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Angela // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
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Hey there! My name is Angela. I am 1/2 black and 1/2 Korean. I currently reside in Southern California.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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I’ve been natural most of my life, but there was definitely a time when I felt having straight hair was more beautiful and “acceptable”. My mom didn’t know how to manage my hair. I can still remember those days of sitting on the floor while my mom roughly and painfully combed my hair while dry and then throwing it in a braided ponytail. It was so much for my mom to handle that she threatened to cut it all off because she was so frustrated. Instead, at the age of 9 years old my mom took me to the salon and I got a perm. I loved having straight hair and the compliments that I got so much that I had two more perms and basically flat ironed my hair for the most part of my high school years and early college years. It wasn’t until 2006 when I decided not to straighten my hair. However, I didn’t properly care for my hair because I was dying my hair once or twice a year and had been since I was 14 years old. I never did the “big chop” however starting April 2011, I decided to stop dyeing my hair and started cutting off the dead ends. I cut approximately 1–2 inches every month or two. I did this until about the 6th month and that’s when my hair started curling like never before.

How would you describe your texture?
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I would say that my hair is a mixture of 3b and 3c. My hair is dense, extremely thick and can get very dry if enough product isn’t applied. My hair also loves thick products and lots of it.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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I’m a wash & go type. I have tried twistouts and braidouts, but my hair doesn’t like either one of those styles, so I stick with what it likes and that’s the wash & go. Because I have bangs I will twist them back and bobby pin them under my hair. If my hair is parted on the side, then I’ll twist back one side while wearing the other side out. There are days when I’ll wear a low bun with the front of my hair twisted back. Before twisting my hair back I apply Eco Styler Argan Oil (or Olive Oil) Gel to the front so that it looks nice. Also, because I love big hair I will spend the day after wash day finding chunks in my hair and separating each chunk to create volume.

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What does wash day look like for you?
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I wash my hair every 7 or 14 days. I first deep condition my hair using either a mixture of Cholesterol Plus, store bought honey, and Spectrum unrefined coconut oil. Or I’ll deep condition using store bought mayonnaise. I deep condition for at least 45 minutes. Afterwards, I wash my hair using Selsun Blue Moisturizing Shampoo (massaging the scalp only) or I will cowash using Tresemme Naturals Moisture Rich Conditioner. I also detangle using the Tresemme Naturals Moisture Rich Conditioner. After detangling my hair I wash the conditioner out and section my hair in two (divided in the middle). I will either apply Aussie Moist Moisturizing Conditioner with a little bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie or I’ll use Organix Coconut Milk Conditioner with a little bit of Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I’ll pin up one side while working on the other side. Working on small sections at a time I will apply either Eco Styler Argan Oil (or Olive Oil) Gel or Now Solutions Castor Oil to seal in the moisture. Then I let my hair air dry.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
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My absolute favorite go-to hairstyle is the wash & go. It’s become the easiest thing since I don’t need to reapply water or products for days. Plus, I love letting my hair out and letting it do its own thing.

How do you combat shrinkage?
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I don’t combat shrinkage. However, there was a time when I hated the shrinkage because people thought my hair was the actual length that it appeared. So I was constantly thinking, “no one knows my true length”. Lol. But now, I don’t mind the shrinkage. Plus, it stretches out due to using the pineapple method at night. But my hair is healthy, it’s strong and its length is deceiving and I love it 😉

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
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The back of my hair!!! Grrrr. There was a time when it was the most damaged because of how dry it would get. And as a result, I’d have to trim this area quite often. Now, I apply extra product to the back to keep it moisturized, especially since I work out a lot. Another problem area is my scalp, so I either have to shampoo on that wash day or massage my scalp using Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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My do’s are using thick conditioners, using the pineapple method, and wearing a satin cap at bedtime.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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As crazy as it may sound, one of my don’ts is applying water and product to the body of my hair after wash day. Believe it or not, it actually dries my hair out and I hate it! My other don’t is using a hair tie to tie up my hair (pulling my hair through a hair tie) because of the possibility of it snagging my ends. Instead, I cut old headbands and use them to tie my hair up without having to pull my hair through.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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You can follow me:
Instagram @MsBeautifulCurls
Keek @MsBeautifulCurls

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Rubi Lee
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Rubi Lee

Nice!

Angela
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Angela

Thank you 🙂

Janice
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Janice

Not a real natural. Her hair ain’t nappy and she’s mixed.

Inf1
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Inf1

Really???? Why did you bother to write that??? Frankly I would not have known she was HALF (say it with me.…half) Korean, if she hadn’t said. She has beautiful curly hair that grows out of her scalp and it’s not chemically altered. Sounds like natural to me!

Really pretty hair Angela. I can’t wait til I’m at your length!

