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Farah // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
F:
My Name Is Farah Fanta Diop. I am a Cosmetic Chemistry Analyst. I am also a hair vlogger/blogger and hardcore cooking-addict. I am a North-West-African who lives in South Africa, Schoemansville-NW. I am a proud Fulani woman, born almost 25 years ago by a “first generation Ivorian” Ghanaian mother and Moroccan/Malian/Mauritanian father. I grew up in a household that taught me so many languages, cultures and personalities, that I only learned to appreciate when I left home. I love anything related to hair — all hair types and all hairstyles. And I literally stalk hair vlogs/blogs of people with thick hair! LOL

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
F:
After 17 years of relaxing my hair, I am 24 months relaxer free. On the 21st of September 2011, right after my relaxer and trim, I knew I didn’t want to do that ever again. It was time consuming caring for my 26 inches of hair and always needing touch-ups to my roots. I know that just because one has a relaxer doesn’t mean one must relax their hair every month, but my hair grew really fast and the stretch between touch-ups made my hair break badly no matter what “hair treatment” I did. I really detested the very thin bundle of hair I had (no matter how long it was getting). I really wanted thick hair, like an afro, something that is thicker than what I had on my head back then. I knew I needed a change but didn’t have the guts to go natural immediately, so I transitioned for 5 months and BC’d. I actually planned to transition for 24 months. Can I hear you say “Epic Fail”? LOL

How would you describe your texture?
F:
Mostly 3c everywhere. I have 4a on the ends of my hair (one strand – two curl patterns) and 4a also within my hairline. My texture has kinkycurly, corkscrew, medium-thin strands, low porosity and medium to low density (thickness). It is very fragile during excessive manipulation, has a problematic hairline, and is extremely versatile (looking on the bright side).

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
F:
I am currently on a 6 month Challenge of protective styling, so I spent 9 weeks in mini twists. I loved how my hair flourished. I am currently trying to figure out my ideal wash n go — so far so good. And I will be doing African Threading very soon!

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What does wash day look like for you?
F:
To be brief, my regimen consists of a co-wash and air drying before styling my hair however I want! In depth: I finger detangle my hair with oil (olive or castor oil) on slightly damp or dry hair. I do some sort of deep conditioning hair treatment using Fine Naturals DC Moisture or Fine Naturals Protein Treatment. I alternate moisture, oil, and protein treatments. I cowash my hair with Fine Naturals Conditioner Co-Touch. I leave some of the conditioner on my hair and I air dry my hair completely in big twists. I style as I please — wash and go, twistout, braidout, updos and buns (to name a few). Depending on my hairstyle, I make sure my hair is kept stretched at night with twists or braids. I also wash my hair with a soap bar once a month.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
F:
I wear wash n gos, a curly fro, wigs, headwraps and high buns.

How do you combat shrinkage?
F:
I make sure my night routine consists of twists or braids.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
F:
My hairline experiences very slow growth and easily breaks. I had alopecia localis a few years back and my hairline has been very fragile around the same area ever since. I cannot do full sew in weaves or heavy box braids/Senegalese twists. My hairline needs my full my attention and very simple styles.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
F:
I must condition and moisturize my hair the night before. I find that I get maximum moisture that lasts longer. Simplicity is the key to make my texture look healthy and retain length.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
F:
Constantly using sulfate or sulfate free shampoos/soap bars etc. creates serious dryness for my hair. Detangling with a very thick conditioner takes forever to detangle my coils, so I stay away from that also.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
F:
My Blog: http://www.kinkycurlylife.com
IG: http://instagram.com/curlyfarah
FB: http://www.facebook.com/Aucurlsnaturelle

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Lioness
Lioness
7 years ago

Hi,

Farah I love you hair! Its amazing.

I’m based in jhb & who like 2 get in touch with you, so I could learn more about my own hair.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Lioness

Hi lioness!!! yes it is so great to meet my fellow south african 😀 😀 please email me via my blog. we should keep in touch 😀
my next meet up is in jhb 😀

momofIV
momofIV
7 years ago

Beautiful sista. Love the hair. You are rocking those Fulani earrings.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  momofIV

Hi momofIV 😀 😀 thank you so much and thank you for commenting 😀

Nhlanhla
Nhlanhla
7 years ago

I love Farah’s blog. She’s such a sweet soul. I get my unrefined Ghanian shea butter from her <3

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Nhlanhla

Hi sis!!! how are you? thank you so much 😀 😀

treece12
treece12
7 years ago

Beautiful girl and hair. Cute dimple;the profile shots imply shyness.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  treece12

Hello 😀 😀 thank you so much sis 😀 😀

MS29
MS29
7 years ago

Very pretty, love the hair. She has beautiful lips.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  MS29

Hi thank you so much sis 😀 😀

lorie
7 years ago

I love your hair:) I wish I could get a whole month out of my mini twists!!! I’ll have to check your site out & see how you install them:)

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  lorie

yes you can check out my youtube videos on minitwist (youtube: au curls naturelle)

