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Christian from Barbados // 4C Natural Hair Style Icon

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Introduce yourself.

C: My name is Christian Gibbs and I’m from Barbados. 246 stand up!!

Share your natural hair journey with us!
C: I did a big chop. I never had any problems with my chemically treated hair(it was never damaged, grew quickly and I loved it) but couple days before a long overdue hair appointment, I broke a comb in my new growth and I was so annoyed that I went directly to the neighbourhood barber and told him to cut it all off. He thought I was kidding because everyone knew how much attention I paid to my hair and how healthy it was. He told me if I was serious, to cut it first and eventually shaved it all off after he got over the shock that I had actually cut it lol.

I never planned on “going natural” before or after I cut my hair(I rocked a bald cut for 5 months) and always intended on perming my hair again ..until I came across a picture of Toni from mynaturalsistas and wanted hair like that. I started growing my hair back on July 22nd, 2012.

To be honest, the first couple months were hard with all of the negative comments & suggestions that I should perm my hair, plus I hadn’t found products that worked well with my hair but once I got into a routine, my hair stays behaving!

How would you describe your texture?
C: Mufasa(my hair) is 4c but 4a around my temple area. It is coarse and dense and becomes dry very easily, especially since I live in a very sunny and dry climate.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
C: I’ve found that if I don’t stick to a routine, my hair becomes unruly so I shampoo once a month, cowash weekly and deep condition twice a month. Since I’m not allowed to wear a fro at work, plus the climate dries it out superfast when my hair is open, I wear 2 strand twists in updos or just down during the weekdays and sometimes experiment on weekends with other styles. I use my homemade whipped shea butter, olive oil/Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream and Eco Styler gel the most.

What does wash day look like for you?
C: Wash Day is an all day event that is almost always Friday or Sunday(depending on my plans for Friday) and I use Organics Olive Oil Shampoo and Tresemme’s Naturals Conditioner/Paul Mitchell The Leave In. I deep condition with Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque/Design Essentials Deep Fortifying Treatment.

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Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: A puff! A brush, water spritzed hair, some gel for my edges & an elastic scarf and in 3 minutes tops, I’m ready to go lol.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C: I don’t, I love shrinkage. Although my hair looks wayyy shorter shrunk, I love the volume and spring to my curls over the length!

Tell us about your hair color!
C: My hair colour at the moment is a mixture of a royal purple & a pinkish purple and it’s my favourite colour to date! I coloured it with the help of a friend this last time but I usually colour it myself. I used 20% developer mixed with bleach to lift my natural, jet black colour then used Adore’s Violet Gem & Purple Rage to get this colour. It hasn’t changed my hair texture at all but I find my hair gets drier quicker so I have to moisturize daily with water then olive oil or Design Essentials Natural Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
C: My temple area. My edges are lighter than my remaining hair because the first time I had braids, the lady braided it so tightly, my edges were pulled out so I rub Jamaican Black Castor Oil there every night and I’m gentler on them when styling. I’m glad to report that you can’t notice they were ever gone anymore!

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: Two do’s would be water is my hair’s best friend and always sleep with my scarf or my hair will be a tangled mess in the morning.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Two don’ts are to never attempt to detangle or style my hair when it’s dry or it kinks right up so I always have to start on damp hair, and never leave in braids longer than 6 weeks. Any longer and my hair has officially dreadloc’d, learned that the hard way.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
C: You can find my on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter and Pinterest at krishtun. I post the most regularly on Instagram.

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About Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and living in Los Angeles, Christina is BGLH's resident transitioning expert and product junkie. In addition to loving all things hair, she is a fitness novice and advocate of wearing sandals year-round. For more information on transitioning, natural hair, and her own hair journey, visit maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pictures follow Christina on Instagram @maneobjective.

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Leesha
Leesha
6 years ago

Wow her hair is gorge!!

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Leesha

Wow, thank youuu! (:

Shando
Shando
6 years ago

Represent 246!!! BIM BIM
But anyways you have really beautiful hair.I love to see people with 4b or 4c hair and rocking it to the fullest and embracing their kinks.Also the purple colour suits you really well!!!

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Shando

Bajan girls run it, ask RiRi! #246

Thank you sooo much! Purple has been my fav so far but more colors soon lol

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Shando

Bim Bim! *licking up pailing*(only a Bajan will get this lol)

Than you so much! :*

LaNeshe
6 years ago

Love the versatility of her styles!

