Tell us your name and where you are from?
I’m Samio and I’m from England.
How long have you been natural?
I’ve been natural all my life.
What do you do? Is there a resistance or compatibility with your hair in your field of work?
I model and I find my hair is an asset for what I do. I can have my hair natural or it can be straightened and easily styled which makes me versatile. My hair usually helps me when getting booked for work. I also make bags but obviously there’s no hair issue there, as it involves working from home.
Describe your hair.
My hair is a type is 3c I think. My curls naturally fall into tight coils and it’s naturally dry so it loves moisture and oil rich products.
What is your hair regimen?
I’ll wash my hair a few times a week. When I do I usually use coconut shampoo and then I always condition with Aussie Miracle moist conditioner. I also leave some of the conditioner in my hair after washing, as it works wonders for my hair and really helps to keep my curls looking healthy and defined. If my hair is feeling especially dry, some days I will also use coconut oil spray too.
What are the three biggest factors you attribute to your length?
- Keeping my hair in good condition.
- Staying away from heat styling tools as much as possible, as to avoid drying out my hair and causing split ends.
- Doing a braid out usually shows off my hair growth more as it makes my curls slightly loser.
What is your usual go to style?
My usual go to style is just wearing my hair out and big. If I’m going to casting I’ll always wear my hair down and natural and the same if I’m going to a shoot, as then it’s ready to style as they please when I get there. I do occasionally have days where I’ll do different up dos or if my hair is in a protective style such as braids, I’ll wear a head scarf or a wig.
What is your nighttime routine?
My nighttime routines varies, if I have to be somewhere early the next day then I’ll usually do I braid out, I’ll put my hair into 4 or 5 braids the night before and then wrap it in a silk headscarf. That way I can take it out in the morning, tweak my hair with an afro comb and then I’m ready to go. Other times I’ll just tie my hair up before bed, that’s if I have more time to spend on my hair in the morning or if I’m washing it the next day.
Your top three favorite products and why?
My number one product is Aussie Miracle moist conditioner; I use it as a two in one product, as a conditioner and a leave in conditioner. There isn’t a day I go without that product and I love it because it keeps my curls looking defined whilst keeping it conditioned, without leaving my hair greasy.
My second favorite product is Twisted Sister Curl Activator Cream. I love it because it works well at refreshing my curls.
My third favorite is Serum. I don’t have a particular brand that I go for as I personally think they all pretty much do the same job. Both Aussie and Twisted Sister do a great hair Serum and I use either one or any other brand. I love it because its great for adding extra moisture when my hair is feeling particularly dry and it’s great to use as a styling product to add moisture when I need to straighten my hair it helps with doing so.
Your best hair advice?
Love and appreciate your hair, you’ll look after it that way and it will become the best it can be if you do so.
Ultimate hair crush
I used to love Kelis’ hair when I was younger, she was my hair idol when I was about 10, then she cut it all off.
What is the strangest comment, request or hair story?
One of my best friends requested to keep one of my curls. So I cut off a lock of my hair for her and she stuck it to her wall with tape. That was a couple of years ago and it’s still there now. If it was anyone else I’d find it creepy but me and my friends have a strange sense of humor so it’s nothing out of the ordinary.
How would you describe your personal fashion style?
I’d describe my style as diverse; I don’t really stick to any one particular style. I buy what I like and I can go from dressing like a 1950′s housewife one day to dressing urban the next. It always depends on what kind of mood I’m in and what I’m doing/where I’m going that day.
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?
If there’s any time to express yourself it’s now! Fashion has never been so diverse. It’s almost like a mix of all the past decades rolled into one. We’ll probably all look back and be like ‘what were we doing!’ But for the moment it is fun, so enjoy it. I understand that in some places expression of personal style or ‘being different’ can be less accepted, but it’s not about them, it’s about you, and if you feel good and like the way you look then that’s what matters. Don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd!
And as for your hair, never be ashamed of it, it’s a part of you and who you are, if people judge you for it that’s their problem, so don’t let other people’s opinions intimidate you.
What would you say to others who judge individuals negatively for their personal fashion style?
To people with the negative vibes: If everyone dressed the same it would be so boring and if everyone dressed like you, you’d probably then start moaning that they all stole your style.
When it comes to your style who, what or where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration comes from everywhere, mainly everyday people. I like it when I see someone who has put an outfit together differently than most people would and I can draw inspiration from it. Just from browsing the Internet or walking down the street I’m always getting inspired, my inspiration comes from anything and everything.
Probably my Mother’s from when she was in her late teens. She grew up in the 80s so I know I’d love to wear quite a few of those old outfits of hers. She often says things to me like ‘I used to have a top just like that’. I always say I wished she’d kept so many of her clothes for me. Now I always find myself hoarding clothes that are special to me, with the thought that someday someone I know will want them, then my clothes will be vintage.
Favorite stores and places to shop for vintage or thrift
For vintage I’ll always shop on eBay as you can find items on there for a lot cheaper than if you go to a vintage shop. But I don’t really go out of my way to look for vintage clothing. I’ll look for a style and if that style happens to be available as vintage then I’ll buy that, but I’m not really a vintage clothes hunter or anything.
Most embarrassing moment
I have had so many, I can’t even think of just one. I’m the most clumsy person I know and I fall over a lot! It’s like unrehearsed slap stick comedy.
What is your favorite life lesson
I don’t know if it’s a life lesson but a little thing I always tell myself is ‘never presume’. It forces me to ask more questions when I’m unsure of things.
Current music playlist and favorite book
I’ve currently been listening to ASAP Rocky’s, Long Live ASAP
My favorite Author is Martina Cole and all the books of hers that I’ve read have been brilliant. A bit ago I also read Will Greyson Will Greyson, by John Green and David Levithan, it’s not the usual genre of book I would read but a friend lent it to me and I loved it.
Favorite restaurant and dish you would not want to live without
I eat out a lot and I always try out new places, so I don’t think I can choose one favorite place. I do love seafood though and shellfish of any kind is usually my favorite. But when it comes to simple food I love a good pizza. I eat far too much Dominos take out and I generally consume too much pizza. But I just never get sick of it and there are so many different varieties and flavors… Mmm pizza!
Do you have a blog/website?
My website where you can view my portfolio and blog here
Tumblr, Instagram and Twitter – @samiorenelda
My bag website, Pearls & Lipstick, will be opening soon, so watch this space!
What makes you an Urban Bush Babe?
I’m not sure, maybe doing this feature for you lovely people.