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Quincee // 4A Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • May 13, 2014

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Introduce yourself!
Q:
My name is Quincee, I’m 21 years old, and I’m from the greater Seattle area.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
Q:
I stopped getting relaxers because I was tired of only being able to wear straight hair. But I decided to actually rock my natural hair as a challenge to myself. After graduating high school, I wanted to see if I could go a full year without heat, and I wanted to see if it would make my hair grow back to BSL, the length it was when I stopped relaxing. After the year was up I decided that I liked the natural look on me more than I liked straight hair. So I just kept doing natural styles lol. My last relaxer was in spring of 2008, but I used to straighten my hair everyday and was in the salon every other week getting a fresh press. I would say I fully embraced being natural in July of 2011. So I guess you could say almost 3 years.

How would you describe your texture?
Q:
I don’t usually type my texture, but I guess you could say I’m a 4a living the life of a 4c. I wear my hair picked out to where you can’t see my natural texture too much because I like it better. As far as the individual strands, my hair is VERY coarse, very thick, and very dense. My porosity is probably on the lower side since my hair cuticles tend to be closed.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
Q:
Honestly my styling regimen is a joke lol. After washing and conditioning I usually twist my hair into 16–20 two strand twists using the LOC method. L being water, O being either Naptrual85’s oil mixture or Africa’s Best Hair & Scalp Conditioner, and the C being whatever thick conditioner I find first lol. Then I wear a twist out for the next 4 to 5 days and I pineapple every night. After my twist out is beyond old I pick it out and wear a fro, and again, pineapple every night. Once I get sick of my fro, I either pull it up into a high puff, or wrap it up in a turban until I either A) feel like re twisting, or B) feel like washing my hair again lol. I like wearing my hair out, so I rarely protective style. And my hair has gotten so long and thick, it’s just easier to fluff and go versus spend 3 to 4 hours re twisting my hair every 3 to 5 days. *que the ain’t nobody got time for that gif* lol

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What does wash day look like for you?
Q:
A real deal wash day for me includes an ACV rinse, shampoo, detangle, deep condition/protein treatment, then style. I split my hair into 8 sections and ACV rinse all throughout my scalp to get rid of buildup. I shampoo in the shower with Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Shampoo, but recently switched to a brand called Argan Magic. Both shampoos leave my hair feeling amazing and clean without the stripped feeling. But Argan Magic gives my hair twice the shine. I detangle with V05 Conditioner if I’m in the shower, or Mane ‘n Tail Detangler if I’m “dry” detangling. I usually mix together a bunch of old random conditioners I have around for a deep conditioner because there’s no need to be wasteful lol.

I’m currently using the Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayonnaise for a protein treatment, but my favorite is the Africa’s Best brand. I don’t deep condition and do protein treatments on the same day, and I do my entire routine with my hair in 8 sections. 4 on each side. I use the Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa Conditioner after using the shampoo, and vice versa with the Argan Magic Conditioner. My wash day takes anywhere from 4 to 7 hours depending on what I decide to do.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Q:
Hands down my favorite lazy/rushed hair day style is a turban. That way I always look cute even when what’s going on beneath the headwrap is far from it haha. Not to mention there are a gazillion ways to wear a turban, so it can’t get boring. That’s actually my “protective style”.

How do you combat shrinkage?
Q:
Generally by twisting my hair after washing. Washing in sections and keeping my hair twisted up during the process takes my shrinkage down a notch as well. If I want it realllly stretched, I’ll just blow it out.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
Q:
I wouldn’t say I have problem areas anymore. It’s always a bit more difficult to blow out the crown of my head though. *shrugs*

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Q:
As I mentioned before, I don’t pay much mind to texture typing, but for someone with hair as thick and as coarse as mine, I’d definitely recommend thicker conditioners and heavier oils. Oh and grease like Blue Magic does a lot within the LOC method for me. Also pineappling is the only way for me to stretch styles out as long as I do.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Q:
Light oils such as jojoba and coconut, watery conditioners, sleeping without my hair pineappled… All definite no no’s for me.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Q:
My IG is @queenqui___ (3 underscores) and my Tumblr is www.my-opossum-is-awesome.tumblr.com.

