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Carlyne // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Dec 10, 2010

Where do you live?
C:
I live in Miami, Fl but I rep Irvington, New Jersey. I am an HIV/AIDS & Substance Abuse Prevention Counselor

Why did you go natural?
C:
I decided to go natural because of the damage I was doing to my hair with relaxing it and coloring it constantly. I first tried going natural in 2006 but I did not think I would be able to go through with it so I went back to relaxing my hair. Then in 2008 I decided I would go natural and actually followed through. I wore Kinky twists, braids and weaves while transitioning. Once I felt my hair grew to a length that was comfortable for me I cut off the permed ends.

Going natural has affected me in the best way! My hair is definitely a lot healthier. I get stopped all the time by older and younger women (even men) about how I care for my hair or just to simply tell me how beautiful they think my hair is!

How would you describe your hair?
C:
I would have to say I have thick coarse hair (4a/4b). My hair is about 9 to 10 inches long, I am not so much concerned with growing it longer but making sure it’s healthy. My hair is pretty manageable as long as I treat it right!!! That means as long as I detangle properly, condition often, and keep it styled then we get along!

What’s your regimen?
C:
My regimen right now is pretty simple. I shampoo twice a month with Dr. Bronners Castile Soap, I co-wash every week with either Yes to Carrots or with Alba conditioner. I do a deep treatment once a week with either one of my favorite conditioners mixed with olive oil and honey and I use all types of oils as sealants such as olive oil, coconut oil, castor oil, carrot oil etc. I usually twist my hair when I wash every week and at the end of the week that style becomes a twist out before I wash again.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C:
The number one mistake that I’ve made is the use of heat!! I used to blow dry my hair every time I washed my hair because I hated the fact that my hair would shrink so much. Ive learned how to style my hair despite the shrinkage and because of that my hair is much healthier.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
C:
Deep treatment!! My hair cooperates with me when I do my deep treatments.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes!!! luvyournaturalhair.blogspot.com and on twitter @Creolelioness. I also sell vintage and retro accessories at www.celaniesvintage.com.

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KurlyKels
9 years ago

That 1st photo is a WIN-NER! Love it!

Jada
Jada
9 years ago

You and your hair are absolutely stunning!!! I’m into my 7th month of transitioning and am itching to bc. How long was your transition period?

Diana
Diana
9 years ago

WOW!!!!!!!
Can anybody say “hair porn”?!?!?!
Just DOPE!!!!

Anonymous
Anonymous
9 years ago

Love your style! Your hair is very gorgeous and voluminous. I hope to achieve voluminous hair like yours a year from now 🙂

Lissie
Lissie
9 years ago

Carlyne your hair is beautiuful but your style is UBER FLY! Work it mama! While this blog mainly focuses on hair, I’ve also seen a lot of KILLA fashionista’s! Carlyne, Rachel, Monique.…the list goes on! LOL, when I first went natural back in 04… A LOT of us didn’t know what to do or what style to rock, therefore it was very common to rock an afro with a BIG flower on the side, wearing primilary earth toned colors, LOL! Mind you everyone looked cute, but also the same (hence the branding of “earthy, neo-soul *whatever that means*, Rasta *yep,… Read more »

freeyourheart
9 years ago

i co-sign diana & lissie. i love how going natural has made me step up my fashion game. i dressed cute before, but having such edgy/funky/versatile hair has made me pump up the fashion even more.

carlyne, chick work!

http://msjanelle.blogspot.com

anonda
anonda
9 years ago

Gorgeous head to toe!

Takeysha
Takeysha
9 years ago

i LOVE your hair…and how you reppin Jersey especially Irvington!!!…What styling products do you use?! and what color is your hair?!

Bhoranie
Bhoranie
9 years ago

Love it Carlyne! Xo

Robby
Robby
9 years ago

Super gorg! She is serving it up with the pink lemonade on the puckers. YES!

Carlyne
Carlyne
9 years ago

OMG!! Thanks for all the love! I really love this natural community we know how to welcome people in and give credit when its due! LOVE IT! @Jada my transition period was about a year. I was afraid to cut off the permed ends for a while…lol @Lissie I agree I would see girls when I was younger with the natural hair and think to myself “I would never go natural because its sooooo boring” but now those girls are now asking me what to do with their hair because no one really knew back then how to style or rock… Read more »

Mini
Mini
9 years ago

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!

