*Pre­pared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1Me­Nat­u­ral­ly

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Intro­duce your­self!
C:
My name is Can­dice. I cur­rent­ly reside in Cincin­nati, Ohio by way of St. Louis…by way of Atlanta…by way of Arkansas. Most com­mon­ly I rep wherever I am liv­ing at the time of the ques­tion. LOL I am a RN 3 days/week and a devot­ed wife and fash­ion blog­ger 24/7.

Why did you make the deci­sion to go nat­u­ral?
C:
I have done LOTS of dif­fer­ent things with my hair. I’ve nev­er been one to hes­i­tate when it comes to try­ing dif­fer­ent styles (pix­ie cuts, weaves, fried, dyed, laid to the side) and since I have been doing my own hair since high school, achiev­ing those styles has nev­er been a prob­lem. Two and a half years ago, I was going through some pre-relax­er pic­tures of myself and noticed how much health­ier my hair looked–that is what got me curi­ous about my curl pat­tern. Also, dur­ing that time, my moth­er was fight­ing can­cer and was on this “nat­u­ral kick”. She basi­cal­ly began eval­u­at­ing every aspect of her life and con­vert­ing to the nat­u­ral form of prod­ucts that she used on a dai­ly basis. I think that was the dri­ving force in me break­ing away from perms and “going nat­u­ral”.

When and how did you tran­si­tion into nat­u­ral hair?
C:
My last par­tial perm was Jan­u­ary 2010. I say par­tial because I was wear­ing a sew in at the time and only per­med the part of my hair that was out–which is why for months, the front of my hair was much short­er than the back after I big chopped—big mis­take. LOL My orig­i­nal plan was to tran­si­tion for a year and then big chop. What actu­al­ly end­ed up hap­pen­ing was I tran­si­tioned for 6 months by wear­ing sew in’s and cut off my per­med ends in Sep­tem­ber of 2010 because I was so anx­ious to see what my hair would look like. Think­ing back, I often wish I had just shaved it off with­out tran­si­tion­ing to expe­ri­ence the free­dom of doing next to noth­ing to my hair every morn­ing.

In what ways (if any) has going nat­u­ral affect­ed you?
C:
I don’t think that going nat­u­ral has affect­ed me as much as it has those around me. I have always been pret­ty exper­i­men­tal with my look, which has not changed; what has changed is I am described at work as “the nurse with the cool hair”. Also, I am start­ing to get used to peo­ple ask­ing ques­tions about my hair, which is pret­ty cool.

How would you describe your hair?
C:
I have learned to pret­ty much let my hair do its own thing. It’s very thick with vary­ing curl pat­terns. My edges tend to be very curly and the tex­ture on the crown of my head is a pret­ty loose curl pat­tern.

What is your reg­i­men?
C:
I typ­i­cal­ly co-wash every 2–3 days with what­ev­er cheap­ie con­di­tion­er is avail­able. Right now it’s Yes to Car­rots. I use apple cider vine­gar to clar­i­fy about once a mon­th in the win­ter and more fre­quent­ly in the sum­mer because I do a lot of play­ing in the pool. When I deep con­di­tion, which is about every oth­er week in the win­ter and less often in the sum­mer, it is with Aubrey Organ­ics Hon­ey­suck­le Rose con­di­tion­er. I am con­sid­er­ing start­ing hen­na treat­ments because I have heard so many good things about them—I just haven’t tak­en that leap yet.

How do you retain length and mois­ture in your hair?
C:
I do a lot of pro­tec­tive styling when I’m not doing a pho­to shoot for my blog. Not nec­es­sar­i­ly for the pro­tec­tive aspect of it, but more for the con­ve­nience. Also, I have had a cou­ple of patients reach out and touch my hair when it was loose—which is not ok! LOL I usu­al­ly wear a high bun or a flat twist and side bun with a flow­er acces­so­ry. Every morn­ing and evening before bed I use a spray bot­tle to spray my hair down with water, then add shea but­ter and cas­tor oil to seal in mois­ture.

What mis­takes have you made with your hair that you’ve learned from?
C:
My biggest mis­take so far was not trim­ming when nec­es­sary. I think that we get so attached to our length some­times that we don’t want to lose those few inch­es. I have learned to trim when my hair starts look­ing thin and unhealthy on the ends.

