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Corinne // 4B/C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Sep 10, 2012

*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
C:
Hi everyone! My name is Corinne and I am 20 years old. I was born on the island of Grenada and have been here all my life. Recently, I graduated with a Bachelor degree of Science in Biology at St. George’s University, and I now work as a Lab and Research Assistant.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
Honestly, it was really spontaneous! I relaxed my hair for the first time in my final year of high school for my graduation, and after that my hair progressively got thinner and shorter from breakage. Within about a year and a half my hair went from mid-back length to chin length. Finally after over 2 years of those annoying trips to the salon (yeah it took me a while to learn my lesson) one day I just decided that I had enough with my damaged, lifeless-looking strands and it was time to head down the road of natural hair. I wore braid extension styles for a couple months after my last relaxer, big chopped, and then continued to wear braid extensions and kinky twist extensions for a significant part of my first year natural. This was the case honestly because I didn’t know how to manage it at the time; it took a while before I got used to how thick my natural hair was. I do wish I had researched more before going back natural, so heads up to the newbies/transitioners!

After a year into my natural journey of tearing through hair that I smothered in hair grease with any comb I could find, neglecting treatments and blow-drying my hair without protecting it, I had to cut 2 to 3 inches of damaged ends off (yikes!). I made a greater effort to learn about natural hair and to really take proper care of my hair from the beginning of my second year natural onwards. I’ve been completely natural for 2 years and 6 months. When I BC’d in March 2010, it was 4 months after my last relaxer.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
Though I’m personally not that into the typing system, I would say my hair generally would be categorized with the 4b/4c texture; full of kinks which I love! I do find rebel straight and curly strands when my mane is out, which I accept as just one of the surprises natural hair can bring to the table. My hair is very thick with fine strands. I recently added highlights to my hair with permanent colour. Fortunately, I didn’t experience any texture issues.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
I wash my hair every 2–3 weeks with shampoo, which I always follow with a detangling session and deep conditioning. My hair likes the simple approach when it comes to products, while my arms approve simple, low manipulation styles because of the thickness of my hair.

After washes I twist my hair while it is still damp in medium to small twists usually with just castor oil. If I desire I will apply Organic Root Stimulator Loc & Twist Gel after the castor oil before twisting. I apply a castor and peppermint oil mix to my scalp after twisting and leave the twists in for about a week or so and then I rock a twistout for a few days. Twistouts are my fav style! I refresh my hair when needed with a spritz consisting of water with a little regular conditioner. When the twistout gets old, my hair is then stretched enough to do a cute bun or updo until the next wash day. If I think my hair needs some extra moisture before my scheduled shampoo day, I will co-wash with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner and wear a “wash-n-go” puff for that day.

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
Wash days are a workout! I get tired just thinking about them. The night before my shampoo day, my hair is usually in a stretched state from an old twistout or braidout. So it is easy for me then to section my hair off into about 8 twisted sections and slightly finger detangle each section after misting it with a mixture of water and castor oil. Once a month, I protein treat my hair with some Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise mixed with 2 eggs. Before shampooing, I apply this treatment generously to my hair, cover my hair with a plastic cap and let it sit for about half an hour before rinsing.

After that, starting with the first section I unravel the twist, massage Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Shampoo into the section focusing on my scalp, rinse, slather the section with Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner and re-twist. I repeat this process until each section has been cleansed and my entire head is covered with conditioner. Then working in the same order I shampooed sections, I detangle each section first with my fingers followed with a wide tooth comb under running water and re-twist. To finish off I deep condition my hair with Organics Olive Oil Deep Conditioner with a plastic cap for about an hour. After slightly blotting the extra water with a t‑shirt, my hair can finally be styled. Whew!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
I love puffs! My knee-high stocking has not failed me yet on those off hair days.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
I do not try to combat it really, and believe me my hair shrinks ALOT but I accept it. As I have not used heat in over a year, I am ok with the little stretch I get from twisting after washes. If I want more stretch, for example in preparation for a style I would like to do the following day, I will put my hair in medium-sized braids overnight.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
My hair has the tendency to dry out easily if I’m not careful, sometimes it seems to soak up moisture like a sponge.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
1) Working in sections makes styling and wash days less stressful 2) Eliminating the use of heat on my hair has worked wonders for moisture retention and overall hair health.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
1) Applying product on my dry hair does nothing besides making it feel really greasy, so I stay away from dry twistouts/braidouts. 2) Might come as a shock to most naturals, but my hair dislikes coconut oil! Great shine, but it just sits on my hair and makes it feel brittle to the touch.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Hopefully I will have a YouTube channel up soon, but in the meantime you can always check out my page here on the BGLH forum: http://blackgirllonghairforum.com/profile/CocoNatalieFrancis and I’ll be glad to answer any questions. In addition, I am a co-admin of the SpicyNaturals FB page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SpicyNaturals/216039545136186, a spot which aims to give support and information for the naturals of Grenada and beyond, and also encourages an integral approach to being natural (hair, skin, body and spiritual well-being).

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Deidra
Deidra
8 years ago

Awesome. Am loving this. We needed more heads like hers featured. Really enjoying the variety Meosha 🙂

kai
kai
8 years ago
Reply to  Deidra

i agree!!!!!!

Lily
Lily
8 years ago
Reply to  Deidra

+ 2

Suzan, UK
Suzan, UK
8 years ago
Reply to  Deidra

also agree 🙂

Sybil
Sybil
8 years ago
Reply to  Deidra

yep A+

KaraJ
KaraJ
8 years ago

love the pinned up styles

keisha
keisha
8 years ago

Cute hair! Would love your thickness!

