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Day // 4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Feb 11, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
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Hey Queens! My name is Day Steer and I’m originally from the island of Jamaica, but New York is where I currently call home.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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I am almost 4 years natural (March 27th is my curly-versary! Woot!). I decided to go natural because when I embarked on my relaxed hair journey, my new growth came in so nicely and I fell in love with it! I had little curls that I have never seen before. I was scared to cut all my relaxed hair though, so I continued to relax. But I was annoyed that my relaxed hair would get frizzy whenever I didn’t flat iron. Plus it frustrated me that 95% of the time the hair on my head was two different textures. I realized that going natural would solve these problems! So I decided to transition. I began following different natural ladies online and I was inspired to take on the boldness of natural hair.

How would you describe your texture?
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My texture is tightly curled. I have medium strands and medium thickness. It shrinks up rather quickly as long as there is a little moisture in the air. For hair typing purposes I would say I’m a 4b.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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My styling regimen always depends on the hair goals that I have at the time. During the summer I wore bantu knot outs and high puffs constantly because my goal was to have fun with my hair (not necessarily protecting my ends or retaining length). Whereas now, during the winter I want to regain some length that I cut last year, so I am always wearing protective styles such as buns, plaited styles, and attempting flat twists (semi-successfully) to protect my ends from every day wear and tear. I often wear my hair in stretched styles simply because it’s easier, and it allows me to do more with my hair. The only thing that I would say is always constant is that I moisturize everyday with water and Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, and I seal with jojoba oil in the summer and heavier oils in the winter.

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What does wash day look like for you?
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Oh lawd! I will try not to write a novella here. 🙂 For me, wash day is an all-day process, not because it’s difficult, because it only takes me about three hours to detangle shampoo and deep condition, but I always fall asleep or get sidetracked while I have the conditioner in. 🙂 I try to wash my hair every week, but most of the time it stretches out to every two weeks. I always pre-poo overnight with my oil mixture (jojoba, EVOO, sunflower, grapeseed and avocado oil). I warm up the oil and apply it to my scalp and hair. The next day the process begins as I section my hair and let the faucet wet my hair as I lightly detangle under the running water (in sections). I then shampoo each section separately with Elucence Moisture Benefits Shampoo (it’s sulfate free and so yummy!), mixed with a drop of jojoba oil (which just makes it even more moisturizing). Before I rinse the shampoo, I add a dab of Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner to the section of hair in order to prevent any stripping that may occur.

After I rinse the shampoo, I then co-wash with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, which helps to get rid of any extra tangles. It also helps to give my hair more pliability for twisting. Again, this is done in about 8 sections, going one section at a time. I then apply Aubrey Organics GPB or Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner (depending on if I need protein or moisture) to the sections as I define my curls and detangle any remaining tangles (there is always a tangle or two trying to get away). I then retwist. I apply a plastic cap or bag or two, then put on my heating cap. After a few hours I am ready to rinse. Section by section I untwist each section of hair and rinse with cold water to close my cuticles. I then re-twist under running water. I lastly t‑shirt dry and apply my oil to damp hair.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
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When I don’t have any time to style or I don’t feel like it, I wear a head wrap. It gives me instant dopeness in a matter of seconds. High puffs are another favorite of mine, and high buns. They require very little effort and the look is so beautiful to me.

How do you combat shrinkage?
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Oh, shrinkage. Simply twisting or braiding my hair is me combating shrinkage, because if I didn’t I would channel all sorts of Django :). But if I want to wear my hair in the most stretched style that’s possible without heat, I lightly mist my hair with water and apply a good amount of oil as I separate the curls. The oil helps to weigh it down and provides slip as I separate. I then do a low bun and tie it with a scarf. The next day I release the bun and my hair resembles a blow-out without the use of any heat.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
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I have to pay close attention to my ends in order to prevent splits. I installed Senegalese twists a couple years ago and it really did some damage to my ends. The cut I did in January of 2013 was as a result of that damage, but I think that I am fully recovered now. I just have to keep protecting these ends to ensure that.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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It’s vital to know the importance of moisturizing, and sealing that moisture with quality oil. My hair can get dry pretty quickly, that’s just how it is. So keeping its water content up is a must for me. Also, keeping my hair stretched in order to prevent tangles and knots is very important.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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Do not wash your whole head at once! That’s a big no-no. Unless you don’t mind spending six hours detangling your hair. Trust me, I have been there and it was not fun!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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I don’t have a blog, but if you like you can locate me on Instagram where I am always posting hair related material. My username is @regalday. Thanks so much for the feature and I hope this helped some of you ladies!

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

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A.J.
A.J.
6 years ago

You look amazing in the black dress!! Love it!

Coconut + Cream
6 years ago

Such gorgeous hair and striking facial features! And I love you name too
All round beautifulness xox

C+C

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

The hair is gorgeos and that body is hottttttt

Redseouls
Redseouls
6 years ago

You are such a lovely lady! Your hair look fierce too!

Lola
Lola
6 years ago

Oooo I love seeing gals with my hair type! Lovely hair and styles!

