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Kivvi // 3C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
K:
My name is Kivvi Rachelle. I’m originally from Louisville, Kentucky and I am currently a Keyholder for A.P.C. (it’s a French clothing brand).

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
K:
I have been natural now for a little over 2 1/2 years. It was a combination of a curiosity, finances, and overall health for my hair. I had been relaxing my hair for so long that I no longer knew what my curl pattern was. Having seen several women wearing their natural hair, I soon became curious about mine. Plus I was tired of putting chemicals in my hair and spending a ridiculous amount of money just to get it straight every two weeks.

How would you describe your texture?
K:
I would say my texture is about a 3C. My hair tends to do what it wants. I’ll do the same styling technique and half the time it comes out different than the last time I did it in that same way. It takes a lot more effort to style my hair because it’s thick and slightly coarse.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
K:
I wash my hair about once a week and co-wash in between sometimes once a week. I try and twist my hair every night, either using flexi-rods or two strand twists into bantu knots. These styles give me the bigger, looser curls that I like sometimes. On wash days I wear my actual natural pattern. And on lazy nights, I don’t twist my hair, so that in the morning I either can just fluff it out or it goes up in an up-do. I usually use Paul Mitchell’s Foaming Pomade, Curls Unleashed Curl Defining Creme, and/or Chi Silk Infusion. I also like to use various natural oils for my scalp and hair.

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What does wash day look like for you?
K:
I’m still working out the best shampoo and conditioner for my hair sadly enough (even though it’s been 2 1/2 years)!! Right now I’m using Palmer’s Olive Oil Shampoo and Conditioner. So I’ll shampoo, then condition. I’ll let that sit for about 15 minutes, then rinse. I’ll usually apply a hair mask (Shea Moisture) and let that sit for 30–45 minutes. I rinse, then go about my styling regime.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
K:
My go-to quick hairstyle is the pompadour! It’s my favorite and it only takes 5 minutes for me to do. And it’s a rocking’ look.

How do you combat shrinkage?
K:
I don’t really try to combat shrinkage when I want to wear my natural curl pattern. But when I want looser curls, that’s when I twist my hair at night.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
K:
The middle part of my scalp is the worst! Lol It’s the thickest part and it’s the part that doesn’t want to curl as much.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
K:
I have to, have to, have to put some sort of frizz controlling cream in my hair. I can’t just go product-less. I know they say don’t comb or brush your hair. But that actually works for me and brings out my curl pattern even better.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
K:
Two don’ts — Not oiling my hair regularly and Not styling it at night.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
K:
I have my own website of photos that I’ve taken, styled, and modeled in: http://innerthoughtsoutloud.tumblr.com.

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Dotty
Dotty
7 years ago

Was thinking she might have a nice little wardrobe when she mentioned APC — the things may or may not be from there but her style is so easy and yet elegant. Lovely hair too.

treece12
treece12
7 years ago
Reply to  Dotty

I agree, I like A.P.C, very classic; my kinda style.

She is lovely- she reminds me of the girl from the Natural Selection blog

Sassy24
Sassy24
7 years ago

Pretty

Ava
Ava
7 years ago

I like the particular shape her hair falls in!

A.J.
A.J.
7 years ago

I’m the SAME way!! I can do my hair with the same products and same method and it comes out different every other time. Glad I’m not the only one!

Asana
7 years ago

Those sunglasses are doing things to me! Love it! Good interview and pretty hair!

whatshetaughther.blogspot.com

Jax
Jax
7 years ago

Love that tapestry skirt and the shades. Great style! Gorgeous hair, too!

colalover
colalover
7 years ago

Very exotic beauty 🙂 great hair!

Amma Mama
7 years ago

I love love her pics!! Her hair and style are too cute.
http://ammamama.wordpress.com

Dee
Dee
7 years ago

lovee your hair ‚you look like karruche tran too !cool

Came to make you laugh
Came to make you laugh
7 years ago
Reply to  Dee

No! She looks like Rihanna!!

elsa
elsa
7 years ago
Reply to  Dee

kivvi looks like kivvi, no need to compare her to somebody, at least not to some z‑starlet only known for being the gf of a star. kivvi looks awesome.

DiJah
DiJah
7 years ago

I saw APC and all I could think of was Kanye. Lol.

Love your style, and yea you kinda favor Karrueche like the other commentor said

Elle
Elle
7 years ago

A simply gorgeous cut for a gorgeous face. Effortless, amazing style and am now in love with the JCrew metallic oxford! Haven’t been to APC in forever.…

Elle
Elle
7 years ago
Reply to  Elle

Also, she reminds me of a young Phyllis Hyman, especially the garden pic and the one in front of the orange door.

hmm
hmm
7 years ago

Your tan or maybe lack of lighting in the 4th pic looks great!

Stace
Stace
7 years ago
Reply to  hmm

I was thinking the same exact thing!!!!

brown-princess.tumblr
7 years ago

Kivvi you’re beautiful. I love your photos!!

Michelle Hubbard
Michelle Hubbard
7 years ago

pretty without trying

Christina
Christina
7 years ago

Gorgeous Woman! Are you Part arabian? I have a friend whos dad Is tunisian and You Look so similiar to her!

colalover
colalover
7 years ago
Reply to  Christina

I was wondering that too, She looks very Arabian. Very exotic. Hardly any makeup with lovely dark eyes. So much beauty!

Camillia
Camillia
7 years ago

Pretty lady! Loving the hair and her style. Digging that.

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Stace
Stace
7 years ago

I love the shape of your hair!

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