*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

Intro­duce your­self!
Alli­son is the birth name. Cin­ni is what I go by. I cur­rent­ly live in a lil town called Crewe in the UK but I rep South Flori­da and Jamaica. 876 we laar­rge abroad! I am an under­grad­u­ate stu­dent, study­ing Dance.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­ur­al?
I real­ly missed hav­ing big hair. I got a perm when I was 14 after mov­ing from Jamaica to Flori­da because at the time it was the eas­i­est thing to do for me. I had no idea how to take care of my hair, but as time went on I got heck bored with the relaxed hair. I would col­or it to “jazz it up”, but it wasn’t giv­ing me the oomph I want­ed.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al hair?
I got my last relax­er in June 2009. My sis­ter was always say­ing “you should go back nat­ur­al” (she did the whole tran­si­tion into nat­ur­al bit yeaarrsss back), so I decid­ed that was it for me. I sucked at tran­si­tion­ing Lol. I real­ly did. I would always blow dry then flat iron my hair every week because I had no clue what to do. I even­tu­al­ly found CurlyNik­ki and BGLH which helped tremen­dous­ly, but I couldn’t take the 2 tex­tures after awhile so I BC’d in April 2010. The hair need­ed to go.

Doing the BC affect­ed me hard because I nev­er had short hair in my life. Short to me was shoul­der length. I know peo­ple always say that, but it’s true. I was known as the girl with a lot of hair even when it was relaxed. Cut­ting off all my hair was dif­fi­cult. I thought I didn’t look as attrac­tive and what­not, but I got over it.

How would you describe your hair?
My hair is very, very thick. I know it curls. What kind of curls? Psssh idk. I nev­er did get into the whole hair typ­ing thing. I know it doesn’t behave well. It frizzes no mat­ter the weath­er or prod­ucts used, so I let it be. It is a free mane.

What is your reg­i­men?
I sham­poo my hair every week. Tried the no-poo bit, yeaaah no. I devel­oped eczema on my scalp so poo-ing works for me. I use Dr. Bronner’s Pep­per­mint Castile Soap or African Black Soap (got it off Ama­zon), but right now I’m try­ing Lush’s Soak n Float bar.

I sham­poo in sec­tions then con­di­tion with what­ev­er I have around, i.e. Aussie Moist, Organix Coconut Milk or Tre­semme Break­age Pro­tec­tion. I detan­gle in the show­er, twist, then rinse. I apply my DC, which switch­es. I’ll mix my con­di­tion­er with hon­ey, olive oil, coconut oil, shea but­ter or a deep treat­ment from Shea Mois­ture; slap it in my head, pop 2 show­er caps on plus a win­ter hat & DC overnight. Next day I’ll rinse it out then apply Can­tu Con­di­tion­ing Cream or Shea Mois­ture Restora­tive Con­di­tion­er, Curl & Style Milk, Thick­en­ing Growth Milk, coconut oil over that and twist or braid up my hair with reg­u­lar shea but­ter or Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
Seal­ing is key. I swear by coconut oil. I’ve been using that since I went nat­ur­al and my hair loves it. Twists and braids…I do those 60–70% of the time. I’ll pull them out when I feel like it. I wear a silk scarf to bed as well.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
I wouldn’t say mis­takes, but I’ve learned that I have to switch things up as my hair gets longer. Last year I could do a lot of WnG’s, but now not so much. I did make a mis­take though of not bring­ing coconut oil with me on vacay to Jamaica ear­li­er this year. My ends hat­ed me and formed sin­gle strand knots in revolt. Nev­er again.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
Coconut oil! Lol. I don’t do a lot with my hair because I can’t be both­ered, but I know it needs to be mois­tur­ized, so coconut oil is real­ly my go to.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Yes, candidcinni.blogspot.com is my blog. If you want to fol­low me on Twit­ter it is @cinnirox.

Any­thing else you want to add?
Love your hair! It can be try­ing at times and trust me. I’ve had my fair share of fits because of my hair, but embrace what grows out of your scalp.


Just anoth­er lover of nat­ur­al hair and expres­sion.
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You are so lucky to be mixed with some­thing so that your hair can be long and pret­ty and have nice skin. Unfor­tu­nate­ly i am just full african and have that ugly bad 4c hair that just wont grow and is fine :(. This is the time i wish i was mixed with some­thing :(


You need some help like seri­ous­ly. Learn to love your hair the way it is and learn how to grows and what works for you. She is no luck­i­er than you for being mixed. And i’m not mixed and i have great skin, so idk what u talk­ing bout. O.o


Is that a joke ?


Gosh your so beau­ti­ful!!!!!!!! I need your help!!! Well the back of my hair is break­ing off and i dont know what to. Right now im using cas­tor oil and thats work­ing a lit­tle bit should i con­tin­ue that or no. Give me your opin­ion please your my only hope

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Excel­lent ideas here. I wish there are more and more arti­cles like that.


Love yu hair!! I love Lush prod­ucts too! I am using Rhythm and Blues now. Next time you go to Jamaica, dont wor­ry to load up your­self with coconut oil. Coconut oil is sold in the super­mar­kets. Thats what I use when I go home!


Hey Cin­ni! Loved read­ing your hair sto­ry ^_^


Thank yu all.. Megan heeey! lol 

@Blessing sure thing :) con­tact me via my blog


hi, I am a media stu­dent, doing a doc­u­men­tary about hair, would you be inter­est­ed in an inter­view.


What a beau­ti­ful sista! Gor­geous hair and skin!


Love the FREE MANE!!!!!!!


she is beau­ti­ful and has love­ly hair! cute pro­file :)


Gor­geous Alli­son! Curly Nik­ki and BGLH are my favourite sites too! Megan (Sophie’s sis­ter from Ja! :))


Beau­ti­ful hair! Keep up the good work.


@theuncommonbeauty I agree with you! lol



@Positivity series of things why but I was look­ing at MMU and thats where the dance pro­gram is so thats where I am. Went to Manchester..was fun. Havent made it to Liv­er­pool yet.


Wow Crewe in Cheshire. Cin­ni def­i­nite­ly needs to vis­it both Man­ches­ter and Liv­er­pool. Both good for shop­ping and nightlife. Would love to know how she end­ed up going to Crewe uni? Also love­ly hair and the bun is adorable.


I like that you are on this page. I was proud when you cut off the hair. You were always beau­ti­ful even then. I’m grow­ing back out my curly fro so it looks like I have to catch up with you now instead of the oth­er way around!


Your hair is love­ly!
I’m British born, of Jamaican descent, went to uni­ver­si­ty in South Flori­da. I think we should have a meet-up & hang out! :)



Thanks much!!

@erefua I just moved over here so I had brought the Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie with me. I plan on re stock­ing when I go back to the States lol


I LOVE YOUR HAIR!!! i live in the uk aswell but i can t find a place to buy Shea Moisture’s Curl Enhanc­ing Smooth­ie.

Lovely Brown Girl

Your hair has grown like that in less than two years?! And I thought MY hair grew fast! That’s amaz­ing! Beau­ti­ful hair, beau­ti­ful young lady…

Elaine D.

Your hair is amaz­ing! So thick!!!!!!!!!!!!! and gor­geous (hair envy) lol


Your hair is beau­ti­ful. I can’t imag­ine there are many afro chica’s in Crewe. Send­ing some love and sup­port from Lon­don.