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Emerald // Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
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My name is Emerald Guidry. I am from Lake Charles, Louisiana, but I reside in Lafayette, Louisiana where I attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. I am currently a senior at the UL of Lafayette where I am majoring in Pre-law/Political Science. I actually graduate this May. (I am beyond excited)

How long have you been natural?
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I have been natural for the last 5 years. I went natural my junior year in high school.

How and why did you transition into natural hair?
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I transitioned to go natural in high school because I was having a hard time getting my relaxers to take properly. I would get perms, but they would never straighten all of my hair. So from there I decided to stop getting them all together. Not only were the perms not taking, they also began to thin my hair out. As I transitioned I knew nothing about the process, so I continued my normal routine of roller wraps, deep conditions, and rod sets. However, I was oblivious to the danger of using a flat iron while transitioning. So once I entered college and decided to wear my natural hair I noticed that I had to basically retrain my front pieces of hair to act right. I had a bad habit of going over my bangs with a flat iron while transitioning at the beginning. Toward the end of my transitioning process I would rod my hair with perm rods weekly. It truly helped me keep the flat iron out of my hair.

What are your must-have products for shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair?
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My must have products are normally whatever I feel like using. My main go to products are Shea Moisture Brilliant Curl Shampoo and the Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque. In between shampoos, I co-wash my hair with Biolage by Matrix Conditioning Balm. It is a bit pricey, so sometimes I switch it out with Aussie Moist Conditioner. For basic styling I use Elasta QP Mango-Olive Oil Butter (It works miracles in my hair), and Shea Moisture Coconut Hibiscus Curl and Style Milk. For oils I tend to just stick to my handy virgin olive oil. Lastly, for detangling I use the Denman styling hair brush.

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Tell us about your hair color?
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My hair color right now is a copper/orangish brown. I love experimenting with color. Experimenting with hair color does not do much damage to my hair. The only negative experience I have is about two months after coloring my hair my ends get dry. I normally saturate them with conditioner and oil during my deep conditioning days to get them back moisturized. My latest experiment with color was when I ombred the ends of my fro with a blazing burgundy using a box color by Clairol Textures and Tones. Unfortunately the burgundy faded quickly and my hair returned back to this copper color that my hair is now. During the winter I tend to rinse it a dark brown or black.

What is your signature hairstyle?
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My signature hairstyle would be my afro puff, my braid outs, and my two flat twists. With my school and work schedule I find braid outs on freshly washed hair or day old hair works easier for me and helps me eliminate time. I normally do about 9 braids and allow them to dry over night. I sleep with a silk bonnet and in the morning take them apart with a little olive oil on my fingertips to eliminate frizz. Once my braid outs become old after about 4 days, I opt to putting a little olive oil and Eco Styler Gel on my edges, push my hair back with a silk piece of scarf, and pull my afro up into a puff. I also do the two flat twists when my hair is at its wits end. Whenever it is time for a good shampoo and I do not have the time I normally will twist two nice sized flat twists going to the back and complete it with a nice bun for school or work.

What is your style philosophy?
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My style philosophy is to have no limits to your own personal style. Allow your style to tell a story and tell who you are. There will be many of times you will not be able to speak a word to anyone when you enter a room, but your style will tell it all. So allow your style to speak for you and leave an imprint on people’s mind.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
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My three favorite things in my closet right now will have to be my array of vintage colored blazers, ankle length jeans, and my floral pieces for spring. I can make a chic and unique outfit for almost any occasion with my blazers. My vintage blazers are my own personal collection. I seriously have a blazer in every color for any season. I adore my ankle length jeans because I am petite so the length works out perfectly for me. I am loving my spring pieces, especially the floral ones. I have purchased floral blazers, floral heels, and floral pants!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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I do not have a blog, but you can find me on Instagram at: em_jayde or on Facebook: Emerald Jayde.

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Sojourner
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Gorgeous! Love your style and texture, it looks very similar to mine! You’re so versatile, it’s great! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Aww thank you very much!

felicia
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I truly love your style ur hair is beyond gorgueous love the colors

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you =)

Tamikah
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Tamikah

Her hair is everything, love the style and color. Great style icon

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Awww thank you!