Candice
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Candice

How dare you be this ignorant! Seriously, go sit down somewhere (other than your computer) and be quiet.

Lana
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Lana

I can understand what you are saying and I’m not going to hate on your opinion because it is yours to express and I’m sure others agree with you BUT 1/2 black or ‘full’ black she is chemically free and therefore a natural. She has gone through the journey of learning to love her curls AND herself. Where do you draw the line for whose is natural and who is not (besides being chemically free)? If we as naturals start saying ‘oh you can’t be natural because you aren’t black’ we are going to be doing to people what has… Read more »

breanne
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breanne

you must be new here…

Jenny
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Jenny

Um loads of naturals featured on this site have this very hair type. There are icons with looser hair on here so I don’t know what you’re objecting to.

Black Girl With Long Hair
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I was going to hop in and leave a comment but I see you all have it handled already 🙂

jjac401
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jjac401

Thank goodness someone handled it! The response was worded very nicely I might add.

venus
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venus

@BGLH I gave a thumbs down to both of the rude comments and it recorded a thumbs up. not that it matters much but just wanted to let you know.

Alexis
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Alexis

Hair that is not chemically altered is natural whether it’s straight or kinky. But I you know that…your intention was to be mean spirited. Congrats!! You succeeded.

Angela
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Angela

Wow! Thanks for everyone stepping in and educating her on the meaning of “natural”. Tight curls, loose curls, thin hair, thick hair, etc etc we should not be tearing each other down. Instead, we should be encouraging, supporting, and applauding each other as we begin and continue on our hair journeys. So lets do this for each other. Stay amazing loves! Xoxo.

B
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B

No, she is a real natural, just not a “black girl with long hair” but a mixed girl with long hair.

thelady
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thelady

She is just as black as our president.

amazed.
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amazed.

Any person who has not permanently altered their natural hair texture is a natural no matter their ethnicity. Nappy, kinky, fuzzy, frizzy, curly, wavy, coily, straight etc etc as long as you were born with one of those textures and continue to wear it that way, your hair is natural.

Phoxxie
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Phoxxie

Wow what an idiot troll. So the billions of people walking around with their unprocessed hair in the world arent natural? White people, Asian people…they not natural? Oh…to be natural you have to be black and nappy? Natural means just what it means. Natural. What youre born with whether it be hair, skin, eyes, breasts etc.

MJ
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MJ

Wow, I really do hope you’re being sarcastic.

Avril
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Avril

Beautiful!! love the thickness.

Angela
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Angela

Aw thank you!! 🙂

DreamGirl
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DreamGirl

1/2 korean and 1/2 black!! What a beautiful mix,love the diversity of the style icons.Your hair is amazing and huge my goodness I love it wish my hair was as thick. How do you seal with gel,do you just put it on the ends?

Angela
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Angela

Hey girlie, I smooth on my sealers — Eco styler or castor oil. I don’t finger comb my sealers in. And I apply to the entire strand but sometimes I just focus on my ends. Hope this helps 🙂 thank you for the compliments.

Jax
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Jax

Whoa! Magnifique!

Angela
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Angela

Thank you 🙂

Monica
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Monica

Beautiful healthy NATURAL hair.

Angela
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Angela

Thanks love!

jjac401
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jjac401

What a gorgeous head of hair! Thanks for sharing.

Angela
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Angela

Thank you so much 🙂

karis
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karis

According to wikipedia the definiton of a troll is: In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /?tro?l/, /?tr?l/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1] extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may also refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.” I used to work with this white girl who had a black boyfriend and they used to “troll” white supremency sites, black hair sites… Read more »

AnonSince87
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AnonSince87

Thank you! I was slowing scrolling down thinking ‘please no one respond’ lol. It’s so obvious what she was trying to do! Best to have just ignored it! Never mind…

On a side note; great hair! 🙂

Deb
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Deb

yep, they only keep it up if they keep getingt reactions and responses. Being ignored is a troll’s kryptonite. It’s everyday people with something becoming really loose in their minds in real life.

Crist
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Crist

someone needs to post that definite whenever a troll is spotted.

karis
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karis

Oops- I just realized that the thumbs up/down feature already exists — I didn’t see it at first — ignore my suggestion then.

I’ll just proceed to thumbs-down the troll that commented earlier.

Carry-on.

Ellie
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Ellie

Very pretty! Although I love my 3c hair texture I always wanted to try 3b their curls are so big. Time to break out some rollers 😉

Court
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Court

I do not see the korean in her at all lol either way she has beautiful hair.

CurlyQ
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CurlyQ

She may have dry hair from using the Selsen Blue. She should try wen cleanser/conditioner and
I know she will be happy with the results. My texture is the same as hers and the wen makes my hair silky smooth and soft. I don’t even need a lot of product, only if I want a sleek ponytail, then I use oil and a gel and I am good to go. Try the wen shampoo, you will love it!

