My name is Hennalice Silva, and I’m Cape Verdean (West Africa) but I was born and raised in the Netherlands. I’m 27 years old and graduated with a Bachelor of Law.

How long have you been natural? How you was embraced your curls?
My hair has always been like this, but that does not mean that I haven’t ruined it by pressing and dying my hair a lot! I haven’t dyed my hair for 2.5 years now. I don’t press my hair unless it’s my birthday or a special occasion where I need to be 'classier' and not enter the room like a lion, lol

What motivated you to transition? Were you a transitioner or a Big Chopper & why?
Yes, I had to do the big chop! After I shaved one side of my head it grew back so healthy, I had to chop the other side. Since that day, I promised myself not to dye and press my hair anymore.

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How would you describe your hair?
My hair can be really frizzy! I don’t have thick hair but I have a lot of volume! When I wash my hair and put it in a braid, you would never know that my hair can get so big and frizzy!

What do you love most about your hair?
What I like most is that I can have it big and curly when I want, but I can also have it straight when I like to. Also, the volume! Because I don’t have a lot of hair but the volume makes it look that way.



What has been the most memorable part of your journey? Has it been easy or difficult or both?!
Both, I think! I use to dye my hair a lot and my hair had no curls because of the pressing, so I couldn’t let my hair down with all the ugly ends. It took me a year before I could let my hair down. But, I was determined to get my hair back so that made it easy not to press it again!



What have your experiences been as a ‘natural?’ Any memorable reactions from family or others?
Everybody is in shock! They forgot that my hair was like this! Otherwise they were like; "That’s the girl we remember!” … Everybody is pretty happy that I made this choice!

What is your hair regimen (including fav products)?
I wash my hair once a week (L’Oreal for curly hair). I wash my hair upside down because I have this feeling that it creates more volume (I don’t know if it’s true, lol). After I shampoo my hair two times, I condition (also L’Oreal) my hair and wash it out! After that I leave my hair in a towel for 15 minutes. This is because my hair doesn’t dry fast. After I remove the towel, I put in leave-in conditioner that I buy in a local store for 1 euro, very cheap… but I have never had a better product! Also I can use the leave in conditioner that L’Oreal has for curly hair. After this I just let it air dry. In a cold country such as the Netherlands, it’s best to let it dry in the house but when I’m in a warm country, I love to let it dry in the wind. When I go to sleep, I sleep with a high ponytail and in the morning I just untie my hair and run my fingers through it.. I don’t put anything in it until I wash my hair again; otherwise, my curls stay hard and it won’t bounce naturally anymore.


What are some of your favorite natural hair websites, YouTubers, or blogs?
I never knew there were so many blogs and websites about natural hair! But since I’ve gotten on a few, I have been watching some on Instagram and the internet. Let’s just say yours is my favorite! Hahaha

Anything you want the readers to know? Inspirational words?
Just be happy with what you look like. Some have straight hair, some curly, and others kinky. When I was a kid, people used to laugh at my frizzy/curly hair – now people love it! Don’t let people tell you what’s pretty and what’s not! Every hairstyle has its beauty!

Where can people find you for more information?
I don’t have a blog or a YouTube channel because I don’t have a lot to say about my hair but I do have Instagram: @h7_nnlc.


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My current situation? Frozen has pretty much been on heavy rotation and Boog is only answering to Queen Elsa.

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And ish got really real a minute ago when these disrespectful Springtime snow flurries started falling... her eyes got so big!  She looked down at her hands like #ThatsAllMe.  She's literally, right now, walking through the house proclaiming, 'I have ice powers and no one can stop me!'.  #CantTellHerNothin' #IDidntMuchCareForFrozen #TeamCROODSAllDayBaby #ShoutOutToMissAnne

(Please excuse the possessive “natural’s”, LOL!)

by Shelli of Hairscapades

Okay, so I may be (figuratively) hung, drawn, and quartered for this one. Alright … alright … I’m being dramatic. But … I’m about to suggest something that will probably go counter to a “natural hair” great commandment that most have probably read over and over again.

DETANGLE FROM TIPS TO ROOTS ROOTS TO TIPS.

