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April // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 5, 2013

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is April Hobbs, and I am originally from Augusta, Georgia.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
At the age of 16 in 2005, I decided to get a perm (Mizani). I wanted a perm because I thought my hair could get straighter, thus making it longer. I also believed that it would reduce the amount of time needed to wash and style my hair (not really). AND I wanted to be able to go swimming without my hair frizzing up. At the time, I had highlights in my hair, so my hair did not do well with the perm. It dried my hair out and broke my ends off. I was very disappointed. I gave my hair some time to get used to the perm (approximately 1 year), but it never did. My hair lost its volume and length. So by January 2007 I began growing my perm out! I did not do the “big-chop” because I just wasn’t used to short hair. So, I just let my hair grow and let the permed ends break off on their own. I didn’t even trim my ends during my transition! I would just press my roots and flat iron the rest of my hair. I have been fully natural now for about 2 years. I will never go back to chemicals again…there is so much more I can do with my natural hair.

How would you describe your texture?
A:
My hair is very very THICK!!! My hair is dense, and each individual strand is thick. I’m not sure of my actual hair type, but when it is wet with no products, my hair has a very loose wave to it.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
Since May 2012, I have been on a no-heat challenge. My hair stayed in two strand twists throughout the summer. In the fall, I began doing twist-outs on my hair. I don’t wear my twist-outs for more than a week before I put my hair up in a bun, until my next wash day. When styling my hair, I use Cantu Shea Butter, Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, and WATER! That’s it! I stick with what I know. I also oil my scalp with a mix of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Peppermint Oil, Wonder 8 Oil, and Coconut Oil.

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What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash my hair every two weeks. However, if I can hold out for four weeks, I do!
I begin by separating my hair into about 8 sections. I then shampoo each section individually. The shampoos I use are Mane n’ Tail Shampoo, Organic Root Stimulator Creamy Aloe Shampoo, and Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. All of these shampoos contain sulfates. My hair and scalp need sulfate based shampoos in order to become clean. I do feel as if it strips the hair a little, but this is why I follow up my shampoos with a deep conditioning, which I will explain later.

After shampooing a section, I then apply a generous amount of a cheapie conditioner to my hair. The one I use is called, Lekair Cholesterol Plus Strengthening and Conditioning Cream. I then fully detangle this section under running water. Once it has been detangled, I apply Organic Root Stimulator Replenishing Conditioner to this section, then I twist this section up and pin it out of the way. I do this to every section until all of my hair is washed, detangled, and has been coated with my deep conditioner. I usually deep condition overnight (especially when I plan on blow drying and/or flat ironing my hair). I place a plastic bag over my head and then place my bonnet on top and go to sleep! The next day, I thoroughly rinse the deep conditioner out of each section. I also quickly run the comb through each section to catch any missed tangles/knots. After this, I style it as I please!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
A:
My favorite go to hairstyle is a bun! I use an old stocking leg to put my hair in a ponytail. I then wrap my hair around it to make the perfect bun using large bobby pins. I apply Eco Styler Gel (Olive Oil) to my edges to complete the style.

How do you combat shrinkage?
A:
I don’t! I love shrinkage! It gives me versatility. When I do my twist-outs, they end up stretching themselves out over the course of a few days. This results from me twisting my hair up in large twists before I go to bed, in effort to preserve the style.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
Single strand knots. I have a HUGE problem with them. Sometimes I will spend over 30 minutes searching and cutting out single strand knots in my hair. I have been trying to combat this by washing my hair in sections and keeping my hands out of my hair!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A:
Moisture, and minimum heat!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
I have a page on www.hairlista.com. You can find me under “April Hobbs”.

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

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Amma Mama
Amma Mama
7 years ago

Beautiful head of hair!
I love the royal blue blazer too 🙂

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

Thank you!!

Reppin JA
Reppin JA
7 years ago

Beautiful girl with luscious hair! Ur pics made me want to scream, made my fingers hurt and my mouth drool hahaha.

