I am absolutely in awe of this woman's hair and style! Check out Ashley's ClassyCurly profile.
Social Media Names: Topnotch
How long have you been natural?:
I'm mixed and I didn't know how to maintain or really care
for my hair . I had almost everything done to my hair (color, cut, pressed,
braids, sew-ins , glue-ins , tracks wigs etc.) to the point that I wanted to
start all over for the new year . I read this book "Curly Like Me "and
ever since then I was motivated. I bought several products, watched YouTube
videos and completely changed my hair . It's now healthy! And completely
natural the last time I pressed if was a year ago for my birthday. I have 18
inches now I use to have about 10.
A short regimen you can share:
Before every wash I give my hair a hot oil treatment (
almond oil , olive or jojoba oil ) after a hour I wash my hair with a
moisturizing shampoo . Then I deep condition for an hour, I rinse then I add in
my leave in conditioner . I allow that to air dry then I put in my product and a
light oil to hold in the curl.
What are some of your favorite products?:
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration conditioner and shampoo
Shea Butter Cantu ( leave in product )
And the best gel: Eco Styler Professional Olive Oil gel
What are some of your favorite styles?:
Other than my natural curl pattern I will normally do double
strand twists in my hair and add rods at the ends to form a more bouncier and
harder curl. Sometimes I’ll put two french braids in my hair. After rocking the
braids, I unbraid the hair and have a new curl texture.
What is your most favorite and least thing about being
My least favorite thing is during winter my hair takes a long
time to dry . I don’t like using a blow dryer for my curls due to frizz and
sometimes I often think about how it would look flat ironed.
The most favorite about being natural is that it's natural
beauty.God created me beautifully and I'm in love with the fact that I can
embrace it and doesn't cost any money . I'm grateful that I found out what to
do and how to do it before it was too late. I love trying new products, I love
watching my grow and giving others advice about being natural.
What is one piece of advice that all women should
have(pertaining to confidence)?:
I think they should know that god created us for a reason.
We are our own critic. If we don't have faith or love for ourselves no one else
will. It's a great feeling to have confidence and grow to realize you put
yourself there and that you are a strong women.
What natural hair bloggers/vloggers inspire you?:
My inspiration goes out to Glamtwins on
YouTube, Curlybeauties, Courtney with her new products "
manetabolism" and the women who wrote "Curly Like Me."
Do you have any advice on going natural?:
Yes,I need everyone to know that the results are worth it. Healthy
living is all you need to be happy . Some people might ask you why you’re doing
what you’re doing or might not agree but when they acknowledge the results they
will want to join!