*Prepared for BGLH by Meosha Tall of 1MeNaturally

Introduce yourself!
My name is Chanell Nicole and I’m from Miami, Florida.

Why did you make the decision to go natural?
I went natural because constant relaxing caused an allergic reaction all over my scalp and started to spread to my face. I cut off my permed hair in August 2007 and started growing it out in October 2007. I have been natural now for 5 years.

How would you describe your texture?
My texture is 3c + 4a. My strands are coarse and my hair is loosely packed. Not really dense. At the roots, it’s very thick thanks to prenatal vitamins. The colored parts are a little thinner since they have been processed. Most days, my hair is frizzy due to the South Florida humidity. I don’t fight it. The more humidity, the better. Unless I’m trying to maintain a bantu knot out.

Describe your styling regimen over the course of the month.
Over the course of a month my styling choices vary. My go-to style is a twistout. Though, most recently I’ve been wearing a braidout to define my roots a little better. I wash with moisturizing shampoo once a month and dandruff shampoo as needed (my scalp has been dry since I entered my second trimester of pregnancy). I deep condition twice a month and co-wash every other day when I wear my hair in a faux bun. When the mood strikes, I’ll wear two strand twists but it takes me about three-five hours to complete my entire head. Once I take down my two-strand twists, I wear a twistout for a few days and pre-poo using honey and olive oil before washing and deep conditioning. Depending on the weather, I also twist dry hair with shea butter.

For perfect twistouts and bantu knot outs, I swear by Entwine products! I use the Crème Jelle Styler, Exotique Butter Cream Hydrator, and Total Perfection Argan Oil. I always have shea butter on hand to retwist my twistouts/braidouts. My staple wash day products include: Shea Moisture – Moisture Retention Shampoo, L’Oreal Ever Pure Sulfate-Free Color Care System Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner, Herbal Essence Hello Hydration Conditioner (for co-washes) Honey and Extra Virgin Olive Oil (pre-poo).

What does wash day look like for you?
On a wash day, I spray my hair with water and detangle with a wide tooth comb. Some days, when I don’t have a lot of time, I detangle with a handful of conditioner and wet my hair under running water. I wash my scalp first, cleaning any buildup. I don’t use much shampoo on my actual hair. After my hair has rinsed clean, I apply conditioner and let it sit, sometimes overnight. I rinse with warm water then cold water. I blot my hair dry with a cotton t-shirt and apply a moisturizer/leave in and seal with argan oil. To dry, I put my hair in about 6 big twists.

Tell us about your hair color?
I had my hair colored on a whim going into 2012. So on December 31, 2012, I was in the salon getting my hair colored. It has not been touched up as of yet. I don’t plan on coloring it again. It started out as a chestnut brown base with golden highlights. The stylist used a mix of colors and did free style highlighting. Coloring my hair has loosened the curl pattern a bit.

Describe your favorite go-to hairstyle for days when you don’t have a lot of time to style.
When I don’t have a lot of styling time I usually wear my hair out, free. If I want to look pulled together, I’ll wear a faux bun.

How do you combat shrinkage?
Shrinkage has never really been an issue for me. My hair has never been tightly wound. If I want to stretch my hair a bit, I will plait it dry or pull it back in a low bun, or up in a tight ponytail.

What are some of your problem areas (if any) that require special care and attention?
The colored portion of my hair is a problem area. I must be sure to moisturize it or I will experience breakage.

What are 2 do’s for your texture?
Do’s? Hmmm. I don’t follow any rules or a regimen, but I would say moisture, moisture, moisture. It helps with curl pattern definition.

What are 2 don’ts for your texture?
Don’ts? Don’t use excessive heat or you may lose your curl pattern.

Is there a blog/webpage where we can find you?
Sure. I blog sporadically at http://sepiasays.com and I am developing a lifestyle site at www.chanellnicole.com. Check me out!


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

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26 Comments on "Chanell // 3C/4A Natural Hair Style Icon"

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I think your hair looks great but I don’t see 3c at all. I have 3c hair and It doesn’t look anything close to yours or can achieve the type of styles. My hair is way too loose. Great pics


What is your purpose ? I don’t understand the point of the bullying unless it’s just about being petty .



I love the pics… I colored my hair once and decided not to do it again, but I understand what you mean about changing the curl pattern. I love the fact that you use Entwine products. I love them. I used them weekly and I am very excited that they have a shampoo and conditioner too. Keep on inspiring!


Boss !

Amma Mama

You and your hair are gorgeous.
The picture where you are holding the bag and have the side puff, is famous. I have seen it many times on Tumblr! 🙂

Jo Somebody

The BGLH Icons are always so beautiful! I love that TWA photo, I actually though it was a model whose name I can’t recall right now.

Anyway, if your hair really is loosely packed then you’ve certainly mastered the art of making thin hair look thick and full!



Beautiful pics! I would love to see a fashion post on Chanell – her style is amazing.

I love when naturals are not afraid to experiment with hair color. One day I hope to be that brave too 🙂

John smith

You are looking so dashing and awesome in these pictures.Especially the first picture is so cute.I love your hairstyles so much .

Haircuts 2012


I’m up in the air about the inclusion of hair typing again. in theory it seems to help search for styles for your hair but it’s inclusion seems almost arbitrary since some bloggers don’t know their hair type.


+1. Chanell’s hair are beyond gorgeous, I LOVE them but I think her advices on styles and haircare are even more helpful for 4a/4b ladies (like me).


+1 her hair is gorgeous. With that said, her hair looks very much like mine and I consider myself 4a/b.
I could be wrong with my hair type, she could be wrong with hers – either way it doesn’t matter. Hair typing is so arbitrary.

Chanell Nicole
Thanks guys. Just to clarify, pre-color, my hair may have very well been 4a/4b. However, since coloring my hair, the texture changed drastically (as noted above). My curl pattern was loosened. Also, I often comb my curls out to achieve a puffier look. Based upon the way my hair looks when dry, I, in fact, have 3a and 4b hair. None of the pictures (with the exception of my big chop photo), feature me with my hair in its natural, unaltered state. I find hair typing soooo silly and only used it as a guide because I was asked. I… Read more »
Chanell Nicole

*Edit* 3c/4a not 3b 4b

(see how much I care about hair typing?) LOL


You look beautiful in all these photos, but I especially love the one with the TWA and the laughter. Happiness is a good look on everybody!


Love your hair ! How do you achieve the look you have on the picture where you wearing the black blouse and the black bow?
My texture is similar to yours (3c/4a) but really can’t get a decent afro…

Chanell Nicole

I had to do big chunky twists on dry hair that had been in a twistout for a week. It’s just old hair with lots of volume.


So in love with the color. Love the big Hair!!!!


Very beautiful and such a full head of hair. Luv it


Love her hair! That second pic I’ve seen all over the web over the past few years and use it as inspiration. It’s nice to finally know the source, thanks for sharing!


+1!! I absolutely agree! I’ve saved a copy of that picture as well for inspiration! And I’ve always wondered how you made the style; could you please share, Chanell Nicole? 🙂


Love your hair! And the color is fab!


Beautiful face and beautiful hair!
Can you tell me a little about how you achieved that color? I’m really looking into coloring my hair and seeing yours has just made me want it more!

Chanell Nicole

Hey, Thanks! I had it done professionally. I asked for a medium brown color with highlights. This its what she came up with. I would advise against lightening natural hair because it changes the texture. Especially if you want to go blond.


Lovely, is the pic in the center that says “headshot” a wash n go??

Chanell Nicole

It’s a twist out done on dry hair with Shea butter and motions foam setting lotion.