Angela
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Angela

Actually, if you read my DONT’S again it says applying water and/or product AFTER wash day causes my hair to feel dry. My hair stays feeling soft until the next wash day when I don’t apply anything else after. The shampoo doesn’t cause dryness for me, but thank you for your suggestion. I haven’t tried Wen products but heard good things. 🙂

Cleo
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Cleo

I can see the frustration some commenters have before they got negative. This site is called black girl long hair, therefore you think they would should case black girls not mixed girls. I mean if mixed girls had a site displaying their variety of hair would they give a spotlight to an African or African American girl? While I believe the young woman’s hair is gorgeous nevertheless I can understand the frustration, I wondered the same thing myself.

Stace
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Stace

She is black. I don’t get this. She is a black girl with long hair. Jus like the president is black. Everyone knows his mother was white but he is still considered black. End of story. We are in america that’s how it works here.

Eloisa
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Eloisa

The president is not black and neither is this girl. They are bi-racial/bi-ethnic. Their phenotype and what others ‘consider’ them to be is irrelevant. When are Americans gonna stop brainwashing themselves and more importantly when are y’all gonna stop trying to brainwash the rest of the world with this ridiculous ‘logic’? If this girl called herself Korean, y’all would be giving her the side eye and you know it. But you are quick to claim anybody that has just a pinch of black in them. Smh. Brainwashed as hell. Black people are born out of unions between black people. Point.… Read more »

Stace
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Stace

Let us not assume what another persons thinks or does not think. Just because someone is half or a 1/4 of one thing does not mean that they are not half or 3/4 of the other. She is korean and she is also black. Simple enough? Being mixed with two or more things does not make you neither or just one, you are a sum of your parts. Why are people getting angry and talking bout “brainwashing” an “side eyeing”?

Eloisa
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Eloisa

You’re contradicting yourself. First you said she’s black and now you’re saying she’s both asian and black? Which is indeed exactly what she is and exactly what I was pointing out in my post. Bi-racial people are both, not just one or the other. Regardless of what their features, skintones and hairtextures look like or what others ‘consider’ them to be.

And please don’t mistake me pointing out flawed logic for anger. I am the complete opposite.

Phoxxie
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Phoxxie

You ma’am are what’s wrong with the world today.

venus
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venus

so…bc she is mixed with Korean she isn’t black?? in what world is that a fact?
??

Stace
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Stace

Seriously since when do you have to be “100% black” to be black? If that is the case then who is actually black?

Nooni
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Nooni

Your frustration is stupid. THey show lots of different girls on this site. If you don’t like the site. No one is forcing you to read it, go somewhere else. I don’t understand people who feel the need to write how frustrated they are! GO make your own website then. The only reason people are frustrated is because: A) you are insecure about being black and probably secretly wish you were mixed B) or you are insecure about your hair and wish it was looser. No one who is secure in themselves and not somewhat jealous would feel the way… Read more »

Nooni
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Nooni

Someone’s existence shouldn’t make you feel insecure unless you have a big problem. That’s your problem not that of the feature girl.

Stace
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Stace

I loved this interview. I actually read everything carefully. I usually skip through the do’s and don’ts section for some reason. I could really get a sense of your voice as I was reading your regimen. You really do have some deceptive length going on as you said. Im in awe of the thickness and bounce of your hair, it looks like allot of fun.

Angela
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Angela

Aw I’m so glad you took the time to read everything and enjoyed it. I definitely tried to show my personality 🙂 thank you for your sweet sweet comments. Xoxo

TWA4now
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TWA4now

Wow! What a beauty! We are beautiful colors of the rainbow!

Angela
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Angela

Thanks so much xoxo

venus
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venus

gorgeous!

Angela
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Angela

Thanks love. Xoxo

Jacky
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Jacky

Beautiful lady with gorgeous curls.

Angela
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Angela

Thank you xoxo

hairscapades
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Hey, it’s my IG friend Angela!!!! Girl, your hair is soooooo AWESOME!!!! Okay … gotta come back and read your hairstory later!! I just drooled over your pics again first ;)!!

Shelli

Angela
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Angela

Thanks girl!! Xoxo

mlank64
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mlank64

Wow, what beautiful hair and spirit. I hope the negative comments did not distract our featured lady. Please don’t give any notice to those who obviously have a problem. Black people come in all shades, backgrounds, and cultures. We should celebrate it all.

Angela
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Angela

Thank you!! What I’ve learned is that you aren’t always going to receive positive responses from people. I’ve learned to take those as compliments, so they don’t bother me 😉 Thank you for your sweet response xoxo

Rachmo
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Rachmo

Hmph, well I’ll just move past the negative comments and say I LOVE YOUR HAIR! I found a new hair crush!

