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Chandra // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Oct 3, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
C:
My name is Chandra Hawthorne and I am from Dallas, Texas.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I have been natural for 4 years. I decided to go natural for two reasons. I was tired of getting it relaxed, and bored with my relaxed look. Also I had begun a healthy hair journey on my relaxed hair by using all natural products. Well it took less than a month of doing that to realize that it made no sense (to me) to use natural products on my hair if I was going to still chemically relax it? I really wanted to know how well my hair would do with no chemicals or harsh products being used in it. So I stopped relaxing it.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
My curl pattern is a 4A/4B with 3C in the nape. My overall texture is very cottony, dense, and spongy. My hair has medium, fine, and coarse textures mixed in. My hair in the nape is very curly and has a fine texture. The rest of my hair is very kinky-curly, cottony, and coarse. The front of my hair has little to no curl pattern, so I have to use more holding product there to keep my set styles. My hair has about 70% shrinkage, and it needs a lot of moisture. It is prone to dryness so I have to stay on top of it. My hair also tangles quickly, so I have to be very patient when detangling and styling my hair.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
My styling regimen is centered around hair health and my lifestyle 98% of the time! I tend to wear protective styles most of the time because they hold moisture in my hair much longer, help me retain most of my length, and they work for my lifestyle. I wash my hair about twice a month with apple cider vinegar and water and I deep condition with Hydratherma Naturals Moisture Boost Conditioner for about an hour. I then rinse and add my leave in, moisturizer, and oil from the Hydratherma Naturals line. I also use other carrier oil mixes such as extra virgin olive oil, Vatika, and safflower oil. After I’ve air dried my hair in plaits overnight, the next day, (or two days) I slightly re-moisten and add Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and proceed to twist my hair. I keep the twists in about a week and a half to two weeks. I wear my hair out in a twist out for about 3 days and repeat! I also use henna and amla about once every 2 months, and I cleanse with Aztec Bentonite Healing Clay once a month. In the rare event that my hair is out, it will most likely be a twist out, braid out, or some kind of bun.

Twist out back

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
I wash my hair once every two weeks. I start with a dry finger detangle with oil. I then add a prepoo mixture of extra virgin olive oil and conditioner. My prepoo sits for at least 2 hours and sometimes overnight. I cleanse with apple cider vinegar and water most of the time, followed by Hydratherma Naturals to deep condition for at least an hour. I then use Hydratherma Naturals Leave In, Moisturizer and I seal with oil. Afterwards I typically twist my hair up with Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie and wear it in twists for 2 weeks and repeat!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
My quick go to style is definitely my banana clip bun, with side swooped, pinned bangs. It’s so easy and it looks very classy. I Love it!

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
I put my hair in about 12 plaits and let my hair dry about 95 %. If I really want it stretched I just blow it out on low heat.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
Definitely how easily my hair tangles and forms knots, especially in the nape. I have to really slow down and take my time or I will have to pull out the scissors!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
I have to keep my hair stretched, and I have to keep it moisturized.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
I can’t let my hair fully shrink, or fully dry out, or it will be a wrap!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes! I can be found at Chanshealthyhappyhair.blogspot.com, Healthy Happy Hair on Facebook, and Chawthorne3 on Instagram.

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Alisa
Alisa
7 years ago

Beautiful hair and great hair growth!

mlank64
mlank64
7 years ago

I love this hair and those twist are luscious. Gorgeous!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  mlank64

Thank you so much! Twists are my fav!

alt-K
alt-K
7 years ago

Your hair and curl pattern are divine!!! It’s pics like these that make me want to cut my locs and become a loose natural.

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  alt-K

What a beautiful compliment, thank you so much. I also think about locking atleast once a year! lol..

Polly
Polly
7 years ago

I love how honest she was when describing her hair and the general interview..good job and lovely hair! 🙂

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Polly

Thank you so much Polly! I tried to be descriptive as possible! My hair seem to have so many different faces!

jjac401
jjac401
7 years ago

Very beautiful hair!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  jjac401

Thank you!! : )

gumbohair.com
7 years ago

a very pretty healthy head of hair!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  gumbohair.com

Thank you so much!

