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Gabrielle // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Aug 22, 2011

Where do you live?
G:
I live in Rancho Cucamonga, CA (yes its a real city lol), I’m originally from Stone Mountain, GA and I’m defintely a true “Georgia peach” at heart. I’m a stay at home mom of 3 baby boys, Ameer 4 1/2, Isaiah 3, and Elijah 20 mths. To say my my hands are full would be an understatement.

Why did you go natural?
G:
I was one of those people who had no idea of the concept of “being natural” I always thought that relaxing was something every black girl did until my younger sister Chloe said she was transitioning and suggested I do the same, and so I did. I also was having issues with shedding and thinning of my hair when I was relaxed.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
G:
I started transitioning on June 25 2008 and I transitioned for a whole year, during this process I learned how to care for my hair and become my own stylist. I used protective heatless styles like braidouts, twistouts, rollersets, spiral sets, twist’n’curls and buns. A lot of my styles were gathered from all types of social forums like youtube, K.I.S.S., etc.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
G:
Since becoming natural I’ve actually begun to live a more holistic lifestyle. I’m cautious of what I put on my hair and skin, and careful of what I ingest into my body. It’s given me more self confidence and I now love me in my natural state.

How would you describe your hair?
G:
My hair is afro textured, coily, curly, and I have fine strands. Some may say 4a/4b but it really doesn’t matter to me mainly because everyone has multiple textures and you just have to work with what you got.

What is a brief description of your regimen?
G:
My regimen is extremely basic and super simple:

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
G:
I’ve learned to stay away from heat “Heat is the DEVIL!!!” I’ve suffered from heat damage and I also don’t use a lot of product on my hair. I like my twists and spiral sets to be light and airy never weighed down or greasy.

Whats the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
G:
The best thing I do for my hair is that I listen to it; when it’s dry I co-wash, when it’s feeling stripped I moisturize. I also use protective styling to grow my hair and to maintain my length, most importantly I’ve learned how to properly care for my natural hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
G:
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolatetresses
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=1053161805
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/Chocolatetresss
My Blog: http://chocolatetresses.blogspot.com/

Anything else you want to add?
G:
I’d like to encourage anyone who’s thinking about going natural or in the transition stage to give it a try. I don’t think any harm will come from being the natural you.

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Jessica
Jessica
9 years ago

Her hair is beautiful! I really want to know how to get the look where she has the flower in her hair.

Zyaran
Zyaran
9 years ago
Reply to  Jessica

here’s the video for that style.

http://www.youtube.com/user/chocolatetresses#p/u/129/NTGt75SEjBc
httpv://www.youtube.com/user/chocolatetresses#p/u/129/NTGt75SEjBc

Zyaran
Zyaran
9 years ago
Reply to  Zyaran

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTGt75SEjBc&feature=channel_video_title

Jessica
Jessica
9 years ago
Reply to  Zyaran

Thanks

ElectricFeel
ElectricFeel
9 years ago

I love your Youtube channel!

skeeta
skeeta
9 years ago

OMG im swooning at the pic of u and ur boys! It looks like a magazine pic! @ jessica she has a tutorial on ur YT channel.

Eliss
Eliss
9 years ago

I love her style, and her boys are adorable!

honeybrown1976
honeybrown1976
9 years ago

Hi, Gabrielle!

I’m Tanya and I live in La Verne (so, lol, I know about Rancho!!). Your boys are lovely (I have two myself) as is your hair. I’m transitioning for a long time (15 months and two weeks counting, whoo-hoo!). I wish you the best.

Antoinette Stewart
9 years ago

Yay! I’m from Rancho Cucamonga — Ontario California. Right on the border next to the Ontario Mills! It makes me happy to see someone else from there on this site!

JJ
JJ
9 years ago

Love her! One of my favourites on the YT. Such a gorgeous lady (with some toned arms lol).

barbaranaturallyspeaking

Wow! Your hair is gorgeous. Beautiful photos of you and your 3 boys!

Barbara
http://www.barbaranaturallyspeaking.blogspot.com
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Durelene aka Dee
Durelene aka Dee
9 years ago

you look great, your kids are beautiful and i dont know how you keep your body so fit after having 3 kids!

Thembi
Thembi
9 years ago

You just made my week with that hairstyle; I’m loving it!

Micaela
Micaela
9 years ago

I love watching her channel!

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