*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

Meosha

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

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28 Comments on "Chelci // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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cobi

GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HCG Drops

You nailed it. Thanks for post­ing this. I’ll def­i­nite­ly check again to read more and inform my acquain­t­e­nances about you.

Cor
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… Read more »
Michelle

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!

Chelci

@ 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.

Destini

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.

jenna marie christian

beau­ti­ful

Arian

The shrink­age she has is insane!

honeybrown1976

She has crazy shrink­age like me. Love it

Alisha

Awww, such a cutie! Love her hair!

Chelci

@ 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.

Lela7

How do you nor­mal­ly col­lect the water. Is it dif­fi­cult to get enough to wash your hair?

Chelci

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.

Miss T

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 :)

Chelci

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.

SR

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.

Kai

Is rain water a prod­uct name or does she mean she col­lects rain water and save it to wash her hair?

Lele

I thought she meant that she col­lects rain water, but I might be wrong.

Bridget

Awe­some hair! Yet anoth­er reminder for me to keep it sim­ple and quit over-com­pli­cat­ing my hair reg­i­men.

DiJah

Why rain water?

Lola

I def­i­nite­ly laughed out loud when I read that. Rain water though?

B

Now this is true def­i­n­i­tion of 3c/4a hair, beau­ti­ful shine and curls!

Inf

Hair twin.…shrinkage is crazy.…nice job retain­ing length!!!

Runawaygal©

Ok now this is hair porn. 6yrs damn

Marcia

Beau­ti­ful! Just beau­ti­ful!

yvonne

Your hair is gor­geous Chel­ci!

Ashley

I rarely com­ment, But i love her hair. Very Beau­ti­ful.

Heather

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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