Michele
Michele
7 years ago

Finally, my hair twin!!! love your hair!

Tonia
Tonia
7 years ago
Reply to  Michele

I guess we are hair triplets because her hair description was mine to the tee!!

Lady
Lady
7 years ago
Reply to  Tonia

Make it quadruples.…because i can relate to her texture..Amix of 3c (nape) and 4a (front) and all those coils in between:)
Soft fluffy to the toutch

Iman
7 years ago
Reply to  Tonia

Hair quadruplets?

This is definitely my hair too. Curly at the nape, 4A/B every where else… Cottony.

Yep, this is my head of hair!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Iman

OH my goodness!! All of these hair twins!! I really want to see all yalls hair! This is so exciting!? I’ve only been able to find one other person with the same amount of cotton and sponge that I have going on!

gigi
gigi
7 years ago
Reply to  Chan

well I raise their quadruplets with a some QUINTUPLET realness! lol I think mine might be a bit more dense, but everything you’ve described is very similar! G‑d help me if I lose my mind after watching a few misleading tutorials and do a wash & go… ohh dear… lol

gigi
gigi
7 years ago
Reply to  Chan

uh oh! revoked! I see another quint! can I get a SEXTUPLET?! haha

CurlyQ
CurlyQ
7 years ago
Reply to  Michele

Somebody’s momma was working overtime because we’re quadruplets. Chandra gives me hope. 🙂 Seriously beautiful hair.

CurlyQ
CurlyQ
7 years ago
Reply to  CurlyQ

Oops. Quints. I’m late. 🙂

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  CurlyQ

Thank you so much Curly Q!!! Now I want to form a group for the Hair Quints!! We could really help each other out!

CurlyQ53
CurlyQ53
7 years ago
Reply to  Chan

You form it and I. Am. IN! Seriously, your hair is amazing and from your description I am thinking my hair may be very similar when it gets more length and I am ecstatic!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Michele

Yaaaay! Michele I am so happy that there’s some other people out there with this hair! It’s always so exciting when we find each other! I think I’ve only found one other person with the same cottony sponge like texture.

Nappy4C Rocks
Nappy4C Rocks
7 years ago

interesting post

treece12
treece12
7 years ago

Oh wow, lovely head of hair

Ray
Ray
7 years ago

That mini twist style is gorgeous!

LaNeshe
7 years ago

That hair is LUSCIOUS.

MaYa
MaYa
7 years ago

Just A word! Wow!!!!!

Dee
Dee
7 years ago

her hairr is the bomb.com
love it! one of my faves

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Dee

Thank you Dee!! : )

Sherita Valree
Sherita Valree
7 years ago

Finally someone with a texture like mine!! 3C in the nape and 4a/4b everywhere else (:

Dawn
Dawn
7 years ago

Beautiful hair!

OAN–BGLH is leading me to believe that women with average to lower density coverage don’t qualify as hair inspirations, because I haven’t seen one featured in a LONG time.

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Dawn

Thank you Dawn!! I actually would love to see more fine-haired low density inspirations too because I actually have a few clients with that hair type and they are always disparately searching for hairstyles that they find flattering on them. I’ve actively searched for them and I haven’t found many women with the hair type posting pics. I actually have one client with this hair combination, and I grew her hair from twa to slightly past shoulder length in one year. She gain more fullness and length. I used frequent henna treatments and protective styles. I attached her photo, although… Read more »

Dawn
Dawn
7 years ago
Reply to  Chan

Hey Chan 😀

I appreciate your reply! Thanks for seeing the need for diversity among inspirations (I’m sure *someone* will think I’m the Debbie-downer/Hater/Simon Cowell of the comment section lol) and I’m glad you show a concern and try to meet the specific needs of your clients. Wonderful job on her hair and thanks for sharing!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Dawn

Oh no I didn’t think that at all, I guess I understand that frustration because of the clients I have with that hair combo. But I really think it begins with women with that hair type wanting to inspire and post pics and vids from others to draw from. I can recall when I first went natural not many women with type 4b/4c hair were posting as many pics as the others. Many women with no definitive curl patterns were frustrated because everywhere you looked were curls and waves! And women were complaining lol, but now there’s endless inspiration in… Read more »

Kwl0711
Kwl0711
7 years ago

Hair twin!! Love it! Grow on & glow on, Sista!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Kwl0711

Thank you so much!!

