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Tell us your name and where you are from
My name is Samantha Pollack. I was born in Suriname, Paramaribo. At age of 12, I moved to the Netherlands. I grew up in Suriname with the idea that the Netherlands was a paradise and perfect. After the extent that I grew up, I found more of my own to love. No doubt possible that my development here was by leaps and bounds, but Suriname will always stay home.
How long have you been natural?
I am natural since 2007. At age 14, I had my hair relaxed for the first time. The reason was because I thought it was prettier and it was straight for a long time. I relaxed my hair for 2 years until I met a great friend named ‘flat iron’. I never had a problem with relaxer in my hair. My hair was healthy and my mother knew how to handle it (natural or straight). After I became familiar with the flat iron, I thought: why should I relax my hair if I can get it straight with the flat iron? My first big chop was at the age of 16. It turned out that I flat ironed my hair in a totally non healthy way. Since then I have not ever relaxed my hair again. In 2007 I was completely natural. For 3 years I have took care of my hair in a healthy way, until in 2010 I bought a new flat iron. I straightened my hair with too much heat so I got heat damage. Having a big chop for the second time wasn’t on my list, so I have cut my hair time after time. Now my hair is healthy and I take care of it at the right way.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
In 2007 I started a fashion course. I found out that this wasn’t something I would do my entire life. I saw this as a hobby instead of my future work. Knowing this, I still have to finish my course. I’m not a quitter. Now I’m following a course to become a social worker, a whole different work field. I think this is something I really want to do. I always wanted to be different than others, also in my style of clothes/hair. I went from brown to blonde to red and now I’m back at brown. I had it all! Now I try to let my hair rest.
Describe your hair.
My hair type is between 3c/4a. It is kinky/tightly curled. You could compare my hair with the hair of Tanika Ray and Kelis (before she had short straightened hair). My hair is heavy elastic and is easy to blow dry when it is wet.
What is your hair regimen?
Day to day regimen: I start by rinsing my hair. Then I comb it out gently from the end to the roots. Sometimes I co-wash it, only when I feel like it haha. When it is still wet, I part the hair in half and use the Mixed Chicks Leave-in Conditioner. After this I immediately bend forward and blow dry the hair (I never use a diffuser, it doesn’t work for me). When the hair is almost dry (90%) I stand up, still blow drying & stretching the hair for length. At night I really do nothing. I use the pineapple method, go to sleep, wake up, blow dry the hair (on dry hair) and go to school.
Monthly regimen: every 2 or 3 times a month I do a big wash day. In the shower I start by soaking the hair with water about 4 minutes. Then I detangle my hair gently & smooth with a big tooth comb from the ends, working my way up slowly to the roots. This is not hard if you do the day to day regimen. If you’re not, I recommend to put a conditioner in and then comb the hair. After the detangling I shampoo the hair using Organic Olive Oil Aloe Shampoo and wash it out. I do this at least 3 times. After this I deep conditioner my hair using the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise or Organics Olive Oil Deep Conditioner. I cover the hair with a plastic cap for 15-20 minutes and continue with my shower. After 15-20 minutes I rinse the hair and comb it. Then after the shower I do my day to day regimen.
What are the three biggest factors you attribute to your length?
Healthy hair, good products and being patient.
What is your usual go to style?
I’m quite vain. If my hair or clothing isn’t right, I do not leave my house, haha. Of course sometimes I wear jogging pants when I leave my house, but my hair is fine. One of those two should be fabulous, haha. If I really do not feel like doing my hair, I put it in a bun or a side mohawk. I think every woman must have a long coat in her wardrobe. This comes in handy when you’re lazy and you need to do something quick outside.
What is your nighttime routine?
At night I really do nothing. I use the pineapple method, go to sleep, wake up, blow dry the hair (on dry hair) and go to school.
Your top three favorite products and why?
- The Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise. This makes my hair butter soft and it works perfectly.
- IC Hair Polisher. I use this for straighten my hair (I always use oil). It makes my hair shiny and it smells good. Very often I also use it before I blow dry my hair for my scalp.
- Dark & Lovely hair color, because I dye my hair very often and Dark & Lovely always worked for me.