Angela
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Angela

Such a compliment! Thanks love. Xoxo

jenna marie christian
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Her Hair is so beautiful

Angela
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Angela

Thank you xoxo

Crist
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Crist

that bun with the hanging curls.…to die for!

Angela
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Angela

Lol. Thank you. It’s my messy bun that I never secure tightly so some of my hair likes to sneak out. Hehe. Xoxo

cynthia J
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cynthia J

See this is one thing that upsets me. Her hair is gorgeous in a wash n go, and when i see beautiful women with wash n gos (to die for), it makes me want to do a wash n go with my hair.….
and then…I do it and don’t like it..
I guess ill stick with what my hair does like (twist outs)
maybe ill try again when my hair is longer

Beautiful Hair!

Angela
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Angela

Aw I’m sorry to hear that you haven’t had successful wash & gos. It kinda took me a while to find that perfect routine along with the perfect products. But that’s what it’s about sometimes, trial and errors until your hair says YES!! Keep trying love. Thank you for your response xoxo

cynthia J
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cynthia J

yes, your hair is gorgeous though, like your curls flow down like a waterfall… I love it.

wavez
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wavez

I think I’ve found my hair twin — except I’m not as young and have gray now! LOL 🙂

Keep up the good work hon! Looking great.

Angela
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Angela

Lol aw thank you. I just know your hair looks fab 😉 xoxo

jungfrau1010
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jungfrau1010

Such a gorgeous head of hair. I love the sheer volume of it.

Angela
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Angela

Thank you so much 🙂

brunettefury
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brunettefury

Some of these comments are so dumb, it’s beyond ridiculous.

Beautiful hair and beautiful face!

Angela
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Angela

Thank you for your sweet comments.

verona
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verona

You are gorgeous, girl!

Angela
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Angela

Thank you love.

cynthia J
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cynthia J

ridiculous and dumb comments.…I think more of just giving feedback really. Now if I saw negative comments then I would agree.

D.K.
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Wow, I love the curl! Absolutely fab, and it’s awesome that you don’t care about the “true length” showing anymore. It’s a surprise every time for people!

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Angela
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Angela

Thank you!! I will have to check your blog out.

Kelly
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Kelly

Once my 3c/4a reaches waist length, I would be perfectly fine with my length if my curly hair shrank up to Angela’s length. I wouldn’t combat shrinkage either. Only thing is 3c/4a shrinks a little more than this hair type because the curls are smaller. But that’s okay.

maria
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maria

Fabulous! My hair is very similar to hers, but my long hair scrunches up to my damn ears.

Alexa
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Alexa

Your hair is EXACTLY like mine, but my curls are separated into so many strands that it’s basically a bush. Usually, my hair has nice curls, then on one side, there is a bush. How do I fix that? Thanks 🙂

Angela
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Angela

Thank you. I can understand what you’re experiencing because I too, have dealt with that. If you haven’t already, try applying product to small sections at a time. And try thicker conditioners. These things solved the problem for me 😉

Anitaa
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Anitaa

I have one word for her hair… Unbelievable!

Angela
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Angela

Thank you 🙂

Denise
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Denise

Beautiful hair, beautiful lady. I can identify with your mother“s frustration, my daughter has a lot of thick hair too. But thanks to this web site I’ve found some great ways to manage it w/o putting a chemical in it.

danielle
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danielle

Your texture is so much like mine its crazy!! I just wanted to know how often you deep condition? Is it only just before you wash your hair?

Angela
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Angela

Thank you Danielle!! I try to deep condition once a week before I wash my hair. If not once a week then at least twice a month.

Lalie
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Lalie

I love your hair. I also have very long curly hair and you gave me sooo many great tips!
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Angela
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Angela

Aw Lalie, thank you. You are gorgeous and so is your hair. I’m so glad you were able to get some helpful tips 🙂 xoxo

Lo
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Lo

Are (we) Americans the only ones that have a need to define what black/mixed is?? What is the facination? Canada and the UK dont seem to have this problem. i.e (Mel B, Rick Fox, Tamia, Thandie Newton) Black is black hell their black people are mostly either “mixed” or immediate decendants from Africa. Soooo who are we “black” Americans to define another’s ethnicity? Do you really know who you are? Are YOU an IMMEDIATE decendant from Africa OR Are you NOT mixed (as a black American citizen)?? Just accept that black people come from different parts of the world in… Read more »

Rieann
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Rieann

Hi Angela I have very similar hair as you and almost as long buy I’m at that length now where I am curious as to whether I should get layers or not.. Do you have layers in your hair?

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