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Christina // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
C:
My name is Christina Owens. I was born and raised in El Dorado, Arkansas also known as “The pound”.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
When I was relaxed, I started to research ways to grow my hair out. My relaxed hair just wasn’t growing and had begun to break off. During my research, it dawned on me that most of the women with the hair and length I desired didn’t relax their hair. After I made up in my mind that I was going to do it I transitioned for about 10 months, then in April 2011 I big chopped. I have been on this journey for 2 years and 7 months.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
I always have a hard time determining my texture. I guess maybe 4a? I am still learning my hair. Y’all tell me.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
Believe it or not, I just mastered the twistout a few months ago. Before, they would turn out horrible. But since I know what I’m doing now, that’s what I stick with. My twistouts are started on wet hair. First, a cheapie conditioner is used (Suave or White Rain) to soften my hair. Next, my hair is parted in sections and I detangle with my Denman brush. Then, after each section is detangled and twisted, I rinse the conditioner out, finger comb to pull any loose hairs out, and retwist. FINALLY, my leave-in is applied (Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner or Aussie Moist Conditioner) retwist to how I want my hair to fall, and allow it to air dry (but it never really does).

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
I only shampoo when needed and the shampoo is applied directly to my scalp.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
When I’m pressed for time, I’m all about that bun and puff life. High buns give me life.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
I thank God for shrinkage! I believe it is one of the many qualities that make natural hair so beautiful.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
One of my trouble areas is the hair at the very top of my head. It has no curl definition…all frizz. Also, single strand knots…I’m pretty sure they are a product of the devil. For this, I use the search and destroy method, but you can never really get all those suckas.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
I MUST have a leave-in and I have to allow my twists to fully dry which is where I fail often. When I don’t, by the end of the day I have a lion’s mane…so not cute.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
Finger detangling alone. Tried it but it did not work for me. Another thing is wash-n-go’s. It ends up being a hot tangled mess. No bueno.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes, please follow me on Instagram @curliechrissy. Thank you for the feature and you lovely ladies and/or gentlemen for reading it!

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BeaJae
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BeaJae

Lovely hair and pretty girl.

I still have yet to master the twist-out. I’ll just keep trucking though (slowly, but surely).

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Thank you! Keep up the good work 🙂

Stace
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Stace

I love your hair texture. looks so cottony and pliable. Is the little girl yours? She looks just like you. You have the widows peak I also admire. Your twist outs look lovely. Im not sure if any of the pics are of before you say you learned to master them, but each pic you hair looks lovely.

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Yes that is my daughter, Jaden. The 4th picture is before I learned the twistout. My biggest mistake was making the twist too small and not letting them dry fully. I always refer to the widows peak as “my eddie monster” lol Thank you 🙂

gigi
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gigi

ha! I’ve got one of those too! yours first one I’ve seen in a long time — don’t see them too often for some reason

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

All of my siblings have “eddies”. My sister hated hers so much that she use to shave it off lol

Kelcie
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Kelcie

I have one too!! I’m from New Orleans and we call them Eddie Points. LOL

Amma Mama
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Cutie <3

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

I appreciate it! Your hair looks lovely and I love the scarf.

Rachel
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Rachel

Pretty grl, lovely hair, you have a LOT of hair. Looks like more in the 4b/c category, atleast without seeing a soaking wet pic. It looks super soft and fluffy!

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Yes, it is a lot. Sometimes overwhelming. Thank you so much for your kind words.

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

Girl, your hair is GORGEOUS!!! SO healthy and LUSH—love it!

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Aw, thank you so much 🙂

kris
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Do glad to see more 4a’s. Your hair is beautiful.

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Thank you so very much!

knettles
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knettles

You’re a beauty with an equally beautiful cutie pie little girl.

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

We appreciate that, Thank you 🙂

mlank64
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mlank64

Lovely hair and your daughter is beautiful like you. My son’s name is Jaden. Love that name.

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

#TeamJaden!!!! 🙂 Thank you and thanks for reading.

Youngin girl
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Youngin girl

I hope to master the twist out. Your hair is lovely and you look humble. Keep the 4 types going.

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Dont give up! Keep trying. Oneday you’ll untwist and your twistout will be banging!!!!

nunya
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nunya

so pretty. and her hair so thick! nice

Qura
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Qura

Very cute girl!!! I did the big chop in April as well and my hair is the same length as your. Beautiful hair lady!!!