Lungelo
Lungelo
7 years ago

Ahh Ahh OMG.! You have beautiful well kept hair girl. I am always soo exited when I see a style icon who lives in Africa, today especially because you are staying in South Africa and I am South African !*shosholoza*! :). Please please please bottle you tell me more about How to get some good quality shea butter in Johannesburg? Love your hair!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Lungelo

Hi sisi!!!! LOL njani?
yeah i sell Ghanaian Unrefined shea butter.
no problem sis 😀 you can check me on youtube/facebook or email me for your order 😀

gigi
gigi
7 years ago

gorgeous in every way! bet she has a cool accent too 🙂

fanta
7 years ago

aaaah thank you so so much 😀 😀

michaboa
michaboa
7 years ago

She is so pretty and has lovely hair * goes to stalk her instagram*.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  michaboa

aaaaah thank you so much sis 😀 😀 😀

MelyB
MelyB
7 years ago

Beautiful woman with gorgeous hair whose beautiful spirit shines through on your vlogs. Your tutorials have been extremely helpful to me on my hair journey. Take care, sis.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  MelyB

Hi MelB i am so glad you find my videos helpful 😀 😀 thank you so much sis 😀

CB
CB
7 years ago

Fulani women are bornnn with hair!!!!!

I love them. Their hair »»»>

Your hair is beautiful!!!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  CB

Hi cb 😀 😀 hahaha you so sweet 😀 thank you for the sweet compliment 😀

irene
irene
7 years ago

My Sister In Law!LOL!Lovely Farah to see you on here!I am so proud of you and what you have accomplished.Keep shining Sis!Bless up!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  irene

haaaaaa!!!!! sis ive missed you!!! i havent forgotten my tag video 😀 😀

la*belle
la*belle
7 years ago

Finally! One of my favourite YT ladies. Love, love your hair, and your tip on washing hair with castor oil and glycerin has been a hair-saver! Can’t wait for your new vids. Any chance of visiting Cape Town? ????

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  la*belle

Hi sis
I really hope to come through CPT soon for a hair meet up 😀 😀
thank you so much for the feedback 😀

la*belle
la*belle
7 years ago

Finally! One of my favourite YT ladies. Love, love your hair, and your tip on washing hair with castor oil and glycerin has been a hair-saver! Can’t wait for your new vids. Any chance of visiting Cape Town? ????

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  la*belle

Hi sis
I really hope to come through CPT soon for a hair meet up 😀 😀
thank you so much for the feedback 😀

Diandra Smith
Diandra Smith
7 years ago

love her hair and love her job (currently a chem student doing research)

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Diandra Smith

thank you so much sis 😀 😀 😀

Prudence Louw
Prudence Louw
7 years ago

Whoooo… That’s my girl!!!!!

Go Farah… Super proud of you Hun.…

You have helped me so much with my hair and are still helping me now, literally, as we speak hahaha…

Much love!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Prudence Louw

aaaaaah thank you so much bestie!!!! this is just awesome seeing you 😀 😀 😀
i hope you doing well, im definitely seeing you soon 😀 😀

Genia
Genia
7 years ago

How did you get your hair to grow back from the alopecia?

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Genia

hi Gena 😀 i did not use any hair products. i went on a vegan-raw-food diet (for 6months) and then vegan-diet after that. and i continued to use my same hair products but i changed my diet completely. i was just on greens and herbs through out

Beauty84
Beauty84
7 years ago

I have to say goodbye to bglh, seeing as though I placed a comment asking the young lady a question,I was not trolling and it was removed. It’s crazy because they let Tina smith post here all the time. So I will be heading to different hair sites and will not be on this site anymore. I really enjoyed the articles but there seems to be things that you can’t ask so deuces!!!’

Nappy4C Rocks
Nappy4C Rocks
7 years ago
Reply to  Beauty84

uh?

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Beauty84

Hi beauty 😀
how are you?
what was your question? sometimes this technology and network does some wierd things LOL
take care sis 😀

la*belle
la*belle
7 years ago
Reply to  Beauty84

Hey beauty84 i saw your q’s (and noticed the removal… Yeah i’m on this site a lot, lol). I think the question may come across as being controversial. Being someone who lives in South Africa, your question came as a bit of a surprise to me, though. Perhaps, if it is a really burning q, you could ask her via her blog?

Tammy
Tammy
7 years ago

I love this feature. I just wished whenever they interview someone from from a foreign country, they could ask how is the natural hair scene in the country. Just so we could get a little insight on how other societies view natural hair.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Tammy

Hi tammy 😀 😀 how are you? i know what you mean, and i will have to admit i feel the same way! the natural scene is definitely growing in south africa, but we have a LOOOOONG way to go! not enough hair meet ups, not enough hair products and a lot of people look down upon natural hair, when i BC’d i had some very mean things said to me by mostly my own black people, but 2 years later some of them do wish they could take their bad opinions back! it’s a struggle because our black sisters dont understand… Read more »

Iva
Iva
7 years ago
Reply to  fanta

Ack! I totally hit thumbs down when I meant to hit thumbs up! Thanks so much for the extra info Fanta! I too want to know more about the natural hair scene in other countries. Great pics and beautiful hair!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Iva

hello Iva 😀 😀 hahaha sometimes technology is not on our side, just recently I deleted my own youtube video trying to see how far it was from going live LOOOL
thank you so much for commenting 😀 hope you well 😀

Nappy4C Rocks
Nappy4C Rocks
7 years ago

the Grecian-twist looks pretty…how did you do it?