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Reppin JA

hahaha thank youuu!!

Ndeyak
Ndeyak
7 years ago

Wow, just wow!

z
z
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair and those pics with the twists are so pretty.

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  z

THANKS!

For the Love of Curls
7 years ago

Gorgeous head of hair!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago

Thank You!

TINA SMITH
TINA SMITH
7 years ago

DO YOU HAVE ANY HEAT DAMAGE FROM USING IT BEFORE?

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  TINA SMITH

I have not experienced any heat damage from pressing my hair. Thanks for viewing!!

Pat
Pat
7 years ago

Sooo thick

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Pat

Thank you!!

D.P.
D.P.
7 years ago

You look like Oprah in the picture with the red jacket and sunglasses!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  D.P.

haha I get that alllll the time!!

eve-audrey
eve-audrey
7 years ago

wow! i think i have what is called a hair envy right now this is too beautiful!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  eve-audrey

Thanks!! 🙂

Alisa
Alisa
7 years ago

I agree with D.P., you look just like Oprah Winfrey in the picture with the red jacket and sunglasses!

Jas
Jas
7 years ago

Your hair is so thick that’s great!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Jas

Thanks!

Netta
Netta
7 years ago

I thought I was the only one that still used the Lekair Conditioner. As much as I had the gelatinous feel of that orange cream, my hair seems to love it. Love your style.

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Netta

I love this stuff. Its def. a staple. Great for detangling.

Toya
Toya
7 years ago

I mean its.…its just so beautiful!!!!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Toya

Thank you!!

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
7 years ago

WOW!!!!! Her hair is insane! The lushness. The volume. Just… *sigh*

Sidenote: She reminds me of a (very) young Millie Jackson, especially in the feature photo.

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  MommieDearest

I havent heard that one before! haha Thanks for the comment!

Ebele Nwangwu
7 years ago

I am in awe of your hair, it’s beautiful!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Ebele Nwangwu

Thank you!!

Dana
Dana
7 years ago

Truly, truly lush, healthy hair! I looked and instantly smiled. It rocks, girl!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Dana

Aww thanks so much!!

B
B
7 years ago

So, I just let my hair grow and let the permed ends break off on their own. I didn’t even trim my ends during my transition!”

Thats me!! Im 16 months post and I refuse to cut my relaxed hair, I have trimmed but no mini or big chop for me!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  B

great! just listen to your hair!

Kaila P
Kaila P
7 years ago

Does anyone know what exactly WOnder 8 oil is?

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Kaila P

Its a product I purchase from my local beauty supply store. Its just a mix of different oils. Similar to Africa’s Best Herbal Oil.

Kaila P
Kaila P
7 years ago

AM I the only one who thinks she kinda looks liek Gabby DOuglas?

Lee
Lee
7 years ago

I’m starting to believe everyone featured on this website is gorgeous lol. and I wanted to know if you often use heat in your regimen because your hair looks less curly and more “tamed” if that makes any sense. Anyway your hair is lovely as are you (:

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Lee

I know what you mean. Im not sure if heat has anything to do with it, my hair has been this texture since I can remember. But I have used heat on and off, forever, as well. It probably has allowed my hair to be more manageable, while allowing my hair to retain most of its natural curls!

Thanks!

Toni
Toni
7 years ago

You got some hair there girl! Lol. It’s very thick and luscious. I’m in loooove !

Bri
Bri
7 years ago

WOW. Simply beautiful. I really like the texture and thickness of your hair.

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Bri

thank you!!!

anastasia
anastasia
7 years ago

Good Lawd, hair porn!! Thanks for sharing=)

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  anastasia

Thanks you!!

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  anastasia

thank you!!!

Stevanie
Stevanie
7 years ago

Her hair is awesome. Point. Blank. Period

April Hobbs
April Hobbs
7 years ago
Reply to  Stevanie

Thanks so much!

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

YOUR HAIR IS SO THICK AND LUSCIOUS,GORGEOUS!

