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Corrie // Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jun 25, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
C:
Hey everyone! My name is Corrie Gallien. I am an attorney/single mother to an amazing girl. I am from Opelousas, Louisiana. Shout out to you if you know where that is!!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I will say that I used to love my relaxed hair. It was healthy, long and full. The major drawback was that I could not manage it on my own. I had to do weekly visits to the salon, which was breaking my pocketbook. My daughter Melani was the number one reason why I decided to return to my natural hair. She was struggling to accept her curly hair and I was finding it difficult to encourage her to love her own hair when everyone around her, including me had straight hair. One day I had an epiphany: what better way to show her how to love her hair than to fall in love with my own. She thought I was crazy when I chopped off all of my hair, but now she loves my hair and most importantly, she loves her own hair. Now that I have returned to being natural, I love the fact that I don’t have to put damaging chemicals in my hair to achieve hair that I love way more than I ever loved my relaxed hair. My hair is versatile and beautiful; I wish I had never relaxed it. But lesson learned; I will never return to relaxed hair. It has been almost three years since my last relaxer, and I did the big chop in October of 2010.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
I still haven’t really categorized it, but others have done it for me. Some have said it’s 3c, others have said it’s 4a. I say it’s thick, healthy, and curly.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
My styling regimen varies. I do not use heat in my hair (Confession: I did use heat one time since the big chop for a partial blowout, but that’s not the norm). I usually style with the leave-in conditioners I mentioned below, or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I use aloe vera gel or flaxseed gel to slick down my hair. I think proper moisture is the key to any great style. Dry dull hair will always ruin a style, even a pretty one. I always style on detangled hair and usually style when my hair is damp.

My go-to styles are twists of different sizes. I love twists because they are so versatile. I can do mini-twists, which I do from time to time when I want to give my hair a break from styling for a few weeks. It takes longer to put them in, but lasts much longer than big twists so it’s worth the extra work. I do medium sized twists when I want to wear my twists down, but don’t have the time to do mini-twists. And I do larger twists when I want to pin my twists up (also very quick and creates very elegant styles). I haven’t mastered the art of flat twists on my own hair, but one day I will conquer that style because I love how it looks on others! I do braidouts when I want to stretch my hair. I don’t wear braids as a style unless they are microbraids using only my own hair. I haven’t tried braids using extensions, but I am open to the idea of doing them one day. I usually avoid extensions because I hate to keep a style in my hair more than three weeks, so for me it’s usually not worth the time and cost it takes to put them in. I like bantu knot outs, but twists are usually easier for me to do on my own hair so I rarely do them.

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
I try to keep my wash day as simple as possible. I co-wash every other wash.
I deep condition once a month and henna occasionally. So those wash days are extra special and time consuming. Here’s a look at my usual wash day. I usually shampoo or co-wash, then detangle while the conditioner is still in my hair. I use only non-sulfate shampoos and conditioners. I have been using the Organix line lately because I found a few bottles on sale. I use a padded brush to detangle. Then I wash out the conditioner and blot dry with a t‑shirt (I don’t dry with towels because they can snag your hair and cause frizz). I then apply my leave-in conditioner, which most days is Karen’s Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia Leave-In Conditioner or Super Duper Hydrating Hair Cream. I detangle some more if needed, then seal my hair with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, or a mixture of them. I then style my hair as desired.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
I love pinning my hair up in various updos because it’s quick and effortless and because I like to have my hair out of my face and off of my neck when I am at work. I also love wearing turbans and headwraps from L’amour Naturelle (lamournaturelle.com). These give my hair a much needed break while spicing up my wardrobe, so it’s a win-win for me 🙂

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
Twists and braids are both my way of combating shrinkage. These also help minimize the tangles in my hair. I don’t mind shrinkage. It adds to my hair’s versatility.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
Single strand knots are the major problem I come across. I finger detangle to remove the knots and minimize breakage.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
Do keep your hair properly moisturized and do keep the rest of your body healthy. Being natural should go beyond just your hair. I use natural soaps, skin products, etc. I try to make it a lifestyle. Eating clean and green is the best way to promote healthy hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
Don’t always compare your hair to others. Learn and love your hair. It’s unique and wonderfully made just for you. Don’t overcomplicate your hair regimen. Less is best! Find out what works and stick with it.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
I used to have a blog and am thinking about starting one up again in the near future. If you want to connect with me now, you can find me on Facebook (Corrie Gallien), Instagram @beautyofdacross and on Twitter @beautyofdacross.

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Jessica
Jessica
7 years ago

Your hair is breathtaking! So thick and healthy looking… I love the with your daughter as well!

Marie
Marie
7 years ago

Soooo beautiful, lOve her hair…
First to comment! Whoop whoop!
Stunning girl, adorable daughter
#repping natural hair

Camillia
Camillia
7 years ago

I have to ditto what Marie said!!!! 🙂 Beautiful!!

