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Kyla // Multi-Texture Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 3, 2013

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

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Introduce yourself!
K:
My name is Kyla. I’m from Houston, Texas but college has brought me to Atlanta, Georgia.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K:
The short answer is I thought natural hair was beautiful, but unattainable and I was curious. I had gotten my first relaxer before I could even spell the word. I was only two years old. I wanted to know what my natural hair was, how it looked, how it felt, I was missing a part of me that I desperately wanted to meet. I thought about “going natural” forever it seemed. Fortunately while I thought about it, my hair was growing. Before I knew it I was “transitioning” without noticing. I wanted to be comfortable with my length so I grew my relaxer out until my unprocessed hair was the same length as my hair was with a relaxer. I figured this way I wouldn’t miss the length. I was amazed that it took less than a year to get there. I wish I could say it took “1 year, 3 months, 5 days, and 8 hours”, I wanted to be one of those girls. However when I transitioned I found it easier to sort of forget about my hair. In 2011, either before or after my birthday in September I cut the limp, lifeless relaxed hair that hung from my emerging kinks. Effectively, I’ve been natural for 1 Year and 5 months.

How would you describe your texture?
K:
My hair is extremely dense, which is a blessing or a curse depending on what day of the week you ask me. My hair texture varies which worried me at first, but I’ve learned to embrace it. Most of it is 4b, 4c near my temples. I have a section of looser 3c curls in the crown and something that seems indescribable in the front bang area.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
K:
Unless I have the urge to do something spectacular to my hair or have a super stressful month, my styling regimen is pretty consistent these days. I start with a wet set (twist out, flat twist out or twist & curl), then when that gets old and tangled I detangle and do a dry/damp set on my stretched hair. Eventually my hair ends up in a bun until wash day. I am a complete product junkie so I usually twist with whatever styling product I’m obsessed with at the moment. I’m a fan of thick, moisturizing crèmes. I seal my ends with castor oil.

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
I deep condition before I wash with either Lustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol or Elasta QP DPR-11. Whichever I’m using I’ll mix in honey, extra virgin olive oil, and castor oil. I section my hair, spray with water, coat with conditioner, detangle and twist in medium sections. If I’m not deep conditioning I pre-poo and detangle with VO5 Moisture Milks Strawberries and Cream Conditioner and twist. With my hair still in twists I rinse and wash with Elasta QP Crème Conditioning Shampoo; applying the product to my scalp only and allowing the shampoo to rinse down the length of my hair. I condition with Aussie Moist, rinse and wrap my wet twist in an old t‑shirt or my Turbie Twist (when I can find it) and style.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
My favorite go to styles are a high bun and a sleek low pony/puff.

How do you combat shrinkage?
K:
I combat shrinkage with twists and banding.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
K:
My crown and my ends. While my hair is thick, my strands are finer and looser in the crown. I also experience breakage there that I am slowly but surly nursing back to health. I also have serious fairy knots all over that I have just decided come with the territory.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
K:
Moisturizing and sealing regularly is a must. Even if it’s just a spritz of water and oil. Whether creamy, light, homemade or store bought leave-ins are mandatory. I have the type of hair that can look and feel dry even after moisturizing, so it’s imperative that I trust that my hair is moisturized even if it doesn’t feel supple. Ultimately, I can’t do naked hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
K:
Shingling or raking product through my hair. Honey, I cannot wash and go NO where. Tried it and she (my hair) wasn’t having it. It’s a recipe for itchy, knotted, never drying hair, however if I manage to master it I’ll let y’all know.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
Not yet, but it’s coming soon. ‘Til then follow me on Instagram @lov3Ky. I’d love to see you!

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

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Amy
Amy
7 years ago

I see you my spelman sister!Love it!

Ky
Ky
7 years ago
Reply to  Amy

Heeeey Spelman sisters! Love ya’ll.

Sassy24
Sassy24
7 years ago

Love it

Maggie
Maggie
7 years ago

yay for Spelman <3

ladyray54
ladyray54
7 years ago

She said i cant wash n go nowhere. Amen sister!

stephanieb
stephanieb
7 years ago
Reply to  ladyray54

I heard that Ladyray, her hair is just like mine, I can’t wash and go either, I always envy others that can, but I definitely can’t. I really enjoyed this article because her hair texture sounds just like mine, mostly 4b, 4c, with maybe a little 3c in a few places, and my crown and ends are always the weak spots and tend to stay dry alot too. Really encouraging to see someone with my hair type that has such great hair.

