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Style: Chenoia in Alabama

Avatar • Nov 27, 2013

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Introduce yourself!
C:
Chenoia Bryant, Birmingham, Alabama. I’m a Program Manager for an innovative public health program, which targets “Wicked Problems” and a doctoral student in the Department of Medical Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. I also delve into a bit of research, and my interests are gender, sexuality, and health, as well as health disparities and social determinants of health in minority and sexually marginalized populations.

What is your style philosophy?
C:
If you love it, wear it and own it. Period.

How would you describe your sense of style?
C:
It’s a bit eccentric and quirky, but it’s authentic because it’s me and what I love. Its off-kilter nature isn’t for everyone, but it’s just for the person who wears it…me. :0 )

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What is the process of deciding what to wear in the morning?
C:
To be honest, there is no process, no rhyme, no reason lol. If it’s in the same color family, it automatically goes together as far as I’m concerned lol. I’m not very calculating when it comes to what to wear, but I do consider how long my day is going to be. It is not unknown for me to have 16+ hour days due to work, class, and community/social obligations, so I do dress for comfort most days.

What are the three favorite things in your closet?
C:
This is a hard one. First, I love my grey ostrich skin Miu Miu bag (Neiman Marcus, 2007). It’s big, but not oversized, and it is great for when I am traveling and don’t feel like carrying my book bag. I rarely ever carry it anymore because I hardly ever carry a purse (too much fuss), but it is still a favorite and probably will be forever. Second on the list are my Christian Louboutin Pigalle 120s in nude (Bergdorf Goodman, 2011). They go with everything, and I do mean everything. From jeans to suits to cocktail dresses, they never miss a beat. Lastly, my ivory suit by 3.1 Phillip Lim (Neiman Marcus, 2010). It has such a chic, Parisian vibe, and the cut of it is so flattering.

What are some of your favorite shops/websites for clothes, shoes and accessories?
C:
I do love Bergdorf Goodman and Barneys. ASOS is pretty darn amazing. They really nail trends at a great price point. You can never go wrong with shopbop.com either.

How long have you been natural?
C:
Since August 2008.

How and why did you transition into natural hair?
C:
My transition was filled with braids, sew-in extensions, and wigs. I really allowed myself to have fun with it. I decided to return to natural because all of the chemical processing, weaving with glue, and heat trauma had left my hair thin, brittle and barely there. It was shameful really, and I knew my hair could do better. That I could do better.

What is your signature hairstyle?
C:
My afro…without question :0 )

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
My hair routine is fairly simple. I wash and condition, and roll and go. My staple products are primarily from the Agadir Argan Oil line. They work so well for my hair and they smell heavenly. I love their shampoo, conditioner, and moisture masque. I use the masque and coconut oil together for deep conditioning, and I usually sit under the dryer for about 45 minutes, then wrap my hair in a fresh from the dryer towel and let the conditioner sit for hours while I clean, wash clothes, read, whatever. My hair always feels like butter when I do this. I use their spray on oil and heavy liquid oil as well. I guess what I am saying is that the Agadir line is my go-to swear by. I pretty much wear my fro and keep heat out of my hair. If my curls are less than stellar or falling flat, I usually turn to a head wrap, turban, or hat. These do a great job of giving my hair a rest from the elements.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Instagram — Chenoia
Twitter — @Chenoia
Blog — http://autruchenoire.com

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Rose
Rose
6 years ago

I love your hair, it is so gorgeous.

Alyssa
Alyssa
6 years ago

Wow, your hair is too beautiful for words! I like your clothing style too. 🙂

marcia Goodson
marcia Goodson
6 years ago

I love your hair and your style! Gorgeous!

Toya
Toya
6 years ago

Amazing! Love your style, especially those cream wide leg pants. Your hair is.…just.… just beautiful! So thick and full!

Jazz
Jazz
6 years ago

I love your style and that has to be the BEST curly fro I have ever seen! I love it 🙂

Emmy
Emmy
6 years ago

I absolutely LOVE her style! She knows what works for her body and wears it well. Go girl!

Jj
Jj
6 years ago

omg does she use perm rods or something or bantu knots?? her curly fro is just toooo perfect!! I’d be embarrassed if I ever met her in person..I would be drooling ALL over her shoes lol!

GSoldier1993
GSoldier1993
6 years ago

Yes siiirr!!!

Missc
Missc
6 years ago

You “love Barneys”…? Um O_o

MissTiny
MissTiny
6 years ago
Reply to  Missc

right

Aiden
Aiden
6 years ago
Reply to  Missc

What’s wrong with that?

Missc
Missc
6 years ago
Reply to  Aiden

Lol! Good question… Why would a chocolate girl like me hate an openly racist company named Barney’s?.… Hmm… You should google it.… Giving out answers never teaches anybody anything. Happy Thanksgiving 😉

merry
merry
6 years ago
Reply to  Missc

@missc

i’m glad i wasn’t the only one who caught that.

Dionne
Dionne
6 years ago

OMG WOW.…such a beautiful dark,love it.

Dionne
Dionne
6 years ago
Reply to  Dionne

Correction..Afro

whoa
whoa
6 years ago

Too much style on one page! Style overload! <3

Jessie
Jessie
6 years ago

Super gorgeous!

alice
alice
6 years ago

Girl, serving greatness with that fro’ absolute greatness…yesssss!!!

Jamzie
Jamzie
6 years ago

Yes thank you to EVERY outfit! N her hair has a life of its own!! One of my fave fashion features!!

Kim
Kim
6 years ago

Amazing!!!

Fabiola
Fabiola
6 years ago

Hi would you please tell me where’d you get those jeans? I’d be the sister of the year if I got those for my sister!

