*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally
C: My name is Chanell Nicole and I’m from Miami, Florida.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I went natural because constant relaxing caused an allergic reaction all over my scalp and started to spread to my face. I cut off my permed hair in August 2007 and started growing it out in October 2007. I have been natural now for 5 years.
How would you describe your texture?
C: My texture is 3c + 4a. My strands are coarse and my hair is loosely packed. Not really dense. At the roots, it’s very thick thanks to prenatal vitamins. The colored parts are a little thinner since they have been processed. Most days, my hair is frizzy due to the South Florida humidity. I don’t fight it. The more humidity, the better. Unless I’m trying to maintain a bantu knot out.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: Over the course of a month my styling choices vary. My go-to style is a twistout. Though, most recently I’ve been wearing a braidout to define my roots a little better. I wash with moisturizing shampoo once a month and dandruff shampoo as needed (my scalp has been dry since I entered my second trimester of pregnancy). I deep condition twice a month and co-wash every other day when I wear my hair in a faux bun. When the mood strikes, I’ll wear two strand twists but it takes me about three-five hours to complete my entire head. Once I take down my two-strand twists, I wear a twistout for a few days and pre-poo using honey and olive oil before washing and deep conditioning. Depending on the weather, I also twist dry hair with shea butter.
For perfect twistouts and bantu knot outs, I swear by Entwine products! I use the Crème Jelle Styler, Exotique Butter Cream Hydrator, and Total Perfection Argan Oil. I always have shea butter on hand to retwist my twistouts/braidouts. My staple wash day products include: Shea Moisture – Moisture Retention Shampoo, L’Oreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner (for co-washes) Honey and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (pre-poo).
What does wash day look like for you?
C: On a wash day, I spray my hair with water and detangle with a wide tooth comb. Some days, when I don’t have a lot of time, I detangle with a handful of conditioner and wet my hair under running water. I wash my scalp first, cleaning any buildup. I don’t use much shampoo on my actual hair. After my hair has rinsed clean, I apply conditioner and let it sit, sometimes overnight. I rinse with warm water then cold water. I blot my hair dry with a cotton t‑shirt and apply a moisturizer/leave in and seal with argan oil. To dry, I put my hair in about 6 big twists.
Tell us about your hair color?
C: I had my hair colored on a whim going into 2012. So on December 31, 2012, I was in the salon getting my hair colored. It has not been touched up as of yet. I don’t plan on coloring it again. It started out as a chestnut brown base with golden highlights. The stylist used a mix of colors and did free style highlighting. Coloring my hair has loosened the curl pattern a bit.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: When I don’t have a lot of styling time I usually wear my hair out, free. If I want to look pulled together, I’ll wear a faux bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: Shrinkage has never really been an issue for me. My hair has never been tightly wound. If I want to stretch my hair a bit, I will plait it dry or pull it back in a low bun, or up in a tight ponytail.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: The colored portion of my hair is a problem area. I must be sure to moisturize it or I will experience breakage.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: Do’s? Hmmm. I don’t follow any rules or a regimen, but I would say moisture, moisture, moisture. It helps with curl pattern definition.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Don’ts? Don’t use excessive heat or you may lose your curl pattern.