*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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Ebony

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

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!

JourneyToRefinement

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

Candice

Representing! Lol!

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

rosie

luvs the hair!

Candice

🙂 Thanks!

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

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!

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!

Fel Anders

Gasp! Cincinnati- Me Toooooooo!!!! Finally a local feature 🙂

Candice

Woop woop! Represent! LOL

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!

Asea

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

Candice

Thank you so much!!

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

Carla

Gorgeous, gorgeous!

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

Candice

I am! Repping West Memphis! LOL

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.

Amma Appiah

Gorgeous!

Candice

Thank you! 🙂

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