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Ianthé // 3B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
I:
My name is Ianthe’ Boddie and I was born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Croix. I currently reside in Broward, South Florida.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I:
I’ve been natural since September 15, 2011. I was in a difficult marriage and wanted to go natural from the time my daughter was born in 2010, but was discouraged to do so. After making the decision to become a single mother, I thought then was the time to create a new identity for myself and go natural like I wanted to. The day I cut my hair off to one inch was the most liberating experience I’d ever felt. I felt totally free with a new start and lease on life.

How would you describe your texture?
I:
I consider my hair manageably coarse and dense with a texture ranging from 3b to 3c.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
I:
I firmly believe that simplicity is the key to healthy natural hair. I believe it’s true when they say less is more, that’s why I stick to my wash and go’s. If I have the itch for something different, I’ll do a twist out or twists to avoid the desire for extensions. My holy grail styling products are Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Pro Styl Protein Gel, and Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

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What does wash day look like for you?
I:
I cleanse my hair once a month with apple cider vinegar to remove the product build up and refresh my curls. I used to co-wash every three days, but I’ve reduced my co-wash to once a week. All of my styling is done in the shower on soaking wet hair. I like my hair to look effortless and not like I put so much thought into making my hair look curly. I feel like doing my hair in the mirror after washing when I’m doing a wash and go makes me put too much thought into styling my hair, and I don’t feel like that’s the intention of a wash and go.

I use a quarter size of each of the following products in the shower on hair sectioned off in 3 parts:
1. Aussie Moist Conditioner to co-wash my hair.
2. Shea Moisture Thickening Growth Milk with biotin and bamboo extract as my leave-in.
3. Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and Pro Styl Protein Gel as my styler.
4. Extra Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil to seal.

Once all products are applied I put my hair in 3 big twists. One at the crown of my head and one on each side of my ears all while in the shower. After an hour I gently undo the twists, gently shake my hair upside down, and let my hair air dry.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
I:
My go to hairstyle is definitely my Afro. Corporate America may feel that us naturals should compromise, tame our hair, and keep it under wraps to look professional, but I say they should compromise for us!! For those nights that I’m extremely exhausted and I forget to pineapple my hair and wake up with Michael Jackson’s fro, I totally embrace it and rock it for the day with a red lip, gold hoop earrings and a cute outfit. You’ll be surprised at how rocking your fro on those rush days with a simple chic look will get you compliments galore!

How do you combat shrinkage?
I:
Honestly I just embrace my shrinkage and keep it moving. It’s a part of being natural. But I have noticed that pineappleing nightly helps to stretch my hair.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
I:
I don’t feel that my hair has any problem areas. It all seems the same with the exception of the texture and pattern difference in certain areas. I just try to treat each section of my hair with tender loving care!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
I:
Seal with coconut oil to maintain moisture no matter what hairstyle I’m doing.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
I:
Don’t co-wash more than 2 times a week. When I didn’t know any better in the beginning of my natural hair journey watching a million videos I thought co-washing would help maintain healthy hair and it didn’t. It made my hair look dry and dull.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
I:
Instagram: ianthe_boddie or Facebook: ianthe’ boddie

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About Meosha

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

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LovingMe2
LovingMe2
6 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous hair & skin!!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  LovingMe2

WOW! Thank you so much! 🙂 Cheezing! lol!

nylse
6 years ago

your face looks so familiar to me I feel like I know you.
This is my favorite feature of BGLH, because it gives me confidence to try something new or encouragement that what I’m doing is working.

Love the hair.

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  nylse

Really! You may know me 🙂 I am TOTALLY flattered by your comment, GREATLY appriciated!!!

Taiwo
6 years ago

Such an inspiring interview, and a beautiful woman.
And I love your hair 🙂

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Taiwo

Overwhelmed with the love! THANK YOU so much!

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

My eyes lid up when I saw you. This was a calm and detail oriented interview.
You have very helpful tips to maintain hair. It’s real big in 2014.

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  youngin girl

REALLY 🙂 Blown away!! Thank You so much I wanted to provide as much detail as possible without going over board (I can give details for days, lol)just in case anyone wanted to try the products I use with the steps to achieve my fro

Monique
Monique
6 years ago

Love the shape of your hair. Do you cut it yourself??

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Monique

Hi there, Thank You! My hair grew out from a tapered cut and this is the shape it took on. I’ve tried to maintain this shape myself because I’m kind of funny about salons since I’ve had a few dreadful experiences but my cousin found this guy in our area that cuts natural hair dry in it’s curly state. If your in our area I can provide you with his contact info 🙂

Antrelise
6 years ago
Reply to  Ianthe'B

Hi!! I live in the same county as you. Can you please give the contact info on your hair guy. Thank you for the good info 🙂

LBell
LBell
6 years ago

Simple, effortless, and uncompromising…I couldn’t agree more. 🙂

I also appreciated your saying you don’t have any problem areas; I feel the same way about my different textures. I just adapt as needed and keep it moving. Great interview!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  LBell

Thank You so much hun!! 😉

JazzWife
6 years ago

Absolutely gorgeous hair. Beautiful woman. Your (marital) setback is nothing but a set-up for a comeback. Keep on keeping on! Blessings to you and your family.

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  JazzWife

AMEN!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH! GOD BLESS!!

Steve
6 years ago

Yes ppl that’s May baby she is so beautiful I love her words without end, but lol I do get mad when she is doing her hair because I of to wait so long when we are going out lol, but it pays off because I feel like the man beside her, she get so much attention because of her hair

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Steve

LOL!!! Thank you babe but you have to come on here and tell on me!, lol! Look here I take my time to look good for you! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox across the board!!!

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Lovely hair

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Jacky

THANK YOU HUN!

