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Ellie // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 5, 2013

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
E:
Hi my name is Ellie. I was born in Nigeria, grew up in Botswana and South Africa, and am currently living in Philadelphia, PA. 

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
E:
I have been natural for almost 2 years. I made the decision to go natural due to many years of damaged hair. I went to a predominately white college where black hair care was non-existent, so for many years I permed my own hair and had weaves because this was the only way out. I didn’t really take care of my hair because of lack of resources. This damaged every area of my hair leaving me with bald spots and no edges. It had a long-term effect on my hair and I am still paying for it today. I decided one day it was time to take control and embrace my own natural hair. This could only be done by chopping off the damaged hair and starting over. Thankfully through my walk with Christ I had the courage to step out of my comfort zone (weaves) and not pay attention to the negative feedback I got from my big chop, or to what society called beautiful. I saw myself through God’s eye, which gave me the confidence to rock my natural hair like the queen that I am.

How would you describe your texture?
E:
My curls are very tight and coarse. A mixture of 4B/4C or something like that.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
E:
My strands are coarse and thick so it can be a challenge to maintain. I do a lot of twist-outs and bantu knots along with protective styles.

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What does wash day look like for you?
E:
I wash my hair once a week. I use only natural products on my hair because they can be nourishing to my sensitive scalp. I wash my hair with Aveda Invati Shampoo then condition with Aveda Conditioner. Once I rinse the conditioner I use the Oyin Handmade Juices and Berries Nourishing Herbal Leave-in Conditioner and immediately twist my hair with Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter along with the Curl Milk by Camille Rose.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
E:
I just unbraid or untwist my hair in a cute curly fro and I am on my way.

How do you combat shrinkage?
E:
I do African threading to stretch my hair and French braids are also my secret to combating shrinkage.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
E:
My temple has become very sensitive due to many years of damage. I find the hair on that area to be a bit thinner than the rest of my hair, so I am very careful to not put a lot of tension on my scalp around that area.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
E:
Protective styling and keeping my hair moisturized.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
E:
Combing on dry hair and over-manipulation.

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Toni
Toni
7 years ago

Let me be the first to comment and say you are beautiful with awesome bone structure and a cute figure. Yes Ellie, you are a god filled Queen and I can sense that you have an wonderful spirit.

XOXO

Betsy
Betsy
7 years ago

how can we contact you?(:

mlank64
mlank64
7 years ago

These women from nigeria are so exotic and beautiful.

Champion
Champion
7 years ago

She is Stunning!!!

natu
natu
7 years ago

Naija in the building!!!

Sassy24
Sassy24
7 years ago

Pretty

Mommimera
Mommimera
7 years ago

I’m also in Philly. Do you ever go to a natural salon?

Thick Nigerian Hair
Thick Nigerian Hair
7 years ago

I wonder what she uses on her edges to slick them down. I have an entire tub of EcoStyler that will not do the trick. Not without a scarf and 20+ minutes anyway.

Tricia
Tricia
7 years ago


Curl Control Paste!
I’ve not used it but her review says it’s the BOMB!

BrinkyDinks
BrinkyDinks
7 years ago

I wasn’t even looking at her hair. Her face!!! She’s so pretty. x

Mona
Mona
7 years ago
Reply to  BrinkyDinks

Yeah right!! So pretty.

Boyhead
Boyhead
7 years ago

You are ridiculously gorgeous!

karajw
karajw
7 years ago

I love her statement: “I saw myself through God’s eye, which gave me the confidence” if only we all could see ourself that way. Beautiful girl!!!

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
7 years ago
Reply to  karajw

That’s my everyday prayer 🙂

SRita
SRita
7 years ago

PLEASE remove the auto-play video ads on this site!!! SO annoying. How am I supposed to browse this site while at work?? lol

AnonSince87
AnonSince87
7 years ago
Reply to  SRita

Yes, this actually really irritates me!

On topic; gorgeous hair AND face 🙂

Toni
Toni
7 years ago
Reply to  SRita

1 million plus. So annoying

Loving My Natural Hair
Loving My Natural Hair
7 years ago

Can you say gorgeous… Wow

PurpleiciousBabe
PurpleiciousBabe
7 years ago

niceeeeee

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
7 years ago

Beautiful Queen!
I am happy saw herself through God’s eyes because he doesn’t make mistakes 🙂
We’re fearfully and wonderfully made!

