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Ritza // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Nov 8, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
R:
Hello! My name is Ritza, but I also go by the name Raspberry. I am originally from Haiti, but have lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a good portion of my life.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
R:
I’ve been natural for exactly 2 years, 4 months…and counting! I decided to go natural simply because I grew beyond tired and became quite annoyed when it came time to get my hair done. What a process!! On my “Get your hair done” days, you could say that I basically lived at the salon. Waking up just to get ready to go spend what felt like an ENTIRE day at the salon is not, never has, and never will be “what’s up”! My reason for going natural was due to sheer laziness, lol!

How would you describe your texture?
R:
My hair is a very dense mixture of 4b, 4c, AND 4z textures, lol! The hair on the back of my head is very soft and seems to have more of an s‑curl pattern. The hair on the crown of my head is thick, dense, tight, and I often find it more difficult to stretch even after having done a twist or braid-out. My hair requires a lot of moisture, sometimes more than once a day, because it tends to get very dry. Some days my hair looks fabulous hunny! lol, and I feel like upon waking up and undoing my twists my hair tells me that “I better werk!” lol. Then there are the other days where my hair just looks soo tired. Every day is different. #naturalgirlproblems!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
R:
Hmmm, let’s see…over the course of a month I use Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner as a leave in, S‑Curl Moisturizer, Wave Nouveau Moisturizer, and 100% all natural aloe vera juice to keep my hair moisturized. I find myself getting bored more often with certain hairstyles. Because of this, I wear my hair in protective styles. I wear wigs, braid extensions, and pinned updos probably something like 70% of the time. I’d say that I wear my hair in a twist out style the other 30% of the time.

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What does wash day look like for you?
R:
Wash days are my least favorite days…Everrr!!! lol. When I first started my natural hair journey I would wash my hair once a week. I currently wash my hair more like every two weeks, and sometimes a little longer than that *gulp*. Because I’ve been washing my hair less frequently than usual, I typically give it A LOT of TLC on my wash days. I start off with a 15–20 minute protein treatment by Joico K‑Pak, followed by shampooing my hair with Terressentials Organic Mud Shampoo, then a 1 hour deep conditioning treatment using Living Proof Restore Conditioner, followed by an apple cider vinegar rinse, and lastly I moisturize my hair using Nexxus Humectress Ultimate Moisturizing Conditioner as a leave-in…Like I said…It’s a long day!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
R:
My favorite go-to hairstyle on days where “I aint got time for that” lol, would be pinned two-strand twists. Let me tell you, the beauty in this look is that it lasts for days! Plus, with the undercut that I currently have, I must say it looks pretty bad a$%, lol!

How do you combat shrinkage?
R:
Shrinkage!!! I’m over trying to combat shrinkage, so I don’t really do much to prevent it. I have tried different types of twist outs, and it seems like no matter what, my hair shrinks back to what ever length it feels like shrinking back to. So.…*shrug* however my hair comes out, I’m fine with it, shrinkage and all!

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
R:
The crown of my head is my problem area. I suffered from a severe itchy patch that just wouldn’t go away. The crown of my head was soo itchy to the point where I had to go and visit with a dermatologist. That area would severely itch approximately every 2 months. I was told that I suffer from what is called seborrheic dermatitis, which is basically an inflammatory skin disorder that in my case affects the crown area on my scalp. Unfortunately there is not much one can do to cure it, *sigh*. The dermatologist did tell me that constant scratching of the same area stunts the growth of hair, and she prescribed me with a stronger version of Scalpicin to help alleviate the itching when it occurs. I try to keep the crown of my scalp moisturized and free of build-up. I try to apply my prescribed solution every time I feel the itch on the crown of my scalp intensifying, to keep it under control.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
R:
Moisturize, Moisturize, and Moisturize. Oh, wait, that was 3 🙂 You get my drift!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
R:
Washing and going. It just doesn’t work for my hair type! If anything it does more damage than anything.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
R:
Why yes! Thank you for asking! facebook.com/naturalandthecity and youtube.com/naturalandthecity. My vlog is mainly for giggles though; laughter is good for the soul! I’m also on Instagram by the same name.

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treece12
treece12
7 years ago

I love how thick her hair is- reminds me of mine

Dotty
Dotty
7 years ago

Love it! Her undercut looks good, usually that’s not the case.

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
7 years ago

I like her interview and How well grounded she is.

Nancy
Nancy
7 years ago

Haitianne!! U make me proud! Great post!

anastasia
anastasia
7 years ago

Just gorgeous!! Hair, face, personality all are bangin’! Thanks for the laughs…very funny interview=)

girldude
girldude
7 years ago

nice hair 🙂

coconut oil basically got rid of my seb-derm; it was much better than the cream the doc’s gave me. apple cider vinegar is awesome too; i use it to keep the seb-derm at bay.

Carla
7 years ago
Reply to  girldude

If you don’t mind me asking, what was the routine that you created using coconut oil to get rid of your seb-derm? Just curious.

JustMo
JustMo
7 years ago
Reply to  girldude

I used to have it as a little girl…It was like cornflakes in my head. Now it’s coming back. How did you use it to clear it up? I can scratch that patch up and it will return within 2 days. UGH!

Thanks in advance!

Shaun Hardy
Shaun Hardy
7 years ago
Reply to  girldude

Try Henna for the itchy dry scalp. It works wonders for me and my daughter. Henna is very healing

Adrianna
Adrianna
7 years ago

Wow, she is so beautiful! I love her hair. She’s funny, & I love her care free/whatever type attitude she’s displaying.

Chat
Chat
7 years ago

Love your hair! So healthy! I can totally relate to the some days it looks great/some days not so much thing.

gapch
gapch
7 years ago

very pretty.

Valerie Price
7 years ago

Love your blog

myra
myra
7 years ago

Amazing hair. I love it

Laurie
Laurie
7 years ago

She is very pretty! I like the fact that she wears her hair in protective styles 70% of the times and her hair still looks great and healthy ! I used to think it wasn’t possible. I wear my hair in protective styles (braids) a lot and always had this presumption that if I don’t leave my hair out to take care of it, it won’t grow. I think she just killed that presumption ! She just confirmed that hair can grow and be taken care of even under braids ! Such an inspo !

Kelcie
Kelcie
7 years ago

Yep, this is my exact interview. I dread wash days, I keep my hair in twists 90% of time and I have a itchy patch at the crown. I use Head & Shoulders to keep mine at bay. The growth in that area is very, very slow and the hair is extremely different from the rest of my hair. Just when you think you are the only one.…there’s always someone else!

Chrissy
Chrissy
7 years ago

Love, love, love this interview. Witty and charming. I found someone who describes their hair like i do mine, and her coils looks exactly like mine. You go girl!

Tabatha
Tabatha
7 years ago

I love your hair. Lol, you said Type 4Z, that’s cute. I try to wear my hair out like that, but right now there is no order to my hair. My hair looks confused and lost. =)

Margie
Margie
7 years ago

I am a 59 year old woman who’s hair is thinning. At one point in my life my hair was thick and long . Those days are gone now . And I have accepted that gracefully . I would like to know at this point what can I do about the thinning of my hair . Please ” HELP ” me. Thank You

Courtney
7 years ago

Gorgeous head of hair!

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