What’s the best/most effec­tive thing you do for your hair?
C:
Mois­ture, mois­ture, mois­ture! The weath­er here in Cincin­nati is bru­tal in the win­ters. The com­bi­na­tion of the wind and cold temps eas­i­ly dries my hair out if I don’t take prop­er pre­cau­tions. Since I have begun my con­di­tion­ing and seal­ing rou­tine, I have noticed my hair is much soft­er and health­ier.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Yes! Please check out my fash­ion blog: chicsavant.com. I am also on twit­ter (@chicsavant) and Face­book (facebook.com/chicsavant)

Any­thing else you want to add?
C:
I am forever grate­ful for blogs like the­se that show­case nat­u­ral hair and its vari­a­tions. One thing that I have learned is that what works for one person’s hair may be detri­men­tal to another—blogs like yours and mes­sage boards provide so much infor­ma­tion to nat­u­rals of all tex­tures and hair types. Thank you!

Meosha

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

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31 Comments on "Candice // Natural Hair Style Icon"

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Amma Appiah

Gor­geous!

Candice

Thank you! :)

Monz03b

What a beau­ti­ful fash­ion­ista! Love love love love love the hair! I won­der what her hair type is…it’s beau­ti­ful!

Candice

Thank you! I think I have a range. Lol You can’t real­ly tell from the­se pics, but my edges and “kitchen” have a real­ly tight curl pat­tern.

Carla

Gor­geous, gor­geous!

Are you orig­i­nal­ly from Arkansas? I got excit­ed when I saw that :)

Candice

I am! Rep­ping West Mem­phis! LOL

merry

great hair.

Candice

Thanks! Be sure to check out the blog! There’s a March con­test going on right now http://www.chicsavant.com/contests

Asea

WOW! The before and after is amaz­ing!! Beau­ti­ful coils!

Candice

Thank you so much!!

ladyluo

I def­i­nite­ly can iden­ti­fy with her mis­take. After more than a year, I final­ly trimmed off my thin ends that I had been hold­ing onto for dear life and I felt so much bet­ter and my hair actu­al­ly looked so much bet­ter so I will def­i­nite­ly be incor­po­rat­ing trim­mings once or twice a year. 

Love her blog. She is so fash­ion­able and I love her hair

Candice

:) You’re sweet! Thank you!

Fel Anders

Gasp! Cincin­nati- Me Toooooooo!!!! Final­ly a local fea­ture :)

Candice

Woop woop! Rep­re­sent! LOL

Monisola

wow, i think she is actu­al­ly the pret­ti­est and most styl­ish wom­an i have ever seen on here…DAMN sis!

Candice

Ah! I’m blush­ing under my brown skin! LOL Thank you!

Michelle

Gor­geous hair. Is the style in the first pic a wash & go or a twist-out?

I so envy thick-haired nat­u­rals. I have very fine hair and I’m grow­ing it out, but the longer it gets, the less I can do with it. At this point, I may have to decide between length or style because it seems like it’s going to be one or the oth­er.

Candice

The first pic is a twist out & thanks for the com­pli­ment!

Duvalh3

not so fast! Dry twist out, wet twist out?? steps? — details please. All the way gor­geous, thanks for shar­ing. My hair is about the same length/thickness and I have been cling­ing to the twa — free me!

Candice

LOL! It’s a dry twist out. I usu­al­ly blast my roots just a lit­tle with a hand dry­er for a lit­tle stretch. Do the flat twist method seen on Naptural85’s youtube. In the morn­ing i untwist with a bit of shea but­ter or oil on my hands and do a bit of fluff­ing and I get what you see pic­tured!

Lele

You can tell she’s pret­ty in the pic with the relax­er, but I think her curly hair suits her much more and accen­tu­ates her face bet­ter. Nice, full hair, too!

Candice

Thanks Lele! I def­i­nite­ly hate my hair any way but BIG now! Lol

rosie

luvs the hair!

Candice

:) Thanks!

Anita

I too like to wear dif­fer­ent styles, but prefer going nat­u­ral.
I luv all the styles you’ve worn.

Candice

Thanks Ani­ta :) Be sure to check out my blog for more style ideas! I’m also hav­ing a March give­away. chicsavant.com/contests

JourneyToRefinement

Final­ly a nat­u­ral chi­ca in Cincin­nati as a Icon.. I likes

Candice

Rep­re­sent­ing! Lol!

Joan B. from S. C.

Just checked out your blog. I think I’ve found a new fash­ion guru and object of my hair envy! :)

Candice

*insert high pitched squeals* Yay!

Ebony

Gor­geous!! I see you rep­ping the WPS (only the AR know act that) !!

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