My New Hair: Indique Natural Roots Pics, Video, and First Thoughts

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Read ALL about my review process including how I take swatches, photos, and more here.

New hair!!! Gosh, isn’t new hair exciting? You get home and all you do is play in it and then rush to your closet to figure out which outfits look best with your new hair (because sometimes you have to adjust your outfits when you go from an extreme hairstyle change–see Matching Your Hair to Your Fashion Style). This hair so far is absolutely amazing. You know I loved my fro (though not everyone did—but they can go eat a sour pickle), but I got tired of it. I missed my straight hair but knew I definitely didn’t want to relax because then I’d regret it. So I teamed up with celebrity hairstylist Gabrielle Corney (Olivia, Lisa Price of Carol’s Daughter, Tionna Smalls, etc. and works out of Styles New York Salon) and my friends at Indique (who gifted me the hair) and we got to work on my new style.

I wanted to get the Relaxed Straight hair again from Indique’s Bounce collection. This is the hair that most mimics relaxed African American hair and had folks FOOLED when I had it installed last year. But the folks at Indique insisted I try their new Natural Roots hair (it has three inches Relaxed Straight at the roots to blend better with your hair and Natural Straight all throughout). It took some heavy persuading for them to finally sell me on it (don’t get me wrong, the hair looked great, but I wasn’t sure I could maintain it). But I gave in and we got to work.

Gabrielle's lovely assistant braiding my hair before my install

Gabrielle (we were so busy talking that we forgot to take pics while she was installing my hair) used one pack of 14″ of the Natural Straight and a pack of 10″. I wanted layers and we even wound up cutting some of the length so I would guess my longest layer might be around 12″. I absolutely LOVE how she layered my hair in the front. When I tell you Gabrielle is a BEAST with the scissors. Maaaaan. This girl is dope, ya’ll.

I’m SO GLAD they talked me into getting this hair. I love how the hair flows, how easy it takes a curl, and how easy it blends with me. By that I mean you know how you see me with a fro and then next day I’ve got Rapunzel hair? Obviously people will know I’m wearing a weave, but I still want it to look believable if that makes sense. VERY little of my own hair is left out. The section that is left out is flat ironed and I’ll be minimizing the amount of direct heat so not to damage my hair’s curl pattern.

I’m not messing this hair up like I did the last weave I had…lol. I will also admit to the fact that I am NOT a kitchen beautician and although my natural hair can be done at home with a quick wash and go, I cannot personally handle this hair on my own so I will be going to get it done regularly…lol.

I’ll keep you guys updated on how this hair works out for me. Many of you email me asking about Indique hair so feel free to continue doing so—unless you’ve grown tired of my lengthy replies…lol.

If you feel like you must have this Natural Roots hair right NOW, there’s a 10% off code in the November ESSENCE (same one I appear in–aow!) that’s valid until November 4th. Enter ESSENCE at checkout at

Also check out this video of me talking about my hair (complete with “bloopers”)…lol. The video quality is kinda bad since it was on my web cam, but work with me here, folks ;)

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style and beauty expert on The Real, CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.
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31 Responses to My New Hair: Indique Natural Roots Pics, Video, and First Thoughts

  1. My New Hair: Indique Natural Roots Pics, Video, and First Thoughts by @StyleNBeautyDoc

  2. New Blog Post: My New Hair: Indique Natural Roots Pics, Video, and First Thoughts

  3. EBONY says:


  4. Tracy Kidd via Facebook says:

    LOVE the hair porn and you are right new hair is exciting :-)

  5. Candice says:

    The captions on your video are HILARIOUS! “Nice Voice, Danielle” made me HOLLER! ROFL!!!

  6. Lady Erin says:

    This is a great piece regarding Gabrielle’s expertise. Very informative too. However, I am CTHU at the bloopers and you on the webcam LOL! Fabulous lady!!!

  7. thanks, Tracy Kidd! OMG—Isn’t it?!?!?! ;)

  8. Mz More says:

    Girl your hair looks fierce and that hair is Love it!

  9. My New Hair: @iloveindique Natural Roots Pics, Video, and First Thoughts

  10. Alicia says:

    Hey Carb Face lol jk jk you look great and the hair looks wonderful. I love how open and honest you are about your hair. As you know I did a big chop this month and I’m not to happy with it so I went and bought a wig for days I feel this short cut doesnt work with an outfit. so I totally understand where you are coming from.

