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Crystal // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
C: Hi everyone! My name is Crystal, I’m 21, from California and I’m a senior in college.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: The initial reason was because I wanted to grow out my own long hair and have that flat ironed curled look.  I learned from a hair book that going natural would be a great way to get started.  After looking up tons of natural hair pictures on the internet and watching Youtube videos, my perception of beauty started changing.  I realized that there wasn’t just one look (Kim Kardashian look) that meant that you were extremely stunning. Natural hair began to look appealing to me and I wanted to see what I looked like with my natural texture.   As I was doing research about natural hair I started paying more attention to the content of what the women were talking about and not just their hair.  I realized that hair health was something of great importance for growing out long natural hair. I was in my second year of college when I decided to do the BC and I was ready to come into my own look.

How would you describe your texture?
C: I would describe my texture as being closer to the 3c mark, tightly curly, some coils, gets very straight when pulled into a pony tail when wet, thick yet medium density, and dark brown. My hair has the capability of mimicking other textures very well; especially 4a, b, and c. A lot of people really don’t know or understand what my texture is until I actually show them.  It’s very curly and varies from “s” shapes to coils.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: I like to begin with two strand twists in my hair for about a week (if I can last that long). I have the biggest problem with not being able to keep my hair in a protective style because I love having my hair out.  I take the twists down and wear it out for about 3 days to a week. I then put my hair in my favorite pineapple up-do and style it in random ways for a few days to a week.  I take the up-do down and put in braids for a braid out.  At the end of the month if I’m in a rush I usually do a quick wash and go and get creative wearing my hair in whatever style I can make up from scratch by using bobby pins.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style?
C: My favorite go to hair style would have to be the classic pineapple up-do that sits promptly at the top of my head, either in a puff or curly looking fro.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I combat shrinkage by using a technique I like to call a stretched twist out.  I learned this technique from Naptural85 on her Youtube channel.  After washing my hair I put in medium sized two strand twists.  I use my mixture of Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner, oils, and aloe vera gel for a moisturizer then leave the twists in overnight; sleeping on a satin pillowcase but not wrapping my hair.  In the morning I unravel the twists and fluff it out for a fantastic stretched twist out.  I have the length and volume that I adore every time!  I also use the braid out technique.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: My 2 do’s for my texture hair is co-washing as frequently as possible.  Preferably co-washing every week or every two weeks, this keeps my hair looking and smelling fresh.  Realistically, I wash my hair every three weeks to a month. I’ve also noticed an increase in hair growth when I wash more frequently.  The second is my moisturizing mix that I put together for my hair, which is nothing more than Cantu Shea Butter leave in conditioner, my favorite hair oils, and aloe vera gel.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: The 2 don’t for my hair texture- 1. Not keeping my hair moisturized in the front, crown/middle, and ends of my hair. 2- Not doing too many wash and go’s.  My hair can become very tangled, matted, and ratty looking if I do two wash and go’s in a row.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: Yes, I have a Tumblr account called MyMangoLove. Come follow!
http://mymangolove.tumblr.com

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Cee
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Cee

I LOOOOOOOOVEEE her hair! omg so pretty!

j
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j

Absolutely Gorgeous!!!!! Love it natural and defined

Mika
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I love her hair. She’s as cute as can be also.

mlank64
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mlank64

My hair twin…finally! Well she is simply gorgeous

Antoinette Stewart
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Lovely length retention, thats a head full of healthy strands! Wohoo another Cali chick 🙂 Southern California all the way!

JoAnn
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JoAnn

Gorgeous head full of thick curly hair!

keisha
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keisha

Gorgeous! Love your tumblr!

Diamone
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Diamone

She really knows what she’s doing and it shows!
She’s really passionate too, a great influence on many!

Naturally Rad
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Naturally Rad

God bless you and that beautiful head of hair. The thickness is where it’s at.

April
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April

We have the exact same hair!!! You are so right. People don’t “get” how it curls and behaves. I’m in the process of transitioning now.

Cia
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Cia

Beautiful head of hair! So thick and full! Wow

NaturalToo
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NaturalToo

Absolutely gorgeous!