Ezi
Ezi
6 years ago

Awesome style!!! Gorgeous fro!

Poliana
Poliana
6 years ago

Haha,

i found twin sister in terms of my recent style for my performances.

Really nice! 🙂

Asana
6 years ago

Wow your style is just wow. You are definitely beauty personified. Good luck on your masters program and future endeavors. I loved this feature!

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del
del
6 years ago

Her hair doesn’t even look real, it’s so gorgeous!

sherrybaby
sherrybaby
6 years ago

Flippin. fly!

that is all.

SailingSoul89
SailingSoul89
6 years ago

I love you simply for the fact that you’re an Alabama chick AND you’re studying fields that are similar to my fields of study lol…so awesome!! Your hair and style are to die for!! Easily one of THE most beautiful natrualistas that I’ve ever seen. Keep up the good work and keep repping for the southern belles 😉

ChiChi
ChiChi
6 years ago

Gorgeous girl. style. FRO.

piscesgirl
piscesgirl
6 years ago

Amazing Style!

Naturelie
Naturelie
6 years ago

What a fro!!!

anastasia
anastasia
6 years ago

Stunning!

Bianca stallworth
Bianca stallworth
6 years ago

Bama stand up!!! 205 ’til I die!!! That fro is everything! I’m in love!<3 lol

aaliyah
aaliyah
6 years ago

wow! hair so thick n healthy

Elle
Elle
6 years ago

Your hair is magic! Bring the brains and the banging ‘fro! I love it and God Bless you!!

Lay
Lay
6 years ago

Lovely <3 !

Camillia
Camillia
6 years ago

She has amazing style and hair!!! <3

Ebonita
Ebonita
6 years ago

Tracee Ellis Ross realness! Lovin the big hair!! LOVIN it!!!

mochachick12
mochachick12
6 years ago

No words except AWESOME! That fro is to die for! (ok a few more words — LOL)

Jesse
Jesse
6 years ago

Wow! Your style is amazing. You are super beautiful!!!

Chocolatecurls
Chocolatecurls
6 years ago

Super fabulous!!!!!! Rock on Soul Sista!!

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

It’s Good to know simply for a fact that she is from Alabama and Birmingham for that matter in a professional buisiness rocking a afro. You deserve your feature. I like your lipstick.

Lauryn
Lauryn
6 years ago

Killing on all levels.

Mackenzie
Mackenzie
6 years ago

Luscious. Absolutely, marvelously, thickly luscious! Yup. And, great style too.

A.J.
A.J.
6 years ago

Amazing!!! My fav lady so far!

AKING
AKING
6 years ago

VERY FRESH!

RunnerGirl
RunnerGirl
6 years ago

Having grown up in Alabama with big beautiful hair, which was eventually relaxed by my parents as a child because of peer pressure, I have just recently started to get back to my big bushy roots and I LOVE IT. The self-hatred in this insufferable state runs deep and I love seeing other girls of color living out loud! Keep rocking it!

Fabiola
Fabiola
6 years ago

I wish she had responded to some of us by providing where she got those jeans. Those same exact ones may not be available but providing where she got them would’ve been nice.

Chenoia
Chenoia
6 years ago
Reply to  Fabiola

Hi Fabiola,

My apologies for the delay! It’s finals time, and the days are long and the papers are due, beautiful! lol

But the jeans are actually BDG brand and were purchased from Urban Outfitters sometime back in the Spring I do believe. They always have so many great jeans, and BDG is one of the brands I swear by for jeans. I hope this helps, and please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have other questions :0 ) xo

Cia
Cia
6 years ago

Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful !
Hope she contributes to her site soon, looking forward to it!

Tracy Scott
Tracy Scott
6 years ago

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Love, love, LOVE the Afro and style!! Just beautiful!!

Tracy Scott
Tracy Scott
6 years ago

Uhhh, sorry that was supposed to be my profile pic:(

Anita
Anita
6 years ago

I was wondering if everyone that post pics of their hair is actually growing out of their own scalp. I’m sorry, don’t meant to ruffle anyone’s feather’s, but a few of the posts on this site does not look like that individuals real hair.

Chenoia
Chenoia
6 years ago

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for your kind words and love! I cherish being a part of such an encouraging and lovely group of young, colored girls, and this site serves as proof that we not only see the value in ourselves but each other, as sisters. I am humbled by your kindness. Much love and many blessings to each of you who took the time to read my snippet…

Peace to You Always in All Ways XO,

Chenoia

101Corkscrews
101Corkscrews
6 years ago

I would LOVE to know how she achieves her fro. It’s so full it looks like a wig. I would just love to have this type of thickness. Pls do tell if you let it air dry in twists or what.… Would love to try to imitate it. Thx. You are beautiful.

Santana
Santana
6 years ago

i need your help with my hair. i also stay in birmingham.

Iamsonotmyhair on YT
Iamsonotmyhair on YT
6 years ago

I love your style and hair. Fly to the max!

Yeimy
6 years ago

Rather than a weekly uptade, why not use the Praxis graphs; instead of having the x‑axis as 24 hours, have it for the winter season, say Oct 1 to May 1 (we don’t usually have snow outside of those months). You could plot last year’s data as yesterday’s’ data, as well as add a third line for the 30 year average (might just be steps of monthly long term averages?). Then we could see this winter grow above (or below) the line and know exactly where we stand every 15 minutes! Oh the excitement.

Anita
Anita
6 years ago

Do you wear your hair in styles other than an afro? Can you post pictures of your hair in another style? Or can you post pictures of your hair parted?

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