Alisa
Alisa
7 years ago

She has beautiful hair, and I absolutely loved the pic with her and her daughter! I also loved that she decided to be an example to her daughter and chose to wear her hair naturally. Go mom!

Qura
Qura
7 years ago

Absolutely, love her hair and her daughter is simply gorg!!!

Tierra
Tierra
7 years ago

You and your daughter are one beautiful pair! And i agree, less is best!

Jenny08
Jenny08
7 years ago

Gorgeous picture with you and your daughter!! Your hair is lovely as well! Beautiful, healthy and thick!

D.K.
7 years ago

Wow, girl! Love the pics, love the hair, and love your attitude! Great job for having the courage to recognize and change for yourself and others.

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LisavetVlogs
7 years ago

Gorgeous hair!!! 🙂

Chasity
Chasity
7 years ago

Shout out to Opelousas! My family comes outta OP. I’m from DeQuincy, Louisiana near Lake Charles.

Chi
Chi
7 years ago

You and your daughter need to be in an ad, in a billboard somewhere, somehow! You are both so beautiful!

Toni
Toni
7 years ago

Opelousas ! My mom was born there. You have gorgeous hair.

DreamGirl
DreamGirl
7 years ago

I love the pic with your daughter,I’m gonna teach my girls to love their natural hair through my example. I agree with not over complicating a regime,I’ve seen a lot of progress when I stopped wanting to try everything others recommend. Lovely lady with gorgeous hair 🙂

Anon BK
Anon BK
7 years ago

Lovely!

OT: you know this site has style icons, hair icons, how about career inspirations featuring naturals in inspiring/interesting careers. I just got the idea from noticing that Corrie was an attorney and whenever hair icons mention their jobs I always find it interesting and want to know more. It may also help women who think certain careers are off limits while wearing certain natural looks. Just a thought…

Beauty Salon Melbourne

Thanks a lot for your post. From I have changed my thinking…I am started loving my hairs also you have amazing hairs and love the way you manage them.

Anthony
Anthony
7 years ago

AHHHH!!!! my mom is from Opelousas and I used to spend my summers there!!

Deadra
Deadra
7 years ago

I know Opelousas! I’m from Lake Charles, but my home is Detroit. Your and your daughter’s hair is beautiful and bless you for setting the example to love your hair the way it is. I too always had healthy, beautiful, long, thick relaxed hair. My last perm was July 2009 and I’ve been cutting it out ever since and totally natural now BUT I continue to go to my stylist for a wash, blow dry and style because I spend so much time on my daughter’s natural hair and learning the natural hair journey for her, so no time for… Read more »

Chelle
Chelle
7 years ago

Love Love Love your hair!!!

Candice
Candice
7 years ago

What a beautiful gift to give to yourself and your daughter!!! You’re both very lovely.

LESLIE
LESLIE
7 years ago

Your hair is AWESOME!!!! How short did you cut your hair when you big chopped? Do you have a picture journal from short to long?

Corrie
Corrie
7 years ago
Reply to  LESLIE

Yes check out the video I made over a year ago. My hairs longer now but you’ll see the before and after. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?feature=plcp&v=cXbj-aqszwc
Feel free to follow me @beautyofdacross on instagram to keep up with my natural hair journey!

Jacky
Jacky
7 years ago

Gorgeous

Corrie
Corrie
7 years ago

Thanks for the encouragement & compliments everyone!! My daughter & I so appreciate it!!!

MrsGlam
7 years ago

The mommy and daughter pic is too cute! Gorgeous lady, beautiful hair.

Funmi
Funmi
7 years ago

Soooo much.… HAIR!
lOVE IT!

Michelle@Radiant Brown Beauty

Absolutely beautiful hair. God bless

Love JAH
Love JAH
7 years ago

Such a beauty! Love the mom and mini pic!

Shantay
Shantay
7 years ago

I love the pic of you and your daughter, so pretty. I’ve heard of a few mothers transitioning to natural because of their daughters. It’s a beautiful message to the little ones.

Marcia
Marcia
7 years ago

I’m from Baton Rouge, LA; Opelousas, LA is between Baton Rouge and Lafayette. Beautiful hair!!

MM
MM
7 years ago

Awesome thing you’ve done for yourself and your daughter! Beautiful hair 🙂

Justine
7 years ago

So proud of my sister for being featured. 🙂

Ginger
7 years ago

Thank you for sharing. Your information was very helpful. Btw pics are beautiful too! You are right about finding the right styles and products that works bc what works for one may not for the other. Peace and blessings!

Chrissie
Chrissie
6 years ago

Beautiful pics but especially the mum-daughter… she’s like a lil “mini me” (mini you that is). Love it.

Chaunta
Chaunta
6 years ago

Keep up the good work BGLH! We look forward to your articles and posts and we realize its a lot of work! God Bless!

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