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Maci // 4A/B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 14, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
M:
Hi my name is Immaculeta Okwuoha, but you can call me Maci, (Macky) :). I am 20 years young and I live in Dayton, Ohio!

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
M:
As a child at the age of 3 or 4, I received my first relaxer. So for most of my young life up until I was 17 years old I went without knowing what my natural curl pattern looked like. Back in 2010 I didn’t even know that wearing my hair natural was an option! I have been natural now for a little over 3 years. I decided to go natural in 2010 because I couldn’t get my relaxed hair to grow past shoulder length without my ends breaking causing a never ending cycle of short hair. I was discouraged and didn’t believe that my hair could grow past that point. So one day when I discovered the website Youtube.com I started to look up healthy hair practices for relaxed hair. That is when I stumbled upon the beautiful natural hair blogger BlackOnyx77 whose videos inspired women to take care and LOVE their hair no matter the texture! After watching her videos on natural hair and hundreds more videos from other natural Curlies, I decided that I too wanted to rock my natural hair and the confidence that came with it! I now know that wearing your natural hair IS an option, and one of the best decisions I have ever made for my hair! <3

How would you describe your texture?
M:
My hair texture is a mixture of “S curls”, tight coils, and lightning bolts better known as 4a/4b lol. My 4a/4b hair behaves very well with a lot of love and good upkeep, but does act disrespectful when I get lazy on its upkeep lol. My hair is also coarse, not overly dense, but not very thin either.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
M:
Over the course of the month I pretty much use the same styling regimen weekly because I use what is known as the “LOC method”. I have been using the LOC method after washing my hair for over the last two months with great results, and I even use this method of hairstyling when I try different products. My version of the LOC method consists of using a water based leave in conditioner, followed by an oil of my choice, and then using a heavier cream for my hair. For my leave in I use anything from Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Leave-in Conditioning Cream to Shea Moisture’s Hair Milk. For my oil I love to use good ol’ olive oil and/or coconut oil to seal my hair, and for my cream leave in I have been using Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie because it gives my hair the definition that it needs for styling. All of the products that I mentioned are very moisturizing, smell great, and leave my coarse 4a/4b hair soft and shiny. Oh! I also henna my hair every month when my hair starts to look a little dull and needs a protein treatment, and I use Suave Almond and Shea Butter Conditioner for deep conditioning! 🙂 #TeamHennaHead

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What does wash day look like for you?
M:
My wash day first consists of me wetting down my hair while in the shower at night. I then split my hair down the middle into two sections then proceed to cowash each section using Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner, focusing on cleansing my scalp. I then use the same conditioner to cleanse the length of my hair. After cowashing, I place a t‑shirt over my hair and allow it to dry about 97%, then proceed to style.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
M:
My favorite go-to hairstyle when I don’t have a lot of time to style is hands down the braid and curl! This is a great style for my 4a/4b hair because it takes me about 10 to 15 minutes at night to braid my hair and add foam rollers to the ends. And when I style my hair in a braid and curl it gives me the consistent, defined, smooth, and bouncy hair that I desire!

How do you combat shrinkage?
M:
I combat shrinkage by keeping my hair stretched at all times with braid outs. On wash days I make sure to wash my hair in sections, braid each section after washing, and then pin up each braid before leaving the shower.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
M:
The areas of my hair that need extra care would definitely be my ends, edges, and nape. My hair is very fragile in these areas, so I make sure to keep it well moisturized.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
M:
Keeping my hair stretched and well moisturized are two do’s for my hair.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
M:
Two don’ts for my hair are allowing it to become dry and tangled and going too long without cowashing.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
M:
You can always find me and my hair on Instagram: @TheEclecticNatural and you can follow me on Tumblr at: www.TransformedByLove.Tumblr.com.

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

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Britt @ One&20
6 years ago

She and her hair are absolutely gorgeous!

knetts
knetts
6 years ago

OMG!

Jj
Jj
6 years ago

pretty hair n even prettier girl!

AnonSince87
AnonSince87
6 years ago

Beautiful.

Joy
Joy
6 years ago

I love her hairstyles. Can you achieve that without using heat? If so, how?

