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Angela // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Apr 17, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
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Hi! My name is Angela Tellier. I’m a professional photographer from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
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I have been natural for about 9 years now. Growing up my Mom never allowed me to relax my hair. So I kept my natural curls until I was about eight. Being the only colored girl in elementary school I had a hard time accepting that my color and hair texture were beautiful and normal, and I didn’t understand that they were part of my roots and who I am. So at eight I wanted to get my hair straightened. After long contemplation, my mother allowed me to do so. I kept doing this at home and at salons until I was 19. My hair looked terrible during those years. I had a lot of breakage from heat damage. Seriously, I was desperate enough to use an iron once!

My family and I lived in a small city near Harlem and you couldn’t buy any black hair products around town. When I was 19 I went on a holiday to Spain after skipping the salon for a while to save money. After a few days my hair was rough and frizzy because of the combination of salt water and sunshine. It lightened up and my natural texture came through. I f‑ing loved it! I hadn’t seen my own texture in years, and suddenly I couldn’t believe why I ever used chemicals to straighten my hair. I never did a big chop. When it comes to hair, I’m not that brave lol. I just let it grow and chopped off the ends every now and then until I had a full fro.

How would you describe your texture?
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I guess my hair texture would be a combination of 3C, 4A and a little 3B in the nape. It changes though over the years. I like the mix of hair types because it allows me to change it up. With a little more product and no touching while air drying, I can easily turn it into a 3B/C type, and with less product and a little pulling, I get a 3C/4A kinda situation. I colored my hair a few times blond and red, but every time I lost a lot of my length because of breakage. I like to swim also, and the chloride in the water doesn’t really help keeping your hair strong and healthy. I decided that I just won’t color my full head of hair, so if I really want to spice things up, I can color parts of it. I’ve never used it, but I’ve heard good things about Henna.

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Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
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I wash when I feel that my hair needs to be washed. I think once every 10 days depending on how much product I have used, or if I went out and my hair reeks of cigarettes. I use Aveda Be Curly Shampoo. It’s an organic shampoo. Sometimes I like to change things up and use black soap. Next to that I use Kinky Curly Curling Custard every now and then, but mostly in the summer. I finish bottles of Kinky Curly Knot Today to be able to comb my hair in the shower. I can’t go a day without my Kinky Curly (at this moment I’m out of it and it’s a battle to comb the knots out).

Next to that I use Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk on my dry curls in combination with a water spritzer to pep things up, and I try to use a deep treatment mask ever week. Right now I’m trying the one from the Shea Moisture line, but I’m not really a big fan of it. I prefer Curls Curl Ecstasy Hair Tea Deep Conditioner. And EVERY day I use pure organic coconut oil and pure shea butter. Sometimes I melt a blend of the two with a dash of almond oil. The shea butter I buy on the African market comes in blocks. The coconut oil I use is from the supermarket. The one you cook with, and that smells slightly like coconut. I also use the coconut oil and shea butter as a body lotion/face cream every day. When it’s wintertime I like to use Jamaican black castor oil on my ends and scalp. Before bedtime I try to twist my hair. This doesn’t always work since I can be very lazy when it comes to that, but I do sleep on a satin pillowcase.

What does wash day look like for you?
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I have a shower that runs for 15 minutes before the hot water is done. So I wash quickly. I wet my hair almost every day and in between washing I wash with conditioner. One thing I always do when my hair is wet is put a little coconut oil and shea butter in it, and use product after. That way my curls stay hydrated all day. When I do it the other way around I have to use more product during the day.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
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Afro, down, or a fluffy tail with bangs. I used to love box braids, but I haven’t done that in a very long time.

How do you combat shrinkage?
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Shrinkage has never really been a problem for me. It doesn’t shrink that much. Now that it’s growing longer it gets kinda flat on top, but I don’t mind. I can switch it up when I don’t feel like big hair. When I want it more fluffy I spritz it with a combination of water and conditioner, comb it a little bit, or in the worst case blow it out; although I rarely use a blow dryer.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
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My nape. Every day I have knots there close to tiny dreads. It’s because my clothes cause friction. I have tried a lot of things to make sure it doesn’t happen, but as of now I just have to get them out every night, or make a small braid in my nape area. Next to that my scalp gets very dry in the winter, and I have some damage around my hairline from the years I used chemicals to relax my hair.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
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Keeping my hair conditioned is a definite do.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
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Coloring my hair and sleeping without it in twists, or without a satin pillowcase.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
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Website: www.angelatellier.com
Tumblr: www.angelafro.tumblr.com
Instagram: angelatellier

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BUtifullyHuman
BUtifullyHuman
6 years ago

Love, love, LOVE those curls! Pretty Lady too!

Caramelcurls
Caramelcurls
6 years ago

Gorgeous hair Angela, and Lawwddd who is that man in pic 9??!! Can’t see his face, but he looks fine! 😉

Angela Tellier
6 years ago
Reply to  Caramelcurls

Thank you Caramelcurls. And that fine man in pic 9 is my boyfriend <3.
He is a singer too hihi. http://www.paakofi.com

SummerBaby
SummerBaby
6 years ago

Great hair & I love the simplicity of your routine.

Deedeemaha
Deedeemaha
6 years ago

Lovely hair. Nice easy wash day too. I like all the pictures. Very nice style in pic. 4 blavk and white.

Antoinette Stewart
6 years ago

Your style is to die for! Love that open back top and the white and black heels! Beautiful young lady and hair you are !!

Angélica
Angélica
6 years ago

Leuk artikel, love your hair girl!

Ubah Luar
Ubah Luar
6 years ago

OMG!! Finally a fellow Dutchy. Whoohoo:D
Great article, well i use to use Kinky curly but its to expensive to order from the US. But de Bijenkorf in Amstelveen sells ‘Yes to carrots leave inn’ no advice but you moght try that. Its 10 euro.
Groetjes en een knuffel…Ubah!

Ubah Luar
Ubah Luar
6 years ago
Reply to  Ubah Luar

Ps. Biggreensmile.nl sells it also if A’veen is to far to travel:)

Angela Tellier
6 years ago
Reply to  Ubah Luar

Hihi Yes Dutchie time <3 Thanks for the tip! Im not a big fan of the brand Yes to carrots. I had a bad experience with their skin care products a few years ago. But I might give the conditioner a try when I bump into it 😀 Its like 50% cheaper than Kinky Curly! 😮 Liefs xo

Jo
Jo
6 years ago

I have a shower that runs for 15 minutes before the hot water is done. So I wash quickly.”

I’m glad i’m not the only one who does this! 😀

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

You know, my heart raced when I scrolled through these pictures. Your fluffy hair could sell millions. It is an eye catcher and picture 9 and 12? Oh gosh, go to work!

LuLu
LuLu
6 years ago

Uhhhhhhh Walmart has NOT catered to my, or many of my fellow African American’s needs. If you call having ONE “ethnic hair isle” catering to my needs then you need to reevaulate your idea of the word “catering”. Black beauty supply stores, Organic shops, Black-owned businesses have all CATERED to my hair needs. Walmart does not care about US.

Napturally Kia
Napturally Kia
6 years ago

beautiful

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