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  keisha

thank u!the thickness is a handful though haha

Chava
Chava
8 years ago

WOW! Beautiful! So inspiring. I’ll get there one day (hopefully).…

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  Chava

thank you and of course you’ll get there 🙂 patience and TLC to your hair is all you need

lovelylauz02
lovelylauz02
8 years ago

This is my hair twin!!! I am a HUGE fan of the cinnabun and rolled styles. I absolutely love having my hair in a huge puff and doing little cinnabuns. Such an EASY style that can last a whole week.

My fro (Regina) is pretty much opposed to coconut oil and has a sick love affair with castor oil. Castor oil, aloe vera gel and water mixed are her favorite things in the world.

Great Icon! Love it!!!

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  lovelylauz02

omg our hair is so alike lolol,i think cinnabuns are my fav protective style on stretched hair 🙂

Landry
Landry
8 years ago

Really pretty hair, it is so lush and I love the texture!

Tricia
Tricia
8 years ago

Great hair! Like some of the other comments, I’d like to see more BGLH’s like Corinne b/c she’s relatable. Her texture looks just like mine and I like all her styles especially the twists and twist outs. Thank you.

Pat
Pat
8 years ago

Love those twist outs!

Viv
Viv
8 years ago

Good Lord, your hair is kinkalicious! I’m going to try her castor/peppermint oil mix for my scalp…

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  Viv

lol thanx,the addition of the peppermint oil would feel refreshing and tingly on your scalp,plus probably leave your hair smelling delicious!

smegma
8 years ago

i wanted to say youre my hair twin. ive never seen anyone on BGLH with the exact same hair behavior. unfortunately, my hair doesn’t look as big and defined as yours once its unravelled 🙁 its much more frizzy. do you have any tips to keep the defined look or to make it much more defined? cheers! 🙂
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Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago
Reply to  smegma

Could it be her use of loc and twist gel? My hair is undefined but I don’t use gel.

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  smegma

hey there!first off i think your hair is pretty!most of my twists are done without gel,and i still get defined twistouts without it…the key to getting defined twistouts is simply technique…first i always twist my hair damp,during the twisting process i keep spritzing my hair if it dries out before applying the castor oil…yes you would have shrinkage but twistouts from hair twisted wet come out more defined than when twisted dry…then make sure before u unravel the twists that they are dry,i recommend to keep them in atleast for 24 hours before unraveling,that’s one trick to preventing frizz…the 2nd… Read more »

smegma
8 years ago
Reply to  Corinne

thank you Corinne, it does!

lovely
lovely
8 years ago

its nice to meet someone from my home country Grenada..beautiful hair

Sani
Sani
8 years ago

Your hair is beautiful, and so are you 🙂

Toya
8 years ago

Lovely hair, and just like some of the other ladies mentioned our hair is very similar in texture.

Zanthe
Zanthe
8 years ago

Also my hair twin but she’s more shiny/smoother. I too hate coconut oil,it makes my strands brittle. I also have dense yet fine 4b hair. My hair dries out easily and is hard on the arms during wash day. I agree, can we have more like her? How does she get her hair smooth for puffs and buns? My hair likes to puff up and out of any attempts at buns.

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  Zanthe

thanx for the luv zanthe!the only thing that holds all my hair comfortably secure for puffs and buns are knee-high stockings!i only do buns on stretched hair (from an old twistout/braidout) because the hair is much more manageable then and less puffy.…and those buns and updos require a fair amount of hair pins as well to keep them in place

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago

aww thank you for the support everyone!!!i love doing a variety of styles to show that the kinkier textures can be fly naturals too 🙂 so glad alot of you could relate to my hair journey

V
V
8 years ago

Whoot(: Grenada! I get excited everytime I hear/see about a fellow Grenadian lol.

Corinne
Corinne
8 years ago
Reply to  V

lol it was an honor to represent for the naturals here, thank you! 🙂

V
V
8 years ago

Gorgeous hair btw. I like seeing 4 b/c naturals like me.

Rachel
Rachel
8 years ago

Absolutely beautiful Corinne!

anonymous
anonymous
8 years ago

G‑O-R-G-E-O-U‑S !

Reppin JA
Reppin JA
8 years ago

Yum! That’s all I can say as I drool over ur pics. Can’t wait to have big, bad, fab hair like this. Loving it!

LBell
LBell
8 years ago

4b/4c REPRESENT! Simply gorgeous! 🙂

soulsentwined
soulsentwined
8 years ago

you have such lovely healthy thick hair

Tel8
Tel8
8 years ago

I LOVE your texture! Absolutely stunning!!!! 😀 I wish my hair looked like that!

Michelle
Michelle
8 years ago

beautiful hair love it

Toni
Toni
7 years ago

HI Corinne… Because Greenz is such a small place I had to comment- Respect the nutmeg!!! Great Hair!!

Corinne
Corinne
7 years ago
Reply to  Toni

hehe why thank you!happy to represent for my greenz peeps,was one of the reasons i agreed to do the feature interview,i enjoyed the experience 🙂

Ballerina Girl
Ballerina Girl
7 years ago

We have exactly the same hair and the same regimen!
Stunning hair and very inspiring 🙂

Ballerina Girl
Ballerina Girl
7 years ago
Reply to  Ballerina Girl

And I’m half Grenadian woop woop!

Corinne
Corinne
7 years ago
Reply to  Ballerina Girl

wow!ah luv it! 🙂

Aisha
7 years ago

Wow, her and her hairstyles are amazing! Inspiration right there!

Ashley
Ashley
7 years ago

You have some beautiful and thick hair.

Kay
Kay
7 years ago

My hair hates coconut oil too! Finally, another natural has that same issue! I’m a 4c girl too. 🙂

dee
dee
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair! I just love 4bc hair

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