It’s always a good hair day for Aleka C. Thrash. The 33-year-old Grand Rapids native went to Cornerstone University and is a natural hair enthusiast. She hosts hair care workshops and uses the platform to help others overcome insecurities and find confidence.
What hairstyle is most inspiring to you right now?
A classic twist-out! A two-strand twist is the most commonly-used technique for naturals to style their hair. After washing the hair and using a styling product like Doesn’t Get Much “Butter” Than This by The Mane Choice, grab a small section of hair and twist the two strands together. Be sure to twirl the ends into a curl with your finger. Once the hair is dry, untwist and style.
Any style icons when it comes to hair?
Tracee Ellis Ross — her hair is absolutely amazing. Naptural85 is also a natural hair vlogger and blogger that inspires me. When it comes to hair goals, I’m inspired by Janaé of nae2curly and Ebony Bomani.
Let’s talk hobbies…
I am a lifestyle and portrait photographer with my company ACTPhotoMedia. I’m really passionate about being a support system to the foster and adoptive community, especially interracial foster and adoptive families. My blog allows me the opportunity to educate parents on how to care for their child’s hair and create a bonding experience. Some of my favorite childhood conversations with my mom happened while she was doing my hair.
What does West Michigan have to offer to those in the style industry?
West Michigan offers some dope local clothing designers and tailors. I love Confident Wear by Veverly Austin for bling and graphic tees. Delasie is my go-to for custom clothing offering bold prints and vibrate colors, and Connie-Fig-Leaf-Shop for alterations and custom embroidery.
Favorite local fashion/style event?
Rock the Runway in October is an amazing event using fashion to bring awareness to breast cancer and the importance of mammograms and early detection.
You’re a co-founder of the Kinky Hair Connection. What’s that all about?
It’s an annual event created to connect, support and encourage naturals as well as those considering and transitioning. The 3rd Annual Kinky Hair Connection takes place on Nov. 11.
What’s coming up for you?
Preparing for my next event: “Let’s Mix,” a DIY workshop on March 25th. It’s a hands-on workshop that includes all the tools necessary to make your own hair and body products.