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Bianca’s Natural Hair: Hairistocracy

We’re guilty of sticking with the same hair cut for years—if it’s not broke, why fix it?—but that can be a little boring. But not everyone has our issue. Paulina, one of our amazing operations associates, is always eyeing new cuts and styles. She’ll be sharing her tress inspiration and tips every other week here via her Hairistocracy column.

Over the past couple weeks, we’ve all had our eyes on Bianca’s new look. I finally sat her down this week to find out what “going natural” is really all about. Read on to get the details on our beautiful girl’s transition!

How long had you been relaxing your hair?
My first relaxer was at age 18—I’ve gotten them on and off since then.

When did you stop relaxing your hair and start going natural?
I really kicked off this transition 14 months ago when I made the decision to stop using a relaxer. Since then, I flat ironed my hair weekly, but even cut this out two months ago when I realized my natural curl was being jeopardized by the heat.

What do you look for in products nowadays?
You definitely want to make sure the products you use are all natural—like special shampoo without sulfates. I use Alba’s Natural Hawaiian Shampoo!

How do you cater to your different hair textures as you style daily?
My secret is leave-in conditioner, hair oil, and curl cream (I love Amika’s Curl Defining Cream). Distribute the product in wet hair and then add a couple pumps of Shu Uemura’s Protective Oil. The key is to keep your hair moist and prevent breakage, while supporting the growth of your natural curl. This will ensure that both textures remained nourished.

For the past couple weeks your hair has had this gorgeous updo goddess theme going on! What’s the juice? 
I’m loving making loose Bantu Knots and securing my hair with an accessory. It’s an easy way to steer clear of the flat iron as my natural textured hair continues to grow. My accessory of choice? Bright colored and patterned head scarves!

Here’s how it’s done:
After somewhat drying your hair with a flat brush and a dryer on medium heat, part your hair into sections. Anywhere from 9-11 sections depending on how tight or loose you want the curl. Next, twist the sections into little buns and secure them with bobby pins. Cover your hair at night with a silk scarf and take out the knots when you wake up the next morning. Nourish your hair with hair oil of your choice and then shape the sections back into loose knots and twists—giving into the natural wave that shaped over-night. Bobby pin, and find a way to incorporate an accessory of your choice.

What’s your best advice for accommodating healthy growth thus far?
Micro-trimming! This will keep your hair alive and healthy, also preventing breakage as it grows out.

Finally, tell us the most exciting thing about this big change!
I’m really enjoying a different look. I’ve been making little changes to embrace a more natural lifestyle all around—going natural with my hair has given me a spring in my step unlike any other!

—Paulina and Bianca :)

Halle Berry recently embraced a more natural look, too. Take a peek at it here.

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