A Sleek-Chic 'Fro That's Oh-So Awesome

Name: Khayatollah
Occupation: DJ/model/Bartender/Artist/Loved 1
Age: "Let's just say that I'm at my Saturn Return."
Website/Twitter handle: khayatollah, soundcloud
Hometown: Newark, NJ 
Favorite childhood hairdo: "I loved when my mom would braid my hair from one side to the other, so that the cornrows were braided straight from one ear to the other like a cross-town highway. I think the hair to one side just feels so femme, and even at that age I liked that feeling."
Secret styling weapon: "Water is a Godsend! It softens the curls and makes it pliable. My hair is spongy so the h2o stays in my hair for hours and keeps the wool cool in the hot months."
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What do you love most about your hair?: "I love that it grows upward, toward the sky. When I look at the trees in nature I see my hair and that feels beautiful."
What drives you nuts?: "The detangling process can be just that–a process! It's worth it though. African-textured hair is awesome because you can literally mold it into ANY shape or style because its strands are so flexible and springy. The only thing is sometimes I don't feel like making a sculpture!"
Dream 'do?: "I would love to just fast-forward to waist-length locks with beautiful stones and metals affixed to them. This will probably be me at 50."
What's a hair move you've always been curious about but have been afraid to try?: "I definitely look forward to the day that I shave it all off.  I think that is a brave move and that every woman should experience her beauty raw, without hair. This would definitely inspire some growth." 
If your hair had a horoscope, what would it be?: "Pisces, like me. I am the mother water sign–ever-changing and emoting, and I feel my hair speaks the same lingo. And I gotta say a close second would be a fire sign because when I sleep on both sides and wake up my hair looks like a flame!"

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