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Quecina from Houston // 4A/4B Natural Hair Style Icon

Avatar • Jan 17, 2015

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Introduce yourself!
Q: I am Quecina Burts Nute also known as Pinkstarnute in the natural hair world. I am a mother, military wife and teacher from Houston, Texas.

Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
Q: I transitioned into my natural hair journey instead of a direct “big chop” because I was somewhat reluctant to cut my long (bra strap length) relaxed hair–which took me forever to grow. However, once I saw one year of amazing shoulder length growth I was prompted to do my big chop. That evidence of how healthy and strong my “new” growth looked gave me the assurance needed to take full flight to my journey. I am happy that I chose to transition before my big chop, because I was able to compare and contrast my relaxed parts to my new growth and monitor the speed of my growth before making my decision. I’ve been natural for 4 years now and achieved waist length hair in  3.5 years.

How would you describe your texture?
Q: I would describe my hair as to being between 4a-4b textures according to hair strand charts. I have a mixture of thin and thick stretchy coiled curls; collectively they create a coily big, dense and long afro.

Tell us your regimen sharing how you style your hair over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
Q: My regimen rarely changes: I co-wash my hair monthly. I am a firm believer in less manipulation and low maintenance styles with plenty of moisturizing daily. I have been co-washing my hair since January 2014. I try not to use too many products and only use products that work best for my hair texture. I typically use products by ORS, African Pride, African Royale Braid Spray, and Nature’s Way Coconut oil.

I moisturize my hair with African Royale Braid spray every morning, and every other night I will use cremes/creams (to moisturize) and then apply an oil (to lock in moisture). The cremes/creams I use are carrot, avocado, hair and hair mayonnaise. For sealing I use coconut oil, argan oil, castor oil or olive oil. I rotate the creams and oils weekly but somehow use avocado cream and coconut oil every week because those two are my favorites. There is not really a special combination as to how I rotate… I just use what I desire amongst the creams and oils mentioned. I try not to over-saturate my hair but still make sure product has been applied all over. Sometimes, I’ll re-wet hair (with braid spray or water from a spray bottle) before applying a cream and/or an oil because my hair benefits more… meaning by doing this regularly brings about and builds resilience and strength to strands–which reduces breakage. As we know, there are always exceptions to the rules depending on the condition of hair. For instance, if I do a strand test and notice my hair is very strong and full of elasticity I could do every two nights of creaming and/or oiling instead of every other night. If my hair is weak, I would cream and oil each night as opposed to every other night.

The daily styles that best suit my regimen are buns, ponytails, wigs, twists, twist-outs, and/or braids and braid-outs.

What does wash day look like for you?
Q: My regular wash day consists of:
1. An oil pre-poo with 100% organic extra virgin coconut oil (for at least 30 mins or more) — I just wet my hair while in 4 sections then apply the coconut oil all over and cover it with a plastic cap/bag.

2. Wash hair with Pantene’s Co-wash — I wash hair thoroughly one section at a time and then rinse each section after all sections have been washed.

3. Apply Parnevu Leave-in Deep Conditioner to each section or use ORS Hair Mayonnaise Conditioning Treatment if your hair needs more therapy (leave-in 1 hour covered then rinse).

4. Apply HSI Argan oil on damp hair.

5. Blow dry on cool air setting (it may take longer but is healthier for the hair… I part my hair in 8 to 10 sections for  blow drying to get a smoother look) –while blow drying I use a Denman or wide toothed brush to assist the stretching process.

6. Apply a light cream or oil and style hair.

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Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
Q: I love putting my natural hair into a big bun. It does not matter whether it is high or low. I love the look and it is a great protective style for my hair. Wearing a bun is simple; it doesn’t require much and I can wear it for days.

How do you combat shrinkage?
Q: I’ve experienced that with my kind of 4a-4b texture… stretching my coily curls are important in order to reduce tangles and knots–which prevents length retention. Therefore, I like to combat shrinkage by “cool air” blow drying it after a wash to stretch the curls then styling it to my desired look.

What are some of your problem areas that require extra care and attention?
Q: A typical problem area for me that I care for daily would be the ends of my hair. The ends are the oldest part of the hair that requires lots of moisture. So I pay a lot of attention to that area daily… depending on the style maybe even twice a day. I generally just apply more moisturizing cream to prevent dryness.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Q: I love buns and twist-outs. These two styles are easy to achieve and don’t require much maintenance. However, my favorite protective style is wearing a front lace curly wig when I want to give my natural hair a break but still rock a natural hair look.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Q: Two hair styles that I do not care to wear my hair in are wash and gos and afros. Due to my hair texture, these styles bring about tangles and knots regardless of how many times I moisturize and/or detangle–therefore, I avoid them.

Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
Q: Those that are interested in my hair journey and/or may have questions can find me on Facebook and You Tube at Pinkstarnute “The Natural Hair Advocate” and on Instagram as NaturalHair_Pinkstarnute

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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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marie
marie
5 years ago

love her hair. LOL, when im looking at pics of girls with massive hair I say to my own hair, “Look at that, now I want you to do the same, GROW baby Grow!”

Diamenrose
5 years ago

Sooo pretty! another motivation 🙂

Freya
Freya
5 years ago

Beautiful hair! Not 3a/b though.

Toni
Toni
5 years ago
Reply to  Freya

I was thinking that as well. Her hair looks similar to mine. Then again, we are looking at a pictures so it’s hard to know for sure. Beautiful hair regardless!!

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  Freya

Yep my fault that was a typo .… Those that follow me know that my hair is 4a-4b

longhairlover
longhairlover
5 years ago

Was she featured twice? Looks familiar…http://bglh-marketplace.com/2014/10/andrea-from-houston-3bc-natural-hair-style-icon/

Anyways, I’d love to see what my hair looks like at this length. Also, great styling tips in both interviews.

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  longhairlover

No this is my first time featured here… I’ve been featured with another online website though…

youngin girl
youngin girl
5 years ago

I like your big, puffy hair. Your regimen’s are simple and detail oriented. Not that it’s a big deal since texture charts got us overheels but I think your texture ranges in 4b. That’s how I see it because 3a/3b texture is where you have springy curls that soakes up moisture like a sponge and can do wash ‘n’ gos. You say that your hair is a mixture of thick and thin and that it creates coily and dense‑I think that is 4 texture.

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  youngin girl

Yes I stated incorrectly … It’s 4a-4b… It was a typo

youngin girl
youngin girl
5 years ago
Reply to  Q.D BurtsNute

Oh, I see. I’m learning though. Something was telling me to go back to your icon and see the comments.

Prettydarkskinnedgirl
Prettydarkskinnedgirl
5 years ago

Anyone else seeing Wendy Williams?

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago

Someone told me that before … But of her earlier years

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago

Hello Everyone.… I apologize for the typo… My fault … My hair texture is 4a-4b mixture… Many of you realized it was a mistake…

Seddiie
Seddiie
5 years ago

what gorgeous hair you have

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  Seddiie

Thank you

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago

I’m not sure if you’ve read my comment but I’ve already addressed that conversation … It was a typo … I meant 4a-4b …

Hughston
Hughston
5 years ago

Wow no mistakes allowed here.. Dang. lol lol
Beautiful hair girl. Regardless of the type..

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  Hughston

Lol … Thank you so much!!!! 🙂

Free72
Free72
5 years ago

Your hair is simply gorgeous! I’m making an effort to simplify my wash & conditioner routine. I have one ?ing, would you dye your hair again? I just became a subie to your instagram page & notice you rocked blondish colour. I’m on the fence about it myself.

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  Free72

No I would not unless there was an extremely healthy way for the hair. That blonde hair on IG is my protective look — one of my wigs that I wear ;). Thanks for the luv!

healthyfifi
healthyfifi
5 years ago

gorgeous beautiful hair!

Q.D BurtsNute
Q.D BurtsNute
5 years ago
Reply to  healthyfifi

Thanks a lot!!!!! 🙂

brlbeleza
brlbeleza
5 years ago

Amazing hair!! Love it!!

Seaf Becca
Seaf Becca
5 years ago

Your hair is all the way live!

Coconut and Mango
Coconut and Mango
5 years ago

Please don’t take this negatively, because I think your hair is absolutely GORGEOUS, but I’m not exactly sure this texture is considered 3a/3b. It looks and acts more like 3c/4a hair to me (especially by the shrinkage demonstrated in that picture and you defining your shrinkage as “coily”). 3a hair typically has big wide curls, not necessarily coils. I mean, it really doesn’t matter because your hair is beautiful regardless but I don’t think it’s 3a/3b.

Aliyah Morrison
Aliyah Morrison
5 years ago

Um she has beautiful hair but not 3a/3b more like 4b

Quecina
Quecina "Pinkstarnute"
5 years ago

Yep that’s a typo on my part my hair is 4a-4b!

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