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  LaNeshe

Thanks!! 🙂

T.
T.
6 years ago

246 stand UP! I love seeing my Bajan sistas on this site, and girl, your hair is everything! The colours and cuts are fantastic. Love it. Love it!

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  T.

#246 everyday! Thank you, thank you!!

Ema
Ema
6 years ago

So beautiful. And I love the colours.

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Ema

Thanksss! More colors soon ????

Ms. Vee
Ms. Vee
6 years ago

Wow! Could she be anymore gorgeous? These styles are the bomb.

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Ms. Vee

I’m blushing reading this..thank you so much! 🙂

Yabiola
Yabiola
6 years ago

she’s beautiful! i love her style and confidence 🙂

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Yabiola

Thank you so much! ??

cocoberrie
cocoberrie
6 years ago

Gorgeous!! #bajanpride

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  cocoberrie

thanks, sister! #bajanpride

cacey
cacey
6 years ago

i’m confused… “not allowed to wear a fro at work”.…could this be explained? because that just sounds off.

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  cacey

It’s sad but people here still aren’t very accepting of natural hair and it’s “distracting & unprofessional” to wear a fro at work. *shrug* that’s life.

Veronica
Veronica
6 years ago

Long-time lurker, first time poster, but I just HAD to let Christian know that Mufasa is EVERYTHING

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Veronica

hey, meet your long lost sister ’cause I’m a long-time lurker too lol

thank you so much!

Carlee
Carlee
6 years ago

Wait, why isn’t Christian allowed to wear a fro to work? Where does she work? How is an afro unprofessinal or “not allowed”?

LBell
LBell
6 years ago

YAY purple hair!

Also glad to see someone else who thinks shrinkage is awesome. I mean that literally: I’m often awestruck by what these coils can do. People who say 4b/4c natural hair isn’t versatile don’t have enough imagination IMO.

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  LBell

Coils > stretched hair anydayyyyy! Thank youuuu! 🙂

Michele
Michele
6 years ago

Bajan massive!!! Beautiful hair!

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Michele

you know what they say.. “you can find a Bajan anywhere you go”! aha, thankss!

Lisa
Lisa
6 years ago

Beautiful hair! Bim and QC massiveee

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

Fiat Lux!!

Allegra
6 years ago

WOW! It seems like she has soooo much fun with her hair! Love it! And she’s beautiful!! 🙂

iluvedges
iluvedges
6 years ago

Christian you better BRING IT! ya look GOOD!

MichelleF.
MichelleF.
6 years ago

246 stand up!!!! Your hair is gorgeous!!!!

Avj21
Avj21
6 years ago

This purple is to die for. I’m def going to dye my hair this color during next summer.

Daynajoe
Daynajoe
6 years ago

This featured icon’s hair is Perfection! I loved every photo. So inspiring. Thanks for this one.

iluvedges
iluvedges
6 years ago
Reply to  Daynajoe

yes, I agree 100%..

Tirshatha
Tirshatha
6 years ago

Blue, yellow and black, put it up! Good to see a Bajan representing, and with such fabulous hair (and colours) too.

#YASGirl

Kira-lee
Kira-lee
6 years ago

I am loving her hair. It is so beautiful and the different styles and cuts fit her so well!

Where I am a lil lost though is the fact that she cant wear a fro to work but pink/purple hair is okay :/ i was fully with her in the backward eurocentric mentality of some Caribbean countries (I am from Jamaica 876!) and the rigidity of corporate culture but why isn’t a fro okay but shocking colours aren’t considered more detracting?

Ameena
Ameena
6 years ago
Reply to  Kira-lee

I didn’t even catch that contradiction

Tia
Tia
6 years ago

A barbadian on This page I AM SO SCHOCKED makes me feel so proud you go girl i just cut my not to long did my big chop and i am so excited your inspiring me your ROCK !!

Manny
Manny
6 years ago

Christian, that behind photo with your hair out showing your cut is the reason I am getting my mohawk.Thank you!!

Christian Gibbs
Christian Gibbs
6 years ago
Reply to  Manny

omg, that’s great! please tag me in any photos ’cause I’d love to see!

Nicole
Nicole
6 years ago

Beautiful lady and gorgeous head of hair!

Bri
Bri
6 years ago

Beautiful curls/twists…E.g the 2nd photo, how did you achieve this look?

youngin girl
youngin girl
5 years ago

A woman from Barbados is finally here! I like your hair routine and how simple you make it. Number 5 is cool, I like the design cut you have on the side and the twisties. Purple is my favorite color and it stands out. The bantu knots are adorable.

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