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Amma // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Feb 6, 2014

Bantu Knots 2013

Introduce yourself!
A:
My name is Amma and I am from Ghana. I reside in Maryland.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
A:
I have been natural for four years. I did the big chop on October 11, 2009. I remember it like it was yesterday. I went natural because I missed my thick hair. I also missed my edges. Relaxers over time caused thinning in both areas.

How would you describe your texture?
A:
I would describe my texture as 4c. My strands are thick, coarse and tightly coiled, however my kinks and coils are a tad bit looser in the front. The front of my hair is easier to comb than the rest of my hair.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
A:
Over the course of the month, my hair is in Celie Twists (two big flat twists around my head, similar to Milkmaid Braids). That’s the only style I can do. It’s quick, easy and convenient. It also keeps my hair somewhat stretched while I work out at the gym. I can sleep with the twists too, minus the bobby pins in the back. While my hair is in Celie Twists, I use Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine to refresh my hair and add moisture. I use Hicks Edges to smooth down my edges.

Blow Out 2013

What does wash day look like for you?
A:
I wash my hair with Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo and I condition with the Deep Treatment Hair Masque for about 30 minutes to 1 hour with a conditioner cap while underneath my hooded hair dryer. I rinse the hair masque out and use a wide tooth comb to detangle my hair using the Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Extra-Moisture Detangler. I then twist my hair into big individual twists and let it air dry in the twists for a little bit. I then unravel the twists (individually) and apply grapeseed oil (as a heat protectant) on each section of hair from root to tip. Then I blow-dry my hair. Once my hair is dry I apply some Trader Joe’s Coconut Oil or Jane Carter Solution Nourish & Shine to my hair for moisture. I then twist my hair into Celie Twists.

How do you combat shrinkage?
A:
I combat shrinkage by blow-drying my hair. If I don’t want to use heat, I stretch my hair out with the Celie Twists after it has air-dried.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
A:
My problem areas would be my edges. I used to have thick and juicy edges. However, years of relaxers and a terribly tight weave in 2009 left them thin. They’re not as strong or as full as they used to be. I try not to do styles that put a lot of pressure on them or pull on them. When I get styles that do such, I always end up with bald spots because that area is so sensitive.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
A:
Do wear protective styles. My hair has always liked protective styles, even in my relaxed days. It flourishes while in them. Do sleep with a satin cap or satin scarf.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
A:
Don’t do an at home dye job. I had one done in 2011 and my hair was a dry and over processed mess. It felt like hay! Don’t comb my hair too much when it is dry because that equals breakage for me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
A:
Allthingsammamama.com or http://ammamama.tumblr.com/
Instagram: allthingsammamama

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

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HortonHearsA...
HortonHearsA...
6 years ago

I have the same hair, great pics!

Isn’t she a commenter here? I see commenters are hiding their wonderful hair, we need to see it!

The Mane Captain
6 years ago

lol! she’s a regular commenter!
Love your celie twists and the kid pic. so beautiful!
themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Thanks Adeola!! 🙂

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Thanks hair twin 🙂
Lol yea I am. I love BGLH!

Andie
Andie
6 years ago

Love those Celie Twists on her, toooooo cute. Ghana gals, represent!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Andie

Thanks Andie 🙂

jojosatoes
jojosatoes
6 years ago

Yes! Amma seems to be one of the sweetest ladies on here. Due to her upbeat comments, I now frequent her blog and love her style, hair and personality! Kudos to you Amma!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  jojosatoes

Awww thank you and thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

Coconut + Cream
6 years ago

YES Amma, Me Do Fo Pa!
Looove this. On another note, I wish my hair was strong enough to withstand heat sometimes — Your hair is so luscious and thick and long!

*Ghanaian accent* Eh hehhh — So you ‘ave been here on Black Gehl Long Hair, commenting on errybody hair, but you sef, look at dis booryfurl hair you are hidin’ LOL

xox

Amma Mama
6 years ago

LOL I am cracking up reading this “booryfurl”!!
Medase pa Sherida! 🙂

willo
willo
6 years ago

yesss celie twists! my go to protective style also. hers look so full and pretty!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  willo

Thank you 🙂

Iva
Iva
6 years ago

Oh my lord, that third pic is full of preciousness!

And those Milkmaid Braids are GORGEOUS. I must try that.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Iva

Thanks Iva and yes you should 🙂

mangomadness
mangomadness
6 years ago

Lovely! I’m currently rocking some Celie twists thanks to Amma. I follow her blog as well.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  mangomadness

Aww thanks for following my blog 🙂

Klassykinks
6 years ago

Yass honey!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Klassykinks

Thanks Ijeoma! 🙂

luvnM3naptually
luvnM3naptually
6 years ago

Loving your ‘Celie twists’, didn’t know they were called that, & your blow out! Beautiful smile.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Lol I just made that up. They’re also called “Halo Twists” or “Milkmaid braids”. I was pleasantly surprised to see that African Export also calls them “Celie Twists”. Great minds think alike..lol
Thanks for the compliments 🙂

Sheila
6 years ago

Amma congratulations on your feature…I love it!!! Your hair looks great:-)

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Sheila

Thank you Sheila!!! 🙂

Chandra
Chandra
6 years ago

Beautiful hair and love that gap! I had one that I had closed by braces as a teen and regret it now in my adult life.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Chandra

Thanks Chandra! 🙂

Brittany. L
6 years ago

I love your style Alma it’s so dope you should check out some fashion stuff at

http://www.curlskinksfashion.com

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Brittany. L

Thanks Brittany! I’ll be sure to check it out 🙂

Love JAH
Love JAH
6 years ago

Very cute! She sooooo resembles Alicia James, with the cute little gap!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Love JAH