Your best hair advice?
Ultimate hair crush
My ultimate hair crush is Sophina Brown…I LOVE her hair!! I want her hair only bigger…haha
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
When I had red hair I often got the question if I had a wig on. In the beginning I thought it was a stupid question, but now I can understand why certain people asked me that.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
I have different styles. It differs from heels, Timberlands, jeans and leggings. I always try to be unique. I wear something from H&M, I try to give my own twist by using different accessories. Occasionally I make my own clothes.
What advice would you give to people who might be afraid to show their true fashion sense or natural hair for fear of being judged by others?
I would say do not be afraid. Show who you really are. You cannot live your life by what others may think of you.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
I love this quote by Wayne Dyer: “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” I would tell people that. I think this quote says enough.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
Everywhere and by everyone. Magazines, TV, internet, artists. Often I also get my inspiration from shows like Basketball Wives & Love & Hip Hop. I do like what some ladies have on in these shows. The people on streets I see as a big inspiration to.
If you could name one person from the past whose closet you would love to raid, who would it be?
I think Channel. I’m so curious what she had in her closet, if she also had normal clothes hanging in her closet.
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift
Honestly, I have no favorite vintage or thrift store, I’m not a big vintage or thrift lover. I buy what I like and if it’s in a vintage store or Zara, I really don’t mind.
Most embarrassing moment
This was in Suriname. I was 8 years old and I had to buy sugar for my grandmother. On the corner of our house there was a small supermarket. I went to the supermarket on the bike and asked the owner of this store for a kg of sugar. Before I left home I felt that I needed to pee, but I didn’t go. So there in the store I couldn’t hold it anymore and I peed in my skirt. I had a satin skirt on and it got sticky. The owner looked at me weird and gave me the kg of sugar. I paid and walked back to my bike and biked away. I will never forget this moment.
What is your favorite life lesson?
I don’t think this is my favorite life lesson, but it’s useful: listen to your mother. There will always be something wrong, when I don’t use the advice of my mother. Then I also get to hear the famous words “you should have listened to me.”
Current music playlist and favorite book
I love Miguel’s album: Kaleidoscope Dream, album from The weekend: House Of Balloons and of course album from Frank Ocean: Channel ORANGE. These are the albums I listen the most now a days.
My Favorite book is from a Surinamese writer named Clark Accord. The book name is: Queen of Paramaribo, about a famous Surinamese prostitute.
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without
I could not live without the Surinamese kitchen. I grew up with this kitchen and I will also teach my children. This is my favorite kitchen. Besides the Surinamese Kitchen, I would not be able to live without McDonalds. McDonalds will never let me down. No matter where I’m going, the food remains the same hahaha.
Do you have a blog/website?
No, not anymore. I only have Instagram: Samantha Pollack
I love drawing and I once wrote a poem about female circumcision named…
What a wonderful day
The birds are whispering
The sun is shining
The sky is great blue
What an exciting day
Am I nervous? I think I am!
I don’t know what to expect
It’s a surprise
The time doesn’t stop
Hours goes by
Minutes goes by
Seconds goes by
Soon I will become the woman I was told
This is the right time
It’s going to happen now
I take my clothes off
I begin with my shirt
My pants is second and at last my panties
On the hard floor I lay
I can feel the sand, the rocks and even some grass
Is this what they call excited?
Is this what they call nervous?
Is this what they call afraid?
While laying down on my back my auntie sit behinds me
Grabs my hands
Spreads my legs open and holds it open with her own legs
My grandmother comes now with a razor in her hand
God how can my own family do this to me?
God wh… and I feel the first cut
I feel the second cut
The third cut is even deeper and more painful than the first two
When is this going to end?
Screaming for help
Nobody hears me
I scream even harder
Nobody is coming
Dying inside and out
It’s not over yet
The pain is intense and heavier
I feel the shivers over my body
My heart is broken
My body is broken
Do not forget I’m only seven years old
A young girl once so pure, so unready for the world now has to
face the world like this (DEFORMED)
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I want to be an example for others. Especially for women who have natural hair and women who want to go natural. I’m not afraid to be myself, therefore I would always be myself.