrinkage. Sometimes if I have more time I use duck bill clips to elongate my hair in my shrinkage areas.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E:
My problem area is the back of my head (near the nape of my neck.) For some reason I experience a lot of tangling in that area. I make sure that I keep that area of my head moisturized and I’m very careful in detangling that area. It’s funny because the top of my hair grows with no problem.)

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E:
My two do’s are: Moisturize and Seal. I would more than likely have a rat’s nest on top of my head if I didn’t do this at least twice a week.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E:
My two don’ts for my texture are straightening excessively and too much manipulation. I experienced this when I ditched the perms. I used to flat iron my hair at least twice a week and I dealt with tons of breakage. Never abusing heat like that ever again!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
E:
Check out my natural hair blog: http://www.ellegantelle.com. Thanks so much to BGLH for this wonderful opportunity!

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

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Victoria
Victoria
8 years ago

Beautiful hair!

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

lovely hair

Teenage Naturalista
Teenage Naturalista
8 years ago

Hey everyone! I’m a teenage girl expressing her love and appreciation for natural hair. I would love it if you checked out my blog!
Thank you and be blessed
xoxo Teenage Naturalista
http://theteenagenaturalista.blogspot.com/

juanita617
juanita617
8 years ago

Just checked out your blog and so far so good. You’ve showcased some products I’m going to try.…keep it up…you’ll get some adults visting your site also…btw I’m 31 years old and I enjoyed what you have so far. Keep it up 🙂

Teenage Naturalista
Teenage Naturalista
8 years ago
Reply to  juanita617

Stay tuned because more posts are on there way! Thank you,your comment is very appreciated:)

Peace.Love.Afro
TeenageNaturalista

beenawink
beenawink
8 years ago

Gorgeous!

keisha
keisha
8 years ago

Beautiful!

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair. Side note. I have a question I hope someone can answer. I’ve noticed that on the hair posts, the descriptions all say “Multi-Texture” or “3A/4C/4A Natural.” Maybe I’ve been really absent from the blogs, but has this become the norm when describing natural hair? Has the natural community fully adopted hair typing? I choose not to subscribe to hair typing and I don’t find it necessary for my life, but I’m just curios as to why it’s so important to other naturals.

Trini
Trini
8 years ago
Reply to  Michelle

It’s called Equal Opportunity Hair Typing or Cult of Association. Lol!

Seriously though, I think that it serves a purpose to guide individuals of similar textures in terms of establishing a regimen. It was helpful to me when I began to transition and was seeking direction. I don’t rely on it as much now.

GiGi =)
GiGi =)
8 years ago
Reply to  Trini

+1000000… Same here hair typing really helped me out, when i first started out.

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago
Reply to  GiGi =)

Thanks. I’ve been natural a very long time and have never used it. I learned the old-fashioned trial-and-error way, so never really took to hair typing. Still have no idea how to classify my hair by type.

Trini
Trini
8 years ago

Love the shine and thickness!

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
8 years ago

Very beautiful hair. Jealous!

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