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Carmella // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself!
C:
Hey BGLH! My name is Carmella Nicholson but everyone calls me Carm. I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio (What up LeBron! Lol) but honestly I consider Heaven my true home.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
About 4 ½ years ago I decided to go natural. I remember having the hardest summer of my life, and honestly me cutting my hair was a way to control something. So I cut little by little over that time, and then I googled African American hair, and came across blogs like BGLH, and other communities that showcased pictures of the most beautiful queens, and natural hair I had ever seen! So in August I decided I needed a change. I wanted to be free, and different! A friend videotaped me doing my big chop, and a local barber shaped me up Lol! My big chop and natural journey have been very spiritually symbolic for me.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
I would describe my hair as 4a/4b in some places. The back has little texture, and is very puffy. The front and sides are a looser, softer curl. And the middle is literally like the jungle, a maze of curly, kinky tendrils! My hair needs a LOT of TLC. It responds well to tons of moisture, creams, and conditioning. It is easiest to manipulate when it is days old, and huge! I baby my hair when I can, and it grows really fast, but length retention has been hard lately because I live in Ohio, and the harsh winter has not been kind to it. My hair mops up water Lol and my strands are fine, but I have a TON of hair so it’s still very full!

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
Over the month I usually wash my hair 2–3 times. Each time I usually put my hair in medium twists and rock that for a few days. I then stretch my hair by bunning my twists, and after a day or two of that I take them out and rock my twist out that gets bigger and bigger every day! In between that I might hawk it out, or try some other updo, but my twist out is usually how you will find me! When it’s old I usually pull it back for a day or two, then I am ready to wash again! My staple products include Organix shampoo or conditioner. I like the Moroccan Argan Oil, and Coconut Oil ones. I use Cantu Shea Butter Leave In Conditioning Repair Cream, or Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. For oils I like EVOO, and coconut oil the most, and I love Olive Oil’s Deep Conditioning packets.

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
Wash day usually begins with me crying about how much I loathe wash day (hate the amount of time it takes, love the results). I section my hair, and finger detangle it into about 7 big braids. Then I wash or co-wash it section by section. I turn the water off in between sections so that the water doesn’t go cold so fast. I leave my conditioner on for a while then I usually clean up my product bottles. I wash it out and do a final rinse over my hair with cold water, apply my products section by section and twist. I use water to refresh it if sections get too dry. I ALWAYS style my hair, and apply product while my hair is soaking wet. I have found for me it dries and seals better that way!

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
For days I don’t have a lot of time to style I usually either bun my hair, or do what I call a hump-hawk. The front of my hair is too long to wear a regular mohawk if it is stretched, so I pin the sides and back to the middle, and the front into a hump or pompadour.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
I can’t win the war on shrinkage, but if I want my hair to stay stretched I stay away from water, and I don’t wear it out on humid days. I also braid it at night in big sections to keep it stretched.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
My edges need extra attention. My hair snaps a lot there. And my ends can get very dry if I leave them out too long, so I have to moisturize them often!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
DO Moisturize, and then Do it again! And Do use protective styles in the winter!

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
Don’t comb, unless for a light detangle! And Don’t rush doing your hair, it will make you tear out more!

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
I am a missionary and a photographer, so you can follow these journeys on my Instagram: @carmforchrist. I have a missions blog: carmellanicholson.theworldrace.org.
Facebook: Carmella Nicholson
Email: Carmella.nicholson1@gmail.com

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Just another lover of natural hair and expression. - Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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Amma Mama
6 years ago

Beautiful

Uché
Uché
6 years ago

Absolutely lovely!

Love JAH
Love JAH
6 years ago

We kinda look alike…very pretty!

janay whiteside
janay whiteside
6 years ago

beautiful hair, beautiful spirit, beautiful
person!!!! I love u, u inspire me:)!!!
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Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

You own the night and your photos are great.

Ms. D
6 years ago

Such beautiful hair!
I LOVE your blog. A friend I met while on a mission trip is doing the World Race this year. I find it very fascinating and such a blessing in many ways.

Carmella
Carmella
6 years ago
Reply to  Ms. D

Ms.D that is awesome! Such a beautiful world we live in! Look me up on FB so we can share missions stories!

A. Stewart
A. Stewart
6 years ago

Yay! A fellow Akronite! In all my years of trolling these blogs, I’ve never seen anyone from my city! Way to rep my beautiful, natural, Christian sister! Be blessed!!

Kayce
Kayce
6 years ago

I wish I had that much hair! Those styles look amazing.

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Gorgeous! and i am so gonna copy some of those hairstyles!BTW i love your hair texture!

Lakitia A.
Lakitia A.
6 years ago

Hey fellow Akronite!!!! Love your hair!

Coconut + Cream
6 years ago

Gorgeous inside and out -
Her hair is so so so fabulous!

C+C

Donna
Donna
6 years ago

Her hair is beautiful. But what is more beautiful is her devotion to following Christ and living with purpose.

MoniAnn
MoniAnn
6 years ago

I’m in awe with your beautiful hair!

LBell
LBell
6 years ago

Hmph! LeBron who?” says the native Clevelander with a scowl. 😉

Back on topic: Your hair is gorgeous. 🙂

Barbara
Barbara
6 years ago

Love your hair and blog!

lablooplah
lablooplah
6 years ago

hair twin!!! (texture wise)

Kate
6 years ago

lovely post. such beautiful hair! thanks for sharing :* Kate

Toi
Toi
6 years ago

I think you are my natural hair twin…Same type of hair/regimen/hair products…lovely hair!

ehjayl
ehjayl
6 years ago

I am inspired just from reading this and your bio on your blog page. God bless you and keep shining for Christ!

Tasha
Tasha
6 years ago

You inspire me in so many ways!! May God continue to bless you!

BeUtifully Human
BeUtifully Human
6 years ago

I was JUST looking on IG and saw you. You seem to have a beautiful soul. On fire for God! Awesome! Beautiful hair as well. Take care Mama!

Carmella
Carmella
6 years ago

Wow thankyou ladies so much! These comments have encouraged me so much!!!!

Gabby D
Gabby D
6 years ago

Girl your my inspirational natural!!!! Im going into transition right now(last perm was 1/15/14)You have the same hair type as mine and my boys, so seening your post gives me the courage to do it. Thank you Hun and stay blessed! ?

nini518
nini518
6 years ago

I love your hair!!!! Very pretty mama. I know your winter struggles I stay in Cleveland. I have be rocking goddess twist and a bun for the last few weeks. Stay warm,positive and blessed.:)

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

You are your hair are just GORGEOUS–love, LOVE!!!

MissMetito
MissMetito
6 years ago

Your hair is AMAZING!!! LOVE IT.

hairjellies
hairjellies
6 years ago

your hair is really beautiful! you can see how healthy it is. how did you do/what did you use to do the large ringlet/wavy style? it’s the one in the photo where you’re wearing black, red lip stick, and has a pink floral wall pattern. any tips would be helpful!!

Carmella
Carmella
6 years ago

hairjellies for that hair style I used a curling wand, so it does involve heat which I rarely use, but i liked the results! I wrapped it around sections of hair for about 5 seconds, and that was the result after I slept on it. Mynaturalsistas has a good tutorial on it if you want to check that out.

Dee
Dee
6 years ago

Wow beautiful hair Carm, I think you may be my hair twin.

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