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On the Couch with Amanda Diva!

By January 27th, 202121 Comments

On the Couch with Amanda Diva!

Actress. Poet. Artist. Radio Personality. Writer. MTV VJ. Recording Artist. CURLY!

The beautiful and talented Amanda Diva wears many hats…all of them well! I saw her on VH1’s 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s, and fell in love with her style, and curly locks. Not too long after that, I caught up with her and asked if she’d like to share some hair care tips with the lovely CurlyNikki.com community. She obliged :~)

CN: We all have a story to tell. Tell us yours…
AD: I’ve always worn my hair natural but I definitely remember the days of my mom having to TACKLE my hair in order to get a comb through it. I spent many a Saturday with my mom trying all types of sprays, hair lotions, hot oils, blow dryer combs etc. to get my hair more manageable. By high school I gave in to just rocking it curly but it’s like the front of my hair is a completely different texture than the back, so I could never slick it back. On a school trip a friend permed just the bang and that was my routine until last year when I grew it out and now I just wear it however. Lol, I’ve let it go!

CN: What’s your current routine?
AD: Well like I stated before, I’m on the “low maintenance” routine! I always get my hair braided when I go to Grenada so I don’t have to fuss with it. I had a show with Qtip the night I came back, and on the plane ride home I was taking the braids out and thought it might be funky to leave some in. That ended up sparking my current 1/4 braid steez. Its SO easy man. Because the hair goes naturally to the side it doesn’t take more than some water and Optimum Scalp Healer to keep it curly and full. When I’m REALLY in chill mode (like painting at an event) I put it up in a high bun and just rock the bang out and to the side. I’m a 80’s/90’s chick so it fits my styleee.
CN:If you were stranded on an island, what two products would you need to preserve your sexy?!
AD:

*Cholesterol
*Jam <----ERRYBODY KNO BOUT JAM! LOL

CN: Do you feel that your natural hair has ever helped or hindered your chances of achieving specific career goals?
AD: I think it’s helped more than hindered because people associate natural hair with a conscious mind and down to earth vibe. It’s not always the case but in my case they’re correct. Also I think my hair stands out as a part of my personality and brand so that’s definitely a good thing. Originality is tough to achieve out here.
CN: What advice would you give to a natural newbie?
AD: Be creative! I think at first some think because their hair is curly the options are less in the way of different style options but I think with some creativity it can be just as versatile.
CN: Who’s your natural hair idol?
AD: Lol, scary spice. When I was in HS seeing her rock the curly fro made me feel cool rockin mine. (Geek status, I know!)
CN: Where do you see yourself in a few years?
AD: I would like to be a household name for the 21-35 demographic in the way of music and social commentary.
CN: Anything else you’d like to add?
AD: However you choose to rock your hair just know that its what makes YOU happy. Some folks feel perms mean you’ve been bamboozled or hoodwinked and that naturals and locks are indicative of righteousness. Fact is Andre 3000 said it best, “is every ni**a with dreads for the cause? Is every ni**a with golds for the fall naw, so don’t get caught up in appearance…”. 🙂

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21 Comments

  • Pennerad says:

    absolute love.
    still struggling with my own hair and it's been natural just over a year now. frustratinnnnng, and i'm also in a more corporate world, so it's tough trying to tame it and stay true to my curls.
    but i LOVE her hair, and the fact that she's also got a dual texture thing going on. gives me hope, lol.

  • Anonymous says:

    I want my hair to be like hers when it grows up !

  • kia says:

    loves it! Beautiful girl!

  • Anonymous says:

    Why are people acting like you can turn around and have visited all Grenada in that turn. As a Grenadian, I'm telling y'all to stop boosting. Anyways, I love Amanda Diva she is such a "Take me as I am" type of girl. Great interview CN.

  • Twitchy says:

    Aw, Amanda Diva! I loved her when she came to A&M back in the day. I love her curls and the fact that her hair was HUGE. I want huge hair like that and she was just mad cool. She is just as fly now as she was back then 🙂 And I LOVE the quote she ended with.

  • food and wine says:

    Absolutely beautiful. I love her no-fuss maintentance attitude. I'm all about easy care and styling. I recently cut off my 3yo locs. So, I can't wait until my hair is big and full to start doing different styles.

    Great interview!

  • Anonymous says:

    Beautiful girl! Thanks for the interview 🙂

  • Shelia Curls says:

    CN you rock, her hair is gorgeous

  • Anonymous says:

    Awesome interview! I heart Amanda Diva too!

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    ditto FlowerChild btw b/c 3 Stacks is that dude! lol

  • AlongCameStacey says:

    She gets major cool points for that Andre 3000 quote!

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm so glad you did an interview with Amanda! I'm such a big fan of hers & Vashtie Kola's!

    -Moi

  • Jasmine says:

    Love this mini-interview!!! I'm glad Amanda touched on the relaxed vs natural. At the end of the day…its about the individual. Do you!!! Thanks Amanda!!

  • kyaira says:

    omg. JAM is a must have for me. it the main thing i use to slick my hair back in a ponytail.

  • E_v says:

    Hey, She's from Grenada. I love it!! I wonder what part. The island is so freaking small that I'm sure our families know each other if we're not actually related.

    Gorgeous hair too :o)

  • Raxxie says:

    great person to interview!

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    such a cool interview! how exciting 🙂

  • Unknown says:

    oh, and jam is a staple of mine also!!! yay!

  • Unknown says:

    Hi! I've been stalking this site for forever:) (which I love btw…tee hee) and I have never commented on anything because everyone else seems to say what I am thinking or what I am thinking may not deem to be important enough for me to type…anywho I absolutely love Amanda Diva! Her hair and her style are both fllyy! Kudos CN for the interview. She can be my household name anytime!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love amanda diva! I love what she added at the end along with andre 3000 statement. i am currently transitioning and I see so many ppl trying to make natural; or relaxed hair deeper than it actually is. When my hair was relaxed i didn't hate myself but i do feel that natural hair will fit my personality well, I am also very artistic but most importantly I just feel that natural hair is beautiful!

  • Anonymous says:

    This is random, but I'm excited that she's part Grenadian, too! I never meet anyone from Grenada where I am…

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