Lingua Nigra
6 years ago

I found my hair twin!! I never knew what people meant, but you are her!! I love that you don’t do much to your hair, I feel that’s what being natural is about, no fuss, carefree! Love the look girl! You look amazing! Congrats to your new lease on life!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Lingua Nigra

HEY TWIN!, LOL! I hear you! Less is more and to much fuss creates hair madness! THANK YOU SO MUCH and continue to keep it simple! 🙂

Antoinette Stewart
6 years ago

Who does your cuts?? Absolutely beautiful!!!!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago

HELLO! Thank you so much!! My hair actually grew out from a tapered cut that I’ve maintained since May 2012 (I big chop twice prior to may 2012 because I like the way my hair looked short) This year before my bday I plan on going to this guy in our area that my cousin found that cuts natural hair dry in it’s curly state and from the cut I’ve seen him do he’s the bomb! If your in our area I can get you the number if you’d like 🙂

gapch
gapch
6 years ago

Barbers in general tend to do better with hair cuts then beauticians. I would suggest that many naturalistas try out a master barber for that precision cut look.….

Antoinette Stewart
6 years ago

LOVELY HAIR!
YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago

WOW THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Sabrina Washington
Sabrina Washington
6 years ago

So proud of my gorgeous friend! I’m grateful to know you Ianthe’. Your beauty starts from the inside…and it pours out to the outside. You are beautiful!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago

GIRL WHY YOU ALWAYS MAKING ME CRY!, LOL!! MY LONG TIME FRIEND, MY SISTER, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE YOU!

Sassy24
Sassy24
6 years ago

Your are very pretty and love your hair

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Sassy24

Thank You Sweetie 🙂

DeeEvon
DeeEvon
6 years ago

Love it! I agree with a simple hair regimen. I only do twistouts. Love SMCE Smoothie. The Curl & Style Milk is also good. You have a new IG follower right here!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  DeeEvon

Your so sweet, THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

Rach
Rach
6 years ago

Love it love the hair and that puff even the bun and twist style. I hope she models shes gorgeous, lovely features!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Rach

WOW! THANK YOU! Model, no but I’d love to 🙂 The IG is really for fun and hairspiration. I don’t think my pics are much but I figure someone would see something they like to inspire them to do the same thing or something different 🙂

kris
6 years ago

We have the same last name. I Don’t usually see that too often. Where is your family from? Virgin islands?

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  kris

I say the same thing when I see someone with the same last name from the VI. Family from Nevis, St. Kitts & St. Croix. My fada side is the Heywood’s

Poshnera
Poshnera
6 years ago

You are gorgeous girl! I love love love the shape of your hair. I’m so glad I saw this post now I have a pic of how I want my hair shaped!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Poshnera

Get it girl!! THANK YOU!!!

Jaroslav
6 years ago
Reply to  Poshnera

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amma mama
6 years ago

She is pretty, so is her hair and skin.

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  amma mama

THANK YOU so much my dear 🙂

BeUtifully Human
BeUtifully Human
6 years ago

(raises hand) I am definitely a fan of your curls as well as the shape they take on! Lovely!

BeUtifully Human
BeUtifully Human
6 years ago

Is there a name to the type of cut?

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago

Hey there 🙂 I started out with a tapered cut that grew out into this shape that I’ve maintained. It really helps to start your BC off with a tapered cut to get through that awkward stage

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago

LOL!!!! LOVE THIS, LOL!! THANK YOU DOLL!!!!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago

LOL!!! LOVE THIS, LOL!! THANK YOU DOLL!!!

Disney
6 years ago

Thr’ees nothing like the relief of finding what you’re looking for.

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

OMG she is so beautiful. Her hair journey started a month after my journey. Gorgeous curls…beautiful skin and hair.

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

WOW! Thank You so much! 🙂

Camillia
Camillia
6 years ago

Those curls are everything!! Gorgeous!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Camillia

LOL! THANK YOU DOLL 🙂

Knotty Natural
6 years ago

Alright; that’s it!
This feature has cemented my decision to get a tapered cut! If that’s the shape it grows into as it grows out, I’m in! Beautiful!

Ianthe'B
Ianthe'B
6 years ago
Reply to  Knotty Natural

THANK YOU HUN! Trust me! A tapered cut is the best way to start off! Happy Growing!!

knotty Natural
6 years ago
Reply to  Ianthe'B

I’ve actually been completely natural for about 2 years now…hair is APL, but I’m looking for something different! I turn 30 this year so the plan is to cut and color!

Yoli
Yoli
6 years ago

Good to see some one from Broward County. Your hair is gorgeous. Beautiful style and cut. Love those curls.

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https://www.facebook.com/Neosoulsistahs3000
6 years ago

Love it!

ladyluo
ladyluo
6 years ago

One word — GORGEOUS!

Chocolatecurls
Chocolatecurls
6 years ago

Looking quite fabulous! Your curls are so vibrant! Take care 🙂

Karen
Karen
6 years ago

I’m over here having a heart attack over that short cut. It’s exactly what I want. The shape is perfect and I wish I could see the back. That little curl coming down the front is IT! Gosh man. A beautiful woman all over.

LaNeshe
6 years ago

GORGEOUS!

cristikalis
cristikalis
6 years ago

You are my hair twin (I found you, finally)!
My father’s side of the family is from St. Croix, as well!
How awesome is that? Love your hair!

Samantha
Samantha
6 years ago

Love your hair. June will be one year since my big chop. Transitioned for 6 months prior. Love being natural. I am also a fellow Crucian.……

wanda renee
wanda renee
6 years ago

beautiful

monique
monique
6 years ago

shout out to naturals living in broward!! ianthe you are beautiful and have definitely inspired me to rock the fro at work! empowerment is a wonderful thing

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