    Alicia :)

    • Danielle says:

      LMAOOOO! You know I almost spit my tea out at the screen when I saw Hey Carb Face!!! lmaoooooooooooooo

      Thanks! I liked my short do but felt the saaaaame way you did. So good to have options! :)

  11. Khadine says:

    What the hell is carb face?? Lol….your hair looks awesome! :)

  12. JIhan says:

    yes, girl yaaaaaas! love it!

  13. Sherry Blossom says:

    Hey I love the new do…and I’m interested in checking out this company for a future sew-in. I love my kinky twists but I always wanted to try a part down the middle and the side swept/flip bangs look…and the video is beyond hilarious…LOVE!

    • Danielle says:

      Thanks! So far I’m loving this hair. Blends well with me (meaning if you didn’t see me with a fro last week, you might actually think this was my hair) and I love being able to switch my style. What you described would look soooo good on you!

  14. @StyleNBeautyDoc took the Natural Roots plunge!

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  16. Dionne says:

    LMAO @ Carb Face!!! That is because you ate all of the school lunch! LOL! But how I have to watch your videos and act like you are talking to me because I miss you! But the hair looks MAAAAAAAVVELLOUS, Darling!

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  18. Kris says:

    Hi Danielle, Quick questions – did you have to dye this hair, it looks a little light? I just purchases some hair from Indique (Relaxed Straight from Indique’s Bounce Collection) and I was thinking of dying both my hair and the weave like a chestnut or auburn brown but wasn’t sure if it was a good idea to dye it. Thoughts?

    • Danielle says:

      Hey Kris!

      I think it’s just the lighting in my bathroom being a little yellow because I never noticed it being light…lol. There isn’t a uniform in color with Indique hair because they don’t color it (the bounce collection hair gets steamed to get the texture though) so what I get might be slightly different than what you get if you know what I mean. I like dark hair on me but otherwise I would try some color–maybe a deep auburn or highlights. I wouldn’t dye the leave out part because then it won’t match the rest of my hair when I take the weave out…lol. And then I never really thought of coloring my own hair aside from rinses when I’m weave-less, but the last rinse I did was a wine color but it didn’t really take. When I was relaxed I used to get wine colored rinses all the time and loved them…lol.

      I like the idea of a chestnut or auburn brown color depending on your complexion, but it depends on if you want to commit to that color on your own hair. Do you relax and would the color be permanent or a rinse?

  19. Kris says:

    Thanks for such a quick reply!! Well I am actually natural (almost 2 yrs now). But I wanted a change so I was thinking of dying my hair – I’m jet black right now so I doubt lighter rinses will even take on my hair now. I am actually about the same complexion as you. I think a lighter brown or auburn would look nice but def nervous about dying my hair. The last time I did highlights was about 4 yrs ago, I got a honey highlight. I would never bleach my hair ever again – horrible after effects.

    Sorry for ranting – lol. But I def need to think about if I want to dye such expensive hair considering I don’t even know if I will love it long term. However, its always easier to go back to jet black. Well see. Thanks again for responding! =)

    • Danielle says:


      You know I was in a Starbucks bathroom tonight (don’t ask)…lol. And noticed the top of my hair looked light in their lighting, too. Maybe I just never noticed it. It looks dark every other time to me…lol.

      I think a lighter brown or auburn would look awesome but you’ll have to go up a level or two which means they might have to use some sort of bleach to get it to lift. I got highlights once and just like you said NEVER again…lol. I say if you want to try out the color, get some beauty supply store hair (I’m not sure of which brands are best there but buddies of mine have used brands like Bobbi Boss and it looked good and then dye that so it’s not a complete waste to see how you like the color on you. OR you could get Indique and have like maybe a track or two of BSS hair colored so it looks like highlights. A couple of years ago I was at a salon and a regular client (we always seemed to get our hair done at the same time every week…lol) who had natural reddish brown hair that was about bra strap length and she had some blond tracks sewed in so she could try it without commitment. It looked really good, too.

      No need to apologize! No sense in wasting expensive hair :)

  20. Danielle says:

    Hey, if you’re still following this post and are in NYC, Indique is having an event on 12/7 where you can win hair! Go here for details:

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