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Miss Mo
Miss Mo
6 years ago

Awwwwww, you are adorable. Nice hair too. 🙂

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Miss Mo

Thank you ?

Alisa
Alisa
6 years ago

I love her hair and turban styles! My favorite pic of her was the one where she was wearing a “I Love My Hair” tank and had the fro to match the cartoon on the shirt!

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Alisa

Thank you, that was actually my first huge afro that I wore outside the house lol.

tanyfaye
tanyfaye
6 years ago

It’s refreshing that you prefer undefined hair.… Everything seems to be about curl definition nowadays. Beautiful hair 🙂

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  tanyfaye

Yeah for a while I couldn’t get my hair to define how I wanted it to so I just learned to get rid of the definition all together. I like my hair big and fluffy anyway. ?

Hansy
Hansy
6 years ago
Reply to  Quincee

The story of my life. Now I just learned to embrace freeze since it’s the only thing my strands can agree on.

Erinma
Erinma
6 years ago

Beautiful! just shows you how kind of irrelevant the typing system is. I would have never guessed she had 4a hair, thought she was 4c. Just shows we just need to celebrate natural hair period. Use the typing system, but don’t let it get in the way of things.

Princey
Princey
6 years ago
Reply to  Erinma

My hair is just like that and I say I’m 4c.

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Erinma

Amen, typing is pointless, in my opinion. That’s why I specified my strand types instead.

Cece
Cece
6 years ago
Reply to  Erinma

This re-classifieng of others is getting SO OLD.…Move on!!!
Gosh!

Redseouls
Redseouls
6 years ago

Gosh! Your hair is the stuff if my dream! Very lovely!

Tee
Tee
6 years ago

That first picture though! The epitome of healthy hair!

Lauren
Lauren
6 years ago

Gorgeous headwraps!

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago

Idk why all the hearts I sent turned into question marks. Anywhere there’s an oddly placed question mark, its supposed to be a heart lol.

Thank you to all the ladies though.

Ugonna Wosu
Ugonna Wosu
6 years ago

I am totally straight, but her gorgeous picture drew me in here, lol. Her hair coloring is so flattering to her skintone, and that gorgeous face just…wow!

LOVE the hair too, looks so thick and healthy! Go girl!

mlank64
mlank64
6 years ago

She is beautiful and sexy especially that pic with the turban..didn’t think turban and sexy can be in the same pic but it works here. Very lovely.

Amma Mama
6 years ago

You’re beautiful and I like how you spell your name.

Ebony
Ebony
6 years ago

Your hair is so beautiful Quincee!!! What color is your hair on the first photo?

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Ebony

It’s a color my friend mixed for me when she was in beauty school. She used me as her hair model for one of her finals. And thank you 🙂

Ebony
Ebony
6 years ago
Reply to  Quincee

Thanks for your reply!I hope I will find a color like that.

Ms LiLi
Ms LiLi
6 years ago

Gorgeous, and am I sort sighted for wondering if she eve made it to bsl again though?

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Ms LiLi

I reached bsl probably 6 to 9 months ago. My shrinkage is ridiculous and its hard to tell, but one of these days I’ll straighten it and take pics lol

Angela
Angela
6 years ago

I can really sense your awesomeness!

kay
kay
6 years ago

this girl is beautiful! should definitely consider moving to a major city like NY to try her hand at modeling

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  kay

Aw thank you, that’s so sweet. I think I’m a little short to be a model (5’1), but its something I’ve considered in the past.

alice
alice
6 years ago

Beautiful. Had to click on your story when I saw your first pic and that fro!!! Love your regimen

Vimbai
Vimbai
6 years ago

Omg you are soo beautiful and i lovee your style..hair, outfits eeverything.. Teach me to tie them turband please? …you are all fabuloussss

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Vimbai

Thank you doll, and I can’t remember which videos I watched to learn, but try YouTube and just play around with scarves in your spare time. When a style turns out well, make it a point to take a trip to the store or something to show it off! And if you begin to feel uncomfortable if/when people start staring at you, just remember that you put it on for you and you only. And that other people’s opinions of your hair/hair accessories don’t matter. <3

Maria V.
Maria V.
6 years ago

Beautiful! Reppin for the Sea-Town natties! YEAH!!!!

