As promised…..we got ALLISON! I recently caught up with the curly College Hill star and she dished all. Check it out!
CN: Tell us your hair story!
Allison: Oh damn, haha. It took me 19 years to figure out my hair. In elementary school my music teacher would tease me and say I had a bird’s nest on my head. My mom never really knew how to style my hair (she’s white– I’m mixed) and it pretty much sat on the top of my head as a huge frizzball. Middle school I kept it hella gelled and pulled back; I just didn’t know how to style it!
CN: Your hair is HUGE and friggin awesome! I tuned in to every episode of this season’s CH just to see how you were wearing those curls. What is your current routine?
Allison: Haha. Thanks! Well, basically I wash my hair once a week, but condition it every day. While in the shower, I put the conditioner in my hair and then comb it through with a wide toothed comb, let it sit for five minutes, then rinse with cool water. After that, I comb my curls apart with my fingers to separate the curls, then towel dry by patting the excess moisture out. And then I put in a leave in conditioner.
CN: Two products you can’t live without?
Allison: Have you watched the show and noticed the random Dr. Miracle’s product placement shots that appear in every episode? Yeah, I use that stuff, but not because they were sponsors! I was skeptical at first, but after using the deep conditioning treatment, I was hooked! It actually does help control the frizz induced by Miami’s constant 100% humidity. Also, I always apply the Anti-Breakage Strengthening Cream after I get out of the shower to help fight away the frizzies. You can actually sort of tell the point through the episodes of when I didn’t use the products and when I did (unruly frizz vs defined curls).
CN: Do you feel that your natural hair has ever helped or hindered your chances of achieving a goal- be it in the entertainment industry or academic?
Allison: I love my hair! It sets me apart from the rest of the people in the industry– especially in the music realm as a classically-trained flutist. Everyone knows me by my hair. Once, I went to campus with flat ironed hair, and every time I said hi to people, they looked quizically until they realized that was me! People recognize the hair before my face.
CN: What advice would you give to a natural newbie?
Allison: Have some patience and go with the flow! It will take some time to try to find a routine that yields the best results– trust me. But when you do figure it out, I promise you’ll get nothing but compliments! Here’s one quick fix that I use: if you’re having a bad hair day, secure your hair up in a high ponytail, and poof out the top a bit. It actually makes a cute hairstyle.
CN: Now that College Hill is over and done, what’s next?
Allison: Do you like classical music? Probably not. Haha. TV really isn’t my thing; it was more of something I kind of stumbled into. Instead of trying to forge a career in a sector that celebrates the Milans and the Brandons and Kyles, I plan on putting my life back into the classical music scene.
CN: Anything else you’d like to add?
Allison: This was fun! Thanks for asking me to be on this interview and I hope it helps!
She is sexy!! I always thought she's hot
Beautiful woman, beautiful curls. Thanks for sharing!
She sounds like a very down to earth person! Thanks for the interview Nikki!
From one classically-trained natural-haired flutist to another…great interview!
Gorgeous hair Allison! I loved the drama, but you stole the show.
Allison you are sexy as hell! Which school are you at? I'm a Cane!
OMG! What's up Allison! I loved the show and your hair blew me away. You're my hair idol.
Beautiful hair, simple routine.
Girl your hair is amazing! keep on rocking those curls, it suits you. Thanks CN for the interview!
You were my favorite on the show, and it wasn't just because of your hair! I wish you the best of luck in your classical music career.
Allison! I'm your hair twin and have never tried styling without gel or mousse. I'm going to give your routine a go. You rocked CH!
Beautiful curls! Nikki, how did you find her?
Your curls looks longer in these pics than they did on the show. Gorgeous either way!
I love Dr. Miracle's deep conditioner too. Thought i was the only one!
Beautiful Hair…..love the definition
Luv her hair.
Love Love Love ur hair!!!
I love your hair in the pictures! Fabulous! I enjoyed the show and all the drama!
I just have one question- why didn't you ever wear your hair like this on TV? you look great!
( i love it both ways by the way).
and yes patience is key! I wish that I had prayed for patience before deciding to go natural!
Allison's hair looks even more beautiful in the pics than it did on the show!!!! How can that be possible?! *haha* Seriously, fab chick indeed!
Love your hair!
Your hair is amazing & so are you!
Wow! Hi Allison, I love your hair and thought you were easily the prettiest girl on the show. Thanks for sharing your routine.