*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
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?
C:
Yes, candidcinni.blogspot.com is my blog. If you want to follow me on Twitter it is @cinnirox.

Anything else you want to add?
C:
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.

Meosha

Just another lover of natural hair and expression.
- Style Icon Coordinator for BGLH

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24 Comments on "Cinni // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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anon

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 🙁

Kimmie

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

Piximoo

Is that a joke ?

razzibo

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

givenchy eyeglasses

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

Mimi

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!

Nicole

Hey Cinni! Loved reading your hair story ^_^

Cinni

Thank yu all.. Megan heeey! lol

@Blessing sure thing 🙂 contact me via my blog

Blessing

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

Gemlocs

What a beautiful sista! Gorgeous hair and skin!

Jemi

Love the FREE MANE!!!!!!!

nicole

she is beautiful and has lovely hair! cute profile 🙂

Megan

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

Carla

Beautiful hair! Keep up the good work.

Cinni

@theuncommonbeauty I agree with you! lol

Cinni

Thanks!

@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.

Positivity

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.

Marquita

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!

TheUncommonBeauty

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! 🙂

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Cinni

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

erefua

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

ChristinaHMoore

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

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