L: My name is Lamiah Bekele and I am from Chicago, IL.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
L: I’ve been natural all my life, but there was a period of years where I always had my hair straightened/pressed.
How would you describe your texture?
L: Describing my hair type is pretty difficult. I’ve never pinpointed exactly which one it is. The majority of my hair is probably 4A and the front I would describe as being 3C. My hair is extremely coily. In some areas the strands are fine, others are very coarse.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
L: I don’t have a set monthly regimen. I kind of just go with the flow. I do whatever I feel is right for my hair at the time. But, recently I’ve been doing a lot of twist outs. They are quick, cute, and convenient. In the summer I LOVE wash and go’s. Although it’s a wash and go I still moisturize and finger comb my hair. I also do a lot of protective styles like braids and twists. The main products I use are Cantu Shea Butter Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream, shea butter, and coconut oil.
What does wash day look like for you?
L: Wash days are so much fun to me! I love pampering my mane. On a typical wash day I pre-poo with coconut oil by applying it and letting it sit for a few hours. I shampoo with Shea Moisture African Black Soap Deep Cleansing Shampoo and I deep condition with the African Black Soap Balancing Conditioner. I add shea butter or coconut oil after I wash, making sure to moisturize my scalp.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
L: My favorite “I don’t have a lot of time” style would definitely have to be chunky two strand twists that I pull up into a little bun, or a quick topknot bun with a headwrap.
How do you combat shrinkage?
L: I honestly don’t mind my shrinkage, but on days when I want my fro to be bigger I do twistouts or braidouts.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
L: The only problem area I think I have is the middle/back of my hair. It gets super tangley and dry, and it’s hard to know what it looks like because I don’t often see that portion of my hair. I try to make sure to show that area extra TLC!
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
L: Two do’s for my hair texture are definitely keeping it moisturized and detangled. My hair texture can get extremely tangled and knotty, so I make sure to detangle it well.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
L: Two don’ts for my texture are too much manipulation and back to back wash and go’s.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
L: I’m an artist so I’m currently working on a website to display my work and adventures/projects I have coming in the future. For now you can check me out via my Tumblr: lamiahslife.tumblr.com and on Instagram @lamiah__.