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Briana // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 19, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
B:
My name is Briana Hall, better known as SmartistaBeauty on YouTube. I’m from the DMV area residing in Maryland.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
B:
I have been natural now for 3 years and 4 months. I’d grown up my entire life with hair that always came past shoulder length, however my hair was so dead! Approaching my first year in college I knew I wouldn’t have enough money or time to come home every weekend to get my hair straightened. So, it was then I decided I wanted to go natural and take care of my own hair in college.

How would you describe your texture?
B:
My hair is predominantly 3c with a more silky texture, with touches of 4a curls toward the nape of my neck where I also find the strands are a bit more coarse. My strands are dense and my hair is thick as well, leaving me with a fluffy, curly fro.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
B:
My styling regimen changes so often, just as my hair is changing and growing daily. For the month I prefer doing twistouts consisting of 12–16 twists. For dramatic styles/really big hair I may blow dry my hair straight and do a twist or braid out on dry hair with a leave in. The locking method (locking moisture in via twists, braids, buns, etc.) works best for me because my hair gets dry really, really fast.

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What does wash day look like for you?
B:
Wash day for me takes about 30 minutes. Not bad for the thickness and length I’m currently at. I finally broke down and started finger detangling and I have noticed a huge difference in softness and frizz. I love the As I Am Coconut CoWash as my clarifier and Aussie Moist as my conditioner. While my hair is drenched with Aussie Moist I delicately finger detangle the sections and twist them when I am finished. When my whole head is twisted I rinse the twists of conditioner leaving a little in.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
B:
My favorite go to hairstyle is the top knot bun! It goes with almost any outfit and can save any old twistout or style that is lackluster.

How do you combat shrinkage?
B:
I combat shrinkage using Naptural85’s twist and pin method to give me super duper stretched hair.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
B:
My nape area has a mind of its own. I have to hydrate that area with conditioner and moisturize it with Cantu Shea Butter throughout the week to make my job easier when I get in the shower to detangle.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
B:
2 Do’s for my texture are deep conditioning and the locking method. Whenever my hair is dry, unmanageable, or hard to detangle, it’s usually a result of me not deep conditioning like I am supposed to.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
B:
2 Don’ts for my texture are excessive blow drying and fine tooth combs. Being that my hair is color treated I have to take extra care of my strands. Heat damage and breakage are no-no’s.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
B:
My YouTube Channel is: http://www.youtube.com/SmartistaBeauty and I’m also competing to be the next face of Karmaloop in their modeling competition. If you’d like to support, please Like Karmaloop on Facebook and click the blue vote button at my link here: http://bit.ly/1gHQlrT. Anyone can vote up to 24 times per day, one vote an hour per person. Thanks for your support!

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LaNeshe
7 years ago

She looks like Keke Palmer to me!

mochachick10
mochachick10
7 years ago
Reply to  LaNeshe

I was thinking the exact same thing. In fact, before even reading the caption, I just assumed it was Keke with a really defined twist out talking about the upcoming TLC movie.

Great looking, healthy hair!

Dotty
Dotty
7 years ago

Beautifully thick! A 30 minute wash day sounds like heaven.

Rachel
Rachel
7 years ago

She is so pretty, love her hair and color

Synclaire
7 years ago

OMG! I graduated high school with her! True inspiration right there. Keep holding it down. #teamnatural

Follow my blog as well, http://thickcurlsandcurves.wordpress.com 🙂

Aaliyah
Aaliyah
7 years ago

She sorta does look like Keke Palmer!
Her hair is beautiful!

elsa
elsa
7 years ago

beautiful woman and hair.

Camillia
Camillia
7 years ago

Lovely!!

lahblooplah
lahblooplah
7 years ago

absolutely stunning!

mlank64
mlank64
7 years ago

Beautiful lady and gorgeous hair.

Amma Mama
7 years ago

Lovely girl & lovely curls<3
MD STAND UP!!..lol :-p
http://ammamama.wordpress.com

Faida
Faida
7 years ago

Gorgeous girl and hair!

Jax
Jax
7 years ago

Her face is like a work of art.

Shenika
7 years ago

Her hair is absolutely gorgeous! If you get time, check out my blog x

http://sheni-kare.blogspot.co.uk/

cha52
cha52
7 years ago

30 minute wash day? Where they do that at!? Im drooling over her edges

Kita
Kita
7 years ago
Reply to  cha52

they do it where i’m at lol my wash days take 30–45min. i still don’t get how people take ALLLLLLL DAY just to end up with about 8 twists lol

Spirit
Spirit
5 years ago
Reply to  cha52

Same here 30–45 min, I don’t twist I braid about 8–10 braids

Camillia
Camillia
7 years ago

So pretty!!

Rose
Rose
6 years ago

You should smile sometime.

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