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Thank you!!! I always say April 2011 because I cant remember what day I did it on lol

Rickki
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Rickki

Go Crissy! Love this site and SO excited to see you on it! Excellent feature!

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Heeeyy Rickki!!! Thank you hun! I really appreciated it.

smile
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smile

What a wonderful interview. I really liked the answer to the shrinkage question:
“I thank God for shrinkage!”
That is the most encouraging by far as I struggle with shrinkage and viewing it correctly that has encouraged me. 🙂

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Aw, you just made my day! Thank you so much. Be blessed.

Chat1
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Chat1

Lovely hair! Great twists!

Tuesday
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Tuesday

You favor Sanaa Lathan especially in the 8th picture!

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

I hear that often! Back in her ‘Love and Basketball’ days. Thanks for reading.

Jacky
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Jacky

Beautiful lady with lovely hair

Brianna
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Brianna

I think your hair looks amazing!!!! I have noticed that my hair texture is a lot like yours but can be so dry at times. Do you mind letting us know what kind of leave in conditioner you use? I am definitely looking for away to get hair to have a shine to it! If you could offer suggestions on any thing that would be great!

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

I alternate between Aussie Moist and SheaMoisture Restorative conditioner. You can add coconut oil (or any kind you like) as well to make it all nice and shiny too. Hope this helps.

Love JAH
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Love JAH

Very cute for sure!

Purpleicious Babe
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Purpleicious Babe

lool @ product of the devil.. ahahha
I love shrinkage too. I think its supercool.

I prefer the afro and kinky look on you than the straightened.
Thanks for sharing. x

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

I sooo agree. I just got it straighten and I feel so boring lol #MissMyFro

Cherri Moon
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Cherri Moon

I want to touch it! I want to squeeze it! It looks so PRETTY! *looks like mine, I’m always playing in it.

curliechrissy
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curliechrissy

Hahaha I know what you mean! Thank you 🙂

Hansy
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Hansy

I love this interview, it’s like I am the one answering the questions. From how you feel about shrinkage, to the twists not coming out right, to the detangling with the Denman brush, to the frizzy area on the top of your head. It looks like our hairs behave the same way. BTW I also transitioned for 10 months. That’s too funny.

ladyM
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ladyM

Gorgeous hair, gorgeous woman!
You’re hair is so full!

Princess C
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Princess C

Your hair is beautiful!!

Please help me — I can never seem to achieve the shape or biggness you have with your hair (and I have a lot of hair). I am not sure what I am doing wrong. Please can you tell me roughly how big your twists are and how you your hair is once you have finished twisting — or a picture would be great. I really want to master big fluffy hair 🙂

Mallory Leigh Garnett
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Mallory Leigh Garnett

To make my hair bigger, I do 8–10 twist and instead or retesting every night, I pineapple and it gets bigger each night.

Jenna Marie Christian
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Jenna Marie Christian

love it

Elle
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Elle

I never get tired of seeing that snow angel style — beautiful! And so is your daughter!

gigi
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gigi

gorgeous! and yeayy! an almost-hair twin! [maybe a little 4B too?] I have yet to master the twist-out… they never stay… how do you guys get them to stay twisted?? mine just unravel if I start walking around & doing stuff ::sigh::

CeeCee
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CeeCee

Do you have freshly cut ends? I find when I have had a cut or trim my twists never stay in.
When I have some “ends” (I really do not know any other way to describe it) I just roll down the last inch or so and it stay in just fine.

HTH 🙂

Abbi
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Truly gorgeous! When I go natural I want my hair to look just like this lol

Camillia
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Camillia

She is gorgeous and so is her hair!!!!

Kelcie
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Kelcie

Yep, sounds like my hair. I have a problem with the top of my head too, but it’s only a small section. It tangles, grows slower than the rest of my hair, it’s a different texture and doesn’t respond to anything. When I wash it and prepare to twist my hair, I began with that part first because I already know what to expect if I don’t. It’s just frizz and holds no definition or anything. I just shake my head.…..

Kelcie
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Kelcie

Forgot to say great interview and beautiful hair.

Kan
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Kan

Her and her hair are gorgeous!! She reminds me a bit of Nikkimae!

Dee
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Dee

Beautiful hair I think you are 4a fine gorgeous big hair

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