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Annisa // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
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Hi! I’m Annisa LiMara Mitchell (pronounced Ah-nee-sah La-Mar-rah) and I’m 26 years of age. I was born and raised in Jackson, MS and have lived in Maryland/DC for 5 years.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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I have been natural since 2005. I began my journey because of major hair breakage and thinning due to too many relaxers and frequent permanent colors during my senior year in high school. Looking back I had no idea I was “going natural”, I just considered myself going “cold turkey”. My hair had always been thick and medium to long in length, so seeing it severely damaged was heartbreaking to me. I started back getting relaxers 2 or 3 times a year when I was 13 until I moved to Maryland at the age of 16 where I discovered I could do my own relaxer and hair color…major mistake! I decided to big chop in 2012 due to heat damage, however it was an accidental big chop that at the time I was devastated over…now it’s the best thing that could have ever happened to my hair!

How would you describe your texture?
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My hair texture is 3c/4a. It is has a highly defined curl pattern and is really thick, so it requires a lot of moisture. It’s also very frizzy. I absolutely love my texture because I’m able to tame my curls with product, but at the same time can wear a picked out, huge fro and embrace the frizz!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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Since my hair is frizzy, I normally style with Eco Styler Gel for my wash and go and I seal the ends with Organix Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum and grapeseed oil, which works amazing to prevent breakage and add shine. I’m currently using more moisturizing products and less water since it’s cold out, and can cause hair my hair to become dry and brittle.

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What does wash day look like for you?
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Since my hair is thick and can easily become dry (especially in the winter) my current regimen consists of a deep conditioning treatment once a week using the “greenhouse method” which works extremely well since my hair soaks up moisture fast. I switch between U R Curly Soya Shampoo/Conditioner (a new natural hair care line) and Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. For deep conditioning, I use Say Yes To Carrots Conditioner and my own personal mixture of castor oil, coconut oil, and a variety of other oils and butters from my local Whole Foods grocery store. This is when I detangle, which can take between 20 to 30 minutes. I then twist my hair and wrap my head with two plastic caps and a scarf to trap the moisture. I let it sit overnight, then rinse it out the next day.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
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Wash and go’s! Since my wash day is so detailed, all I have to do is pick it out and go!

How do you combat shrinkage?
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A diffuser and hair bands have become my best friends to combat shrinkage. I normally band before I diffuse my hair (during wash and style sessions) but if my hair is already dry I’ll band it in 4 or 5 sections the night before, pick it out and optionally use the diffuser again if necessary.

Tell us about your hair color.
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Currently, I have Dark and Lovely’s Honey Blonde, which I did myself back in July 2013. I haven’t dyed it since. My hair is naturally a sandy, dirty brown with hints of copper, so it changes color once the sun hits it even when it’s dyed. So now it’s lighter than it originally was when I dyed it. It didn’t really change the texture of my hair, but I had to be extra careful to prevent breakage by deep conditioning with a protein treatment a day before application and a few days after application. I am trying to go a year without coloring my hair, so this will be a change for me since I’ve been dyeing my hair since I was 14.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
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The biggest issue with my hair is dryness, especially since it’s sandy blonde and the color can easily read as dry, and is more susceptible to breakage. This is why I adopted the green house method, which allows the oils to really seep into my hair follicles and seal in moisture. Before this method, I would have to wet my hair almost every day and moisturize it several times a day, which was a hassle. But now it is much easier. I would recommend this method to anyone because it has made a dramatic improvement to not only the feel and look of my hair, but I can go several days without wetting my hair and it stays pliable and extremely moisturized.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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Having a great conditioner and experimentation!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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No combing or brushing while dry and using too much heat!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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www.ilovealimara.net (still under construction)
YouTube: www.youtube.com/annisalimara
Facebook: @ilovealimara
Twitter: @ilovealimara
Instagram: @ilovealimara
Tumblr: @ilovealimara
Gmail: annisalimara@gmail.com

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del
6 years ago

Hair is beautiful — I love the color! But her skin…OMGoodness. Flawless! It’s like silk.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Beautiful <3
I love these pics.

HortonHearsA...
HortonHearsA...
6 years ago

Is the greenhouse method the new name for baggying? If so my hair hated that method and always seemed as though the hair was very wet afterwards, susceptible to breakage at the ends and dried very dry, rough and brittle as though the cuticles were raised.

WhyMe?
WhyMe?
6 years ago

@HortonHearsA…, I am curious did you seal with oil or a butter before bagging?

HortonHearsA...
HortonHearsA...
6 years ago
Reply to  WhyMe?

Yes I did. I’ve been natural for a while now and I remember reading about the baggy method on LHCF. It just didn’t work for me. I would also put the steamer in this category. I had a steamer and whenever I used it, my hair would be dry, brittle and rough plus the cuticles felt raised. I even tried rinsing with cold water.

Camille
Camille
6 years ago

Yup. And baggying is the new name for putting a plastic cap on your head to keep the moisture in your curl. Worked though.

What’s old is new.

Tasneem
Tasneem
6 years ago

you might need more protein in your hair

Pat
Pat
6 years ago

All her pics are lovely

Kimberly
Kimberly
6 years ago

Gorgeous pictures and a nice article, thanks for sharing. Love your different hair styles and color!

Kristi
Kristi
6 years ago

Hair crush! I’m thinking about dying my hair so this article really helped to see what changes I need to make to my regimen so I don’t get damage and breakage.

Sequitta
Sequitta
6 years ago

I swear her picture was all over IG yesterday! LOL…DEFINITELY have to try that updo soon!

Britt
Britt
6 years ago

VERY PRETTY I think I saw her on youtube, but I love her hair color she should submit a style post I see some cute tops in these pics

wavz
wavz
6 years ago

I love her hair and her bright, wide smile!

SantanaNyla
6 years ago

Hair crush coming on-love it!.….Amazing Hair

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

Flawless. I am speechless and I like how she sticks with a style that fits her face shape. The color looks nice so congratulations on your feature.

shanny_sue
shanny_sue
6 years ago

That hair color though!!!!! Lawd! ‑fans self- The homie is flawless! Is honey blonde the color you have in the 4 shot pic with the pink bow too?

Aly
Aly
6 years ago

I love blonde on you! So pretty!!

JAgirl
JAgirl
6 years ago

I love her jewelry and hair colour…she really fashionable. Love her style.

Paris
Paris
6 years ago

Beautiful girl with beautiful hair! & repping Jackson, MS!! Gon head girl!!!

Elle
Elle
6 years ago

Speechless at that rich, flawless hair color — and her curls are simply dazzling!

Amber
Amber
6 years ago

Oh my gosh. You are my hair twin!! We have almost the same regimen too. My hair actually got pretty damaged from this cold and wetting it all the time. So, not wetting as much is definitely good advice girl! Your hair is beautiful.

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