*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
C:
My real name is Chanel, but I’m known as ImOnlyBlessed or Complete Blessings on the internet. I was born and currently reside in New York City.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
C:
I was on a healthy (relaxed) hair care journey when I came across the natural hair “community” on YouTube back in 2008. I quickly became addicted to the idea and watched hours upon hours of beautiful women with healthy natural hair. The thought of wearing my own natural texture never crossed my mind before because I had been getting relaxers since the age of 5. It dawned on me one day that I couldn’t say I was relaxed by choice. I didn’t know what the alternative was. Being a spiritual person as well, I wanted to learn to accept what my Heavenly Father gave to me. He made no mistake. The worst that could happen is that I didn’t like it and returned to relaxers.

As time goes on, I realize it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I still like to switch it up every now and then, but there’s nothing like knowing that YOUR texture is beautiful on its own. My last relaxer was in February 2009 (3 years and 8 months) and I did my big chop in June of 2010 (2 years and 4 months).

How would you describe your texture?
C:
I would say 40% 4c, 40% 4b and 20% 4a. My hair is extremely dense, but most of my individual strands are fine. I have learned to appreciate the fact that I am the LITERAL definition of Kinky Curly. My hair is kinky enough to get defined twist outs and curly enough to get defined wash and go’s. I’ve learned to accept it for what it is.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
C:
It’s difficult to use one month as representative of what I do to my hair overall. It depends on what kind of mood I’m in and the weather outside. My general goal is 50% in protective styles and 50% “free” styles. I love funky updos as well as wigs for protective styles in the winter months (or when I just need a break). I also love every “out” that you can think of (example: twist out, braid out, bantu-knot out, perm rod sets, etc). My “go to” styling products include ORS Lock & Twist Gel (for all of my “out” styles), Tresemme Naturals Conditioner (as a leave-in on wash & go days), Eco Styler Gel (for my wash and go’s) and either Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

What does wash day look like for you?
C:
I start my wash day by shampooing and conditioning. Right now, I’m using Suave Professionals Almond & Shea Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. My favorite has been Giovanni’s Triple Treat Shampoo and their 50/50 Balancing Conditioner. If my hair needs deep conditioning, I will usually add either honey or aloe vera juice topped with some type of oil (either castor or olive) to my regular conditioner. If I have it, I’ll use Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Masque. While the conditioner is in my hair (and I’m still in the shower), I detangle with a wide tooth comb. Occasionally, I’ll use a detangling brush (I shed a lot more than the average person). Next to last, I rinse and use either Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Moisture Conditioner or Kinky Curly Knot Today as my leave-in. I also love Giovanni Direct Leave-in Conditioner. Finally, I proceed to style as stated before.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
C:
Puffs and head wraps are my friends when I don’t have time to do anything else.

How do you combat shrinkage?
C:
It depends on what style I’m doing. If I’m wearing it in a fro and I want some “hang-time,” I will leave it in twists until it dries. Then I’ll take it down and finger comb the definition out (from the twists). If it’s a loose style with curl definition, sometimes I will do twists (as mentioned before) and sometimes I’ll blow dry the roots (lightly using the tension method). I’ve also tried banding, but it can get tricky. I’ve learned that doing that too often can lead to breakage where the bands meet your hair. My real goal is to grow long enough hair where I won’t have to worry about shrinkage LOL.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
C:
My number one problem with my hair is consistency in my regimen (not really an issue with my hair per se). It’s making sure that I continue to do the things that I know will keep it healthy and growing. As life happens, being consistent becomes difficult.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
C:
The first is protective styling at least 50% of the time. The second is learning what YOUR hair needs and listening to it. That’s the winning combo.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
C:
The first is not to wear your hair in the same style all the time. Breakage will soon follow. The second is to not wish you had someone else’s texture. You have the best of both worlds. Appreciate that.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
C:
I’m mostly on social media and occasionally on YouTube.
Instagram: @Imonlyblessed
Twitter: @Imonlyblessed
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/CompleteBlessings
Also check out my Pinterest page for Natural Hair inspiration and updo styles:
http://pinterest.com/imonlyblessed/

Meosha

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

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35 Comments on "Chanel // Multi-Texture Style Icon"

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Moxie

You are beautiful and so is your hair. But it doesn’t look like you have type 4 hair at all. From the photos it looks more like 3b/3c and maybe 4a. Thank you for sharing your regimen with us 🙂

lella

GORGEOUS!!! Please share how you coiffed “favupdo2012bglh” style. It is absolutely stunning. thank you 🙂

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Kay

Your hair is absolutely gorgeous and your son is oh so cute! I just want to bite him!

