What is your name and where are you from?
C: My name is Chadran and I’m a Connecticut native.
Did you transition or big chop? Share your natural hair journey with us!
C: I’m an athlete, so workouts and relaxers didn’t mix for me. I had to stop perming and just let my hair do its own thing. My last relaxer was in February 2011, and I transitioned for a year and a half before I cut off my relaxed ends.
How would you describe your texture?
C: I’m not really into hair typing, but I think my hair texture is about a 3c/4a. My curls are tightly coiled, thick and easily defined. My hair soaks up a lot of moisture and shrinks a little over 50%.
Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month, and the rationale behind your various styling decisions.
C: Over the course of a month I switch back and forth from a picked out flexi-fro or a high puff/bun. I recently began trying out protective styles, which is fun and gives my natural hair a break. I moisturize nightly with water and mixed oils, using the pineapple method to preserve my style.
What does wash day look like for you?
C: Ohhh man, wash day is like a never-ending process. I pre-poo overnight with lots of organic oils. Then, I co-wash my hair with Aussie Moist Conditioner or As I Am Coconut CoWash followed by an Apple Cider Vinegar rinse. I used to detangle my hair with a wide tooth comb or Denman brush, but now finger-detangle which causes a lot less breakage. I take time to section my hair into six equal sections and thoroughly wash, rinse, detangle and air-dry.
Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C: I’m all for big and wild hair! When my curls get unruly, my go-to signature style is a high puff or bun.
How do you combat shrinkage?
C: Shrinkage is too real for me. I’m obsessed with stretched hair, I haven’t used heat for about 2 years now, so I manually stretch my curls with flexi-rods.
What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require extra care and attention?
C: After bleaching my hair 2 years ago, my ends of my hair suffer from color damage. So I make sure that I’m extra gentle when handling them and that they are well moisturized while I gradually cut them.
What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C: Only juices and berries lol! No, water and hot oil treatments are two do’s for my hair. My hair sucks up moisture so I make sure moisturize and seal daily/nightly to keep it from getting dry.
What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C: Sleeping without my satin scarf (BIG NO-NO) and Wash & GOs (or Wash & NOs, as I like to call them) — I love the definition of my curls, but I just can’t take the shrinkage.
Is there a blog/webpage or social media account where we can find you?
C: Oh yeah, you can find me on Instagram @chadranosaurus my blog www.3cproject.com and on YouTube 3cProject (don’t forget to subscribe!)