Introducing Latoya and Lola (My Hair)

I’m the newest member of the BlackHairMedia.com team. I have been blogging for 3 years and I’m happy to make BHM my new online home.  When I’m not blogging, I work full-time in the field of higher education; I’m a busy wife and mom of two beautiful girls; and I dance and workout in my free time. Phew!  As you can imagine, I’m very busy.  As the natural hair writer, my goal is to make the natural hair journey less daunting. I plan on breaking down all the terminology and hair care nuances, and provide tips for naturals on the go.

I’m a firm believer that it is important that you know the the hair type of any hair blogger/vlogger, you follow.  Although there are certain aspects of natural hair care that are universal, it is important to keep in mind the differences and similarities you may have with someone. For example, I have low porosity hair so I have issues with products absorbing well into my strands. So some products that others love… I absolutely hate. With that said, let me introduce you to Lola.

 

Lola (my hair) is kinky, with loose, 3c (straw size) curls on the crown and tight, 4a (crochet needle size) coils on the sides and back of my head. My hair is densely packed –which means that I have a lot of hair strands — and can shrink 75% or more of its actual length.  My strands are medium to coarse (thick), with the thinner strands on the crown.   It also has low porosity, which means that it is difficult to get moisture in and out.  (If you don’t know this terminology, stay tuned for an explanation of the various aspects of hair typing in a future article.)

My last relaxer was a little over two years ago in April 2010.  On that day, I cut my armpit length hair into a Rihanna cut.  I had the intention of eventually growing it back natural.  But since I hated the maintenance of short, relaxed hair, I decided to go natural earlier than expected.  In October 2010, I grew tired of the two textures and cut off the remainder of my relaxed ends.  Over the past two years, I have learned a lot about my hair (and myself). So along with informative articles, I also plan on sharing the lessons I have learned on my natural hair journey.

Author: Latoya

Latoya is an academic advisor by day, natural hair enthusiast//writer by night, and wife and mom 24/7. Her last relaxer was in April 2010 and she big chopped in October 2010. Join her as she shares tips and techniques for your natural hair.

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5 Comments

  1. Hello Latoya,

    I’ve always wanted thick hair, I’m not too big on length so for me to have it shoulder length or even neck length would not matter. I just want the fullness. Back in the 11th grade my hair was thick and it was neck length. After the years I started to get sew-ins and quick weaves which really helped my hair grow. Now that I can’t get those as much as used to my hair is out and I’ve decided to go natural, haven’t had a relaxer since December 2011. My hair is easily damaged by chemicals and its sheds if its not concealed so I’ve decided to stick to blow outs every once in awhile. I really don’t have the money to continue to get blowouts done by beautician. So I’m searching all over the internet to find ways to get thicker hair, a decent length, and I was wondering if you could recommend some products that I could use until I get another sew-in or in the meantime of me not being at the beauty shop….

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  2. I have a similar hair texture that you described. I’m still transitioning, and haven’t done my final chop yet after I got my last relaxer in April 2011. I don’t pay much attention to the hair typing system, since 1) I usually manipulate my curls by stretching or straightening; and 2) my hair texture, density, and thickness is different depending on what part of my head you’re looking at lol. I’m mainly interested to hear about styling options and product reviews. Welcome!

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    • Hi Alihah! Even when you manipulating your hair texture, typing is helpful. For example, when straightening it is important to know how thick your hair strands. Finer hair strands are more susceptible to heat damage.

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  3. I’m so glad that you wrote this because this is how my hair is and and never could found the words to describe it. I’m looking forward to your other articles. I find you inspiring and make me want to continue on my hair journey.

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    • Hello Nikey! I’m so happy to hear that you found this helpful. Stay tuned for “What’s my hair type?” series. It will break down various aspects of hair typing.

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