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
7 years ago

Why aren’t you an international model?!! ;0) Really, you could be. You are gorgeous–hair, face, everything!

jjac401
jjac401
7 years ago

What a beautiful Sista! Very nice interivew BGLH!

Josephine Odion
Josephine Odion
7 years ago

Naija in the house. Yes o. Its amazing how popular the natural movement is getting here even in Benin City, Edo State. I get approached a lot by people asking me how to go about letting go of relaxers & the 10th of this month will make it exactly 1 year post big chop! This is amazing.

deb
deb
7 years ago

yaaay i’m so happy to hear that! my mom told me the last time she visited nigeria that a couple of my cousins (who are in their mid-30’s) were going natural. The overwhelming majority still relax and wear wigs/weaves regularly but it’s a start.

I remember when the natural trend was getting revved up in the states that most of the naturals I saw where college age Nigerian girls.

Ola
Ola
7 years ago

Naija stand up!!!!

Nomski
7 years ago

Wooo Nigeria in the house!!!

Ms. Gee
Ms. Gee
7 years ago

She reminds me of the actress Kimberly Elise. Her face is very striking.

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Gee

and gorgeous!

LaNeshe
7 years ago

Her hair is gorgeous and her make-up is awesome!

eidole
eidole
7 years ago

She is beautiful!

Avanti
Avanti
7 years ago

You’re stunningly beautiful with short hair! I love your modesty! Hard to come by in this bare it all world.

DreamGirl
DreamGirl
7 years ago

BOTSWANA!!!!! Oh yeah,beautiful hair girl

Dominika
Dominika
7 years ago

Gee golly she’s hot!!!!!

MAHA
MAHA
7 years ago

Yeah this young lady is terribly beautiful! She’s absolutely stunning and she does give me the Kimberly Elise vibe! Great style and great legs too!

80sbabee
80sbabee
7 years ago

Beautiful women.

Soph
Soph
7 years ago

She’s too pretty!!!!!!!!!!

cacey
cacey
7 years ago

second her looking like kimberly elise. her lipstick is gorgeous, and i love those long twists!

Jo Somebody
Jo Somebody
7 years ago

Her legs though! Let me stop staring and go for a jog!
Always proud to see my fellow Naija ladies!

tbum
tbum
7 years ago

Ellie, great style! Where do you shop? Do you have a blog?

Kaila P
Kaila P
7 years ago

Stunned by her beauty, she has one of those faces that make you look twice, he rnose her lips just wow. And her style is on POINT!

Micheleantoinette
Micheleantoinette
7 years ago

cute shoes and clothes!

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair and smile

Sherice
Sherice
7 years ago

She’s a beautiful young lady with beautiful features.

Sandra
Sandra
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and make-up.

luvnM3napturally
luvnM3napturally
7 years ago

beautiful young lady, gorgeous hair!

Christina
Christina
7 years ago

Stunning! Love the coils the most!

Kelly
Kelly
7 years ago

I thought she was a model. Why isn’t she modeling? Her face — wow.

Felecia
Felecia
7 years ago

I love, love, love what she said about seeing herself through God’s eyes and not worrying about what others may think. That’s beautiful.

TWA4now
TWA4now
7 years ago

Awesome!

alicia degannes
7 years ago

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alicia degannes
7 years ago

what can i do with my hair?

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

That’s a cute hairstyle!

Ebere
Ebere
7 years ago

Amazing, i so love the natural african look wow!

Ebere
Ebere
7 years ago

Amazing, i so love the natural african look wow!nice one
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Ebere
Ebere
7 years ago

Ellie OMG wow!
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Jean
Jean
7 years ago

Thank you for sharing your natural hair journey. I am returning to the natural style after many years of perming. I have longed from my natural hair ever since I permed it in the 80s. I recently found the courage to grow it out naturally. It is young ladies like yourself that keep ideas on how to deal with natural hair and, more importantly,remind the world and ourselves that our natural hair is beautiful.

Issy
6 years ago
Reply to  Jean

Oh yeah, faoulbus stuff there you!

Bonisile
7 years ago

Finally someone who grew up I’m South Africa is on this site.
Love the hair and outfit. Beautiful.

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