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Alicia James // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Alicia James - Wash and Go

Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is Alicia James! I am a wife, mother of 2, and a sucker for love and natural hair! Oh Yeah…I sing a little…LOL! I was raised in Philadelphia, MS, but I am currently living in Houston, TX

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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When I transitioned to natural hair, I had no idea I was transitioning to natural hair. I didn’t know anyone who was natural and I didn’t know anything about it. I just decided one day to stop getting relaxers because my hair was literally falling out of my head. I transitioned wearing sew in weaves, braids, and kinky twists. I turned four years in September 2012. I transitioned for about 7–8 months and started my journey with about 3–4 inches of hair.

How would you describe your texture?
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I guess my hair would be considered 4a/4b, fine strands and normal to thick density.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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I blow dry my hair once a month. I use Cantu Leave In Conditioner to moisturize the hair and it can also be used as a heat protectant. Once I turned two years natural, I decided to add heat into my regimen. The longer my hair has gotten the more I use it. I would never use it more than once a month. Now that I am currently at waist length, it seems to be easier to maintain my blown out hair. It is a lot easier to manage all of this hair when it is blown out, easier to detangle on wash days, less knots and tangles and I can style with ease.

My go to hairstyle lately has been a low sock bun with a side part. I work from home, so I don’t see the need to be too fancy. It is a great protective hairstyle, and you can dress it up or down when needed.

I also use Cantu Leave In Conditioner to achieve my twist outs, braid outs and bantu knot outs that I wear sometimes throughout the week. After bunning for a few days or even weeks, I like to let my hair down and have a little fun. I usually go for a small twist out, which usually lasts about a week.

Alicia James - Half Updo

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash every 2–4 weeks. Most of my journey it was once a week, but after my hair got longer I decreased wash days so that I would put less stress on my hair. I start off lightly finger detangling my dry hair. Then I shampoo my hair using my Herbal Essences Hello Hydration. I add a little conditioner and then detangle in the shower. I normally use my fingers and then comb through after the hair is fully detangled. After my shampoo and detangling I do my deep conditioning/hot oil treatment. I mix my regular rinse out conditioner Herbal Essences Hello Hydration with my extra virgin olive oil. I sit under the dryer for 15–30 minutes. (My hair is covered with a plastic cap/bag) Next I rinse out the oil and conditioner thoroughly. I add my Cantu Leave In Conditioner to my hair, then I style as desired.

How do you combat shrinkage?
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Shrinkage is a hard thing to beat, so I try not to battle it too much! I usually keep my hair stretched out using the bunning method, twist outs, or blow outs.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
I have to be very careful with my edges. They tend to thin very easily if my hair is being pulled too tight or I am doing styles that require too much manipulation. To manage this, I consistently massage my edges with oil, and I stick to low manipulation styling.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A:
Deep conditioning/hot oil treatments and protective styling.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A:
Combing dry hair and excessive heat.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
http://www.MsAliciaJames.com

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Val
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Val

I love the simplicity of your regimen! Beautiful tresses!

Ugonna Wosu
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Ugonna Wosu

who else has their tongue sticking out, looking at that gorgeous hair and shine? *drools*

LOVE Alicia James, been a subbie for awhile, and I love her simple reggie as well!

LaNeshe
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She is one of my favorite blogger/vloggers.

Amagyei Comfort
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Amagyei Comfort

Ur regimen is quite simple but ur hair looks fab!! Cant wait to have my hair grow this fine! U rock girl!!

sara
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sara

about time you included her lol i watch her all the time. you need to add longhairdontcare2011. shes on youtube and her hair is CRAZY long

SB
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SB

my fav vlogger yeah! Hair is so beautiful!

Toya
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That is a lot of progress for 4 years! Very inspiring! Beautiful hair!

TatianaInFlux
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This is the second time in as many weeks that I’ve seen someone with my texture say that she blow drys her hair monthly…I’ll take that as a sign to give it a try!

J2daO
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J2daO

One of my hair inspirations. 🙂

sonia
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sonia

Just subscribed to her channel. Some curlies think that they have thick hair because the have a lot of body but Alicia actually has a lot of hair. I love when she tries new styles so I can see how her hair will behave.

RCIYAH
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RCIYAH

😀 This is the girl to watch for NATURAL HAIR EDUCATION!! 🙂

Portiqali
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Portiqali

Hello hair twin:)

Nubiahbella
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Nubiahbella

Besides her lovely hair and looks, I LOVE her songs! Very talented woman!

CSI
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CSI

Great interview. Lovely hair. I cant believe you have so much hair in such little time. Mine seems to be at a standstill… Your songs are awesome too. Keep ’em coming.

Dana
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Dana

Love the curl definition and everything‐ yes everything!- about it. Can you say well maintained? Wow!

Rell
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Rell

Amazing hair. 🙂

EG
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EG

Whoo‐hoo, love Alicia James, beautiful woman with a beautiful spirit.

Kayla
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Kayla

Her short hair pic reminds me of Nina Simone so much. Anyway, she has beautiful hair and that bantu knot out is to die for!

Jj
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Jj

LOVE!!

dee
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dee

I love alicia she is so sweet. And her hair is my inspiration. And she is beautiful 🙂

Destiny
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Destiny

YYYYAAAAAAASSSSSS WASH N GO! proves that “4” range hair can SURVIVE in a wash n go pure state, with proper care + look healthy shiny and beautiful.….wash n gos saved my so called 4B hair this summer, first time I’ve seen healthy hair GROWTH in years.

Yayer
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Yayer

A lot of 4as do wash and gos successfully! Since the purpose of wng is to define curls, if your hair has a natural curl pattern you should be able to do it too. My hair doesn’t so I don’t do wng.

