Chelci // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

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*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
C:
My name is Chelci, although I go by ChelWren online. I currently live in Georgia.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I went natural because I didn’t want my parents to spend money on my hair care anymore. I felt that it was unfair to spend $50+ every few months for something that was unnecessary. I have been natural now for 6 years.

How would you describe your texture?
C:
My hair is a mixture of 3C/4A curls with coarse strands, high density, and low porosity.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
Every day, I spritz my hair with rain water and I apply Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Style Milk to moisturize my hair. I then proceed to style my hair in a bun secured with a Flexi-8 or hair stick. Occasionally (on the weekend), I spritz and fluff to wear my hair in a 2nd or 3rd day wash and go.

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
I COwash (Conditioner Only Wash) using rain water with V05 Shea Cashmere Conditioner. Next, I detangle with my fingers and a Conair Wide Tooth Curly Hair Comb. After rinsing, I use Shea Moisture Organic Curl & Style Milk as a leave in and moisturizer. I seal my ends with Shea Moisture Organic Hold & Shine Moisture Mist mixed with Castor Oil. Lastly, I apply Kinky Curly Curling Custard as the final product that defines my curls. I clarify my scalp with a baking soda and water mixture once a month.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
My favorite go-to hairstyle is a basic cinnamon bun.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
I combat shrinkage by braiding the length of my hair overnight or by wearing buns during the day. Also, when I spritz I don’t saturate my hair. I dampen my hair just enough to open my cuticles so the product I apply can penetrate my hair. By not soaking my hair, I retain my stretched hair as opposed to my hair shrinking due to being wet.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
My only problem area is my ends. They get very dry and brittle if I don’t give them special attention by moisturizing everyday and deep conditioning (with the baggie method) once a month.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
1. Be sure to thoroughly detangle before styling.
2. Keep hair moisturized.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
1. Don’t apply products to dry hair. It makes my hair feel sticky and greasy.
2. Don’t comb or brush dry hair.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
Instagram: @ChelWren
Hair Photos: http://s1062.photobucket.com/albums/t497/ChelWren/
Hair Blog: http://chelwren.blogspot.com

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28 thoughts on “Chelci // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon

  1. Her regimen sounds nice and simple. I love a simple regimen. That’s why her hair is so healthy, she doesn’t do a million and one things trying to keep up with whatever is trending with the natural hair craze. Her hair is gorgeous! Just shiny and healthy.

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  2. @ DiJah: I use fresh rain water because it makes my hair very soft and shiny. I never had a shine to my hair prior to using rain water.

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    • As soon as I read “rain water” it made so much sense to me. My hair is so soft after getting caught in the rain. I never thought to collect it! Thanks for sharing.

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      • I usually sit a bucket outside when it rains and let it fill up. Some people use an empty juice bottle to collect rain water and store it in the fridge.

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        • How often do you have rain water on hand during the course of a month? How long have you been using rain water? Do you use filtered water when you dont have rain water available? Sorry for all the questions :)

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          • I don’t mind questions, I welcome them. I’m glad to help any way that I can.

            At the very least, I wash my hair 7 times in one month and I will use rain water every time. I just started using rain water 10 days ago. I always have rain water available. I have access to stored rain water to use for our garden as well as catching fresh water when it rains.

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  3. You encouraged me to keep continuing on my hair journey. My shrinkage is like yours and sometimes it gets me down but when I see someone like you with beautiful hair it reminds me how far I came in my journey and how healthier it is and to keep pushing for longer stronger natural hair. You are truly an inspiration.

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  4. This is my daughter’s hair. She’s 5 years old and it goes way way down her back to her bum. I co-wash and rarely shampoo wash. It’s a challenge because of her age and the massive amount of hair on her head. Tiny braids are best as they don’t tangle as much as bigger braids, but the time is a killer.

    I keep saying to myself that she could cut off a good 6 inches and no one would miss it. I can’t wait till she is old enough to care for her own hair!

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    • @ Michelle. My daughter is 4 and her hair is twice as thick as mine and she has tailbone length hair. It takes hours to wash, detangle and style her hair. I usually keep her hair in pony tails, braids, or twists.

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  5. I have coily/kinky hair. From the top of my head to behind my ears and about an inch from my kitchens, the hair is like steel wool. This “saddle” area is very discouraging, and gives my finished style an area that looks like dreadlocks; not what I am going for. Once I used texturixer in the saddle area, but it got too straight! It has since grown out and is trimmed; but I am still not happy with it. I have tried Ms. Jessie’s products, and have mixed outcomes; I also use Kinky/Curley products, and if I use extra on my saddle top, it goes dusty once dry.
    Any suggestions?

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