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Maria V.

Gotta represent for the “Seattle” curlies, seeing as we get NO shine lol

marie
marie
6 years ago

Pretty girl!
I’m glad to lean coconut oil is a no no for her. I always red that it was one of the best oil to use on hair but always wondered why it never seem to work well with my hair type 4B/C.

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  marie

If your strands are coarse then that’s probably why. I have very coarse hair and its also very thick, so it’s just too light of an oil to help with anything. But it works great on skin, and is amazing to cook with.

karencurly
karencurly
6 years ago
Reply to  marie

Coconut oil works better with 4A hair which has a culture pattern, like my hair. I’ve heard a lot of 4b/4c hair naturals say it does nothing for them either…

karencurly
karencurly
6 years ago
Reply to  karencurly

Curlier” pattern

AlllSmiless
AlllSmiless
6 years ago
Reply to  marie

I think it has more to do with the thickness of individuals strands and porosity rather then the curl pattern. From what I’ve heard coconut oil work well for people with fine strands and high porosity hair and not so well for people with thick/coarse strands and low porosity hair.

CynthiaKate
CynthiaKate
6 years ago

Gorgeous hair!! You are the first naturalista i read about who doesn’t use coconut oil… maybe i should quit using it too, coz my hair is depressing me. it just decided not to grow.. i’ve been having the same lengnth for 3 years now..

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  CynthiaKate

I would say use it a few times and if it doesn’t really do anything for your hair, then switch to something else. Luckily coconut oil can be used a lot of ways, so you’re never wasting your money if it doesn’t work on your hair.

Lauren
Lauren
6 years ago
Reply to  CynthiaKate

Cynthiakate, don’t forget to focus on a healthy balance diet (drinking enough water) and some exercise! This will help grow healthier/stronger strands! keep it up and be patient 🙂

Kita
Kita
6 years ago

I’m 4A too faking the funk of a 4C too (on weekends when i wear my hair out lol)but 4–7hours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No lol Beautiful hair nonetheless

Youngin girl
Youngin girl
6 years ago

I like it. I can’t stress enough what your hair does to me but make me speechless. Perfection.

angie
angie
6 years ago

that hair and yellow J Campbells are a match made in heavon.

Love your face.

Cheers!

anastasia
anastasia
6 years ago

WOW!! Just beautiful!

Primmest Plum
Primmest Plum
6 years ago

So gorg. I love seeing Black girls just killing the hair game.

lexibugg
lexibugg
6 years ago

YyyyaaaaayyyY a fellow seattlite.…

Adía
Adía
6 years ago

pineapple? can you explain that?

Quincee
Quincee
6 years ago
Reply to  Adía

Pineappling is when you sort of flip your head upside down to get all your hair on top of your head, then wrap your scarf around your head. So that when you look in the mirror, your hair is sticking out of the top of your scarf, like the leaves/stem thingies stick out of the top of a pineapple. That’s a horrible description, but if you YouTube it there are plenty of tutorials. Lol

and thank you again ladies. ?

Carla
Carla
6 years ago

You are so beautiful and the way you embrace your hair with confidence and self love makes you even more beautiful.

Aico
Aico
6 years ago

I normally don’t even gush about hair, but yours is gorgeous.

Alan Zarley
Alan Zarley
6 years ago

Your natural hair is soft , shiny, and a lotta soul.

Patty
Patty
6 years ago

I’m originally from Bellevue, WA but currently live in VA and I got excited to read about a natural from Seattle. Your hair is beautiful!

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