Michelle
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Michelle

cool hair 🙂

Adrienne
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Adrienne

Who knew I’d ever find my hair twin lol

Zanthe
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Zanthe

Massive hair. Seems quite a few 3s are lucky enough to be able to mimic different textures and therefore have more versatility in their styling. It’s also quite fun to be able to change up your look so frequently. It can be confusing when you see a girl with what appears to be a 4b fro wet her hair in a YouTube vid and go to near pre-raphelite curls. I imagine that’s why people get confused over other naturals textures all the time. Especially if they’re the type to look for a hair twin.

pazoar
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pazoar

I always believed that this versatility was typical of 4a hair. I can have ringlets and I can have kinky fros depending and how much moisture I add to my hair. I thought that 3c hair were more like Tracy elis Ross’ hair and would never be mistaken for 4b hair.

Zanthe
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Zanthe

True 4as seem to be able to do this too but I have seen plenty of 3cs and bs with that versatility and I always think it looks like fun.

Kayla
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Wow! My hair has a lot of the properties of Crystal’s–mimicking other textures and straightening easily when pulled back. I’m 2.5 years in and JUST found out that my hair curls–loosely in some places.

I wish I’d known about this type of hair early on. Thanks for sharing, Crystal.

Amma Mama
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Amma Mama

lovely

Yoco
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Yoco

I’m 4a with some 3c mix in there to confuse folks — LOL. My hair can mimic as well and I love the versatility. Depending on the amount of product or type of product, I’m either a 4a fluffy as a cloud natural or a 3c Tracy Ross natural. So, I totally get what this lady with the awesome hair is saying.

Bridget J.
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Bridget J.

I can totally relate as well. My hair type is 4a/3c and it can look vastily different depending on what products I use or the hairstyle that I am rocking.

Colette
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Colette

OMG! Nice and thick hair. Great job. Keep it up because it’s beautiful.

Jessie
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Jessie

She has beautiful hair, but she looks like she is a cutter…in the pic she is sitting down she has soooo many cuts on her arm…that makes me a bit concerned as I knew someone that was like that. Hope I am wrong, but I dunno about that one…

Jo Somebody
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Jo Somebody

Ok.…?

DANGST
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DANGST

Whats that have to do with anything? Like, why even worry? I used to self harm too. Dont worry about other people’s bodies?

Indi
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Indi

I’ve honestly been looking for someone with my exact hair type for years! You also have the problem with others not knowing what it really is till you show them.

It feels great to know that there is another out there. If you know anyone else with our same texture, do point them in my direction.

LOVE YOUR STYLE!!!!

AnaDion
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AnaDion

I feel the same way! I was browsing the site and almost died: could it be that I have a hair twin!? And that second picture of her, with her hair blown out, did it for me.

Deeah
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Deeah

I usually just read these articles and keep it moving but I just had to comment. You and your hair are GORGEOUS!! My hair is just a little longer than collar bone length with a texture quite similar to yours. You can’t really see the fullness just yet due to shrinkage but seeing your volume at your length gives me hope!

Ebony
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Ebony

Hair envy!!! I love her hair! It is gorgeous!!! GORGEOUS!

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she gets my vote for best style con. love her hair. you rock it, girl.

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*drooling* OMGosh!! Just unbelievably gorgeous woman and hair!!

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Sharice
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Sharice

When I read this I felt like you were describing my hair. I was so happy to find someone who can relate. I feel like I’m stuck in the TWA phase (mainly because one section is growing much slower than the res) and I’m trying to figure out what to do. I’m trying to figure out protective styles and or proper care for 3C/4a TWA hair. If anyone has any tips they would be greatly appreciated 🙂

Kadeem
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Kadeem

Your hair seems soooo much like mines. Right now I’m in the TWA phases (6months from big chop). I can’t wait until I achieve this length. :]

bunnie
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bunnie

Her hair is gorgeous. But it doesnt looklike 3c hair to me. It looks more 4a/4b ish to me. (Shrugs) maybe it’s the pictures. Other than that her hair is gorgeous

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