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Nappy4C Rocks

Hi sis 😀 😀 😀 hope you well 😀
i did the twist on stretched hair 😀 and totally finger combed
and i flat twisted very close to my edges 😀

D.K.
7 years ago

Wow, love your personality and love your hair! Awesome family history too and background.

http://vertmoot.blogspot.com

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  D.K.

thank you so much DK 😀 😀

keisha
keisha
7 years ago

you are a beauty! love your hair!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  keisha

thank you keisha 😀

Jax
Jax
7 years ago

Lovely hair and ridiculously beautiful face!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Jax

thank you so much sis 😀 😀

Camille
Camille
7 years ago

Pretty lady. Reminds me of Sophie Okonedo!

fanta
7 years ago

hahahaha so many ppl say that 😛
thank you Camille 😀

Carla
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and personality sis! I hope to visit South Africa one day. I’ve been told by my African friends in the US that I should look up the Fulani because I resemble some of the women 🙂

Stay blessed.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Carla

Hi Carla 😀 😀 thank you so much!!! hahaha then you must visit youe family in west africa 😀 and i will teach you fula 😀 😀

Desiree
Desiree
7 years ago

Beautiful!

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Desiree

thank you so much 😀

Aly
Aly
7 years ago

I appreciate the comment about different textures within the same strand. I have that too and thought it was so weird! I have some strands that from the root are nearly straight, maybe a 3B texture, but then all of a sudden right at the ends it converts to 4C! Very perplexing.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  Aly

Hi sis :D:D i have filmed this and it will go live by this end of the month. its very frustrating i must admit. i have parts that are semi straight and are so coily and tangled at the ends.
so i will upload it to share some techniques that i have tried 😀 😀

merry
merry
7 years ago

awww, i sub to her channel.

i usually only sub to channels with people whose hair is more like mine. but i like her so she gets subbie in me.

i hate to say this, but she’s really “exotic” looking. her background is incredibly diverse. i thought she was part white. had no idea she’s just a mix of african. the mauritanian part is interesting. i don’t think i realized there was so much intermingling there. but then i know, but i’ve never encountered anyone who actually is.

i wonder how many languages she speaks.

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  merry

Awwww Merry 😀 😀 you so sweet 😀 😀

yeah, there is a lot of mingling in africa its shocking 😀 😀 east meets west, north meets south and central LOL the diversity is intense and wonderful 😛

I am fluent in about 9 languages excluding the ones im still learning like TWI and Sepedi 😀 😀

aura
aura
7 years ago

beautiful hair sis. .

fanta
7 years ago
Reply to  aura

thank you so much 😀 😀 😀

Aziza
6 years ago

Her hair is beautiful and this girl is so sweet 🙂

Au Curls Naturelle
5 years ago
Reply to  Aziza

thank you so much Aziza 😀

luelue
luelue
6 years ago

Awesome and inspiring hair and woman! Your also my hair twin;-) please share how you maintain and keep Your edges strong. After a stint with constant brushes and tight braids they are pretty non existant please help!

Au Curls Naturelle
5 years ago
Reply to  luelue

hahahaha I feel you. I am trying real hard to preserve my edges

brandi
brandi
6 years ago

so gorgeous. reminds me of kimberly elise.

Au Curls Naturelle
5 years ago
Reply to  brandi

thanks so much XD

Zainab Bari
Zainab Bari
5 years ago

wow I’m surprised that ur fulani cuz u don’t really look like one all. its funny how every Ghanian always claims to be fulani hahaha

Au Curls Naturelle
5 years ago
Reply to  Zainab Bari

Hi Zainab! I am proud of my tribal mixture indeed! and very grateful that I do not look typical to you, who wants to be typical, right?
I speak fluent pulaar woro from Mauritania and fluent Akan from Ivory Coast and 5 other african languages. It feels good to be me! thanks for stopping by and commenting 🙂

sisisi
sisisi
4 years ago
Reply to  Zainab Bari

It’s all about genetics. She said she is mix of north/west africans origins so not just fulani.
Many people dont look like their origins.
I have a cousin who is mandinka but she does not look mandika at all.
My aunt is senegalese, she is mostly fulani but she doesnt look fulani at all.
My mother, I and my sister look fulani even though our fulani origin is very little.

Anyway, I’m very glad to see a successful African woman, very charming with beautiful hair. She rocks

Anana Abdul-Azeez
Anana Abdul-Azeez
5 years ago

How awesome! Totally off topic and all, I apoligize in advance, however would you ever be willing to teach pulaar to someone wanting to know the fulani culture? I’m an African American who recently learned of my ancestry and i’ve been through hell and back trying to learn it.

Aminata S.A.D.
Aminata S.A.D.
4 years ago

i’d be happy to help with that if you’re still interested

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