Kimberly
Kimberly
7 years ago

Just gorgeous! I have another haircrush?????:)

Kimberly
Kimberly
7 years ago

Don’t know where the ? came from, ugh!! sorry 🙁

Inas
Inas
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and such a cute girl 🙂

Mgiga
Mgiga
7 years ago

OMG I loveeeeee your hair. A beautiful full head of hair.

Reeta
Reeta
7 years ago

Thank you for sharing! I’m going through the process of growing out my permed hair now and it’s nice to read about someone who hasn’t chosen the big chop like me!

felicia
7 years ago

You are a lovely young lady with lovely hair. You look like you are a lot of fun. Thanks for the information!!

loshon33
loshon33
7 years ago

Hairgasm! Hair crush lol…

hollie hill
hollie hill
7 years ago

Did you do the big chop?

Tele1028
Tele1028
7 years ago

I love your hair!!!!!

Kayla
Kayla
7 years ago

Your hair so sooo thick! I love it.

Mika
7 years ago

Love, love, love her buns!! So cute!

binks
binks
7 years ago

wow, you and your hair is beautiful. I love lush thick hair!

Andrea
7 years ago

Did you flexirod to get the curly set? or Curlformer?

Maketa
Maketa
7 years ago

OMG!! This is exactly what I want my hair to look like. This is very motivating. Thanks for sharing your pics and your story. Have you always had long hair?

PMS
PMS
7 years ago

Some girls have all the luck! If I did your regimen in my hair my hair would fall out! You are doing an awesome job! Pretty on the inside and out!!!

Alexus Massenburg
Alexus Massenburg
7 years ago

Wow! I think it was destiny for me to read this article. My hair texture is almost exactly like yours and I live in Augusta, Ga, right now. I’m sixteen right now and you’ve definitely inspired me to keep going natural.

dee
dee
7 years ago

Can you say hair envy?! Drooooooling!

Eve
Eve
7 years ago

Beautiful hair!! What is the rate of growth every month for your hair? I hate to admit it but, no matter how good the products are for my hair the rate of growth is so painfully slooooooow!!! Also, do you ever have to style for protective purposes i.e. during Winter if its ever cold where you live? My hair is coarse as it can be but was at a great length about 4 years ago,I went for a straightening process for the another time about 2–3 months ago and since then together with the winter weather my hair has broken… Read more »

Dd
Dd
7 years ago

Nice hair too bad about the face ugly!

someone
someone
7 years ago
Reply to  Dd

Jealous much

Fairy
Fairy
7 years ago
Reply to  Dd

LOL!!!!!!

Chel
Chel
7 years ago
Reply to  Dd

Lucky for her she has a gorgeous face, fabulous style, and beautiful hair. And all you have is an ugly personality. Just know that as you go to bed at night and you have to be fake for people to actually like you. Because obviously if you think like that you’d HAVE to keep it that to yourself around most people and strangers, for you to be accepted AND respected by variety of people in this world. You are quite pathetic indeed.

Stephanie
Stephanie
6 years ago
Reply to  Dd

Smdh @ your pathetic troll ass. You probably thought you were doing something typing that little ignorant ass comment. All that hate will get NO WHERE in life! Go tap dance traffic you moron.

Tia J.
Tia J.
7 years ago

Oh WOOOWWWW :O…You’ve got dream hair HUNTY! WURK IT!! LOL I wish my hair could be that thick :/

Tamara
Tamara
7 years ago

I need help with my natural hair, i just don’t know how to style it. I’ve been natural since i was born. it’s tempting to perm it but i just love my hair not to perm it.

Tamara
Tamara
7 years ago

And i feel like my hair never grow.

Tiffiney
Tiffiney
7 years ago

not my hair type but pretty hair

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ChiChi
7 years ago

Beautiful hair girllll

kerisha
kerisha
7 years ago

haircrush I love her hair .

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Adeola @ TheManeCaptain

wow, beautiful hair! the picture of her in a red blazer looks fab! she looks like a celeb
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