LAU
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LAU

Gorgeous!!!
I love erything, youre hair & your style.
Thanks for the inspiration.
🙂 from Paris (France)

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Awww, thank you! I truly appreciate it!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Aww thank you so much! 🙂

TWA4now
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TWA4now

One word: BEAUTIFUL!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you! 🙂

rw
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rw

great choice for natural icon, best puff i’ve ever seen, she should come back tell up how she did does it

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you so much!
I normally wear my puffs when my hair is at its dirtiest. lol

Camillia
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Camillia

She and her hair are lovely!!!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you! 🙂

MJay
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MJay

My God you’re so gorgeous! And those curls are to die for!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you!

Eloise Kirk
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Great, thanks for sharing this article post.Really thank you! Really Cool.”

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you! 🙂

person
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person

are those twists extensions or your natural hair? sorry, i cant tell >.<

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

They are extensions. I just add some marely hair within my normal twist so they’ll last longer

Lucille
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Lucille

Gorgeous style and an inspiration for another round faced girl struggling with a wayward (and currently very short) ‘fro. You definitely rock it!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

lol Indeed. I recently learned that middle parts work better with my round face. So, if you get a chance try rocking a middle part and see how you like it.

karajw
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karajw

Offical Hair Crush!!! I love the color OMG!!!!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Awww thank you!!!

MrsGlam
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Gorgeous hair!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thanks!

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

LOVE that hair and baby doll face—you are so CUTE! I can tell that you exude confidence from within, it shows in your smile and how you carry yourself. God Bless!

Emerals Guidry
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Emerals Guidry

Thank you! ^_^

Janea
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Janea

Love,Love,Love this style icon. Your hair is BEAUTIFUL :).

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you 🙂

DiJah
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DiJah

Emerald! I just looooove your hair. And that puff??? luv it!

Congrats on graduating 🙂

oh and send me some pralines and beignets 😀 lol.

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

lol Thanks girl!
You must come to Louisiana and try it all

keisha
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keisha

awww so in love with your hair and style! congrats on graduating!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you so much!

Djanira
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Djanira

Gorgeous

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thank you!

Rosalie
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This girl is stunning. Beautiful hair too!

Emerald Guidry
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Emerald Guidry

Thanksss

Dajuana
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Dajuana

As a Lafayette, LA native (shout out!!!) I’m extremely floored to see us on the natural road map!!! I’m inspired by your style!!! I also live by Aussie Moist Conditioner & flat twists (pinned to scalp @ night to keep stretched). I’ll have to share your feature with my fbf…& will def. look you up on instagram!!!

Emerals Guidry
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Emerals Guidry

Aww, thank you soooo much! I truly appreciate it! Yes, that Aussie conditioner does wonders! Lol

Jessica
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Jessica

What a beauty!

Emerals Guidry
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Emerals Guidry

Thank you 🙂

yasmin
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yasmin

Your hairstyle are really nice and your makeup is on point, your a pretty woman. I just wish that my hair will get to the second stage thats it shoulder its been almost 2 1/5 years and my hair is the same lenght. I am trying not to get dishearten by it all but I will keep fighting lol lol..

Emerals Guidry
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Emerals Guidry

Thank you! Lol Noooo, don’t give up! Mayb change up your styling or use more protective styles.

EL2
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EL2

Healthy n Gorgeous hair, loving the colour too.

Emerals Guidry
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Emerals Guidry

Thank you so much! I didn’t mean to press the thumbs down, I was trying to press reply. Lol

Alieen Stewart
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Good looking blog with interesting nice information.
I always keep in touch with your blog and going to bookmark also.
Thanks ..
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CherishBomb
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I love her style and the buns are superhero cute! she should model

Emerals Guidry
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Emerals Guidry

Thank you! 🙂

Katrina
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Katrina

Loving the hair colors

D.K.
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The color is great and I love the pic of the twists. Lots of volume!

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shamera
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shamera

Your hair is GORGEOUS!!!! I wanted to know if you could help me find out my curl pattern so I can start purchasing the right products. Please 🙂

Brittany Hudson
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Brittany Hudson

Hi, I’m from Lafayette, La too, but currently live in Houston!!! I love your hair and color. Keep inspiring 🙂

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