I have never commented but i felt the need to. You and your hair are so freaking gorgeous it’s ridiculous.…it is definitely people like you who inspire me to keep on going with my journey. How can you not like natural hair after seeing this?

I will definitely be taking a look at your blog. Keep up the good work and inspiration.

Anon
Anon
9 years ago

I love the way you style your hair. Is your hair colored or rinsed? Either way, it’s a great color and you do such a great job working with your hair texture and showing how pretty it is without trying to make it into something else. You clearly enjoy hair and it comes through in the pics. Just a question though..I’ve tried bobby pins and clips to pin up my sides…how do you get them to neat an uniform looking? Just wondering what techniques people use to get that hold.
And your arms look great!!

lil m
lil m
9 years ago

I love it keep it up girlie!!!

Tamika Francis
Tamika Francis
9 years ago

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWWWEE!!!!

Nicole
Nicole
9 years ago

Just wanted to tell Carlyne that her hair is beautiful and that’s crazy because I have a cousin with your same name, I believe you would pronounce it the same, but her’s is spelled Karlyn.

iri9109
9 years ago

her hair and fashion sense is so poppin

The Beautiful One
The Beautiful One
9 years ago

Gorgeous hair, crazy fly, fashions sense.… Very pretty woman

E
E
9 years ago

Gorgeous from head to toe, and the style fashion is just simply off the hook. You should definitely do some modeling in your spare time. I really love the hair color that you added to your head, I just dyed mine Midnight Black fromt he Clairol Instincts #36 and I love it. Thank you for showing us these pictures and sharing your story with us. Have a great weekend everyone.

thelady
thelady
9 years ago

I love the updo you have in the pic with the blazer.

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
9 years ago

You are so BEAUTIFUL!

S Nicole
9 years ago

Not only do I love your hair.…I love your style! I aim to not be defined by my hair but by the package of what I represent — truly all authentic me. Thanks for sharing!

Ambiance
Ambiance
9 years ago

Miami!!! Gotta represent! I love the hair, the style, everything!!

tiffany
9 years ago

nice hair and style! I am following your blog 🙂

ineyo
ineyo
9 years ago

love it.…. you could be my hair twin!!!

April
9 years ago

I love your hair! Reppin NJ yeah! I’m from Hillside NJ 🙂
sweetenchantments.net

Carlyne
Carlyne
9 years ago

@ Mini Thank you sooo much!
@ Anon it is colored I was thinking about coloring again but Im not sure what color to go with…hehe
@Robby tooooooo funny! u got me dying!
@Tykeysha I mostly use shea butter and conditioner to style my hair.

@Everyone else again thank you sooooo much for your kind words and it is definitely motivating me to keep on with my natural hair journey…I honestly am happy that Ive made the choice to go natural!! Blessings to you all <3

Bee
Bee
9 years ago

Best hair style / look by far! Keep on doing your thing girl, you’re rocking it!

BeautyQueen
BeautyQueen
9 years ago

Forget the hair.….girl you skin in the 1st pic is GLOWING? What do you use???

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Betty
Betty
9 years ago

I LOVE your hair and u have always been stunning … u have made me take this thing soo serious I know my friends are tired of my natural hair talk.… but oh well

TAB
TAB
9 years ago

Love your hair. I agree with E, you could be a model. Thank you for sharing your pix.

Carlyne
Carlyne
9 years ago

@BeautyQueen lol I dont use anything my skin regimen or lack there of STINKS! I need to start using something.

@Everyone…again thanks for the compliments

yea they will get tired but in the back of their minds they know they wanna go natural too.…hehehe

MommieDearest
MommieDearest
9 years ago

Hair twin!!! I will definitely copy the hair styles in the last 3 pics. You are absolutely radiant. You betta WERK!!!!

Anon
Anon
9 years ago

Who said brown skin girls with coily hair are not beautiful?? This chick ROCKS!!! She is one of the most beautiful features ever featured here! GAWJUS!!

Rosie
Rosie
9 years ago

love your style!

Ashleigh
9 years ago

Definitely my natural hair icon esp since you have 4B hair like mine. Loves it! All fab everything!

Nappy Lady
Nappy Lady
9 years ago

Hey Carlyne I love your hair !! what brand of color and what color reference did you use? I love the color!

I’m french exscuse me for my english !

Monz03b
Monz03b
9 years ago

All I can say is GORGEOUS!!

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