Ky
Ky
7 years ago
Reply to  ladyray54

lol yep can’t do it.

Bobby
Bobby
7 years ago

I transition for length also and it took 18 months for my natural hair to meet my relaxed,which was 3/1/13…the best hair decision I ever made!

Yocheved
7 years ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

Chase
Chase
7 years ago

love the first bun…how did you do it?

anon
anon
7 years ago

She’s adorable!!!!

Tiffany
7 years ago

It’s great to see one of my Spelman Sisters up here. I always thought her hair was beautiful when I saw her on campus.

Kamilah
Kamilah
7 years ago

Hi Spelman sister! Your hair is gorgeous!

Nicole
Nicole
7 years ago

Yes!! I am excited! Finally, someone with the same exact texture as myself 🙂
I love the styles that you use on your hair and the advice was on point.

MJay
MJay
7 years ago

My God I cringed at the thought of those chemicals going into a 2 yr old baby’s head 🙁 Gorgeous hair tho. And that bun!!

Joy
Joy
7 years ago

Wow! I think I’ve finally met my hair twin. Mine’s isn’t as long yet (1.3 yrs. natural with a 2 mo transition period), but everything else is the same. I’m still trying to find a regime that works for me, so I’m going to have try out this one. Thanks for sharing!

Jazmyne
Jazmyne
7 years ago

Your hair is beautiful 🙂

K.Nicole
7 years ago

Loving her hair, reminds me of mine, but hers is longer. I look forward to trying some of her styles.

Kaila P
Kaila P
7 years ago

She has my name! No wonder she’s so beautiful lol!

Melissa
Melissa
7 years ago

When you said college brings me to Atlanta I was like “DEFINITELY my Spelman sister!” This post is an inspiration — I’m transitioning and your hair is so gorgeous, it makes me want to persist towards my goal! I also love the creativity of your styles. Our hair is so versatile.

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
7 years ago

What a gorgeous girl, and her hair looks like mine! I have to say it…HAIR TWIN! ;0)

mlank64
mlank64
7 years ago

You are very lovely, love your style. The hair is beautiful.

Ky
Ky
7 years ago

Oh yay! Happy to see this up. Thanks BGLH!

Thank you ladies for all the positive comments, ya’ll are too sweet. Shout out to my 20 textures on one head girls.

londonnatural
londonnatural
7 years ago
Reply to  Ky

I enjoyed this interview , beautiful hair n a simple routine that works.

I agreed n smiled at the following statements:

something that seems indescribable in the front bang area.”

Tried it and she (my hair) wasn’t having it. It’s a recipe for itchy, knotted, never drying hair, however if I manage to master it I’ll let y’all know.”

T.
T.
7 years ago

My word, you are just too beautiful, and so is your hair. Love those twist-outs!

D.K.
7 years ago

Golly, your hair is just plain gorgeous, and all it’s styles to boot! Love, love, love it!

jjac401
jjac401
7 years ago

Very pretty hair!

eve-audrey
eve-audrey
7 years ago

wow love her hair!

BriMos
BriMos
7 years ago

Hair is so pretty.. my hairspiration!! love the high buns too

OMG
OMG
7 years ago

OMG YOUR HAIR IS SO GORGEY WHAT EVEN

Latrice
Latrice
7 years ago

Hi my name is Latrice. I would love to be a part of BGLH. Please let me know how I can.
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Chel Dowell
7 years ago

Thank you so much for this! I adore your hair and your hair-care tips are awesome! I’ve just made the decision to be natural, and have been for several months, so I’m greatful for any info on up-keep. Thanks again & God Bless! 🙂

jentela
jentela
7 years ago

OMG!!!!!!!! we have the same hair texture i love it and how beautiful it presents to be theres something about being natural and proud i have been natural since 2010 (winging it) and im not tryna go back to straight hair i really have no desire to keep it up at such a young age

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
7 years ago

She is so pretty and I am LOVING her accessories 🙂

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair and a beautiful smile!

AJ
AJ
7 years ago

Hey, I know her from class; Spelman ’15. And her hair is even prettier in person.

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Jamiah Smith
Jamiah Smith
7 years ago

Hey cousin!!!

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