JanaeJanaeJanae
JanaeJanaeJanae
6 years ago

Lovely feature and beautiful hair. Let’s discuss that WORKOUT regimen though!! LOL.

Andie
Andie
6 years ago

Simply twisting or braiding my hair is me combating shrinkage, because if I didn’t I would channel all sorts of Django.” Same here, hilarious! I literally laughed out loud at my desk. Beautiful hair, beautiful girl–loved it!

Deb
Deb
6 years ago

beautiful lush hair and beautiful woman! .

Antoinette Stewart
6 years ago

BEAUTIFUL HAIR!!!!
BEAUTIFUL SMILE 🙂 That twisted bun updo is fab! Wish I could imitate it!

Stace
Stace
6 years ago

Love that acid wash outfit in your photos, and your reasons for going natural are exactly the same as mine…exactly! 3–4 weeks after a relaxer I’d be back to struggling with two textures, and the frizz thing with the relaxed hair…yes yes and yes.

Asana
6 years ago

WOW YOU are STUNNING! Your abs though! <3 Workout regimen?lol

Day
Day
6 years ago

Thanks ladies!!! Haha i wish i had a workout regimen but i am so lazy! I dont work out. I am naturally toned. I just maintain it by eating healthy. Thanks so much for the kind words????

Day
Day
6 years ago

I meant !!!!! Lol.

lv
lv
6 years ago

oooh that hair is fire!!! I need a few more deets tho. Do you use styling creams and or gels??

anastasia
anastasia
6 years ago

Quite lovely!.… Hair included=)

Hilary
Hilary
6 years ago

Can we also ask this gorgeous young woman about her health/work out regimen?! Beautiful hair aaand figure! #hashtagjealous

Hilary
Hilary
6 years ago
Reply to  Hilary

Ooooh shoot! Naturally tone gals #FTW yet again! Glad to hear you are a healthy eater though at least! I am always at a complete loss when black women/women in general reply with “I eat whatever I want”. They don’t mean to throw shade but it ALWAYS feels like straight up shade lol

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

Speechless and your hair rules.

momofIV
momofIV
6 years ago

You are a true, natural beauty. I LOVE your hair and you rock red lipstick.

best hair dryer
6 years ago

wow what a thick healthy looking hair. Excellent choice of picture

Kristel
6 years ago

Love your hair! It looks healthy and thick. 🙂
You are beautiful and i cant get enough of those gorgious lips of yours.

Day
Day
6 years ago

@Iv, no i dont use any styling creams or gels. Every style i do is done with water, trader joes condish and/or oils. I just never got into gels and creams.

@Hilary LOOOL. Too funny

Lily
Lily
6 years ago
Reply to  Day

I love your hair!
You should make a youtube 🙂

Brittany.L
6 years ago

Omg I love your hair & your style is cool. Also I need to get back into head wraps I use to do that a lot in the summer.

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antonia
6 years ago

her hair is pretty. but can we talk about her body?! i need to know the workout routine and eating habits! LOL

Shak
Shak
6 years ago
Reply to  antonia

I was thinking the same thing! Workout tips please! 🙂

BeUtifully Human
BeUtifully Human
6 years ago

Beautiful hair, beautiful face.… Bum ummm can we discuss her lips for a sec???? Sorry but I think I’m obsessed with them. Full and perfectly shaped. Hunny RubyWoo looks GREAT on you! You go girl! LOL!

mangomadness
mangomadness
6 years ago

You are such a gorgeous lady — lovely skin, hair, facial features and physique. *swoons*

cacey
cacey
6 years ago

wow, your lips are A‑mA-zING! Love your hair too! But i must have your lips, mwa ha ha!

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

OMG!!!I am in LOVE with her hair, so beautiful, shiny, lush and healthy looking. I love her style too. #inspired

Nkem
Nkem
6 years ago

YASSSSSSSSSS!!!! This is everything!! Her hair is fly, I found a hair twin. Style is tooooo dope. Imma need a BGLH Style feature next please. 🙂

kisha
kisha
6 years ago

you and your hair are too pretty!!! #wcw

ema
ema
6 years ago

her hair, her smile, her body just everything on her is beautiful 🙂

lauryn
lauryn
6 years ago

I know this is a hair website, but…. abs.

g
g
6 years ago

she is way too foxy! get it girl

LadyShawann
LadyShawann
6 years ago

Icon, yes. Please dish on where you got those cat eye frames, Fly. Thanks

Day
Day
6 years ago

Thanks Queens! You gals really know how to make a girl blush! ?? amazon! Go to amazon. For those who inquired, i just try to eat mostly fruits and veggies. I dont eat red meat and products with high fructose corn syrup. Or much processed foods period. Thats about it.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

Beautiful!! <3

Tyler
6 years ago

Loving that fro!
http://onelittleblackdress.com

Ify
Ify
6 years ago

LIPS :0

Darlyn
Darlyn
6 years ago

Beautiful, Day is like my hair twin, I have a combination of 4B & 4C hair. 🙂

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