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Lamiah // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Apr 13, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
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.

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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__.

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Dee
Dee
6 years ago

Pretty!

FunkSoulBrutha
FunkSoulBrutha
6 years ago

I actually look forward to wash day too! I find it kinda fun too hahaha

tanyfaye
tanyfaye
6 years ago
Reply to  FunkSoulBrutha

I don’t, not because of my hair but simply because getting water in my ear is a huge problem for me and if I wash my hair upside down my cuticles feel weird when I go on to do my hair. *sigh* I went from co washing twice a week to shampooing every 3–4 weeks and I’m still in my twa stage.

teetering
teetering
6 years ago
Reply to  tanyfaye

@tanyfaye Buy some ear covers they are like $3 on amazon

Antoinette Stewart
6 years ago

You are beautiful! Wash day is fun for me as well — but not for my roommates ha! I stay in that shower for hours! I love your little side nape hair, ha random sorry!

Elle
Elle
6 years ago

Refreshingly simple, positive and to the point. Love it girl! You’re absolutely beautiful (that figure, my gah!) and so is your hair. Best of luck on your upcoming projects!

geri
geri
6 years ago

your look is so versatile. haha. you’re gorgeous 🙂 love your hair

Brianna Love
Brianna Love
6 years ago

You are Flawless my dear! 🙂

cacey
cacey
6 years ago

gorgeous mane, and you look like a doll! i’m feelin you on the twistouts and wngs b/c that’s pretty much all i do at this point. it’s been working like a charm.

Tena
Tena
6 years ago

Lamiah guuuurl you are ADORABLE!!! I LOVE all of your pics! FIERCE… and you have lovely hair!!

Renee
Renee
6 years ago

Fierce and that purple lipstick! Who is it by?

Wazakauye
6 years ago

WOW! :O

kris
6 years ago

Cute! You could totally pass for curly nikki’s little sister or something.

KJJ
KJJ
6 years ago

Ummm, ok her lip color is everything in all these photos! I wish I could pull that off. LOVE!

Pseudonym
Pseudonym
6 years ago

Lipstick poppin’ in every photo! Love it!

Question: do you get your twists done at a salon in Chicago? If so, can you tell me where you go and who does it for you? Thanks!

norris
norris
6 years ago

Wow, you can rock any color of lipstick, girl! Love your hair too! 🙂

EmergeNew
EmergeNew
6 years ago

Lamiah, the pic with you standing in front of the shower curtain with your hair up in a bun looks like a work of art. It is such a beautiful pic. I don’t know if you ever considered getting it rendered as a painting or converted into a black and white pic, but it would look amazing on canvas…just a suggestion : )

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

I like two, nine and fourteen. Whoo your hair is the stuff.

Hansy
Hansy
6 years ago

Loving the different styles. Very inspiring.

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