See, what had happened was … I’ve been detangling from TIPS to ROOTS for forever. Aaaaaaand, it has served me well for the most part. But, the last few wash days, I started breaking this rule. Let me premise this by saying that I primarily use my fingers and only pull out the Ouidad Double Detangler once my hair is pretty thoroughly detangled. However, my detangling sessions were becoming more tedious and lengthy due to the length of my hair. I would slather on tons of conditioner, but starting from the tips resulted in me having to work the shed strands in each section down the length of my hair over and over … AND OVER again.

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I began to realize that the worst matting was occurring at the roots of my hair and that if I loosened the tangles and shed hair there first, it was taking me less time to detangle, and less time = less manipulation. The trick of it is that I don’t finger detangle DOWN the length of my hair first. I detangle by pulling the strands APART. I’ve seen this referred to as “wish-boning” since you are pulling the strands apart like you would a wishbone (but more gently, of course). This provides space in the hair to allow shed/broken strands to glide out and it also helps loosens knots rather than tightening them. So, I work the strands apart at the roots, THEN I pull loose hair out of and/or down my hair.


Now, I definitely wouldn’t suggest trying the roots to tips approach with a comb as you may end up with more hair in it than on your head. But, if you finger detangle exclusively or prior to using a tool, than you may find that the roots to tip approach hastens the end of your detangling sessions. And, if you so desire, you can use a comb or brush from tips to roots to polish off the job.

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Do you detangle from tips to roots or roots to tips? What techniques have eased your detangling sessions?

Evelyn Mayers, Grandmother

"Let me tell you something—my father was blond and he had a brother and a sister who were almost albino. Very light blond hair, everything blond. So, my brother and I were born blondies. Not like our dad, but I always felt maybe that’s why I have absolutely no natural color in my face. I remember before I really knew about makeup, one summer I met up with a friend and she said to me, ‘You have no eyebrows!’ I can’t remember exactly the age when I started wearing makeup, but I do remember a problem with these blond eyebrows.

Without makeup, there’s no expression. So I put a little brown eye shadow on my brows. Maybelline came out with a brown shadow with a little brush, but it’s for your eyebrows. It was so easy for me to put on. I don’t want it to look like a line; I want it to look natural. I don’t let anyone tweeze my eyebrows or let my hairdresser dye them—she’s offered. But then it looks too artificial. I prefer a natural look.

If I’m not going anywhere, I don’t bother with makeup. But when I go out to the movies or something, I wear brow shadow, mascara, a little blue eye shadow, and the blusher. After I had cataract surgery, and I didn’t wear mascara right away, I figured I must have looked half dead! I use Maybelline Great Lash on just the top lashes, only because it’s easier to clean off at night. Once or twice I’ve tried different mascaras, but I was never happy with them. I first saw blue eyeshadow on an actress in a movie ages ago. I thought she looked beautiful. Who knows what movie it was—this goes way back. I don’t even know if I had children at the time. The only time blue eye shadow doesn’t work is if you’re wearing green. The other trick I learned was from your mother's childhood friend Lesley [Ann Warren]. After she became an actress, she started putting brown shadow over her blue eye shadow, just in the crease, to make it deep and add dimension. That’s why I use it, but I don’t know if it still works now. [Laughs] That’s why actresses have eye surgery—when you get older, the lids droop.

For blusher, I use Elizabeth Arden or Lancôme. Everything else I get at CVS. I stopped wearing foundation when I was 40 or 50 because it makes the wrinkles more prominent. I like to use a light powder base by Maybelline instead, every once in a while, when I go out. But where do I go? On a Saturday, maybe I’ll go to the movies.

I wear lipstick, too. I used to wear a dark Revlon color, Bronze Lamé, but it looks funny on me now. But maybe the style is light lipstick now anyway. Generally, I do a beige-y pink. But today I have orange on to match my scarf. I do match my makeup to my outfit—if I wear pink, I put on pink lipstick. When I wear orange, I put on orange lipstick.

