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Caroline // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Mar 1, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
C:
My name is Caroline Oladipo. I am Nigerian (Yoruba). I was born in North Carolina, raised in Waco, TX, and am currently living Richmond, VA.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I have been natural most of my life, but never really knew how to care for my hair until 2012, after watching YouTube videos. The occasions when I did get relaxers/texturizers were sporadic and never consistent. The last time I put chemicals in my hair was around 2007, and I gradually cut the ends off. I went natural because I didn’t like the idea of putting harsh chemicals on my hair/skin, and seeing other women rockin’ their natural textures inspired me to do the same.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
4c coarse locks! And proud hehe.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
My styling regimen over the course of a month involves mostly protective hairstyles, but I do rock the occasional twist-out or high puff. As of now, the protective styles include long Marley twists, flat twists, or small twists with a faux twisted bun (Ha lots of twists). I normally wear these styles for 1–3 weeks. The products I use are a mixture of oils (coconut, castor) and Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner as a leave-in.

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What does wash day look like for you?
C:
During wash day I will spritz a medium sized section of my hair with water, then add As I Am Coconut CoWash Cleansing Conditioner. I then comb the section (with a wide tooth comb) and two-strand twist. I will continue in medium sized sections throughout. After that, I wash my hair by carefully undoing a twist, washing out the product, then twisting back to prevent re-tangling. I use an old tee to dry my hair. I then do a deep conditioning treatment by adding coconut oil and Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque to each section, place a shower cap on, and sit under the dryer for about 30 minutes, then rinse. Finally, I add a small amount of coconut oil, castor oil, and Shea Moisture Restorative Conditioner and style as desired. I use Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo about once every 3 months.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
Head-wraps and high puffs, for sure. Both require very little effort.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
By stretching my hair in two-strand twists and pinning the twists to my scalp to keep them from shrinking when damp.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
My ends! They are very fragile, but I have learned to be gentle with them and trim when needed.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
Protective hairstyles because the less I mess with my hair the less breakage I have. Also, deep conditioning because it promotes moisture and hair elasticity.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
Small tooth combs and heat! These two equal breakage for me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Instagram: carola521

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

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momofIV
momofIV
6 years ago

beautiful hair, skin.…your eyes are fierce!

Nkem
Nkem
6 years ago

Yasssssssssssss!!!! Omo 9ja looking fly!!

Anon87
Anon87
6 years ago

You’re gorgeous! That black and white photo with you in the floral blazer is particularly stunning!

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
6 years ago

you look like India Arie in some pics. That’s a compliment as she’s very pretty. :)))

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
6 years ago
Reply to  Ugonna Wosu

actually, now that I’ve seen some other pics, you’re even prettier!

J.R
J.R
6 years ago

GOOOSHHHHH!!!!!!!!! BEST PHOTOS EVER!!!!!!

DAMNNNNN THAT HEADSHOT AFTER THE HIGH BUN, let me calm down and catch my breath,

Girl, you are STUNNING!! Really spectacular and I mean that!!

n kudos to BGLH for bringing us black girls from around the world to one place, lots of love from another continent : )

Caro
Caro
6 years ago
Reply to  J.R

I meant to thumbs up!! Thank you xo!!!

anastasia
anastasia
6 years ago

OMG!! Your FACE!!! I know this is a hair blog, but goodguggamugga-your face is GORGEOUS!!!! Outrageously stunning!! And of course, I dig the hair! You rock!

Pat
Pat
6 years ago

Wow, beautiful girl, beautiful photos.

chalise
chalise
6 years ago

wow whatta beauty!

Laura
Laura
6 years ago

I love your hairstyles!! What kind of hair do you use for your twists?

Caro
Caro
6 years ago
Reply to  Laura

I don’t remember the brand names but for the larger twists I used Marley hair. And synthetic braiding hair for the smaller twists.

Redseouls
Redseouls
6 years ago

Such a pretty lady! I love your hair!

lablooplah
lablooplah
6 years ago

I love everything about this post

Ashley
Ashley
6 years ago

Her beauty is very rich.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

She is really prettY and she has the perfect lips.

Amma Mama
6 years ago
Reply to  Amma Mama

pretty*

Chocolatecurls
Chocolatecurls
6 years ago

Finally.. Some photos with style. Nice 🙂

youngin girl
youngin girl
6 years ago

The 6th picture shook my screen. A light shines through you, I can see it.

Caro
Caro
6 years ago

Thanks for the love everyone!!! 🙂

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago

Wow you were a breath of fresh air! If you not modeling you should be. Tks for the info.

NickyC
NickyC
6 years ago

I kept having to go back and take a second look at the pics to see your hair since your face was a total distraction. Very pretty.

Lily
6 years ago

I also use coconut oil as a hair mask; I love the way it softens my hair and adds moisture.
I personally leave it for about 30 min, but you can also leave it over night (just put a towel over your pillow)

Lily

Kristel
6 years ago

wow I love everything about you!

Strong features in the face, gorg flawless dark coco skin, killer body with legs that go on forever and every hairstyle suits you 😀 Long, short, braids, fro. You can rock natural and bold make up.

I love it, because girls like you show the world how versatile we dark girls can be.

Keep doing what you do!

Iris
6 years ago

Caroline!!! lOVE HER I interviewed her for my blog 4/6 months ago ! She is a model 🙂

Tyler
6 years ago

I love you natural hair and style 🙂

Tyler
onelittleblackdress.com

BeUtifullyHuman
BeUtifullyHuman
6 years ago

She’s Beautiful.….

Love JAH
Love JAH
6 years ago

Very cute.

Nappy4C Rocks
Nappy4C Rocks
6 years ago

4C in the house! Beautiful

TMC toronto meetup march 29th

yay. another yoruba girl. interesting how she was born in the U.S but says “i’m Nigerian” you go girl.
that 4c hair is da bomb!
themanecaptain.blogspot.ca

Jay
Jay
6 years ago

Yes. That’s right. I’m proud she did that and that’s the actual thing to do. As Africans, we’re where our Parents are from, not where we’re born. Some Africans know this but decide to do the opposite. Proud of you Caroline, lovely hair too. God bless you sufficiently! Amen. Xoxo

tysh
6 years ago

Nice post!
Love the hair and the girl…

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xoxo

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 years ago

Beautiful girl! you are quite photogenic and striking! I love the way you style your 4c hair…what an inspiration!

Hair Salon Albuquerque

Beautiful hairstyle. Love this.

Kofoworola
Kofoworola
6 years ago

Love your hair and thank God another yoruba girl,im nigerian

XhosaGoddess
XhosaGoddess
6 years ago

Errr Hello: Beauty redefined! love it

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