Dana

Truly inspirational, I love your outlook and hair and smile. Thanks for the wonderfully classy interview!

Mrs.Martin

Cute baby and you are adorable as well, your hair beyond awesome! *sigh* dreamy eyed about your hair : )

Jacky

Lovely hair,beautiful woman and cute baby and i especially love your pictures.I also wanted to accept the hair that God gave me and now i am so lovin it.I feel like God knows exactly what he’s doing when he gives someone something and gives another person something else,he gives whats best for us,especially considering natural hair.

ImOnlyBlessed

Hi Ladies,

Thank you SO much for all of your compliments about my hair and my son!! I’m just happy that I could share my journey and hopefully inspire some others to do the same. Many thanks to all who have followed me on social media as well.

Chanel

Camille

A-may-zing. And a cute baby to boot.

Michelle

Your hair is very beautiful can’t wait till mine gets there….ahhhh, the beauty of patience
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Jacky

Lovely afro puff

Coconut And Cream

Dear BGLH,

Her hair is giving me LOIFE (yes Loife, not life).

C+C

DCW

Ok your baby is so so so adooorable!!! His hair, those eyes, those cheeks oh my goodness such a cutie pie! You are beautiful & Your hair is gorgeous by the way…Go Mama! 🙂 Thanks for the tip, I definitely need to change up my hairstyle for the fall and winter…it’s good to know it’ll also help to prevent breakage.

Trini

Love your spiritual outlook regarding your hair. It really is a blessing. And your little one is a gem.

Ugonna Wosu

GORGEOUS HAIR!!! I also love your attitude and story

April

Your hair is to die for. So thick and pretty. Lord!

Rene

Lovely hair! It does not look like any 4a,b,c though. Try 3c,4a.

ImOnlyBlessed

I know. I’ve had people say that. Without any product (leave-in, creams, gels, etc.), my hair doesn’t clump (except in certain areas or that 20%). Most 3C types still have definition (clumping) without product. This is why I say mostly 4b/4c. 🙂

yvonne

Chanel- I love your hair, interview and pics…and your baby is a real cutie. I started following your boards on Pinterest. I am on the site as cocoagirlnlush. 🙂
Peace&Love~Yvonne

meowmix

All that hair. Wow. A cute baby and a wonderful smile. Somebody won the jackpot:)

B

If your hair is 80% 4b/c, this has to be the curliest & shiniest 4b/c I have ever seen, for real!!

ImOnlyBlessed

HaHa! I know, right? Amazing what leave-in conditioners can do. LOL

B

Huh….leave in works great but didnt create the awesome hair here…her hair isnt 4C thats for sure! You cant this from a bottle!

B

Absolutely STUNNING!!! One of best hair featured on here!!

Knatural

*Screams* Our hair is the same!! I am so excited to see someone with almost the same EXACT texture as mine!!! Love love love!!! So beautiful. That is all…:-)

ImOnlyBlessed

Hi! Are you following me on instagram and twitter? What are the usernames you go by? I would love to see your hair. It’s always nice to see someone with hair similar to yours 🙂

cobi

love your hair!

Pat

SO much hair, wow

Amma Mama

GORGEOUS! and that little boy is sooo cute!!!!

Bridget J.

The hair is simply amazing and your baby is so adorable!

df

my goodness, stunning,lush hair!!

anastasia

+10,000 -Gorgeous!!

And her lil one is such a cutie patootie!

Victoria

Beautiful hair! I can’t wait until my hair gets that long.

Landry

Gorgeous hair Chanel, and it look so healthy! Also, your baby is too cute! 😉

niki

Her hair is so pretty.

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