At night, I take my makeup off with cold cream. I use a liquid by Neutrogena that takes off everything, better than Pond's. And then before I go to bed, I put on moisturizer—Neutrogena Light Night Cream. I started doing that when I turned 50. On my birthday, I said, ‘I think it’s time to use moisturizer at night.’ I was getting older, so I figured I’d better do something. But I don't wear anything during the day and I don’t wear eye cream—what does eye cream do? Nothing.

I still dye my hair ash blond, and I have it touched up once a month. But I get my hair washed and blow dried once a week. I’ve been going every week for thirty-five years. My hair is like Brillo, and I can’t handle it. I go to the beauty parlor, because my hair has to be tamed. I used to sit with rollers under a hairdryer for forty-five minutes every week, but now they use a blow-drier and then iron it. When she’s finished, it feels so soft. This is not how it looks naturally—it’s very kinky and wavy.

I do my nails myself. First, I have a colorless base, and then I put on polish. Right now I’m wearing Brilliant Blush by Sally Hansen. When I lived in New York City, I wore red nail polish and I had long nails. Here [in Brookline, Massachusetts], I don’t like it anymore. Nobody wears it. It’s very different. All of the men dress down here; nobody gets dressed up. When I lived in New York, it was more formal. When I went to the beauty parlor or made a dinner reservation, everyone always called me 'Mrs. Mayers.' Now, here, everything is my first name. I’m Evelyn everywhere.

You see, when I see the sun in the morning, I make a point of going out. I have to push myself, you know what I mean? Take a bath, get dressed, and push. Otherwise you wind up sitting in a chair. At my age [94], you have to push."

—as told to her grandson, Nick Axelrod



Does your lifestyle leave you too exhausted to styling your coils everyday? Have you made multiple attempts to achieve second day hair with a pineapple and a spritz of water? Length is one of the factors in finding low maintenance hair styles that last anywhere from three days to a week.

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Start With a Defined Style
The key to maintaining set styles for multiple days is starting with a defined style, preferably something that is styled while the hair is wet or damp. Whether it’s wet set or a dry flat-twist out, you’ll lose more definition over time, so the more defined the hair is to start with, the longer it will last.

Learning how to achieve your desired style comes with trial and error, but staple elements in maintaining the health of your hair shouldn’t change. Don’t compromise the health of your hair for aesthetics. Your hair will also be easier when you treat it with proper care.

Apply Products Correctly
Product application plays a major role in getting a lasting style. Shingling products along the length of your strands allows the hair to better retain moisture. It also holds the style for a longer period of time because the products are evenly distributed.

For those living in a humid climates with high dew points, assure that the moisture reinforcements in your regimen contain fewer levels of humectants. Hair frizzes due to swelling of the hair shaft. Dry hair expands in order to grasp moisture in the air. If your hair contains high levels of humectants, then it will swell when pulling moisture from the air. Balance is key.

Remember that water is the only source of moisture, so when setting your hair, it’s important to at least spritz your tresses before sealing with an oil or butter mixture.

Here are some coily hair styles that require very little maintenance and can last up to a week.
    • Finger coils (TWA or short): Finger coils can last anywhere from four days to an entire week. The only maintenance that is needed is a satin bonnet before bed and a spritz of water before starting your day. The smaller they are, the longer they last.
    • Small flat-twist outs (Medium length): Not only does styling flat-twist outs in small sections allow the coils to stretch more but it also does not require re-twisting at night. After moisturizing your hair before bed, all you need is a satin scarf to wrap around your hair and a satin bonnet to prevent the scarf from falling off.
    • Updos (Medium or Long): Don’t want to rock cornrows? You don’t have to. Bobby pins are your best friend. By taking an old (or new) flat-twist out or twist left in tact, you can just grab and pin your hair into the style you desire. This method will also add texture to your styles.
    • Wash ‘n’ goes  (Medium or Long): Using the pineapple method at the crown, sides, or nape of the neck allows you to maintain definition of your curls original pattern. Spritzing with water in the morning will allow your curls to spring back into place after being flattened during sleep.
    • Braid outs (Medium or Long)Braid outs are a great way to combat shrinkage and single strand knots. Whether you braid in big or small sections, you only need to put your hair in chunky twists before bedtime to keep the set in tact for the next day.
How do you achieve lasting hairstyles?