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

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Introduce yourself!
T:
My name is Tichina and I live in Toronto, Canada. My background is Trinidadian, Jamaican and Indian.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
T:
I’ve been natural all my life. I’ve never permed or texturized my hair before.

How would you describe your texture?
T:
I would describe my hair as 3c/4a. My hair is thick with natural waves. When I wash it, it coils up and bounces without any conditioner or product added.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
T:
During the winter season I opt for my favourite protective style, which is box braids. I massage my scalp with Indian Hemp Oil to prevent buildup while my braids are in.

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What does wash day look like for you?
T:
I typically co-wash my hair once a week with Sunsilk Hair Conditioner and Shampoo, and I moisturize my hair with Africa’s Best Super Gro Hair & Scalp Conditioner. After I co-wash, I part my hair in four sections while moisturizing from root to tip. I then grease my scalp in small parts and start my two strand twist out routine.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
T:
After I take out my box braids I usually do two strand twists as it is easy and doesn’t come with a lot of maintenance. When my twists become flat, I cornrow my hair in two big plaits or do a blowout. I use Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray and place the hair dryer on low heat to prevent damage. Afterwards I seal my hair with a few spritzes of Jamaican Black Castor Oil for shine and luster.

How do you combat shrinkage?
T:
I combat shrinkage by plaiting or twisting my hair after a co-wash and taking them out the following day. It not only stretches my hair, but it’s safer. Anything to avoid heat, I’m all for it.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
T:
Oiling my scalp when my hair is straightened or blown out helps me to maintain the moisture all throughout my hair. An easy way I do this is by parting my hair in small sections, greasing my scalp, and applying the oil to the tips of my hair as well.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
T:
Conditioner makes my curls pop and bouncy. I can’t live without it. And applying moisturizer is a great way to further enhance my curls by making them feel light and look healthy.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
T:
Even though I have occasionally straightened my hair in the past I have come to realize that less heat works better for my hair due to its curly texture. For the rare days that I do straighten my hair, l like to make sure my scalp is constantly oiled to lock moisture in my roots, and to ensure my hair stays strong and healthy once I go back to my natural hairstyles.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
T:
My Instagram is: chinaknox and my Twitter handle is @chinaknox.

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Chloe
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ema

A cute young woman with great hair. I love it.

Toni
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Toni

Love the hair. I will say that hair typing is still confusing me, though. I’ve made guessing kind of a game so that I’m more familiar, but I always get it wrong. I totally thought that she was a 4C!

anonymous
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She IS 4C with some 4b mixed in.…SMH…too many kinkier naturals denying their actual hair texture contributes to the discrimination and rejection 4c ladies face in the natural community (Jouelzy’s video talks about this). A lot of women with kinky hair follow curlier naturals and claim a texture that is not their own. Clearly hair typing does matter among naturals despite the fact that so many women claim it doesn’t!

Savannah
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She IS whatever hair type she says she is. 😉

deadre
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deadre

I know right how can you tell someone else what there hair type is my hair type looks 3b after styling it but its 3c/4a when when wet or in its natural state. She knows and from the article loves her hair so I doubt she would lie.

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

Agreed! My hair is similar to hers and I identify myself as 4a/b and I have patches of 4c. I guess hair typing is like beauty in the sense that it’s in the eye of the beholder!

Jacky
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Jacky

So cute! and nice article too. Thanks for the tip on oiling straightened or blow-dried hair and thanks BGLH for posting!

Anna
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Anna

My hair texture looks similar. I am mainly 4a and 4b with a little 3c and 3c. She has beautiful hair with what looks like mainly twist out or braid out styles. Maybe she should have included some texture shots when just washed — that would clear up the confusion about her texture.

Ify
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Ify

Nice article:) in some parts tho she confused me for example what are the two don’t for hair hair and what are her problem areas as for natural typing am still confused my hair when is wet is a mixture of 3c in my back (my hair really curls in the back) and the rest of my hair is 3b in the front and 4b the rest but when its dry it looks like 4b/c anywho love my hair it has a mind of its own<3

Ash
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Ash

Your hair is 4b/c. What it looks like dry is what it is. One does not “type” on wet hair.

Ify
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Ify

Guys her hair is definately not 4c!type 4c hair and u will see exactly how 4c hair looks her hair mostly looks like 4a and lil 4b

Jordie
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Jordie

I like your hair your first name and your style. You’re a beauty. Kiss from Gabon.

Anna
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Very sad that some of you are trying to guess what is her ‘true’ texture and what she should do to prove us wrong or right…
Beautiful girl anyway, a [hair] style icon indeed!
Thanks or the tips 🙂

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