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Angela // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 22, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is Angela Sims, and I’m from Kansas City, MO. I currently live in New York, NY.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
I’ve been natural for three years in November 2013. I originally stopped relaxing my hair because I was a broke college student who couldn’t afford $60 for a relaxer! I had been straightening my own hair and heard the term “natural hair” from a friend. I started researching what that actually meant. I came to find an entire natural hair community that wore their hair without chemically processing it, and they had beautiful hair. I’d gotten relaxers since the age of 6, and never considered wearing my hair in its natural state! I wanted try something different and challenge my personal concept of both inner and outer beauty.

How would you describe your texture?
A:
My hair texture is a mix between 4A and 4B. The texture around the circumference of my head is 4A and the crown is 4B. My hair is very dense with coarse strands throughout. My hair is manageable as long as it is well moisturized. I try to add water and moisturizer to it daily or else it becomes terribly dry. I’ve found that the best time to style my hair is when it’s wet, or after an old braid/twist out once it’s stretched.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
Over the course of a month I usually style my hair in a twist-out twice, and a protective style and wash & go once. I love variety when it comes to my styling, but I also have less time to dedicate to it than I did say a year or two ago, so bouncing between twist-outs and w&g’s keeps styling simple, while adding one protective style keeps me creative with my styling. For my shampoo and conditioner I use Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa, and Jane Carter Solution Revitalizing Leave-In Conditioner. The moisturizers I use are either Shea Moisture Curl and Style Milk or Entwine Couture Butter-Crème Hydrator. I’m an admitted product junkie, so the styling creams I use do vary, but Jane Carter Solution Curl Defining Cream and African Pride Bouncy Curls Pudding are my go-to styling creams. For extra hold I use a nickel-size amount of Eco Styler Olive Oil Gel. To seal in moisture I most often use jojoba oil.

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What does wash day look like for you?
A:
Wash day for me is usually a Sunday evening, and I start by washing with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Moisturizing Shampoo. I then detangle and section my hair into about five sections. I add Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and place my hair under a plastic cap for 1–2 hours then rinse. I then put my hair in chunky twists and let them air-dry overnight.

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 wash & go because I wash and detangle my hair while in the shower, then section and add product without needing to let it air dry or use a blow dryer before I leave the house. When I’m pressed for time it can take about 45 minutes.

How do you combat shrinkage?
A:
I don’t really try to combat shrinkage because that’s just what my hair does. I’ve learned to love my hair in all of its states. If I style my hair in a braid-out it stretches, and if I continue to twist/braid my hair in between washes it stretches, so I go to those styles for a more stretched look.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
The only “problem” area I have would be the crown of my head. It’s more dry than rest of my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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Since my crown area tends to be dry I have to make sure to saturate it with conditioner and massage oil into it whenever I do hot oil treatments.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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Two don’ts for my texture are detangling without saturating the hair with water and/or conditioner, and applying oils to my hair without applying moisturizer first.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Instagram: an_pyt and Twitter: ANPYT_TheArtist

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

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Shanice
Shanice
7 years ago

I LOVEEEE your hair! It’s very similar to mine and you gave me more inspiration. 🙂

Kenya L.
Kenya L.
7 years ago
Reply to  Shanice

I was just thinking the same thing. Finally…my hair twin! So much inspiration. I want to know the products used in first (pic) twist out? Is it on stretched hair? Also, what gel do you use to slick hair on iPods?

Kenya L.
Kenya L.
7 years ago
Reply to  Kenya L.

Crazy tablet…I meant updos?

Kan
Kan
7 years ago

Yay, hair twin! So happy to see someone with hair like mine.

Sjamie
Sjamie
7 years ago

Tre belle!

Ameilia
Ameilia
7 years ago

Love the color and makeup!! What hairstyle is that in pic 17?

Lashonda
7 years ago

I love her hair! It gives me great ideas on how to style mine.

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

Pretty hair, and makeup I must say also

LESLIE
LESLIE
7 years ago

Beautiful Hair!!Love that blue scarf!!

Arystha
Arystha
7 years ago

Hello !

I really love your makeup and hair !

Please could you tell me what color you used on your hair ? It suits you very well and I’ve been dying to dye (no pun intended) my hair this kind of color for the longest time !

I’ll take any tips and advices.
Thank you in advance for your response !

Greetings from Frenchie natural 🙂

Angela
Angela
7 years ago
Reply to  Arystha

Thank you! The color was created by a friend of mine, so I don’t know the color. I believe the brand was ION, and she did have to lift my hair color in order to dye it. I asked for a nice Auburn color.

Kay
Kay
7 years ago

Is the second picture in the 6th row twists?

Angela
Angela
7 years ago
Reply to  Kay

Hi, they are finger coils!

Nkem
7 years ago

She has lovely hair and her smile makes me feel like i already know her.

Latte
Latte
7 years ago

Makeup and brows are on point!

Latte
Latte
7 years ago

Ok. So I decided I’m going to be needing those eyebrow tips.

Angela
Angela
7 years ago
Reply to  Latte

Thank you! I used Spiked brow pencil (MAC Cosmetics) under the bottom of the brow, and fill in the sparse hairs. I then use Studio Finish COncealer (MAC Cosmetics) with an angled #268 brush to sculpt and create a perfect arch.

Abosede
Abosede
7 years ago

I loveeeeee her faux locs. Idk if they were finger coils.

Angela
Angela
7 years ago
Reply to  Abosede

Thank you so much! They were finger coils and I used Entwine Couture’s Creme Jelly Styler and hydration moisturizer with a tiny bit of Eco Styler Olive Oil gel.

la*belle
la*belle
7 years ago

awesome hair, gorgeous girl, and you really wear you different makeup looks very well.

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
7 years ago

Gorgeous girl with hair to match, and can we talk about her makeup?! Flawless!

Jenna Marie Christian
Jenna Marie Christian
7 years ago

She’s so beautiful and sweet.I follow her on IG and Twitter.

aking
aking
7 years ago

A QUEEN 🙂

Dotty
Dotty
7 years ago

4as have such chameleon like hair. It seems to mimic lots of hair types and have tons of styling options.

MrsWatson
MrsWatson
7 years ago

Naturally gorgeous! I love the lip and hair color too and that freshly washed length check pic tells all. Flawless!

shantel
shantel
7 years ago
anastasia
anastasia
7 years ago

GORGEOUS!!

Sassy24
Sassy24
7 years ago

Pretty lady pretty hair

Jovonne
Jovonne
7 years ago

You are my hairspiration! I 14 and my hair is like so close to that length and looks a lot like yours

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[…] Angela // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon | Black Girl with Long Hair A: My favorite go-to hairstyle is a wash & go because I wash and detangle my hair while in the shower, then section and add product without needing to let it air dry or use a blow dryer before I leave the house. When I’m pressed for . It suits you very well and I’ve been dying to dye (no pun intended) my hair this kind of color for the longest time ! I’ll take any tips and advices. Thank you in advance for your response… Read more »

colalover
colalover
7 years ago

You would be an amazing face model! Just model that face honey! I just love your features! You have beautiful lips! Just like a perfect heart shape! No joke fierce!

Amber
Amber
7 years ago

That lead photo is EVERYTHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shanners
shanners
7 years ago

very pretty! This goes to show that beauty isn’t defined by how straight your hair is or how expensive your Brazilian weave is lol

luvnM3napturally
luvnM3napturally
7 years ago

Beautiful lady, gorgeous hair!

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