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Tell us a little bit about yourself

My name is Abraham, but you can call me Abe. I’m from the small town of Camden, NJ where I spend my summer and winter vacations from school located in downtown New York City. I study English and Photography, and this is my final year—thank God.

I’m a writer, vlogger, and entrepreneur and have been working online with various publications including my own for over 4 years. I also have my own natural hair and skin care line called Love Shea, which has been featured on Ebony.com.

Why did you want to start growing your hair out?

The honest reason: I just wanted long hair. Back in 2011, I saw this guy walking past the World Trade Center stop of the PATH train with his brown and blonde curls bouncing in the wind. I was so jealous—curl envy is real. For a few months, I had been knowledgeable of the natural hair movement but didn’t think that someone with kinky hair could produce the same results. Even though I don’t have curls, my results are my own and I love my hair for what it is. And I make sure to perfect my routine to ensure my hair will be healthy and long disregarding the desire for curls. I want a big, ridiculous fro that unapologetically hits people in the face when I ride the subway. I don’t need curls for that life accomplishment.

What’s your current hairstyle?

My hair is currently in temporary loc extensions. I’ve been fascinated with them since the New Year, and I know that protective styling is good for hair. I experienced a lot of dryness and breakage in 2013 that I’m trying to recover from. I’ve altered my routine and incorporated some new things to repair the damage. Also, I was sick of wearing my hair out all the time and being uncertain of what to do with it. I tried a flexi rod set a month ago and really liked it. My curls were phenomenal. Locs are another great alternative, and I’ve been loving them and so has everyone else. My fro hasn’t gotten as many compliments as my locs, but I do miss it.

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