C: My name is Chrissy. I am from Newark, NJ.
Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C: I went natural because I used to go a very long time in between relaxers, but when I would get a doobie my new growth would look exactly like my permed hair. It actually looked better, and my doobies lasted longer. I also started to see my curl pattern, and fell in love. I’ve been natural since 2009.
How would you describe your texture?
C: My hair is primarily 3c. My hair behaves extremely well. Weather is rarely a factor. It’s very versatile and goes from curly to straight seamlessly. My curls are defined, yet I have a certain degree of puffiness that gives me the volume that I love.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C: I am an extremely busy person. I am always on the go, and I have a 3 year old son! So…I’ve become known as the wash and go queen! My favorite product is Kinky Curly Curling Custard. I use different conditioners. Right now, I’m using Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream. I rarely use shampoo. If I feel I need a little extra moisture, I use Trader Joe’s virgin coconut oil. I wash my hair an hour before I need to leave, (I only comb through it about once a week) and while my hair is still dripping I put in a quarter sized amount of product in my hands and rub throughout my hair. I let my hair air dry while I get ready. My hair goes through various stages throughout the day from tame – wild.
What does wash day look like for you?
C: I see on blogs and Instagram that wash day is a spectacular event for many naturals…I’m a very low maintenance natural. I “wash/wet” my hair about 3 times a week. I shampoo about once a month, but the regimen is the same as my wash and go. (Cantu deep conditioner, Kinky Curly/or Cantu Shea Leave in Conditioner)
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: My favorite go to style is a simple curly “pony-bun”. I stretch out the hair tie and fit all of my hair into it. The key is not double wrapping the hair tie. Technically it’s a ponytail, but it really looks like a curly bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: Shrinkage isn’t a big problem for me, but I usually just pull on my curls throughout the day, especially in the back.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C: Trader Joe’s coconut oil is my cure for any moisture issues I may have, especially in the summer months.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: #1 DO for my hair is the co-poo. I very rarely use shampoo…My hair retains moisture so much better since I stopped shampooing regularly. #2 DO for my hair is letting it be out and free. I pretty much let my hair do what it pleases. I don’t play in it too much…I’ve never dyed it. I just maintain it and care for it…sort of like a plant! (lol)
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: #1 DON’T is straightening it too much. I straighten my hair about once every 2 months just to see how long it is and to get a trim. I’m very scared to ruin my curl pattern especially in the front of my hair. I have a lot of friends whose hair will no longer curl in the front because of excessive straightening. I notice my hair takes a while to get its bounce back if I straighten it frequently. #2 DON’T is using gels and mousses. I like for my curls to be soft, not hard and crunchy. I don’t do slick back styles that require gel and brushing down my curls. My hair NEVER agrees…not to mention I loathe flakes!
Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C: Find me on Instagram @ChrisMiss_ …I was also on the May cover of curlBOX …blog coming soon!