Sonia Nyenkan
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Sonia Nyenkan

I was wondering when Alicia James was gonna get featured on BGLH…her channel is amazing

keisha
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keisha

ditto!

Yemi
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Yemi

You and me both…I was on her channel earlier today and wondering why she and her gorgeous hair hadn’t been profiled on BGLH. Love her hair and voice!

Diva
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Alicia, beautiful person inside, out…never met her but you can always tell she’s also beautiful on the inside cos she gives you the best of everything she’s got, from hair care, make up, physical, spiritual and emotional fitness. God bless honey…we feel you out here in the motherland

FormerDread
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FormerDread

Why are black women so obsessed with “edges”? All this talk about maintaining and slicking down “edges.” No other group of women seems to have this issue/concern.

Toni
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Toni

What other group of women has hair like “us” ? Our hair experiences more breakage especially around the edges due to styling methods and/or the genetic nature of our hair. Clearly, it’s a common concern and that’s what Alicia was speaking of. Not so much about slicking them down.

Stace
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Stace

I was honestly wondering this same thing the other day. As I am aware that everyone’s hair is different , it may well be a concern for some, but I don’t think it is for everyone. I personally don’t have any edges issues and never had and I am in the type four group. My edges tend to grow fast and thick and stay in place. So yea I don’t know the first commenters intensions cause I can only speak for myself, but I was wondering the same thing ( not necessarily in reference to this particular article.

Love Alicia’s hair!

B
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B

Same here, Im 4a and even when relaxed I never had problems with my edges. I see so many woman with bald edges through, its just not an issue for me…

FormerDread
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FormerDread

I guess I just don’t get it. Retaining edges is not rocket science! Don’t always get your hair braided in the same direction or with too much tension. Keep tightly pulled ponytails and buns to a minimum. Quit trying to brush them into submission in order to get a “baby hair” look.

That’s all it takes to keep edges. Perhaps if people are having a problem with that, they need to attend Hair Care 101.

Keikimummy
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Keikimummy

I also have “weak” edges, particularly at my temples. It has nothing to do with knowing how to take care of my hair or not. The hair there is just finer, and therefore a little more fragile, than the rest of my hair. What I can do with the rest of my hair (and I am fairly gentle — I practise the CG method) I can’t do with the very front portion of my hair and especially my temples. Sometimes the hair there just thins out or falls out by itself, and I have to baby it back in. For… Read more »

J2daO
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J2daO

I don’t think Former Dread meant to be malicious it was just a question.

I don slick down my edges either but do use a headband if doing an up do or puff.Since being natural i dn care for gel and rarely use it.

Lillian Mae
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Same here.

Rissa Katharine
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Rissa Katharine

Edges” refer to your hairline. Would you want a receding hairline?

And who cares what “other women” do? We’re not them! Why should we conform to their standards or thinking processes?

I honestly doubt you have any inkling of what “other women” are concerned about since you’ve barely even grasped what this one is.

Chereace
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Chereace

yea i’m with rissa. edges really refer to your hairline. lots of people of all races and ethnicity struggle with their hairlines…
why do we always have to be compared to “other groups of women”

bsbfankaren
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bsbfankaren

I don’t care about my edges either, have never slicked them down and had never heard of it until I began spending time in the natural hair community The best part about being natural is that I no longer have to care about whether the edges of my hair are a different texture then the rest. And now that you mention it, I though she was talking about her ends and not her edges. LOL!

Creatividual
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Yay! so excited to see Alicia featured on here. Love her hair. She’s on my inspirations for sure.

Coffey
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Gorgeous!

Mika
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Absolutely gorgeous hair!!!

Mika
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Why are there pictures showing up with every comment?

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

Her hair looks like mine!! I am a little over a year natural so her pics are so inspirational to me as her hair looks healthy and gorgeous.

Plus, she looks a lot like my mom did when she was younger. 🙂 Beautiful!

Love JAH
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Love JAH

I love Alicia James and always look to her for hairspiration because we have the same hair type.…she’s so pretty too!

Karjiana
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Karjiana

OMG I watch her all the time on YoutTube. She wears the cutest hairstyles:]

Jacky
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Jacky

BEAUTIFUL HAIR,BEAUTIFUL MOTHER,BEAUTIFUL KIDS!

Kimberly (James) Smith
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Kimberly (James) Smith

Thanks! I really feel motivated to continue on my natural journey. It seems like I was onthe right track washing, heat and conditioning. I just needed help with styling. BTW — With the last names James and repping Philly, I had to listen!

MAHA
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MAHA

That’s interesting, I had no idea she blows out her hair once a month… Love her, so beautiful and her daughter(who has a YouTube channel as well) is so precious!

Athena
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Athena

Imagine my surprise when I saw you here! It’s about time you began a hair icon. I’ve followed you on youtube for the past 4 years 😉

Asia Monique
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LOVE this. Gorgeous.

Mel
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Mel

Your hair is so healthy, thick and gorgeous! You are beautiful and an inspiration.

Bianca G.
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Bianca G.

I was relieved when I read that she blows out her hair once a month. After I BC’d I read in a lot of forums that a lot of naturals were against it, so I never thought about it twice, I thought I’d be doing something wrong! I realize now blow drying is temporary and the point is not to abuse your hair with heat, besides a little water and the hair reverts back easily, she doesn’t add excessive heat and look how long it is!What girl doesn’t like to switch things up now and then? I support you girl,… Read more »

Lady Lavette
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Lady Lavette

Love her hair.

annita carter
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My edges are in terrible shape, gone. I have relaxed hair. I want to regain my hair to my edges. I’ve started to use recipes on site for shampoo, detangler and deep conditioner. All using aloe vera juice receipes. I know to be pateince is needed as well as dilegence. However when should i see result?

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