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Katelyn // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 26, 2011

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
K: My name is Katelyn. I currently reside in the small town of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, but I’m reppin McDonough, Georgia (Henry County) because I stayed there the longest as my dad completed his service in the Army. I am a student at the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Fine Arts-Drawing and Painting with a minor in Spanish. Basically I draw and paint everyday and hopefully will be graduating in three semesters, so pray for me! lol

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K: After viewing my pictures as a child, I saw all that beautiful natural hair that I had and decided I wanted it back.

When and how did you transition into natural hair?
K: I transitioned some time in 2007. I was not brave enough to do a BC so I gradually cut my hair every time I would see my natural hair grow out. When my hair was at least 6 inches with shrinkage, I finally had my friend chop all of my relaxed ends off.

In what ways (if any) has going natural affected you?
K: Going natural has given me way more confidence! I feel unique and free because I no longer have to hide my natural hair with a relaxer. I am a SHOW STOPPER! My hair brings a lot of attention to me everywhere I go. If I was paid a dollar every time someone asked me if this was a wig or my real hair, I would be a millionaire! lol

How would you describe your hair?
K: My hair is kind of thick, but quite manageable. My curls are different sizes; big at the top and really small in the back. I have two different types of textures. I have coarser kinky curls from the middle of my head to the front and silkier curls in the back. My hair has a mind of its own! Sometimes my curls will be tight and curly from root to end but on other days they are kinda loose with waves at the roots. It just depends on which product I use in my hair and whether or not I comb my hair out good enough when it’s damp.

What is your regimen?
K: Over the years of transitioning I have tried so many different products and couldn’t even begin to tell you the names lol, but currently I am using Shea Moisture products along with this watermelon fragranced gel I got from Walmart called La Bella. It’s green and comes in a huge plastic jar. It tames my kinks and my curls hold for at least a week.

I also use this leave in conditioner by Aussie called 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Conditioner. This leave-in keeps my curls hydrated and gives them a little shine. I switch between Herbal Essences, Aussie, Garnier and TRESemme shampoos and conditioners for curly or wavy hair. I get bored easily with the fragrances, so I like to switch it up every now and then.

What mistakes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
K: After googling and youtubing natural hair tips lol, I have learned NOT to overwash my curls with shampoo. Before I learned this I used to wash my hair 3 or 4 times a week. This made it very dry and my curls didn’t look alive at all. So now I only co-wash my hair with conditioner twice a week and only shampoo it every two weeks unless it’s sooo dirty from the product or I sweat it out at the gym. Co-washing has been very good to my curls and brought them back to life.

What’s the best/most effective thing you do for your hair?
K: The best thing that I do for my hair is putting my curls up on the top of my head like a pineapple to prevent breakage and so that my curls won’t be smashed in the morning. I also love putting my hair in two strand twists so that I can stop playing in my hair so much. The twists usually last up to two weeks and I think this helps with growth as well.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K: I can be found on Tumblr at kinkykurlykate.tumblr.com. FOLLOW ME, I FOLLOW BACK! (‘:

Anything else you want to add?
K: For anyone who is considering going natural, I say “GO FOR IT!” You will looooove it!

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Sheena
Sheena
9 years ago

Very pretty! Her make up and hair color are boss…they match perfectly.

tiredofthebs
tiredofthebs
9 years ago

I love your hair!!!

How do you trim/shape your hair?
And how do you refresh, after taking it out of the pineapple?

Amma Mama
Amma Mama
9 years ago

GORGEOUS!!!!!! Love her pics & hair color! 🙂

Oh Bother
Oh Bother
9 years ago

OMG THAT is drool worthy hair!

jenna marie christian
9 years ago

she is gorgeous and loving the hair 🙂

Annie L.
Annie L.
9 years ago

Really like your site! How on earth you could do that entire interview without giving details on that hair color is wrong because it is SCANDALOUS! 2nd ‘tiredofthebs’ you have great shape and I love all the fun hair photos you submitted, I need to start doing the 80s upside ponytail again.…

Destinee
9 years ago

Beautiful girl and GAW-JUSS head of hair. Her color is sooo pretty!

Carla
Carla
9 years ago

Your hair is super cute! I LOVE the color and wish you would have mentioned it a little (who does it, what is used, how often, color care, etc).

Antoinette Stewart
9 years ago

My oh my 🙂 She has such a lovely face & hair to match. The colors are gorgeous!

Khy
Khy
9 years ago

Ditto!!! Love!!!!

AishaSaidIt
9 years ago

Girl I would have to resist the urge to run up to you and throw my fingers in your hair all offensive like. 🙂

(lol, this is a joke. I would never do that. Her hair is awesome.)

JP23
JP23
9 years ago

her hair is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty!

Coley Cole
9 years ago

She is beautiful.

Robin
9 years ago

Show stopping curls- I LIVE!!!

Zyaran
Zyaran
9 years ago

Such a beautiful woman and the hair is still looking great. Her little girl looks just like her as well so precious.. saw that awhile back on CN.

Kg.sunshine
Kg.sunshine
9 years ago

OMG!!! I am freakin’ in love w/ your hair! Love it girl!

Pamela
9 years ago

Beautiful hair, had to comment, love it.

Shavon
9 years ago

I am loving her hair. Simply gorgeous!

Dee (Durelene)
9 years ago

I seen this natural featured on curlynikki.com I was so inspired. LOVE the hair!!!

Mira
9 years ago

Love your hair Katelyn and yyyayyy for H‑Town 🙂 Hattiesburg is home to me too 🙂 Hope to visit for USM’s homecoming!

Azalea
Azalea
9 years ago

Lucky girl.

tanie noclegi
8 years ago

Hey there, friend, fantastic site!

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