*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
C: My name is Chelci, although I go by ChelWren online. I currently live in Georgia.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I went natural because I didn’t want my parents to spend money on my hair care anymore. I felt that it was unfair to spend $50+ every few months for something that was unnecessary. I have been natural now for 6 years.
How would you describe your texture?
C: My hair is a mixture of 3C/4A curls with coarse strands, high density, and low porosity.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: Every day, I spritz my hair with rain water and I apply Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Style Milk to moisturize my hair. I then proceed to style my hair in a bun secured with a Flexi‑8 or hair stick. Occasionally (on the weekend), I spritz and fluff to wear my hair in a 2nd or 3rd day wash and go.
What does wash day look like for you?
C: I COwash (Conditioner Only Wash) using rain water with V05 Shea Cashmere Conditioner. Next, I detangle with my fingers and a Conair Wide Tooth Curly Hair Comb. After rinsing, I use Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Style Milk as a leave in and moisturizer. I seal my ends with Shea Moisture Organic Hold & Shine Moisture Mist mixed with Castor Oil. Lastly, I apply Kinky Curly Curling Custard as the final product that defines my curls. I clarify my scalp with a baking soda and water mixture once a month.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: My favorite go-to hairstyle is a basic cinnamon bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I combat shrinkage by braiding the length of my hair overnight or by wearing buns during the day. Also, when I spritz I don’t saturate my hair. I dampen my hair just enough to open my cuticles so the product I apply can penetrate my hair. By not soaking my hair, I retain my stretched hair as opposed to my hair shrinking due to being wet.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: My only problem area is my ends. They get very dry and brittle if I don’t give them special attention by moisturizing everyday and deep conditioning (with the baggie method) once a month.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: 1. Be sure to thoroughly detangle before styling.
2. Keep hair moisturized.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: 1. Don’t apply products to dry hair. It makes my hair feel sticky and greasy.
2. Don’t comb or brush dry hair.
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: Instagram: @ChelWren
Hair Photos: http://s1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/ChelWren/
Hair Blog: http://chelwren.blogspot.com