Maci Okwuoha
6 years ago
Reply to  Joy

You can achieve all of my curlier styles without heat by allowing your hair to air-dry during the day or overnight. I personally use a hooded dryer which is indirect heat :).

Joy
Joy
6 years ago
Reply to  Maci Okwuoha

Thanks, Maci. Once I get my hair to your length, I’m going to borrow from your style game!

Cheryl
Cheryl
6 years ago

Love the hair…beautiful girl!

DeeFlowers
DeeFlowers
6 years ago

Pretty!

Viv
Viv
6 years ago

*SWOON*
You have glorious hair.

Brie
Brie
6 years ago

Very gorgeous hair and an even sweeter girl!

Antoinette Stewart
6 years ago

Love the puff & bangs look on you and the purple lipstick you had on with the head scarf! Too cute! Go ahead girl!

Jacky
Jacky
6 years ago

Gorgeous!

Courtney
Courtney
6 years ago

YASSSSSSSS!!!!! Dayton, Ohio STAND UP! I’m from Dayton too girl!!! Love the hair <3

Genia
Genia
6 years ago

Love your hair girly !! I live in Ohio as well. Keep repping for us natural girls 🙂

Michele
Michele
6 years ago

Lovely hair!!!

Kan
Kan
6 years ago

Seriously beautiful, both her hair and her! My hair is 4a/4b too…definitely giving me some ideas!

gigi
gigi
6 years ago

loved the up-do with the purple flowers! you looked like a fairy! 🙂

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

She is my texture twin! Beautiful healthy hair on a beautiful girl. I can’t wait to try some of these styles!

robbi
6 years ago

oh how I wish I knew how to bantu knot without ripping my ends off!

if you know any good tutorials, tweet me @braveturq. gracias in advance!

robbi
braveturquoise.com

lahblooplah
lahblooplah
6 years ago

Lovely hair AND trader joe’s nourish spa conditioner is the bomb diggitty dot com and it’s CHEEEAAAP. I use it too. I’ve decided to limit my hair products since i’m only a broke college student. Glad to see someone else using it too.

Trish D
Trish D
6 years ago

She is such a gorgeous girl with gorgeous hair!! I’m about to go stalk her tumblr and Instagram page lmbo!!

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
6 years ago

I must say…she is quite a doll.

SuZQ
SuZQ
6 years ago

Great hair and lovely pics! Just a heads up you are wearing a company shirt in one pic, and Im sure nothing here would upset anyone- but it might be better not to in the future lots of messy situations have resulted from lesser things. Again, beautiful hair!

alice
alice
6 years ago

Lovely post. Simple manageable regimen which is what i need to learn as a new 4a/b natural… quick question in the picture with the white top and straight hair, how do you achieve that straight look? i always hear naturals complain about heat damage and your hair looks super sleek in that picture. how do you avoid heat damage? what products do you use?

Amma Mama
6 years ago

She is really pretty and I like her style.

Barbara
Barbara
6 years ago

Beautiful hair! I really love the first picture; those curls are look beautiful.

Jafet Rosado-De Van
Jafet Rosado-De Van
6 years ago

Macky, I love everything about this article including your very healthy hair, your smile and you are very photogenic. I wish you success in future postings. I look forward to seeing more. Have Nick announce any future postings to his FB friends!!

Maha
Maha
6 years ago

she has a great face! i can always count on bglh to give me lip envy… Idk what happened with me and my family in that department. I’ve always wanted fuller lips.

Anisa
Anisa
6 years ago

I’ve been natural for 2 years and 8 months and I recently got upset because i felt that my hair wasn’t at the length it should be, but seeing her hair at 3 years, mine is pretty much the same length, I can take a breath of relief.

Kate
6 years ago

love this post; thanks for sharing, I just love the curls. :* Kate

rlw
rlw
6 years ago

The curls r lovely!!!!!

anastasia
anastasia
6 years ago

Beautiful!

Puff
6 years ago

Hey! Love your hair and the “Birthplace of Aviation” is where it’s at! 😉

How did you achieve the style in the picture?
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Primmest Plum
Primmest Plum
6 years ago

What a beauty. She exudes it from the inside out.

Kimmie
Kimmie
4 years ago

this girl so awesome!!!! her beautiful face is just giving me life

Puff Apothecary
3 years ago

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