Aww thanks! Alicia James is lovely and gaps rock..lol

Kesi
Kesi
6 years ago

Your hairstyles are so pretty and your skin is flawless!!! I love your baby picture.… and I am here cracking up trying to read like coconut+cream with an accent… you’re beautiful

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Kesi

I was cracking up reading it with an accent too..lolol
Thanks Kesi! 🙂

Dananana
Dananana
6 years ago

Such pretty hair and cute styles! In love with your puffs, and that jean jacket/graphic tee/striped skirt combo is awesome 🙂

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Dananana

Thanks Dananana! 🙂

Kenya L.
Kenya L.
6 years ago

I had Marley twists once and really liked them, however, they were burned on the ends and did not last as long because of the snagging on other braids. What did you have done to the ends of your twists?

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Kenya L.

Hey Kenya! My sister dipped my ends in hot water and they don’t snag on the other braids.

Adia Sinead
6 years ago

I love your hair in that fro! So cute. And your smile is beautiful.

-Adia Sinead
adiasinead.blogspot.com

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Adia Sinead

Thanks Adia! 🙂

Pat
Pat
6 years ago

Good job! I’d say your hair is back to your original thickness.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Pat

Thanks Pat! 🙂

Joy
Joy
6 years ago

Such a beautiful smile — and hair! It’s funny how I immediately knew what you were talking about when you said “Celie twists.”

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Joy

Thanks Joy! 🙂
Lol yep those twists always remind me of The Color Purple!

Ama Kyei
Ama Kyei
6 years ago

Yay! Ama! You’ve made it to BGLH:) I’m always admiring your hair and your love for natural hair! Keep it up, we need more Ghana girls to represent!
xoxoxo

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Ama Kyei

Thanks Mabel boo :-)!!

myblackfriendsays
6 years ago

Beautiful! So many great hairstyles on you, I can’t pick a favorite.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Aww thanks! 🙂

g
g
6 years ago

she’s lovely! and has great style too

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  g

Thanks g! 🙂

strawberry blonde hair

nice hairstyle realy yu have a beautiful hairstyle

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Thank you 🙂

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[…] and all the beautiful naturalistas truly inspire me  If you like, you can check out the feature here. My post about Celie Twists here was also featured on the site back in November. Thanks to everyone […]

AkushikaGoneNatural
6 years ago

LOVE the hair dear.….looks full, thick n healthy.…Natural Girls Rock

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Thanks Jen boo <3

LaNeshe
6 years ago

Lovely!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  LaNeshe

Thank you LaNeshe 🙂

Elodie
Elodie
6 years ago

Amazing hair! I big chopped one month ago and it is always refreshing to see 4C women with long and healthy hair because no matter what people say the 4C hair take more patience than other types to grow…

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Elodie

Thanks Elodie and congrats on your BC 🙂

Cre8ive
6 years ago

Maryland in the house! Awesome hair lady 😉

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Cre8ive

Whoop Whoop!..lol
Thank you 🙂

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Gorgeous!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Jacky

Thanks Jacky 🙂

Ashley
Ashley
6 years ago

OMG. Hair twin! I love her hair!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Ashley

Thanks twin!! 🙂

lauryn
lauryn
6 years ago

(1) I love your hair!
(2) Thank you for captioning your pics! I wish more of the featured naturals would do that!!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  lauryn

1) Thank you!!
2) My pleasure!! 🙂

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

Love it!

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Thank you 🙂

Brianna Love
Brianna Love
6 years ago

You look BEAUTIFUL girl!!!!!! 🙂

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Brianna Love

Aww thank you 🙂

Lovey
Lovey
6 years ago

Gorgeous hair and gorgeous woman. You are truly a natural beauty.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Lovey

Why thank you ! 🙂

misslolu
6 years ago

Repping for the west Africans woop woop! (Nigerian here ;)) Your hair is so awesome, I love it!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  misslolu

Naija in the house! Thank you!!

Valerie Price
6 years ago

Awesome acknowledgement from Empress’s to Empress’s, im so proud of y’all . Upliifting each other. As we all should do . Black Melanin. Black Power.
Peace love health high frequencing thoughts wealth unity black power.

Valerie Price
Valerie Signature Salon
The Salon For Natural Hair

AGrlCanMAC
6 years ago

So excited to see you featured! Great hair and attitude. 😀

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  AGrlCanMAC

Thanks Milan !!!:-)

Happy2cya
Happy2cya
6 years ago

Love your hair!

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Happy2cya

Thank you!! 🙂

Patricia Kayden
Patricia Kayden
6 years ago

I went natural in October 2009 also, but my hair is nowhere as gorgeous as yours. Love your styles.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

I’m sure it’s just as lovely ! Thank you Patricia 🙂

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

A jaw dropper! I can’t resist! Ghanaians man.

CoilyByNature
6 years ago

Girl your hair is absolutely uhmaaawzing! Your hair is thick like mine. Have you tried any ayurveda products to see how they may help your hair to have less shrinkage? A good option for me was Ayurveda powders or Herbal Ayurveda Oils. Try AfroVeda.com or http://www.KeraVada.com I use them both for my 4c hair.

Yes im Kinky
CoilyByNature.com

Joanna Paterson
6 years ago

Journey to Natural, Courtney is Naturally Glam!
Read more at http://beauttyhair.blogspot.com/2013/11/courtney-is-naturally-glam.html#6ak5To2iXWTfiwe5.99

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