*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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