Elaine
Elaine
7 years ago

Hair CRUSH!

Tessa
Tessa
7 years ago

Ditto Elaine’s comment; “hair crush”! 🙂 I’m generally not the envious type, but what I would do to have hair like yours! lolol Absolutely gorgeous! I wore my hair in a twa for more years than I can remember. I started growing it out last December. I soooo miss the ease of having a twa 🙁 But, would love to have the versatility with hair like yours. Hmmmm.…

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Tessa

Thanks Tessa! lol u are funny. Let me tell you its like anything else you are willing to pay a price for. Hard work, but worth it in the end! I often think back to the days of my twa and WISH I would have cherised that stage more, because it was so much easier then! But you are right, if you love versatility, length is your friend! I also love that if I don’t feel like doing it I can put it in a Bun and forget about it! So yeh girl keep growing it and just have patience… Read more »

Lovey
Lovey
7 years ago

Chandra your hair is divine simply gorgeous you’re an inspiration.
Thank you

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Lovey

Thank you so much Lovey!

Luisa
Luisa
7 years ago

Ohh so similar to my 6 year old’s hair. I’m not one who does fancy braids in my child’s hair, but I do twists and big plaits. It’s nice to see all of the different hair routines.

Zanjanil
Zanjanil
7 years ago

Gorgeous lady! Beautiful hair! I get slightly jealous of ladies who have no frizz in their hair 🙂

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Zanjanil

lol..thank you so much Zanjanil, but girl I don’t make that cut because my hair gets frizzy! I love moisture and glycerin so it doesn’t take much for my hair to frizz actually.

Esther
Esther
7 years ago

I love the natural unpermed hair trend. I am 5 months on transition and its so much fun knowing that my hair will no longer suffer the aftermaths of relaxers…pheew!. But I can hardly get styles that suits me. But its fun!

neka
neka
7 years ago

Lovely

thepursuitofmaria
thepursuitofmaria
7 years ago

Yay! I love when I see women with hair textures like mine!Beautiful !

T
T
7 years ago

Wow! We have VERY similar regimens with very similar hair too lol, and I keep two strand twists 2 weeks at a time & repeat as well. Ahh, & I just love your hair! It looks so healthy, lush, and beautiful! 🙂

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  T

Aww Thank you so much T! Its so good to know that I am not the only one that go through all of these various steps! I am glad that it all pays off! lol.

Quay
Quay
6 years ago
Reply to  Chan

Hey thank you so so so much for sharing your story!
quick question…how long did it take you to grow your hair from the shortest length in the pictures above to the longest length, also in the pictures above?

P.S. YOUR HAIR IS SOOO PRETTY

Maria V.
Maria V.
7 years ago

I’ve never seen someone whose hair looks just like mine! Beautiful and inspiring. This gives me an idea of what my hair can look like in the coming years.

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  Maria V.

Hey Maria! I am so glad that this has given you some sort of vision! I love it when that happens also!

JoSomebody
JoSomebody
7 years ago

Oh. My. WOW! ????

D.K.
7 years ago

Such thick, luscious hair! It looks great, probably feels great and the routine IS great! Love the reasoning behind going natural too.

http://vertmoot.blogspot.com

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  D.K.

Thank you so much! Yes it does feel great most of the time! If I stray away from proven ingredients that my hair loves the softness goes away! Every now and then I get that reality check!

luvnM3napturally
luvnM3napturally
7 years ago

Gorgeous thick hair! Loving the bun!

Chan
7 years ago

Thank you Maam! I absolutely love buns!

jakalaonu
jakalaonu
7 years ago

Beautiful hair, beautiful you!!

Chan
7 years ago
Reply to  jakalaonu

Aww thank you Jakalaonu!!

Desiree
Desiree
7 years ago

OMG your hair is so beautiful and thick! I love it!

Chan
7 years ago

lol..thank you so much Desiree!

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

Great interview and photos. I like the first ohoto with the pompadour in the front and poinytail in the back. It’s cute.

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